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People & Places: Origin Appoints Coelho; RTI Rehires Forberg; Como Names Kerek

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August 18

Origin Acoustics has announced the appointment of Jose Coelho as Director of Sales European Union. 

Jose was most recently managing sales for QMotion UK throughout Europe. 
 


“Jose’s field experience brings an amazing understanding of integrators wants and needs,” says Jeremy Burkhardt, CEO, Origin. “His extensive design experience will be a tremendous asset in helping Origin Acoustics’ partners in the EU position and grow their businesses.” 


August 16

RTI, a global control and automation manufacturer for the residential and commercial markets, has announced that Clint Forberg has returned to the company as its Central United States regional business manager. In his new role Forberg will be responsible for sales management and business development across a 16-state territory.

Forberg has almost 30 years of experience in the consumer-electronics industry, most recently as director of dealer development for Kaleidescape. Previously at RTI, he served for nine years as the company's director of training and Eastern U.S. sales manager. Before joining RTI, Forberg contributed to the growth of companies such as Bose Corporation and Clifford Electronics through sales, management, and technical positions.

"We are thrilled to welcome Clint back to the RTI sales team," says Mike Everett, vice president of global sales, RTI. "His intimate knowledge of not only our product lineup but also the broad custom installation industry will prove invaluable in meeting the needs of our customers in the central U.S."


August 15

Tom DeVesto, CEO and founder of Como Audio, a Boston-based manufacturer and designer of Wi-Fi, multiroom audio systems, has announced the hiring of Stacey Kerek as president.  Prior to joining Como Audio, Kerek served as VP Operations for the speaker company Bowers and Wilkins (B&W).

 “Stacey Kerek is well respected and recognized in the consumer electronics industry, where she enjoys an impeccable reputation and extensive background. She and I last worked together at my former company Tivoli Audio,” says DeVesto. “Her leadership and managerial capabilities provide me with the confidence and freedom to continue developing innovative products and growing Como Audio globally.”

Before joining Tivoli Audio in 2012, where she became president and COO, Kerek worked for Lenbrook America for 25 years, last serving as general manager and COO.  


Core Brands, has announced the appointment of Charlotte Harris to the position of senior manager of technical services.

“We are committed to taking every necessary step to elevate the world-class technical support our dealers and their customers continue to receive whenever and wherever they need it,” Joe Lautner, director of business development, Core Brands. “Charlotte is charged with taking a great team to the next level. She has the experience required to scale up the team to meet the demands of growth, and she is already having an immensely positive impact on the support we offer our dealers.”


August 14

Two more former B&W sales reps have left the company. This time it is Eric Joy and Michael Barber, who have joined Paradigm Electronics Inc. and Anthem’s North American Sales Team.

Eric Joy is joining Paradigm and Anthem as Eastern Regional Sales Manager. He comes from Bowers & Wilkins where he was employed for the past seven years as the National Account Manager. Before that he managed Georgia Home Theater in the Atlanta metro area. Joy will manage and provide guidance to Paradigm and Anthem’s independent sales reps in the Eastern region of the United States.

Barber is joining Paradigm and Anthem as Regional Sales Manager for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. He brings over 17 years of sales experience, most recently as the regional manager for the same territory as well as the North American Business Development Manager, Automotive, for Bowers & Wilkins.


Ui Supplies, a consumer and specialty electronics distributor for the metro New York/tri-state region, and member of PowerHouse Alliance, brought together over 300 dealers and 40 manufacturers for its fifth annual BBQ Bash and Trade Show in Clifton, N.J., on August 3.

The distributor, along with AV, security and home automation manufacturers, provided dealers the opportunity to connect to advance their product knowledge, learn new trends and plan for the year ahead. Dealers got a first look at demos including a Yamaha and Dolby Atmos theater room, JVC’s 4K projector, Samsung’s QLED and Frame TVs, and Wyrestorm’s Network HD system. LG’s video wall and two-sided OLED displays were crowd favorites, as was Ui Supplies’ brand-new wire bundling machine.

The day also included on-site manufacturer trainings including Cleerline SSF Fiber Termination, Dolby Atmos by Yamaha, Commercial Applications by Harman, MSE Audio and LG. 

