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Audio Center's Putnam Dies at 40

Dealer/installer was active in MERA

December 17, 2013 By Stephen Silver
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"When I was 16 years old I ate breathed and slept car audio," Lance Putnam told Dealerscope in an interview in 2010. Putnam carried that passion into a 15-year career as car audio installer and owner of Audio Center in Richmond, Kentucky. Putnam passed away over the weekend after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 40 years old.

Putnam is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and his son and daughter.

Putnam, a graduate of Auburn University, worked for Jimmy's Car Stereo and for a Toyota dealership early in his career, before purchasing Audio Center in 2006. In addition, Putnam was active in the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA.)

“Lance was a valued and longtime member of the MERA Leadership board," Chris Cook, MERA's president, said on behalf of the organization . "His contributions to MERA and the industry provided us with insight to both the challenges and opportunities that helped make MERA and KnowledgeFest what it is today. He will be greatly missed! He really loved this industry and showed it in word and deed."

In an email, Putnam's close friend, sales trainer Del Ellis, fondly remembered his fast friendship with Putnam, and the part he played in Ellis' first-ever sales training.

Those interested in donations to Putnum's family or Christmas gifts for his children are asked to send them to 3817 Nina Ridge, Lancaster, Ky. 40444, or via PayPal to

A visitation will be held for Putnam Tuesday from 6 to 9, with the funeral to follow Wednesday at Spurlin Funeral Home in Lancaster.

Putnam's passing was first reported by Amy Gilroy of CE Outlook.


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