New York — The displacement of over a million people in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has affected the consumer electronics industry, leaving surviving stores in the area without salespeople, store managers and car stereo installers.
Some resourceful industry members have created a list of Gulf Coast stores that are looking to hire new employees and a listing of stores in other regions who are willing to hire displaced industry members.
The following list was compiled in various parts by the Mobile Enhancement Retailers Association (MERA) and Sunbelt Associates in Carrollton, Texas:
Car Fi, Springfield, Mo., is in need of auto-glass tinters. Please contact Rick Snelson for job opportunity and relocation assistance at (417) 882-5511.
David's Car Stereo, Baton Rouge, La., is seeking a store manager for its new Houma store and salespeople for its Baton Rouge store. Also needed is a home audio crew of salesmen and installers for the Baton Rouge store. “Only the most qualified need apply.” Please contact Lisa at Sunbelt Associates at (972) 661-5004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike's Audio, Baton Rouge, La., is seeking a car stereo installer and custom home installers. Please contact Lisa at Sunbelt Associates at (972) 661-5004 or email@example.com.
Installation Unlimited, Ponca City, Okla., is seeking an installer. Please contact Lisa at Sunbelt Associates at (972) 661-5004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ricky Smith’s Audio, Lafayette, La., is hiring installers, sales people and managers in the Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Gonzales areas. Please contact (337) 237-0682.
Jo-Di's Sound Centers, Hartford, Conn., is looking to hire industry members who want to relocate out of the Gulf Coast. Please contact (860) 953-5614, ext 207.
Custom Sounds, Austin, Texas, with stores also in San Antonio, the St Louis area and southern Illinois, is seeking installers, salesmen and managers.Please contact Brian Dorsey (512) 695-4910.
Santa Fe Auto Sound, Overland Park, Kan., is in need of a salesperson. Contact Lisa at Sunbelt Associates at (972)-661-5004 or email@example.com.
Audio Midwest, Oklahoma City, needs home and car audio salespeople and home audio installers, temporary or permanent. Please contact Lisa at Sunbelt Associates at (972) 661-5004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crutchfield, Charlottesville, Va., is looking to fill a variety of positions at its Charlottesville and Norton, Va., locations. Priority will be given to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Housing will be arranged, and relocating expenses will be paid for. Visit www.crutchfield.com/jobs or call (888) 955-6000 for more information.
Any members of the industry looking to hire new or displaced employees may send the information to TWICE and we will post it here on the Web site. Please contact Lisa Cervini at email@example.com.