“2017 represents our fifth year in business, so we wanted a standout event. It was a jam-packed day of demos, trainings, giveaways, deals, and delicious eats for our dealers that showed up in record numbers,” says Matthew Weil, CEO, Ui Supplies. “We’re proud to have accomplished a worthy celebration of our fifth anniversary thanks to our dedicated team and our vendor partners.”


Stewart Filmscreen, a high-performance video equipment manufacturer, has appointed Kevin McGlynn and Brad Tudor to the Stewart Filmscreen engineering department to assist in new product development, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) update and implementation, and process improvement. 

These individuals join the next generation of Stewart Filmscreen as the company continues to develop new projection screen technologies, enclosures, and frames. McGlynn and Tudor will work to improve current products and engineering processes while continuing the Stewart Filmscreen legacy of innovation with advancements in screen materials and technologies. 

Using his mechanical engineering expertise, McGlynn will play a role in new product development, process improvement for the Cima line, and work on special projects. His experience in machine inspection and testing will advance company efficiency and improve production optimization. 

Tudor, an experienced mechanical engineer specializing in new product development, will also focus on process improvement, cost reduction, manufacturing support, and fixture design and construction. 


Southern California rep firm I Rep Green, run by industry veteran Randy Wilson, has added Mark Mendelsohn to build a new sales rep model that will help the custom integrator market their products and services. Mendelsohn was co-founder and publisher of Robb Report Home Entertainment, Home Entertainment Interiors, Luxury CE and a member of the original Home Theater magazine launch. With  Mendelsohn's  marketing and sales background in print media, digital media and video media, I Rep Green will bring digital marketing and video solutions to the A/V integrator/retailer along with exceptional luxury brands that the custom integrator can sell.

“Our goal is to help the dealer with unique products from manufacturers that help them solve problems. With Randy Wilson’s unique position as owner of Wilson Home Theater and a custom integrator for more than 30 years and my experience in marketing and media we can bring a unique targeted marketing and sales solution to the AV industry," says Mendelsohn


August 11

Dana Innovations has appointed former Bowers & Wilkins sales managers Marc Schnoll and Dan Dusek as regional sales managers. Schnoll is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience that includes positions in retail sales and management.  He spent the last 15 years as a regional sales manager with Bowers & Wilkins.  Schnoll joins the Dana Innovations team as a regional sales manager based out of Costa Mesa, Calif., and is responsible for relationship building, business leadership, marketing, and conducting product and sales training seminars.

Dusek is also an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in retail, distribution, independent representation, and management.  He spent the past seven years as a regional sales manager with Bowers & Wilkins.  Dusek joins Dana Innovations as a regional sales manager based out of Chicago, as will be responsible for relationship building, business leadership, marketing, and conducting product and sales training seminars.

“We are thrilled to add Marc and Dan to our sales organization,” says Jason Sloan, chief sales officer at Dana Innovations.  “Both Marc and Dan lead with passion and a fanatical dedication to the customer.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and we look forward to integrating both into our long-standing partnerships throughout their respective territories.”


August 10

Lode Audio, the UK-based audio company that creates products dedicated to the custom installation market, has appointed Todd Sutherland of Sutherland AV Marketing LLC as head of sales Lode Audio for the U.S.

Sutherland brings over 20 years’ experience in the luxury, high-end audio segment of the industry. Over his career, he has worked directly for a handful of the premier manufacturers, including Madrigal Audio, Kaleidescape and Wisdom Audio, and is known to bring differentiated products, professionalism, integrity, and valuable technical product knowledge to top-tier Custom Integrators in the U.S. market. His CI channel knowledge, technical expertise and sales experience make him an excellent partner to champion the high-quality audio performance and superior control system integrations found in Lode Audio products.

“We are excited to join forces with Todd. His is well respected by the CI channel across the U.S. and the top integrators know that when he brings them a product line, they should pay attention. Todd aligns himself with high-performance, differentiated products and our CI-focused team at Lode Audio is committed to giving him and his network of partners world-class tools and support to succeed and build Lode Audio’s presence in the important U.S. market,” says Alex Miller, co-founder, Lode Audio.

