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LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD is introducing its second dash camera at the 2017 CES. Joining the standalone, monitor-equipped DRV-410 is the DRV-N520, a smaller version that is intended to pair with the company’s new mech-less DMX7704S multimedia receiver.

“The DRV-410 surpassed our expectations in terms of its acceptance in the marketplace,” said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for KENWOOD. “Despite the plethora of inexpensive models on the market, many customers preferred the superior image quality and reliable operation of our unit. We’re very happy to pair these same features with an even better user experience in the DRV-N520.”

The DRV-N520 features a high-resolution, wide-angle camera that records a three-megapixel (photo quality) image. Its small footprint minimizes window blockage, and recordings are stored on a removable eight-gigabyte SD card. In addition to its recording capabilities, the camera also measures distance and velocity between it and cars or obstacles in its view. Based on circumstances, it can trigger a collision warning to the driver if it senses an imminent impact, or notify the driver in stopped traffic if the vehicle in front of it has started moving.

As the DRV-N520 is not a standalone dash camera, its control, notifications and camera view are processed on the connected DMX7704S receiver. By using the in-dash touch screen, users can change recording modes, turn collision warning and delay departure notifications on or off, and set the camera display duration. Notifications are displayed on the screen as well.

Like the DRV-410, the DRV-N520 includes an internal G sensor to detect impact, and can be set to begin recording if the vehicle is struck while parked or otherwise unoccupied. All recordings can be played back through the DMX7704S touch screen.

The suggested retail price of the DRV-N520, like the DRV-410, is $200. For more information, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.

LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- January 9th, 2020 -- KENWOOD USA brought the outdoors to the indoor show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center today, highlighting their new marine/motorsports lineup, including new Alexa Built-in audio receivers.

The new marine/motorsports models include the CD-drive equipped KMR-D378BT (MSRP $169.95) and the CD-less digital media designed KMR-M328BT (MSRP $149.95) and are SiriusXM-Ready® (SiriusXM Connect vehicle tuner and subscription sold separately) - providing access to over 150 channels of the widest variety of ad-free music, plus entertainment, news, comedy and sports you won’t hear anywhere else.Both feature a conformal coated circuit board for added protection against vibrations and the elements, as well as a positive backlit display for easy viewing in all lighting conditions. They will also feature Amazon Alexa, allowing you access to Alexa with the press of a button. With a connected smartphone and a simple push of the Alexa button on the receiver, you can easily ask Alexa to play your favorite music, content from streaming services like the SiriusXM® and Pandora mobile apps, and more. Both marine/motorsports receivers will also include upgraded Bluetooth 4.2 and iAP2 technologies for improved Bluetooth and Apple Music radio support.

“In a time where the marine and powersports markets are seeing significant growth, we want to ensure that we are bringing best-in-class product to the table,” said Mike Roberts, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for KENWOOD. “These receivers provide the perfect balance of durability, design, and today’s technology.”

In addition to the 2 a-la-carte receivers, 2 speaker equipped packaged models will also be available this month, the PKG-MR378BT (MSRP $239.95) and the PKG-MR328BT (MSRP $229.95). The PKG-MR378BT includes the KMR-D378BT and the KFC-1633MRW for a CD receiver and speaker package. The PKG-MR328BT includes the KMR-M328BT and the KFC-1633MRW for a digital receiver and speaker package. These packages pair both sound and control perfectly, making your afternoon on the lake or your atmosphere with friends on your UTV that much more relaxing. All receivers and receiver packages are set to ship this month.

For detailed information on specific features, please view their respective product pages at www.kenwood.com/usa/car.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.us.jvc.com/car.

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Service provider of 40+ years to work with retailers in New Jersey, New York metro.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., June 8, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE)– KENWOOD announced it has hired Big Daddy Marketing, a veteran independent rep firm based in New York, to represent its brands to retailers in New Jersey and the New York metro area. The appointment of principal Morris Hartman and account representative Joe Santaniello will solidify KENWOOD's sales and service efforts in the highly competitive East Coast marketplace.

