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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."
Goldmund has announced the opening of its first retail store in the U.S. Located in Wellington, West Palm Beach, Fla., the store has already welcomed its first VIP customers during a three-day private inauguration and it is now open to the public.
The new Goldmund store presents audio and video products in a home environment to support the Los Angeles Goldmund House in which each room is equipped with a different Goldmund system. It welcomes customers on appointment only.
The Swiss audio company states the store features design elements that include light colors, scented candles and soft modern furniture. Goldmund explains the store's design was develop to enable consumers to relax and fully appreciate the shopping experience.
In the living room display consumers can enjoy several models of Goldmund standalone speakers and listen to their favorite tracks while drinking a glass of champagne, or they can discover new video solutions such as the Goldmund MetisLife ultra short-throw projector.
In the home cinema room there is a Logos system installed in a beige fabric covered room that is acoustically designed. The fine leather home cinema sofas are motorized with incline mechanisms allowing customers to adjust the footrest and headrest position to their preferred comfort.
In addition, the conference area provides a workspace with a large-screen television for the presentation of Goldmund A/V projects proposals to end users.
VANA, Ltd., has announced that it has named Nancy Weiner as its new managing director. Weiner had been the marketing and operations manager for VANA and brings a wealth of high-performance audio industry experience to her new role with the organization. Weiner was appointed to the position by the late Stephen DeFuria, along with the ownership group at VANA.
Weiner has dedicated much of her life to high-performance audio, having participated in the launch of more than 75 significant consumer electronics products during her career as an industry consultant. She brings experience to VANA, including project management, technical (in both acoustics and electronics), and financial experience specific to the audio industry.
She will take charge of establishing sales goals, marketing, vendor relations, hiring, training and management of the team, including a new national sales manager.
“Our goal from the start has been to function as more than a distributor – to be recognized as a fully operational North American arm of the brands we have partnered with while becoming a trusted resource for dealers, reps and consumers,” says Weiner. “VANA is well on the way to achieving this goal, and I look forward to using expertise amassed over the last 36 years to lead our team and continue to foster VANA’s positive impact on the performance audio marketplace in the U.S.”
Pelican Products, Inc., the global manufacturer of advanced lighting systems and carry/road cases, has appointed Landon Verhoeven to lead its Western United States commercial sales operations.
“Landon has a proven track record as an effective sales leader and will now leverage that same expertise in his new role to move the needle by driving his team to success and positively impacting customer relations,” says Mitra Giles, vice president of U.S. commercial and technical packaging sales, Pelican Products. “Our customers have come to rely on his industry experience, work-ethic and customer-centric approach.”
After approximately two years Andy Oattes, Lode Audio's head of sales, is leaving the company.
The U.K. whole-house manufacturer recently entered the U.S. market, and it's line includes the ability to support high-resolution audio, and commercial applications such as retail and hospitality.
TiO will partner with Stellar Homes Group, a Fla.-based eco-friendly builder, to integrate TiO's home automation products in many new homes.
Stellar Homes is the first developer in South Florida to include solar panels as a standard feature in its single-family homes, and is now adding TiO’s automation solutions as a standard in its new homes.
Beginning in 2017, Stellar Homes will break ground on its new South Florida community, Whispering Oaks. It will be the first community to include eco features, as well as TiO’s smart home technology at as variety of different levels as a standard.
Domotz, a provider of network management systems, has announced the appointment of J.B. Fowler as chief product officer (CPO) of Domotz Inc., the group’s subsidiary that specializes in network monitoring and remote tech support systems for integration companies and IT professionals. Domotz Group CPO Pancrazio Auteri will turn his attention and efforts on driving strategy for the company’s Fing productline.
“J.B.’s ability to listen to customers, understand their needs and deliver products that drive success is a key reason that he was well-suited for this position,” says Clark Roundy, CEO of Domotz. “His proactive approach to putting customers first, makes him the right person to lead the Domotz product strategy.”
Platinum Tools, a manufacturer of preparation, installation, hand termination and testing cable tools, has named Jason Chesla marketing manager, effective immediately.
“As we continue to grow, we realized we needed an in-house marketing manager who knows the industry and, more importantly, Platinum Tools to help us grow and keep our message consistent to our dealers, partners, and customers,” says Lee Sachs, president and general manager, Platinum Tools. “Jason comes to us from T3 Innovation, who has been a supplier and partner of ours for many years. He has all the right tools for us, and we are proud to have him on board.”