“I am thrilled to begin working with the team at Lode Audio,” says Sutherland. “I have been waiting, both personally and professionally, for someone to deliver a multi-zone music server platform at this level. The novelty of multi-zone music being accepted as inferior is over, at least by real music enthusiasts. The integrators I work with have been equally frustrated with the mid-market solutions to date, both in terms of poor sonic results, and also when it comes to integration with their preferred control system. Lode Audio is intimately familiar with these problems, as they come from an integrator background in the UK. Those experiences led to the creation of Lode Audio — the solution on both fronts that’s been missing. I am excited to see integrators’ reactions in San Diego at CEDIA, in Booth 1708. It all appears so logical when executed at this level, and specifically for the CI channel instead of the mass market.”


August 8

Starke Sound has appointed Desmond Fretz as U.S. sales director. A business development professional for more than 15 years and a lifelong audiophile, Fretz combines his considerable sales experience with a deep knowledge of the high-end audio industry. A student of the industry, he is familiar with the value propositions, evolution, trends, and requirements for the integration of high-value, accurate audio systems into the home.

“We are building a team of dedicated enthusiasts with strong appreciation for the power of entertainment,” said Scott DeLoache, Chief Design Director for Starke Sound. “Desmond has the passion and enthusiasm to help drive our business forward, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Starke Sound team.”


Allnet is opening its fourth location to service the needs of the Minneapolis market in September. That will bring the total of Catalyst AV member locations to 25 throughout the United States. Allnet’s new 7,000-square-foot location is at 5250 W 74th Street, Edina, Minnesota and will feature self-shop/will call and a large training room.

Wally Whinna, principal of Allnet Distributing and board member of the Catalyst AV Distribution Network, notes, “This location is pressure tested and we are anticipating tremendous sales with a great capacity for servicing dealers in this area.”

Allnet distributes a comprehensive brand assortment with names such as Samsung, Lutron, Definitive Technology, eero and 62 more. The additional location is centrally located with easy access to a majority of the dealers, close to affluent customers and the hot new construction areas of Minnetonka and Southwest metro.

Whinna adds, “Training is an everyday activity at Allnet. We have on-site design and technical services to work with dealer/integrators so they have the resources available when needed. We have augmented our already significant training efforts with our webinars and on YouTube where our training webinars have grown to more than 50,000 YouTube minute views. Allnet experts can also work within the field, one on one with clients, to assist in closing sales and designing the perfect solution for any application. We are incredibly proud of the fact we are recognized by our dealers in the CE Pro Quest for Quality awards every year.” 


Aug. 7

Rep firm HWPco announces the addition of Savant and Wisdom Audio to the company’s Consumer Electronics Systems Group, a new unit joining HWPco's AV Systems, Pro User, Critical Systems, Systems Specialty, and Customer Solutions groups.

"Being in the CE segment of our industry has been a part of our company’s plans since we purchased HWPco," says Marcus Myers, principal, HWPco.

Chip Carter, an industry veteran, has been brought on to lead the unit. HWPco is excited to represent Savant and Wisdom to work together with them to grow the Southeastern market. 


Aug. 3

Transformative Engineering (T-E) has announced the appointment of Jeannette Howe in the newly established position of vice president of sales.

Howe joins T-E with extensive consumer electronics industry experience after holding positions at national buying groups, trade associations and major retailers. Most recently, Howe held the position of director of membership at BrandSource.

As part of her duties Howe will expand and accelerate the distribution plan successfully implemented by Jonathan Ralston T-E director of sales who continues in that role.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jeannette as a part of our team. Her experience,industry contacts and insight are the perfect fit for our company at this time," says Jay Trieber, president of Transformative Engineering. "I can’t think of a better person to contribute to the continued success of the company. Jeannette’s qualifications, drive and sincerity are well known in the industry. She also embraces our values of innovation, quality and customer service. We are enthused to work together as we guide T-E into the next phase of our growth.”


Leviton has announced the appointment of Stephen J. Yunker as a national account manager for its distribution channel sales team. Yunker brings his experience that includes 27 years of sales at Ideal Industries. Yunker's background includes field management experience with both direct field salespeople and manufacturer representative firms.

