NORTH ANDOVER, MASS.– The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced today final figures for its recently completed KnowledgeFest education conference and trade show in Dallas. The event was another record-setter for MEA with year-over-year growth for each event. KnowledgeFest Dallas 2017 had more than 1,300 attendees, 55 exhibitors occupying more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space, 40 hours of educational workshops and 60 hours of vendor training and finishing with a celebration of our industry’s accomplishments at the annual Mobile Electronics Industry Awards.
To accommodate the event’s growth, KnowledgeFest Dallas moved to a bigger venue, the Dallas Convention Center and Omni Dallas Hotel. Additionally, growth of new product categories such as driver assistance and safety products were well represented and offered installing dealer’s new revenue opportunities. New tech companies are finding the KnowledgeFest show floor and available training time an affordable way to bring their products to market with the mobile electronics specialist. New for this year’s event was the “Accelerate your Business” keynote, business owners’ night school and manufacturer tours and training on the exhibit floor.
“We are demonstrating to our attendees and exhibitors that KnowledgeFest is dedicated to the mobile electronics specialist, the installing dealer. For MEA, it’s a niche market comprised of not only veterans and survivors, but new businesses being created by young entrepreneurs,” remarked Chris Cook, president of MEA. “The educational programming and vendor training unique to KnowledgeFest adds value to the attendees’ and exhibitors’ experiences.”
KnowledgeFest is growing. For 2018, MEA announced a third KnowledgeFest at the Long Beach Convention Center. The west coast and especially southern California has historically been a strong market for mobile electronics; and, many vendors’ US headquarters are in Southern California. Interest from vendors looking to make a strong statement to dealers in this market is high. Advance space selection for Long Beach is strong and MEA anticipates having to expand exhibit space.
For more information on the most recent event in Dallas, go to www.KFest.me to review the education and manufacturer training descriptions, pictures from the event and information about the exhibitors.
MEA brings the KnowledgeFest education conference and trade show experience to three regional locations: Indianapolis in the east, Dallas central, and new-for-2018 Long Beach on the west coast.
2018 KnowledgeFest Dates:
- Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California, February 23-25, 2018
- Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 16-18, 2018
- Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas, August 17-19, 2018
About the Mobile Electronics Association
Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) is a trade association comprised of installing dealers and product vendors dedicated to serving the needs of the mobile electronics specialist industry. MEA owns and produces KnowledgeFest®, events in Long Beach, Indianapolis and Dallas that combine educational programming and vendor training with a trade show floor. MEA owns and publishes the monthly Mobile Electronics® magazine, which is the industry’s #1 resource, as well as other digital media, including websites and the industry’s e-newsletter Hotwire. MEA provides software and data-driven services to vendors and retailers.