SurgeX has announced the promotion of Lauren Simmen to the position of marketing manager across the entire AMETEK ESP division. Effective immediately Simmen will be responsible for both the SurgeX and the ESP brands' marketing initiatives.
In addition, Charlie Jones has rejoined the team as regional manager, sales for the Eastern territories.
“We’re incredibly excited to promote from within the company and announce the appointment of Lauren as manager, marketing. Lauren’s promotion is a huge win for AMETEK ESP and our customers,” comments Rick Komendera, manager, sales, AMETEK ESP.
The SDVoE Alliance has announced that Shanghai Danacoid Multimedia Technology Co., Ltd. has join the alliance as an adopting member and will work toward the organization’s goals of standardizing the adoption of Ethernet to transport A/V signals in professional AV environments, and creating an ecosystem around SDVoE technology that allows software to define AV applications.
In addition, CWIN Technology Inc., an original device manufacturer (ODM), has joined the alliance as an adopting member and will work toward the organization’s goals of standardizing the adoption of Ethernet to transport A/V signals in professional A/V environments, and creating an ecosystem around SDVoE technology that allows software to define A/V applications.
Catalyst AV distributor member Electronic Lane has hired Charles Kamanes.
“Charles has a stellar track record joining us from AVAD and we are very pleased that he is on our team. We offer the training and design assistance for the custom integrator to maximize their sales and I know Charles will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow our business," says Woody Taylor, president, Electronic Lane. "We serve a broad customer base in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas offering product lines in audio/video, control, lighting control, whole-house distribution systems, cameras, DVRs, automated shades, outdoor audio systems and landscape."
Primacoustic, a division of Radial Engineering Ltd., has announced that it has restructured its in-house custom install and A/V contractor sales team. The changes are designed to better address the growing market for acoustic materials, while adding the additional responsibilities of two other Radial brands, Hafler and Jensen Transformers to the sales team's tasks.
"Never before has there been such a growing awareness of the benefits of acoustic noise treatment. People are becoming increasingly educated about the importance of protecting their hearing while also demanding better intelligibility in environments that used to get a pass. Where in the past, patrons would just live with noisy restaurants and assume that it was normal, today, they will try a restaurant and if conversation is impossible due to the ambient noise, they will either complain to management or simply never return," notes Roc Bubel, sales manager, Radial Engineering. "This same awareness is prompting places like schools with multi-purpose gymnasiums and call centers to address the inherent acoustic problems in those spaces, improving intelligibility so that effective communication can be experienced by all. In an effort to better support independent sales reps, contractors and regional distributors, we have realigned the U.S. and Canadian market by dividing it into three territories: The East is handled by senior territory Manager Steve Dickson, the Central territory [will be handled] by Juan Carlos Bolomey and the West [territory will be handled] by James Wright."
RAYVA, a provider of complete home theater packages delivered to the luxury builders' market, has partnered with Costa Mesa, Calif.,-based Brilliant AV to deliver luxury, turnkey, pre-engineered home theaters to Southern California homeowners.
Chris Bruno has joined Dish Network as national account manager for the custom integrator channel. Previously, Bruno spent nearly seven years with Legrand Building Controls as regional sales manager for Vantage and Qmotion in Southern California.
AptoVision, a developer of 4K AV-over-IP chipsets, has announced the appointment of Pascal Carrières as vice president of engineering. This announcement comes on the heels of record company and revenue growth in 2016, and AptoVision’s participation as a founding member of the SDVoE Alliance, which seeks to standardize the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments, and to create an ecosystem around SDVoE technology allowing software to define AV applications.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company will serve as an independent sales representative for some of the world’s largest TVs – starting at 138 inches – designed for the residential and commercial hospitality markets.
The GoVisionTV account team will be led by LK & Associates Principal Seth Kaplan.
GoVisionTV offers homes and businesses the spectacular, larger-than-life LED video screen experience that until now has been reserved for massive concert arenas and sports stadiums. The personal jumbo TV is designed for outdoor entertainment; it is completely weatherproof (IP 65-rated), it is viewable in full sunlight (greater than 5,500 nits); it contains integrated speakers and multiple inputs, and it is compatible with most existing home and commercial audio/visual systems.
GoVisionTV can be mounted to most existing structures and walls, or it configured as a standalone viewing system using an available design kit featuring attractive wood, stone and other structures. With sizes starting at roughly 6 feet high by 9 feet wide, GoVisionTV can be scaled to much larger sizes and in various viewing aspect ratios.