"We are very lucky to bring on a highly regarded industry veteran in Morris Hartman," said Kelly McDaniel, eastern regional manager for KENWOOD. "He and his team impressed us with their enthusiasm, market knowledge and vast experience, and their boots-on-the-ground approach means our retailers and technicians will get a higher level of service and support. We're happy to extend a warm KENWOOD family welcome."

Hartman brings more than 40 years of 12-volt experience to the KENWOOD sales rep group, having developed longstanding relationships with the most proactive retailers and distributors in the area. Big Daddy Marketing's strong rapport comes from a reputation for in-person visits for sales and support, an attribute that will positively impact KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon retailers and technicians.

"We look forward to working with KENWOOD to help the company service and expand its retailer base in our territory," Hartman said. "As we have always done, we will work closely with retailers to support their events and help them grow their business. KENWOOD's consistent product innovations, reputation and technical support will help us to overcome the challenges in this ever-evolving marketplace."

For information on KENWOOD products, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.car.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.jvc.com.

KENWOOD USA announced that it has hired industry veteran Randy Davis to become its next Western Region Sales Manager. The manufacturer of connected and integrated technologies for the automotive aftermarket will charge Davis with overseeing sales operations in the 13 western states, from Colorado to Alaska and Hawaii.

With more than 30 years in the mobile electronics industry, Davis has spent almost his entire career with Stillwater Designs in various sales management capacities, including a seven-year posting in Europe, where he helped strengthen sales, streamline distribution infrastructure and develop new markets. Domestically, he was instrumental in developing brand messaging and implementing campaigns to support the company’s marketing channels.

“I am grateful for all the years I had with my previous employer,” said Davis. “I was able to gain extensive experience and make lifelong industry connections that I can use throughout my career. That said, KENWOOD has always been a company that thrives on product excellence and forward-thinking technology, and I am excited, in this next chapter, to employ my skills and experience with such an iconic brand.”

Based in Fort Collins, Colo., Davis plans to bolster the territory by helping sales representatives, distributors and retailers employ creative strategies to grow market share and increase sales.

“There is no question that Randy’s experience makes us a better sales and service organization,” said Rob Sutton, director of sales for KENWOOD’s car electronics division. “In addition to all of his accomplishments, he has become well-known and well-liked among industry professionals at every level. His thorough understanding of marketing strategy and execution will complement KENWOOD’s brand positioning and sales efforts with retailers and local sales representatives. We are extremely pleased to have him on board.”

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More smartphones to become compatible with Android OS 9.0 release.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., May 8, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE)– In April, KENWOOD USA announced the wireless Android Auto™ feature built into its 2018 flagship multimedia receivers was active and compatible with select Android-based smartphones. The KENWOOD eXcelon Reference Series DNX995S and DDX9905S, as well as the KENWOOD eXcelon DMX905S and KENWOOD DNX875S and DDX9705S, allow the driver to leave the phone in a pocket or bag and still get the benefit of its powerful and useful feature set. Today, the company acknowledged the current smartphone compatibility list is small but growing.

Android Auto is the popular innovation from Google that lets drivers access certain apps and features on their smartphones—navigation, messaging, Google Assistant and more—from the ease and safety of the car radio's multimedia touch screen. Until now, the function required a cable connection between the radio and smartphone. With the implementation of the wireless feature, the smartphone no longer requires a cable for Android Auto to function.

"From our standpoint, wireless Android Auto is fully functional," said Rick Noetzli, general manager for KENWOOD product research and development, car electronics sector. "Our radios can communicate with any smartphone that has the right protocols. It's just that, as of now, there are only a handful of phones that do, and these are currently all Google devices. But we fully expect more smartphone makers to enable the functionality in their devices, and when they do, our receivers will be ready."

The only devices that currently support wireless Android Auto are four versions of the Google Pixel—the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL and the second-generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL—and the legacy Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. They must be upgraded to Android OS 8.0 or higher (via an over-the-air upgrade). For other device manufacturers, wireless Android Auto will be implemented with the adoption of Android OS 9.0 or higher.

Most smartphone manufacturers will announce when software updates are available and when newer devices ship with the upgraded software. In addition, Google will maintain a compatibility list on its support page at https://support.google.com/androidauto. Under “Get started with Android Auto,” the current list of compatible smartphones is displayed under “Android Auto on your car (wireless).” (The location of this information is subject to change.)