As the national accounts manager for his previous employer, a role he has held for the past 15 years, Yunker handled sales with several major distributors and managed a wide-range of field activities, consistently achieving above-market growth. He also developed growth initiatives based on research to assist field management in refining sales plans to exceed goals for these accounts in their respective geographic markets. For a period of three years, he also directed a sales training and development program that created tools that enhanced and improved field sales productivity.


Aug. 1

The SDVoE Alliance has announced that Belden Inc., a global manufacturer of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has joined the Software Defined Video Over Ethernet (SDVoE) Alliance to support a standardized hardware and software platform for AV over IP.

AV over IP solutions meet the demand for high-definition, real-time engaging content, offering full high-definition capabilities with near-zero latency. Multi-point installations can be easily controlled and managed through any device: laptop, smartphone, etc.

“We’re pleased to become an active member of the SDVoE Alliance,” says Dave Geon, vice president of USA sales for Belden. “Years of research and development, spanning multiple levels of the OSI model, put us in a position to support the adoption of AV-over-IP platforms. Belden’s deep understanding of AV technology extends beyond cable and connectivity to include the active component brands in our portfolio – including Grass Valley, Thinklogical and Tripwire – which gives us unique insight into AV and IT platforms, and how they can work together.”


July 25

Bluebird Music, has announced that Chris Morris has joined the company in the position of brand manager. 

Bluebird says Morris will help Bluebird Music deliver service and support, and to support dealers, Morris will utilize his decade of market experience.

Morris began his career in the IT world as a certified trainer at Apple. From there he went on the The Sound Organisation and most recently at Auralic. 


AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection, a manufacturer of advanced power protection,intelligent diagnostics, and remote monitoring, has announced the appointment of Kent Dunn to the position of business development manager. In his new role Dunn will work to further the advancement of both the SurgeX and ESP brands.

Previously the director of sales at Comverge for the Western region, Dunn’s responsibility and focus at AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection will include spearheading the company’s mergers and acquisitions department, assisting in new product development across the SurgeX and ESP brands, as well as identifying and developing strategic partnerships for ESP and SurgeX that offer synergistic products and applications. Additionally, Dunn will be directly responsible for the expansion of the ESP brand into international markets.

As Business Development Manager for ESP and SurgeX, Dunn will report directly to AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection director of sales Dave D’Agostino. 

“We’ve already had the privilege of working with Kent as a partner during his time at Verdiem,” states D’Agostino. “During that time we experienced his stellar work and vision firsthand and we are very excited to bring him onboard and welcome him to the AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection team where we know he will help lead the company into the future.”


July 24

Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom installers and home technology professionals, has elected two new custom electronics industry professionals to join its advisory board.

Chris Smith, vice president, business development, Cloud9 Smart, and Frank Sterns, vice president of AV specialty and custom integration channels, Sony, join the board, effective immediately. Smith and Sterms will replace Don Dixon of Definitive Electronics and Eric Bodley of Future Ready Solutions, whose two-year terms recently ended.


July 20

MartinLogan, a manufacturer of electrostatic and its proprietary Folded Motion loudspeaker technologies, Paradigm Electronics Inc., a global loudspeaker company, and Anthem, a manufacturer of high-performance audio/video equipment, have announced the appointment of Rob Sinclair to director of international business and market development (EMEA, APAC and Latin America), effective immediately.

In this new position, Sinclair will work with the brands' international sales teams to expand and develop increased global focus and presence for MartinLogan, Paradigm and Anthem.

“Rob has an international reputation that is second-to-none and a long, proven track record of success in our industry. He brings with him a wealth of experience that we are excited to apply across all three brands,” says Paul Grove, senior vice president global sales & marketing.

Sinclair was formerly director of export sales with the B&W Group, where he was employed for 20 years. Prior to that, he held the position of international sales manager with Celestion (a Gold Peak Company), globally covering both Celestion’s professional and consumer divisions.


Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom installers and home technology professionals, recently completed its two-day “Vendor Only” Meeting, Prescient Planning II at the Penn View Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa.

During the event, nearly three-quarters of the organization’s 45 vendor members met to discuss ways they can better serve dealer members, improve Azione programs, and work together to take the organization through its next five years of growth. 

