Holly Hill, FL – Metra Electronics®, a leader in manufacturing aftermarket mobile electronics accessories, has announced the addition of Jason Anderson as Vice President of Research and Development. Anderson will oversee new product lines, further filling out its team of mobile electronics industry veterans in the company’s corporate headquarters in Holly Hill, FL. He will focus on accelerating innovation and growth for all of Metra’s 12 Volt brands by leading new product line development.
A 1997 graduate of Metra’s Installer Institute, Anderson went on to spend 11 years at the school, becoming a Master Certified MECP instructor – and later director, holding all certifications. During his time at the Installer Institute he contributed to the growth of the school’s mobile electronics program, building it from a 4 week course to 10 weeks, along with expanding to a new, larger facility. A truly dedicated individual and a staple to the electronics field, Anderson has trained thousands of installers, including those graduates who have gone on to become Installer of the Year, and many who are now business owners or well known installers in the industry. He has traveled to India on three separate month-long excursions as an ambassador of the school, training a total of 180 installers.
Anderson also helped to create the Mobile Electronics Schools Association, or MESA. This program provides graduates with certification of their skill level via hands-on testing instead of standardized written tests. MESA certification is beneficial to installers throughout their careers, and helps employers identify candidates for employment who have proven their ability and aptitude in hands-on mobile electronics installations.
A 2005 recipient of the MECP industry leader award, Anderson has much to offer in his new role at Metra Electronics. Media accolades include the creation of 14 training videos for the Installer Institute, authoring instructional manuals, and numerous articles in PASMag – as well as other prestigious publications. Anderson has been instrumental in the training of US government agents in servicing presidential vehicles and has also trained Special Operations teams with skills they can use to combat terrorism.
Personal endeavours include owning a successful car audio installation business, located in Ormond Beach, FL – where he oversaw marine, home, and vehicle dealership services. Jason has also built custom show cars, including the “Black Death Escalade” which is featured on the Installer Institute’s website.
“We’re excited to bring someone with Jason’s experience and knowledge to join our team,” says Bill Jones, President of Metra Electronics. Anderson is looking forward to working alongside Metra’s team of professionals to extend the company’s line of innovative products in the fast-growing electronics industry.