All KENWOOD multimedia receivers that support wireless Android Auto offer full compatibility and smartphone charging through a wired connection. For detailed information on the specific features of each receiver, please view their product pages at kenwood.com/usa/car.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.jvc.com.

August 11, 2020 - North Andover, Mass. - The Mobile Electronics Association is proud to present interviews and insights with leaders in the Mobile Electronics Industry. Listen to the recent show with Chris Cook, MEA President, conducting interview an interview is with Mike Roberts of Kenwood. Listen as Mike shares his insights and perspective as it relates Kenwood and the future of the mobile electronics industry.
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New mono-block amps pair with Hi-Res Audio amplifiers and multimedia receivers

LONG BEACH, CALIF., January 18, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE) – With the release of new Hi-Res Audio amplifiers, KENWOOD has introduced a series of subwoofer and mono-block amplifiers that both complement the new products and provide better integration options for system designers. Two subwoofer amplifiers, a powered subwoofer, and a versatile woofer that can be had with or without an enclosure make up the 2018 offerings.

With an MSRP of $450, the KENWOOD eXcelon XR601-1 is a single-channel power amplifier that is rated at 600 watts at two ohms. Its more powerful partner, the KENWOOD eXcelon XR1001-1, rates 1,000 watts at two ohms and carries an MSRP of $650. Both feature speaker-level and low-level inputs, include a bass control knob and are scheduled to ship this month.

The new KSC-PSW8 amplified subwoofer features an eight-inch driver and 250-watt max amplifier in an enclosure suited for simpler installs under a truck’s rear bench seats. MSRP for the KSC-PSW8 is $350 and it will also ship this month.

For custom installs, the KENWOOD eXcelon XR-W804 handles 300 watts RMS through its single four-ohm input. It features a new, evenly dispersed spider to improve durability and an oversized diaphragm for lower frequency response. Despite the larger diaphragm, the speaker is designed to fit into a standard 8-inch subwoofer opening. Shipping this month, the XR-W804 has an MSRP of $180. It will also ship as the KENWOOD eXcelon P-XW804B in a down-firing, vented subwoofer enclosure with an MSRP of $230.

“Integration is the driving force of our industry,” said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for the KENWOOD brand. “As we build products to fit more vehicle applications, it only makes sense that our subwoofers and subwoofer amplifiers follow suit. Our new, low-profile amplifiers carry the same look as our Hi-Res Audio amplifiers, giving installers more system design options, whether the intent is show or stealth.”

For more information on select models and features, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.

June 6, 2018 -- JVCKENWOOD Canada’s Automotive Division is pleased to announce the launch of twelve new Kenwood and two new JVC Multimedia products available in June.

All products include the “New WebLink App” which is a one wire connection for Android or iOS devices. The WebLink app allows you to Navigate via Waze, receive weather information, select top local businesses such as restaurants or hair stylists with Yelp and play YouTube Videos or any Music or Videos (while parked) stored on your phone through the WebLink media player.

The top Kenwood eXcelon models, the DNX995S and DDX9905S include:

• An Industry first High Definition Capacitive Touch Screen that displays 2.7 million pixels instead of the typical 1.5 million.
• The 6.8” screens also have a luminance rating of 600 compared to the typical 400.
• They show 16.7 million colors versus the usual 262,000 colors.
• The screens also feature Anti-Smudge, Anti-Shatter and Anti-Glare Technology so they don’t wash out when viewed from side angles and remain visible even in the brightest sunlight conditions.

The Kenwood DNX995S, DNX875S, DDX9905S, DDX9705S and DMX905S feature a new Graphic User Interface with updated Icons and Information Widgets. The JVC KW-M845BW and KW-V940BW feature Live Wallpaper that synchronizes the visual display and color background to the music. All models listed include WiFi for Wireless Android Auto connectivity with select Android phones.

In total there are five new Kenwood Navigation units, six new DVD units and three new Mechless units from both JVC & Kenwood.

