Daytona Beach, Fla. - New exhibitors appeared at this year's Spring Break Nationals, a car show and soundoff event held here earlier this month, including Got 2 B Wireless, Sonic Soundlabs, Gemsen America, Linear Power, Blues Car Audio and B-52.
"Everyone I spoke with, in and outside the industry, were very upbeat leading up to the show," said Spring Break Nationals promoter Paul Papadeas, "and upon departure from the event were most satisfied with the turnout."
MERA hosted seminars offering technical and sales training from Scosche, Autopage, JL Audio, Powerbass, Metra Electronics and Aamp of America. The exhibit show floor remained open on Monday for a dealers' show, a first for the Spring Break Nationals.
"Truthfully, Monday's dealer show floor exposure was too weak to justify," said Papadeas.
Florida distributors LESCO and Audio America reported increased sales and dealer attendance in their breakout rooms adjacent to the show floor, according to a release put out by IASCA.
Other events during the event included drag racing competitions from International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA), Mobile Electronics Competition Association. (MECA) and dB Drag Racing, and a Funkmaster Flex custom car and bike show. Aamp of America sponsored a Phoenix Gold guitar giveaway with rock band Stria performing on Sunday, and Audiobahn sponsored a Papa John's Pizza eating content and two bikini contests.
Scosche Industries took the Best Booth Award for "being the exhibitor with the best pre-event communication, best organization, and most professional looking [and] well staffed, with good attention to spectators distributing ample quantities of handout materials and branded premiums, right down to the padded carpet," IASCA said.
The Epsilon Group (Soundstream, PPI, Fahrenheit and Power Acoustik) received the Bruce Terrell Award for the third consecutive year. The Bruce Terrell Award is given to the exhibitor said to be the most supportive of its community of dealers, distributors, rep firms and soundoff competition team.
Next year's Spring Break Nationals will be held March 16-19, 2012.