The “vendor only” event began with attendees reviewing the results of a survey filled out by all Azione vendors. Topics included questions about whether Azione has delivered dealers to its vendor members, whether or not Azione should do more marketing to help its dealers, and whether Azione initiatives are unique, exciting, and effective. The answers to these questions set the tone for an in-depth look at what is working in the organization and what could be improved, with support from Azione vendors, for the benefit of all members. 

“Vendors sharing ideas, meeting with a common goal, learning from each other, and enjoying great food and drink in a casual yet productive milieu made this time well spent, and made the meeting exceptionally energizing,” says Richard Glikes, president, Azione Unlimited. 


July 18

Merus Audio, a global supplier of single-chip audio amplifier IC solutions, has announced that it has appointed Jens J. Tybo Jensen as vice president of sales and marketing, effective immediately.

“Jens comes to Merus Audio with significant technology and industry experience,” said HansHasselby-Andersen, CEO, Merus Audio. “It is an exciting time of growth and innovation at Merus Audio, and we are pleased to have someone as successful in worldwide sales and marketing as Jens join our team.”


July 17

Core Brands announced the appointment of three new sales managers: Jay Cary as Account Manager -- Mid-Atlantic Region; Chris Hornsby as Regional Account Manager – Rocky Mountains; and Travis Klatt as Regional Account Manager – Southwest.

According to Core Brands vice president of sales Jeff Costello, the new appointments come at a time of surging sales of the company’s ELAN Entertainment & Control System and reinforce the Core Brands commitment to always support dealers in growing their business. “We are proud of the reputation for field support we are earning with our customers, and the Sales team is here 100 percent to help our dealers grow their businesses, particularly with our ELAN control solutions,” he said. “Jay, Chris and Travis share this commitment, and we welcome them to the Core Brands team.”

With a career dedicated to the consumer electronics industry, Jay Cary joins Core Brands as Regional Account Manager -- Mid-Atlantic. He is responsible supporting dealers in growing their ELAN and other Core Brands business throughout Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Core Brands, Cary served for 13 years as vice president of sales at The Aurora Group. Before that, he held roles as business marketing manager at Bose and as vice president of sales and training at HES.

Chris Hornsby joins Core Brands as the Regional Account Manager – Rocky Mountains. Hornsby is in charge of working with the region’s dealers to grow Core Brands’ dealer base and ELAN business in Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Hornsby has over ten years of experience in the CI, security and distribution channels working for Tyco, ADT, Savant and WAVE Electronics.

Travis Klatt joins Core Brands as the Regional Account Manager – Southwest on the custom installation sales team. Klatt is in charge of supporting Core Brands dealers in Arizona and New Mexico, along with Las Vegas, Nev. and El Paso, Texas. Klatt brings over twenty years of experience in the audio and video space to his new position, the past 13 years with DAGR Design, an integrator in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to DAGR, he managed large retail locations for Best Buy and Ultimate Electronics.


July 14

ProSource, a national buying group, has announced the addition of 14 new custom integrator members and one "Power member" in the second quarter of 2017.

Approved by the ProSource Board of Directors as a Power member, ProSource welcomes Zion, Ill.-based Grand Appliance.

These new custom integrator members were also added:

  • Armor Systems & Security, Inc., Venice, Fla.
  • Infinite Home Technology, Star, Idaho 
  • Audio Integrations Inc., Las Vegas, Nev. 
  • Integration Excellence, Lebanon, Mo. 
  • Automated Living, Morris Township, N.J. 
  • Mero Concepts, Cedar Park, Texas 
  • CWB Smart Home Solutions, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
  • PHC Toys, Inc., Ewing, N.J. 
  • Digital Home Creations, Webster, N.Y. 
  • Shore Castle Technology, Monmouth Beach, N.J. 
  • Dream Theaters, Pearland, Texas 
  • Showtime Audio & Video, Miami, Fla. 
  • Halcyon Technologies, Houston, Texas 
  • Vanden Berg Stereo, Holland, Mich.

Patrick Carter, formerly training manager and account manager for IC Realtime, has joined Spectrum Technology Integrators in Deerfield Beach, Fla., as an Operations Specialist. Carter spent more than seven years serving the CEDIA channel at IC Realtime, a leading provider of surveillance systems. At Spectrum, he will work on client services, system adminstration and fleet and safety management.


July 13

KNIPEX Tools has moved its headquarters to Buffalo Grove, Ill., from its previous headquarters in Arlington Heights, Ill.