All 14 new units include:

• Android Auto with Google Assistant
• Apple CarPlay
• Dual zone for both audio and video
• Bluetooth with dual phone connectivity
• Hi-Res Audio 192Khz/24bit Playback
• Music Mix for Kenwood and Streaming DJ for JVC
• Remote app
• Digital Viewing Angle
• SiriusXM
• Spotify
• Maestro RR Integration with Advanced Features
• 13 Band EQ
• Individual Crossovers
• Time Correction
• DRV-N520 Dash Cam Compatible for all Kenwood models (Except DDX6905S, DDX6705S and DMX7705S)
• Dual Camera Input for all Kenwood models

For more information, please contact your Local Authorized Canadian Dealer or Contact us at:

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Noise elimination, system flexibility provide premium options for any system configuration

LAS VEGAS, Nev -- January 8, 2019 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA added three new amplifiers to its KENWOOD eXcelon line for 2019, each optimized to connect to factory installed radios for audio system enhancement. Two multi-channel designs—the X302-4 (MSRP $349.95), X802-5 (MSRP $529.95)—as well as the X502-1 (MSRP $349.95) monoblock design, let users maintain familiar factory installed controls and features while dramatically improving audio system headroom and sound quality.

All new KENWOOD eXcelon X series amplifiers are stable to two ohms and provide ample power in any applicable configuration. The X302-4 produces 75 watts RMS from each of its four channels at two ohms and doubles this amount when bridged to two channels with a four-ohm load. The highly flexible X802-5 mirrors these specs and adds a fifth channel that outputs up to 500 watts RMS with a two-ohm load. And the single-channel X502-1 will also deliver 500 watts RMS at two ohms, or 300 watts RMS at four ohms.

“Whenever you interact with a factory installed radio or amplifier, the most critical step is the elimination or avoidance of noise in audio playback,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager for KENWOOD. “These new amplifiers have been enhanced with internal mechanics to accomplish this, as well as connectivity features to make interfacing a more streamlined process.”

In addition to traditional RCA inputs that connect to aftermarket receivers, the new amplifiers feature dedicated inputs to connect to speaker-level outputs from factory radios and amplifiers, eliminating the possibility of noise from poor splicing connections. All connections are on one side of the amplifier to minimize issues with wire routing, and aluminum has been introduced into the mounting structure to reduce vibration.

Internal improvements include electronic component enhancements to reduce THD (total harmonic distortion). A subsonic filter improves efficiency by eliminating playback of frequencies outside the audible range, and a new circuit board layout and components provide a marked decrease of radiated noise.

Another new addition to these amplifiers is a remote controller input, enabling users to control the bass channel input sensitivity from the optional KCA-RC01A remote control. The KCA-RC01A features both surface- and flush-mounting options for optimum positioning.

The new KENWOOD eXcelon X series amplifiers are expected to be available in February. For more information on select models and features, visit http://www.kenwood.com/usa/car.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.jvc.com.

LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – At the 2017 CES, KENWOOD is introducing its first car audio power amplifier with built-in digital signal processing. The XR600-6DSP (MSRP $800) is a six-channel power plant that, through partnership with Automotive Data Solutions (ADS), upgrades select factory audio systems by supplanting, rather than supplementing the factory amplifier. Its highly customizable outputs can be configured to create the ideal sound stage and retain functionality of factory installed safety and entertainment components that use the audio system to deliver notifications.

The XR600-6DSP, combined with the ADS iDatalink Maestro AR (Amplifier Replacement module; MSRP $130) is a sleeker, more intuitive alternative to the current OEM integration products that process audio from the high-level outputs of the factory amplifier. These solutions involve summing and processing all the amplified, split-frequency channels back into full-range signals, filtering out noise from the amplification, processing the restructured signals, then re-amplifying them for output to speakers and subwoofers. Very often in this scenario, certain factory features are lost, such as fading or factory notifications being output through specific speakers.

The ADS iDatalink Maestro AR uses a vehicle-specific T-harness to attach between the factory radio and amplifier, providing a clean, flat audio signal to the XR600-6DSP through a proprietary harness. In addition, it supplies the specific control signals that retain factory function and notifications.

"It's really the gateway to attaining the highest quality audio reproduction from a high-end factory system," said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for KENWOOD. "We recognize that not every vehicle, especially newer models, can have the factory radio replaced without extensive back-end integration and upfront fabrication. With the Maestro AR and our XR600-6DSP, the factory amplifier no longer has to be the obstacle between good-enough audio and great audio."

