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Certified Sounds of Maui is Expanding and Growing

WAILUKU, HAWAII, October 3, 2016 – Certified Sounds is an upscale specialist car electronics retailer on the Island of Maui in Hawaii. President and Founder, Derek Pace, is moving forward with long-term goals to expand and grow the company including a brand new, purpose-built facility and hiring a new GM to lead day-to-day operations.

Maui and all the Hawaiian Islands are well-known for outrageous real estate prices, something that can challenge the growth of any small business. “We purchased in 2015 after seeking a site for several years that would accommodate the facility we wanted to build from the ground up and still be accessible to the commuter traffic that frequents our area of the island. We finally found an ideal location and will be breaking ground soon. In all we’re investing over 1 million dollars” explained Pace.

In the new facility, which will be about triple the current size of his 2700 sq.ft. location, Pace plans to outfit the location with innovative display and work areas for his already successful automotive electronics business. “We will construct a client-friendly showroom that’s reminiscent of an Apple® store as well as a completely new custom wood shop, metal fab shop and upholstery room that’ll help us execute product demonstrations and more efficient labor utilization” says Pace. Certified Sounds does a great car audio business and will continue to grow the safety and driver assist categories for their client base. “Introducing new technologies with real-world demonstration capability will always be a priority for our clients’ awareness and experience” concluded Pace, whose CTA involvement in the Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) sparked the idea to broaden the store’s clientele reach.

In addition to the robust aftermarket car electronics business, Certified Sounds will also expand into product categories that bring in a broad range of new technology consumers. “We will offer a variety of select new consumer products including high resolution home audio and video, sound bars, portable and Bluetooth™ speakers, headphones, digital cameras, and eventually getting into health/fitness and wearables categories” continued Pace of the company’s future plans. He envisions Certified Sounds as a one-of-a-kind premier electronics and technology destination for Maui consumers.

To help drive this growth and development, Pace brought in an industry veteran Jay Oliphant to assume the role of General Manager and oversee daily retail operations. Jay has over 23 years of deep industry experience in installation, client relations and management. Among Jay’s career achievements are magazine and SEMA Show featured builds, IASCA and MECA judging, as well as deep expertise in OEM audio integration and system tuning with advanced DSP integration devices. Jay was most recently involved in a successful central California-based retail and B2B services specialty 12v retail store for the past 10 years before coming to Certified Sounds. “Jay will help evolve and shape our mission statement. Hiring a higher level employee like Jay is an investment into the business and in someone who has the same long-term goals and outlook as I have” commented Pace.

For more information and to follow the exciting company expansion, visit or find them on Facebook at certifiedsoundsmaui.

Arlington, Va. -- Oct. 3, 2019 – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® today announced Adam Devine, owner of Devine Concepts in Naples, FL, as the recipient of the Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) Technician of the Year.

A Master Installation Technician for four years, Devine has been certified for almost 18 years. He was selected by the Vehicle Technology Division of CTA and MECP-certified experts in the aftermarket industry for his dedication to excellence and customer satisfaction; his role as a mentor to many in the industry; and constantly striving to further his knowledge on complex elements.

“We’re excited to announce Adam Devine as the MECP Technician of the Year,” said Jeff Cantrell, MECP Committee Chairman. “The MECP program recognizes professionals who maintain industry best practices and seek continuing education in order to provide clients with outstanding service and installations. Adam has gone to great lengths to maintain and grow his own certification over many years, market the program to his clients, and maintain the highest standards in every installation.”

MECP, owned by CTA, is a certification program for installation technicians and salespeople of mobile electronics and aftermarket automotive equipment. It is the only nationally recognized program that certifies technicians on the installation techniques and capabilities of automobile information technology, entertainment, navigation and safety/security systems.

Devine will receive an expenses-paid trip to CES® 2020 and accept the award on the CTA Stage in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. CES 2020 will take place Jan. 7-10, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV.

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As the only nationally recognized certification program for the mobile electronics industry, MECP intends to reenergize its efforts in the coming year and encourage more technicians to seek higher certification levels.


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One of the goals for 2019 and beyond is to increase the number of certified technicians, and to re-energize the program as the only certification standard for the industry, according to Kris Bulla, a consultant for MECP. Currently, there are four different certifications available—Mobile Product Specialist, Basic Installation Technician, Advanced Installation Technician and Master Installation Technician. More than 2,700 individuals are presently certified, with most certifications in the Basic category, according to data from MECP and the Consumer Technology Association.

“The Basic Certification is someone who has little to no experience in the bay, someone who is looking to become employed in a job that requires certification, and wants to continue working in the bay and needs the education,” Bulla said. “Advanced or higher is the level where we want everyone to be.”

More is expected of each level, Bulla added. “Master Technicians could run or manage a shop if they don’t already, or they might have the opportunity to move into a manufacturer or a distributor position with this type of certification. The Basic and Advanced guys in a shop where a Master technician works will typically go and get help from them if they can’t figure something out.”

It’s important to continue moving up, Bulla said, and the goal for the coming year is... Read the rest of the story HERE.





11-21-2016 -- Another exclusive MECP Masters Appreciation Dinner occurred November 3rd during the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The annual MECP Masters Dinner has become a “can’t miss” event for up-and-coming leaders in the aftermarket automotive electronics industry. With a new venue, Gordon Biersch Restaurant, and many new manufacturer and sales rep partners – the 2016 event was one of the best Masters Dinner yet.

