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Dealerscope advisors explain what their economic bellwethers are saying By David Dritsas The year 2001 will go down in history as one of our nation's most challenging years, both politically and economically. The National Bureau of Economic Research recently declared that the U.S. is in a recession that effectively began in March. Even so, the holiday shopping season started strong and Dealerscope's Editorial Advisory Board maintains a cautious but positive outlook. Some look at traditional larger scale economic indicators. "I use basically two things," said Steve Witt, VP of brand marketing & communications, Alpine Electronics of America, "looking at the overall output, using GDP

Vice President Group Publisher eric schwartz (215) 238-5420 • FAX (215) 238-5457 eschwartz@napco.com Editor-in-Chief JANET PINKERTON (215) 238-5464 • FAX (215) 238-5346 jpinkerton@napco.com EDITORIAL Senior Editor David Dritsas (215) 238-5261 ddritsas@napco.com Senior Editor markkus rovito (215) 238-5416 mrovito@napco.com Associate Editor Collin Keefe (215) 238-5334 ckeefe@napco.com Managing Editor CHRIS JAGGER (215) 238-5334 cjagger@napco.com Editor at Large Grant Clauser (215) 238-5216 gclauser@napco.com Contributing Editor, Brett Solomon Mobile Electronics (516) 731-7274 Nopanegain@aol.com Editorial Offices: 401 N. Broad St., 5th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19108 (215) 238-5346 www.dealerscope.com STAFF Classified Production Manager MADELINE SACERDOTE Reader Service PATRICIA NICHOLS Advertising Production Manager maria varallo Circulation Manager rhoda dixon (215) 238-5381 Copyright ©2001 North American Publishing Company Editorial and Publishing

The Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) tapped noted installer David "Fishman" Rivera to provide fabrication training for installers at each of MERA's Mobile Education Tour events. Two events occured in Hartford, Conn, and in Lisle/Naperville, Ill. last month. The next and final event is scheduled for Oct. 28th in Orlando, Fla. For more information, call MERA at (800) 949-6372. The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) elected its executive committee for 2001-2002: CEDIA President Jeff Hoover of Audio Advisors; Vice President Ray Lepper of Home Media Stores; Treasurer Mitchell Klein of Media Systems; Secretary Andy Willcox of Pro Line Integrated Systems; and

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