• Mike Van Horn

The MESA Summit 2018 Wrapped the 3-Day Run with “High 5’s” Across the Board


DENVER, CO (09.24.2018) – THE MESA Summit 2018 spanned 3 days, Monday through Wednesday- September 17th-19th, at the Westin Westminster Hotel in Denver. MESA members and vendor partners began arriving on Sunday, September 16th.

Ryan Gunter, MESA Executive Director, stated “By all accounts this was the very best MESA Summit to date and that is coming from members and vendors alike. There were over 375 on site representing MESA member companies. Some members were accompanied by family members and that added to the total. There was a 98% attendance from our member companies and many said this was their CES.”

The MESA Summit show was active and filled with new vendor booths.

Monday’s agenda included an early breakfast and group photo followed by a general session. After lunch members attended 2 Summit Specials sessions. Vendor partners spent the afternoon setting up the trade show floor. Drinks and dinner capped the Day 1.

Breakout sessions were filled with MESA members eager to learn.

On Tuesday, Day 2, it was a very full day for all. Following breakfast it was time for the trade show floor to open. Twenty-two 12volt vendor partners were set up in the Westminster Ballroom, foyer and courtyard patio. MESA service partners were also located on the show floor. Pioneer occupied the foyer with the 8 E3 electric cars in the Sound Build Off highlighting the new A-Series Speakers plus the D-Series Speakers.

LEFT: The outdoor patio provided a great setting for lunch, networking and checking out vendor demo vehicles. RIGHT: The eight Pioneer Sound Build Off E3 electric cars lined up in the foyer for all to check out and cast their ballot.

The four 12volt retailers completing entries in the Pioneer Sound Build Off for A-Series Speakers included Stereo City, CarTunes, Avenue Sound and Sound Depot. The four retailers completing entries for the D-Series Speakers included Columbus Car Audio, CarTronics, Imagine Audio and Foss Audio.

LEFT: Pioneer’s Ted Cardenas congratulated the Sound Build Off winners on stage… Avenue Sound-A Series and Imagine Audio -D Series. RIGHT: The Lotts Auto Sound Team, holding the award, on stage with vendor sponsors of the $25,000 store makeover drawing.

Multiple breakout sessions were scheduled through the morning and afternoon as well on Tuesday. Lunch on the patio provided networking opportunities plus the opportunity to check our several demo vehicles from vendors including JL Audio, Kenwood and AudioControl. Tuesday wrapped with cocktails on the patio and a free evening for all.

The next stop for MESA’s Ryan Gunter is the 70’s Themed Bowling night at Fat Cats.

Wednesday, Day 3 included an early breakfast and time on the show floor until the noon closing time. Morning breakout sessions were on the schedule. Afternoon member sessions included marketing, business strategy and social media sessions. A wrap up session by Mike Cofield preceded the Pioneer Build Off Winner presentation and drawing for the $25,000 store makeover contest.

Voters named Avenue Sound, NYC NY, the winner in the A-Series Speaker vehicle build. Imagine Audio, Cherry Hill NJ, was voted the winner in the D-Series Speaker Build Off. MESA members voted for their favorite Pioneer E3 Build Off entry by dropping a ballot into a carpeted enclosure.

LEFT: Rob Wempe, Hertz VP, got some practice rips before heading to the 70s party. RIGHT: Ryan Gunter (L) with Hazim Jainoor rockin’ out at the 70’s party at Fat Cat’s.

Lotts Auto Sound, Santa Cruz CA, won the $25,000 Store Makeover drawing from 5AXIS. 5AXIS will do the makeover. MESA Vendor partners participating in the store makeover included RaceSport, AAMP, Compustar, AudioControl, Mobile Solutions, Rockford Fosgate, K40, Kenwood, Hertz, Pioneer, JBL/Harman and 5AXIS. MESA members completed the MESA Passport by visiting vendor booths and having their passport stamped by a vendor representative. Lotts Auto Sound’s Passport was drawn late Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, and the MESA Summit 2018, wrapped with a 70’s themed night of bowling at Fat Cat’s Bowling located within walking distance of the Westin Hotel. A thunderstorm, that hit Denver at 7 PM, was the only slight hiccup during the 3-Day event.


NOTE: The 12volt News was invited and on site at the MESA Summit 2018. A huge HATS OFF to Ryan Gunter, Mike Cofield, Erin Costello and the MESA staff for producing such a terrific event. The energy and commitment of MESA, MESA members and vendor partners to move forward, with great success, was so apparent. Congrats to all.

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