12V: Changing of the Guard at IASCA
The one thing consistent throughout the life of the International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) is the enthusiasm of the competitors and folks in charge. Originally, it was run as a consortium of passionate employees among different manufacturers. Then it was Paul Papadeas, who took the venture private – but he was always looking to the spirit of bettering the 12-volt community by being the premier organization of both sound quality and installation integrity. Now, the baton has been passed to enthusiast, competitor, certified judge, judge trainer and event producer Travis Chin. “Travis has been a competitor since 1994,” Papadeas notes, “and is an IASCA Certified Judge and Judge Trainer, participating and producing events nationally and traveling, training IASCA Judges internationally. He has demonstrated the posture of a leader and a professional, befitting of the industry’s premier Soundoff organization, and is well respected among his peers.” A strong IASCA can only help retailers do more business.
We were able to speak with Travis Chin, and he is very excited about taking the reins. “I'm so excited to take IASCA and push it even further. I have almost 20 years of experience in analytics and market research, and for the past seven years, I've also been organizing IASCA events in the Pacific Northwest. I hope to bring all those skills and experiences together to help IASCA grow with an increase in events, as well as provide opportunities for competitors, retailers, and manufacturers to showcase their work and products.”
Ultimately, for Chin, it is all about the love of music and combining it with his passion for cars – just as most soundoff competitors are drawn to the Association. “As a child, I played several musical instruments and had a love for music. Eventually my passion became custom cars when I started driving. It didn't take long for me to put music and cars together, and I started competing in IASCA in 1994. I have been judging since 1998. I have met so many people within the industry. In that time, many have become close friends. A lot of new technology is being introduced for vehicles daily, and I look forward to keeping IASCA up [to date] with the latest trends and carrying on the history that comes with it.”
Moe Sabourin is the current Director of Operations for IASCA, and wanted to talk about the organization he was involved in for the better part of his 12-volt career. “Having been involved with IASCA for close to 20 years and in the last decade as its Director, the feeling is bittersweet, but I’m very excited for the future of the organization under Travis’ leadership. I’m quite confident that Travis, along with IASCA’s group of colleagues nationwide and internationally, will keep the IASCA mission moving forward. We at the current IASCA office will work closely with Travis and his team to make the transition as seamless as possible.”
Chin is pumped about the future of the soundoff organization. “I’m excited to take over the IASCA mission. It’s been one of my passions for a long time. Over the next several weeks, I plan to work with Moe and Kim Sabourin to become acclimated. I look forward to upholding the principles and traditions that IASCA has established over the last 32 years. I will also enjoy connecting with industry leaders and work with the other associations to further the promotional efforts that are most important to the industry.”
Papadeas summed up all he has done for the organization. “Throughout the last three decades, the industry has benefitted in many ways from soundoff events. They are the best grassroots efforts to promote consumer exposure and are worthy of manufacturer support. At this phase of my career, after close to 50 years, I feel it important to pass the Association on to a new generation, to a person as passionate about our industry as I have been. Travis is that person. I personally implore all car audio manufacturers and enthusiasts to support Travis in IASCA’s continuing mission. I would like to thank all the competitor, dealer and industry supporters, as well as our international affiliate nations, for their commitment to IASCA during our tenure. It has been an honor to serve you for close to 20 years.” The official transfer of IASCA ownership took place on Dec. 1. For more info on IASCA Worldwide, contact Travis Chin at email@example.com.