Atlona has made moves to broaden its sales reach throughout North America through the addition of Bruce Moses as national sales manager, Western Region, and Nicki Kupecz as regional sales manager, serving Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
Based in Seattle and reporting to Atlona CEO and co-founder Ilya Khayn, Moses brings nearly 25 years of experience to the company. His experience includes 17 years in AV systems integration as a principal at Wire Ways/Premier Technology Group, and six years at Crestron as a regional sales manager.
“My experience in the systems integration side of the business provides me with an acute understanding of the challenges integrators face in providing complete, interoperable systems for their customers,” says Moses. “These challenges are magnified as the industry transitions to IP and the cloud. Atlona is addressing these with a true solutions-based approach that bring functional products and applications together.”
Kupecz adds with the market evolving so rapidly, dealers need to be prepared for the industry's latest innovations.
“The AV industry is shifting, and conference rooms are less about the wow factor and more focused on simplified solutions and ease of use for end users,” notes Kupecz. “Atlona is clearly on the leading edge of this trend, having proven their leadership in HDBaseT solutions and now bringing game-changing solutions like the OmniStream AV over IP family and the Velocity cloud-based control system to market. Atlona was also among the first companies to recognize the value of soft codec conferencing with the rise of huddle spaces, and the AT-UHD-HDVS-300 series offers a perfect solution for customers moving away from more traditional and expensive videoconferencing systems. These are disruptive solutions coming to market at a time when the AV industry is ready for disruption.”
The SDVoE Alliance has announced that Broadata Communications, Inc. (BCI), a developer of market-driven solutions for the transmission of digital multimedia over fiber, has joined the alliance as an adopting member.
“At BCI, our particular expertise is in designing and delivering AV products for mission-critical applications across several markets including medical, command & control and broadcast,” says Jim Banda, vice president of sales at BCI. “The SDVoE platform provides the uncompromising video quality and zero latency that will let our customers move to cost-effective AV-over-IP architectures. We are proud to be an adopter.”
Erik Hill has joined Core Brands as Southeast regional technical specialist. Hill will report directly to Core Brands national director of custom installation sales Gordon Isaac.
“Core Brands’ southeast region custom installation sales continue to grow in control, audio, and power,” says Jeff Costello, vice president of sales, Core Brands. “Erik’s background and skills, particularly his experience with ELAN, will strengthen our ability to provide technical support and in-field training to our dealers throughout the territory.”
Sigma Designs, Inc., a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for smart TV and Internet of Things (IoT) for smart home, has announced it has joined the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) with the aim to enable future IoT devices from the OCF ecosystem to interoperate with the Z-Wave certified device ecosystem. Sigma Designs will work in partnership with existing OCF members to define a unified standard for future OCF IoT devices to ensure interoperability and maintain high levels of security across standards.
GoVisionTV, a division of the LED solutions provider GoVision LLC, has announced that New Era Marketing will be its official representative in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
The Addison, Texas-based company will serve as an independent sales representative for the world’s largest TVs – starting at 138 inches, and GoVisionTV states its products are designed for the residential and commercial hospitality markets.
Explaining its product line, GoVisionTV adds that its jumbo TV is designed for outdoor entertainment, and it is weatherproof IP 65-rated; viewable in full sunlight (greater than 5,500 nits); it contains integrated speakers, multiple inputs, and it is compatible with most existing home and commercial audio/visual systems.
GoVisionTV points out that its products mount to most existing structures and walls, and it configures as a standalone viewing system using an available design kit.
RTI, a global control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial applications, has named Justin Bresnahan as director of training. Bresnahan will be responsible for curriculum development and management as part of RTI's Advanced Control University (ACU), broadening the training team, developing in-house training and demo facilities, coordinating training programs with distribution partners, and overseeing the production of training resources for the company's network of dealers.
"It's not just about developing world-class control and automation products, but also delivering state-of-the-art service and support to our distribution and dealer partners. A crucial part of this will be an expansion of our training curriculum, with in-person and self-paced online courses using new knowledge-based assets and learning management systems," says Ed McConaghay, CEO, RTI. "Justin is a natural fit for this role, bringing with him a wealth of experience as an installer, sales manager, and training professional. Each of these roles has given him the unique insight and leadership skills that will be vital in recognizing what our dealers need to advance their skills and be successful in today's market."
Core Brands has announced the appointment of Mark Fisher to the position of director, product management, reporting to Core Brands vice president, product management Mike Jordan. Fisher is responsible for management of the SpeakerCraft and Sunfire brands, and will be based in the Core Brands Petaluma, Calif., corporate headquarters.