The XR600-6DSP maximizes the clean factory audio signal with a built-in, 192kHz / 32-bit processing module that facilitates up to 10 channels of audio (six internally amplified; four with additional amplification). The internal signal processing and amplification circuitry are separated to maintain signal integrity. Digital Time Alignment is electronically set for each channel, and each pair of channels is tailored with adjustable crossover points and 13 bands of equalization. Finally, the individual channels are fine-tuned with a three-band parametric equalizer before being amplified and sent to speakers.

Amplified outputs are fully configurable to match most factory speaker layouts. The six-channel amplifier is measured at 75 watts RMS per channel at four ohms with bridging capability to produce 200 watts RMS through three channels at four ohms. Two sets of five-volt RCA connectors allow additional amplifiers to be added to the system without the need for more crossovers or processing.

With the new KENWOOD DSP control app installed on a compatible iPhone® or Android™-powered device, the XR600-6DSP is wirelessly configurable with broad access for installation technicians (Installer mode) and limited selections for end users (User mode). Built-in Bluetooth® connects the amplifier to the app. In the Installer mode, the technician sets the speaker map, time alignment, crossover points, equalization and parametric EQ settings for all applicable channels. With a simpler interface, users can select the listening focus, overall equalization presets and subwoofer volume.

For larger systems, the KENWOOD XR600-6DSP can be paired with the new XR1000-1 mono-channel power amplifier (MSRP $500; shipping in January), capable of up to 1,000 watts RMS at two ohms. Improved capacitance and cooling efficiency create more power with less heat, and its Dual Sigma Drive technology provides controlled, accurate bass.

The XR600-6DSP comes with the data cable to connect to the Maestro AR as well as an extension cable for more installation options. The vehicle-specific T-harnesses are sold separately and available from ADS.  Both the XR600-6DSP and Maestro AR are scheduled to ship in March with applications for 2011 and newer Ford vehicles with My Ford Touch and Sony amplifiers, as well as 2011 and newer Chrysler vehicles with eight-inch screens and factory amplifiers. A Toyota / Lexus solution will follow shortly after launch

For more information, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.

April 26th, 2018 – DAYTONA BEACH Soundcrafters of Daytona Beach, Fla., now in its 40th year of business, has teamed up with its core dealer brands Kenwood, JL Audio, Metra and Arc Audio, to exhibit in the Daytona Exhibitor section of the Jeep Beach festivities at the Daytona Speedway April 27th and 28th, from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Soundcrafters 30- by 60-foot booth will feature four specially built vehicles focusing on numerous areas of mobile electronics, from a full custom Kenwood car audio system in a modified 2007 Jeep JK, a full lighting system from Heise on a 2015 JK, a full JL system in a 2016 JK and a full JL Audio powersports system in a 2018 Polaris Slingshot, all built by Soundcrafters.

There will be a number of show specials available for sale in the Soundcrafters booth, including a 300 watt amp, subwoofer and enclosure package for only $199.95. Another show special will be a set of 6.5-inch component speakers for only $99.95/pair.

Soundcrafters and JL Audio have also supported the Jeep Beach organizer’s “Margaritaville” Jeep with a full JL Audio system including the “Stealthbox” for the vehicle. Soundcrafters performed the installation in the system being displayed at every Jeep Beach event throughout the week.

Soundcrafters will also have a fully staffed installation facility on property at the Speedway for those who want to get their equipment installed right away.

“This is our first year with Jeep Beach and we’re very excited to offer local, full service facilities at the event,” said Moe Sabourin, General Manager at Soundcrafters. “Our goal is to give Jeep Beach attendees great value and installation, whatever their mobile electronics needs are. And we’re local, so consumers know we’re here to take care of them during and after the sale, with our 40 year reputation for quality service and installations.”

Kenwood and MAG Sales representative Bill Freeman said, “We’re excited to attend Jeep Beach to support our local Excelon dealer, Soundcrafters, in showcasing our new XR Excelon Reference Hi-Res products in the Soundcrafters Jeep!”