 Beginning in early May, KNIPEX began operating out of its newly renovated, 53,200-square-foot combined office and warehouse located at 1500 Busch Parkway. The new, 10,200-square-foot office space will better accommodate KNIPEX’s internal growth and provide improved customer service in all departments.

In addition to its new office, KNIPEX moved its warehouse operations from New Jersey to a larger 43,000-square-foot warehouse space at its Buffalo Grove headquarters.

 The new warehouse features a number of major enhancements, including an SAP warehouse management system that will increase efficiency, organization and improve lead times on shipments. 


July 11

DVIGear, a supplier of digital connectivity solutions, has announced that Dan Nye of Digital Narrowcasting Associates, Inc., has been appointed as its authorized manufacturer’s representative for its Mid-Atlantic Region in the U.S.

Nye has 35 years of sales experience in the technology industry. Nye formerly owned and operated D.Y. Nye Company, Inc. for 22 years, which is a firm that specialized in the design, sale, and installation of complete solutions for enterprise operations, including KVM, remote computing, switches, hubs, NAS, network appliances, and command centers. In 2014, he sold the business to Datapath Ltd., a U.K.-based supplier of computer graphics, video capture and video wall display technology. 

“After completing my last project, I was keen to find a company that really understands the importance and potential of AV-over- IP,” says Nye. “DVIGear's development of the DisplayNet product family and contribution to the SDVoE Alliance have positioned them for significant growth. I am excited to be working with DVIGear to expand their dealer network in the region by building relationships and demonstrating DisplayNet's rich capabilities and remarkable ease-of-use. At the same time, I plan to focus on growing DVIGear's best in class digital connectivity products.”


Almo Professional A/V, a national distributor that serves the professional audio visual market, has opened the doors to its new Almo Global office in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 29. The new office is the division headquarters for Almo Professional A/V’s entire Global Business team, and also serves as the main office for the Almo Hospitality and Almo New Business groups.  

“Since our acquisition with IAVI in May 2016, our business has expanded worldwide, which has facilitated the need for an Almo Global business team, as well as additional teams in the areas of Hospitality and New Business,” explains Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “The investment of this new space gives us the ability to grow these business areas and better serve the needs of our partners around the globe.”

The new office features more than 5,200 square feet of workspace for nearly 50 employees. The energy-efficient LED lighting and the ergonomic workstations and guest credenzas are all designed specifically to encourage a healthy, open work environment. The large windows in the atrium lobby and common spaces filter in natural light and provide treetop views of the South Florida landscape. The new office also includes a spacious board room and two additional huddle spaces, all outfitted with the latest collaboration tools. In addition to the Almo Global, Hospitality and New Business teams, the Ft. Lauderdale office is occupied by employees representing the Almo Professional A/V purchasing, marketing and inside sales groups.


July 10

Legrand, a global manufacturer of electrical and digital building infrastructures, announced two promotions that will boost its sales and product teams. Tom Oliver and Jason Evans were named director, AV & security sales, Eastern U.S. and product manager, audio products, Nuvo & On-Q lines, respectively.

In his new role, Oliver will work closely with A/V reps, distribution partners and dealers to facilitate sales of On-Q and Nuvo products. Evans will oversee the development and support of new audio products in the On-Q and Nuvo product lines.

“Tom and Jason have proven their value with significant contributions in their careers at Legrand, as well as in their past roles in the AV, custom install and security product industries,” says Fritz Werder, Legrand vice president and general manager, On-Q and Nuvo lines. “We look forward to working together with both of them in their new roles to build on our success in 2017 and beyond.”

Oliver has more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Midwest market manager and Midwest channel manager in his five-year tenure at Legrand. Previously, he held various titles at several organizations, including Clare Controls, Sound & Vision, Crestron, Home Theater Authority, Best Buy and Circuit City.

Evans has more than 15 years of experience in custom installation, previously holding a national trainer position at Legrand. Before that, he was an install operations manager at ADT, the owner and CEO of Components Electronic Systems in Mesa, Ariz., and an operations manager at Automated Environments in Mesa.


