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bio: Tony Candela

Tony Candela has been part of the Automotive Aftermarket industry for over 20 years.  After years as a hobbyist, his professional career began in Joplin, MO as a car audio installer in 1989.  He most recently worked for Rockford Corporation in the capacity of Regional Sales Manager, where he served in this capacity from 2002 – 2008. He founded Candela Sales & Marketing in February of 2009.

In his time in the industry, Candela has been instrumental in recognizing opportunity and conceiving the tools and strategies to capture it.  In addition to his many accomplishments, Candela is an avid automotive enthusiast.  He owns two vehicles that he utilizes to network with other local auto enthusiasts.

In addition to automotive, Candela has been an audio hobbyist since before he could drive. His father introduced him to the audio hobby at a young age and by the age of 14 he was doing audio installations in friends' vehicles in his parents driveway. By the time he could drive, he was already known as the "stereo guy" and outfitted his vehicle with the most over the top system of the time. This passion allowed him to pursue a career as a car audio installer for many years.

Candela has authored two books:

Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems - In this book, he provides the answers to weekend DIYers and professionals alike. After years of collecting data, he realized that most automotive enthusiasts are intimidated by the challenge of repairing, servicing, or troubleshooting anything to do with the wiring or electronics in their vehicles. He drew on his vast experience when writing this book, it has been met with great reviews, it is a best seller for his publisher, and in 2010 earned an International Automotive Media Award.

Automotive Electrical Performance Projects - In this book, he puts all of what the reader learns in Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems to work to complete 14 of the most popular automotive electrical projects. Each project is presented in amazing detail and over 500 full color photos and diagrams accompany the text.

In 2011, Candela started his 2nd company, CE Auto Electric Supply. CE Auto Electric Supply is a supplier of difficult to find automotive electrical supplies. In addition, CE Auto Electric Supply manufacturers battery relocation kits, charging system upgrade kits, headlight relay kits, etc. CLICK to visit the web site.

On the weekends, he can typically be found in his garage working on his vehicles or at any number of car shows in the Phoenix area.  Candela resides in Chandler, AZ.