For more information, contact Soundcrafters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (386) 761-8800.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., February 18th, 2020KENWOOD USA announced its rep of the year awards for both individual sales reps, as well as sales rep firms for the East, Midwest, and Western territories at their recent annual sales rep meeting, held at their corporate office in Long Beach, Calif.  

Western Region Sales Rep of the Year: Ryan Christie, N&S Marketing

Midwest Region Sales Rep of the Year: Tim Hill, Pinnacle Sales

Eastern Region Sales Rep of the Year: Greg Wallace, Audio Video Representatives (AVR)

Ryan Christie represents N & S Marketing in the Pacific Northwest, and has been a part of the company for 12 years. “Ryan prides himself in putting his dealers first, making sure they are getting the best service regardless of how much volume they do,” stated Rob Sutton, KENWOOD Western Regional Sales Manager. “All of my dealers matter equally to me,” stated Christie. “Whenever there’s a need, it’s important to me to be able to respond or get an answer as quickly as possible. I’m truly humbled and honored to have received this award for the second consecutive year.”

As the independent owner/operator of Pinnacle Sales in Michigan since 2003, Tim Hill has actually been a KENWOOD sales rep since 1987. “I couldn’t be happier with Tim’s level of performance and   commitment to his dealers,” stated Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales and Marketing. “He constantly strives to be of service whenever and in whatever fashion his dealers need. He really lives up to his standards of never saying no to them. They are truly lucky to have him.”

From Marietta, GA, Greg Wallace has been a part of distribution sales with AVR since 2006. In 2015, he was promoted to also handle direct accounts. “Greg’s candor is undeniable with his dealers,” stated Kelly McDaniel, KENWOOD Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “Through his remarkable organizational skills and ability to be efficient, he continuously strives to communicate with and provide the best in information and service to his dealers”.

Western Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: Oliver Marketing Norcal, Inc.

Midwest Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: River City Sales

Eastern Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: Audio Video Representatives (AVR)

Oliver Marketing NorCal, Inc. was founded in 1986 and consists of Bob Oliver (President), Dave Furness (VP), Dennis Medeiros (Sales), Paul Francia (Sales), and Peggy Harvey (Sales Support/Customer Service).

“Even when unpreventable troubles present themselves, the Oliver Marketing NorCal crew has managed to turn setbacks into triumphs,” said Rob Sutton. “They continuously outperform to ensure their dealers receive nothing but the best.”

River City Sales has been proudly representing KENWOOD from the St. Louis, MO area since 2004, with team member Brett Phelps serving as a KENWOOD rep since 2000. Their team consists of Gary Cooley (Owner), Brett Phelps (Sales), Ray Smith (Sales), and Lori Beyer (Inside Sales). “The River City Sales team is always working it, always communicating, always taking phone calls… the little things” stated Mike Roberts. “We provide weekly updates to our dealers to ensure they have accurate numbers, knowledge of rebates, etc., always finding ways to put money back in our dealers pockets,” stated Phelps. “Communicating with our dealers is crucial to us. If they are far away, we still try to at least talk to them as much as possible. Our rep company’s success is 100% based on their success.”

Commanding both of the Eastern region territory awards, AVR, owned by Joe and Teri Hanson, has served as both a KENWOOD distribution center and as sales representative firm for 18 years. In fact, Joe has even served as a KENWOOD rep personally since 1982. Their outside sales team consists of Brian Cargile and Greg Wallace, with Jacob Gromovsky and Christie Crook on the inside. “We try to give our customers excellent customer service and provide constant communication, always keeping them informed to ensure that they stay successful,” stated Joe. “AVR thinks outside of the box on ways to always be improving their level of service to their dealers,” stated Kelly McDaniel. “Their level of commitment to these efforts is one of the many reasons they earned the rep of year award for 2019.”

“When deciding on these awards, we look at several key criteria, including Territory Leadership, Maintaining a Strong Dealer Base, Being Solution Oriented, Having a Positive Attitude, and Driving Sales,” stated Mike Roberts. “Since all of our sales reps are incredible and exhibit these attributes, these awards are tough to nail down, and we are truly grateful for all that was accomplished in 2019”.

For more information on KENWOOD, visit http:// www.kenwood.com/usa/car

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa/car and www.us.jvc.com/car.

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