The Lindbergh Foundation, which developed the Air Shepherd program to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching by using drones, recently honored San Clemente entrepreneur, Sonance co-founder Scott Struthers, at an event marking the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s first solo transatlantic flight. The event took place May 20 and also marked the 40th anniversary of the foundation created to continue the vision of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.


July 6

Dynaudio, a Danish audio manufacturer that serves the professional and consumer markets, has announced that its newly appointed CEO for North and South America, Andrew Werdean, is fueling the company's growth across the Americas through key promotions, a new hire, extension of the Dynaudio reseller network, and strategic initiatives designed to build the company's presence and enrich the customer experience.

Werdean, who previously served as vice president of sales for the company's North American business, is a 30 year electronics industry veteran with previous career stops at RTI, Klipsch, and Jamo, as well as the establishment of two successful installation companies.

"All of these amazing changes will prepare the company for extensive sales growth for years to come," says Werdean. "While we're making significant additions across management, we're also preparing a pipeline of innovative product releases. All of these factors will help Dynaudio maintain its position as a major player in the U.S. — and throughout the Americas."

Dynaudio's Michael Manousselis has been promoted from his position as director of marketing for North America to vice president of operations, North and South America. Manousselis has been with the company for 22 years, and in his new role he'll continue to manage marketing activities along with the day-to-day operations at Dynaudio's Glenview, Ill., headquarters.

Brian Kjaer who previously served as Dynaudio's sales director for the Western U.S., has been named senior manager, Dynaudio Academy, and will be spearheading Dynaudio's education and training programs for North and South America in his new role.

The company explains Dynaudio Academy functions as the core of its product training portal. The online portal utilizes articles, videos and presentations about the company and its products, including information and resources on technology and application topics, as well as the latest news on all Dynaudio-related education and training events now being offered in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

Kjaer will also oversee key partner programs and new initiatives, such as the company's Ambassador dealer program and manage participation at key trade shows and regional events across the Americas.

Greg Ransom is replacing Kjaer as Dynaudio North America's Western region sales director. Ransom has three decades of industry experience — largely in the Western U.S. — in roles as the owner of a retail audio/video installation company and in senior sales positions for companies such as Klipsch and Onkyo.

Additionally, Dynaudio is building its partner network. Audio Americas, a well-known CE sales rep firm headed by Matthew Garfein and Sean Goldcamp, will now represent Dynaudio products across Latin America.


June 29

VANA, Ltd., has hired Stephen Libin as national sales manager effective Monday, July 3.

Libin brings many years of experience to VANA, including six years at Totem Acoustic as the Canadian company's national sales manager. Libin will be report to managing director Nancy Weiner, and he will be based in Southern California, giving the Northeast-based VANA a presence on the West Coast. 

“I am truly excited for the opportunity to represent such a beautiful stable of premium brands,” states Libin. “I looked closely at Audio Physic loudspeakers, European Audio Team (EAT) turntables, Okki Nokki record cleaning machines and Primare Electronics—these are high quality products from established brands with integrity. I am also thrilled to join Nancy Weiner and the rest of the VANA team.”


June 26

The Catalyst AV network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors has welcomed its newest board member Chris Gentile, vice president of sales and operations AHA Distributing.

Gentile joins these existing board members: 

  • Dan Haight, PioneerMusic Company
  • Wally Whinna, Allnet Distributing
  • Helge Fischer, executive director 

Catalyst AV, which has 24 convenient locations throughout the U.S. is looking forward to the addition of Gentile. 

“I want to bring a revitalizing point of view to the established member base. My goal is to have that 30,000-foot view of what opportunities are out there for the Catalyst AV members and work together to implement those accordingly," says Gentile.


June 22

GoVisionTV, a division of premier LED solutions provider GoVision LLC, announced today that Alpha Marketing LLC will be its official representative in Indiana and Kentucky.

The Carmel, Ind.-based company will serve as an independent sales representative for the world’s largest TVs, which start at 138 inches, and designed for the residential and commercial hospitality markets.

The GoVisionTV account team will be led by Alpha Marketing Principal Callen Ealy and Office/Sales Manager Jeff Miller.

"I'm super stoked to have found Alpha Marketing,” says Chris Pruet, national sales manager, GoVisionTV. “Cal and Jeff have turned out to be gems in the Indiana/ Kentucky market."




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