Nearly 30 people in all attended the event. MECP Master Installation Technicians and their spouses, as well as industry guests from manufacturers such as Sony, Orca, Audio Control, AAMP Global, Metra and several sales rep firms. During the dinner, MECP awarded several achievement prizes and giveaways for the technicians in attendance. This year the bounty of prizes were generously furnished by Sony, Audio Control, Bojo Tools, CTA, Focal America, Heise Lighting, Mobile Solutions. Everyone was well fed and had a great time getting to know each other, or catch up with friends and industry colleagues.

Each Master technician in attendance received these exciting gifts from generous MECP supporters:

  • Sony Notebook/Journal
  • Audio Control, Focal and Mosconi T-Shirts
  • Numerous Bojo Premium Pry and Scrape Tool Sets
  • Audio Control and Focal T-Shirts
  • iSimple Smartphone Charging Cable
  • CTA Pens, Aluminum Luggage Tag and USB Wall Plug
  • CTA/CES Stainless Steel Water Bottle

MECP achievement prize winners:

  • Very First in Attendance to become MECP Certified: Bill Repicky (Metra/Heise). Bill became MECP Basic certified back in September 1994, over 22 years ago. Bill won a Sony MEX-MB100bt head unit.
  • Longest Continually Master Certified in Attendance: Josh White (Firstech/Compustar). Josh has been an MECP Master since February 2008 and now works as a Technical Support Specialist. Josh won a Sony MEX-MB100bt head unit.
  • Longest Continually MECP Certified in Attendance: Bryan Safford (Best Buy). Bryan has been an MECP Master since February 2009, but has held MECP certifications continuously without expiration (or having leveled-up) since July 2004. Bryan won a Sony MEX-MB100bt head unit.
  • Leadership Award: Jeff Meece (Meece Car Audio). Since becoming Master certified in 2008, Jeff has opened and grown a successful independent retail business with many employees to manage and positively influence. Jeff won a Heise LED light bar, Focal ear buds and a Focal pry tool set.
  • Entreprenuer Award: Jim Smyka (IDEA Solutions). Since becoming Master certified in 2006, Jim has started an expeditor-focused installation business as well as a few other businesses including his t-shirt company Warhole Designs. Jim won a Heise LED light bar, Focal ear buds and a Focal pry tool set.

Additional fantastic giveaway prizes at the MECP Masters Dinner included:

  • Audio Control LC-4.800 Amplifier
  • Focal Ear Buds
  • Heise LED Light Bars
  • Mobile Solutions PT9A and PT2 Polarity Testers
  • Phoenix Gold RX65CX Coaxial Speakers
  • Sony MEX-MB100bt Head Units
  • A Sony RSX-G59 Digital Media Head Unit
  • Stinger SPX 350.2 Micro Amplifiers
  • Installation Technician T-shirts from Warhole Designs

MECP recognized Kris Bulla and Pete Daley as exceptional proctors who have been responsible for delivering many MECP exams throughout 2016 where retailers in their respective regions request a proctor. The two men are some of MECP’s greatest evangelists. Finally, MECP also took time to recognize the MECP Facebook group’s incredible growth and success which is administered/monitored by Master technicians Michael Abeita, Kris Bulla and Rick Costello.

For making the annual Master’s Dinner an extreme success, MECP would like to thank all the technicians, spouses and supporting companies who participate. When one looks around at these dinners, it’s clear that many current and future industry leaders are positively influencing the technical skills and career path of the 12 volt Installation Technician through their connection to MECP. The future is bright and technical knowledge is not going out of style in the aftermarket electronics category. If you’re an MECP Master, consider joining MECP at next year’s event in Las Vegas!

January 21, 2021 -- The MECP program, previously owned and operated by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, has been purchased by the Certification Systems Technology Company™ (CTSC). This new company was founded and is operated by industry veteran Kris Bulla who has more than 25 years' experience with the MECP program and its operations.

In February 2021, the program will leap forward into an all-digital format. "The new all-digital format will make it far easier to get access to the educational material and take the logistical nightmare out of locating a testing center or trying to create a testing environment at your home or office. You can now learn from anywhere you have Internet access, at any time." Says Kris Bulla, Certification Systems Technology Company founder, and president. Learning content from the existing study guides has been transitioned to a new online learning platform that provides access to both the study material and testing from any computer, phone, or tablet with an Internet connection. This digital format removes the need to carry or use a physical study guide and eliminates the need to schedule and travel to a testing center. A new learning progress tracker allows learning at the user's pace and promotes higher-level certification achievement. Future improvements like a Technician Finder tool, account management, and expanded certification levels and content will provide far more value to those who have become certified.

The new program is subscription-based. If you are currently certified, your current certification is valid through the end of that particular certification, as indicated by the expiration date on your certificate. Your MECP account will reflect your current certification level through its expiration date as well for verification purposes. Once any current certification ends, or if you decide to upgrade to another certification level, you will be required to subscribe to that level within the new platform.

The changes and account access are expected to be available in early February. To learn more about these changes or to access your account, visit For assistance with your certification status or any questions you might have about these changes, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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