“Audio is an essential component in the Core Brands connected home experience, and Mark brings the right combination of talents to ensure our audio brands create substantial ongoing opportunities for our dealers and their customers,” says Jordan. “Mark’s immediate focus is SpeakerCraft and we already have some exciting development building on the success of our recent architectural speaker launches.”
THX announced that Ty Ahmad-Taylor reached the end of his contract term and is moving-on from his role as company president and chief executive officer. THX Chief Technology Officer Scott Francis will continue in his operational duties, advancing the THX Certification business and product development programs. Bill Rusitzky continues as chief revenue officer.
Ahmad-Taylor was brought on by THX in November 2015, prior to the business being purchased by Razer in October 2016, to ensure THX operations were healthy through acquisition and transition. The transfer of authority has been deliberate and smooth.
“We courted Scott Francis in advance of closing (the THX purchase), and hired him immediately thereafter,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Scott is well-equipped as CTO to grow the business from a technology perspective, and he has a remarkable team that we organized with Ty’s assistance, which includes Bill (Rusitzky) and Laurie (Fincham). We look forward to seeing what Ty does in his new role at Facebook and we certainly wish him success.”
Tan is particularly expert in organizing startup businesses and will serve as THX CEO, primarily concerned with strategy and helping THX grow to serve a plurality of audio visual customers. Tan established Razer in 2005 and was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in Tech” in 2015 by Juniper Research. He has received additional distinction as the No. 1 tech company founder in Southeast Asia and he was a Forbes List honoree last year.
“Much is happening in the audiovisual space, from virtual reality tech to theatrical venues and electronic software entertainment,” says Tan. “My inspiration for THX is to be all things to all technologists who want to take the quality of experience to extraordinary new levels. My ongoing commitment to THX is to ensure that the good people who work there are resourced to provide world-class solutions to customers and partners.”
Intelligent Audio Products Corporation, parent company of PlanterSpeakers, audio-video integrator Designed Sound and the Art Powers Design Group, has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Bridgeport, Conn., in the former factory of Adrian Acoustics and Alta Audio.
“Our Bridgeport factory is the newest addition to our business, but it’s been serving the OEM speaker cabinet and audio-video furniture manufacturing industries for a long time,” says IAP president Art Powers. “We will continue that tradition, now creating a whole new array of quality products made in America.”
AVAD LLC, a North American provider of solutions for the residential and commercial custom installation markets, has announced Phillip Parrish, CTS-D, as manager of pro A/V for the organization.
Parrish will focus on growing AVAD’s pro A/V product lines in order to provide dealers with industry-leading solutions. In addition, existing AVAD associates, Dustin Jansen and Ron Evans, have been promoted to regional sales managers for AVAD North America.
Leviton, as announced the recognition of William W. Marshall, the company’s senior vice president of marketing and sales, as a recipient of the 2017 Edison Report’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the lighting industry over their career.
Over a career spanning four decades, Marshall has been known as a thought leader in the industry and a businessman of exceptional standards and integrity. To those who have had the pleasure of working with Marshall, he has exemplified being a strong coach and mentor.
“I am extremely humbled to have received this honor,” says Marshall. “I have had the benefit to work with wonderful professionals and am most grateful to have such a rewarding, fulfilling career over the past four decades. Much of my own success can be attributed to the success of those teams I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the course of my career.”
Minneapolis-based integrator Low Voltage Contractors has rebranded as LVC Companies Inc. The 35-year-old company installs fire alarms, integrated security, and structured cabling among others. According to the company, because of added services, geographic expansion (including Arizona), and strategic acquisitions, the name Low Voltage Contractors no longer accurately encompasses the full range of its capabilities and expertise.
“We have always been a forward-thinking company that adjusts to market trends to ensure that we will provide the products and services that are vital and current to our valued client base,” explains CEO Bob Hoertsch. "Our company name and logo should encompass all that we do”
President Bert Bongard says “We have been successful because of our exceptional people and culture; they have been instrumental in the company we have become. Because of our growing diversity, the time has come to rebrand to something more in line with who are today. This initiative gives us an umbrella under which we can continue to expand our products, services, and locations through our next phases of growth.”
Catalyst AV member Tech Source/NuTech Group recently held a two-day Sony road show event in Montgomeryville, Pa., and in Falls Church, Va., in early May. Tech Source is the Mid-Atlantic member of Catalyst AV. On display were the new 4k HDR TV line up, the 5000ES laser projector, the new short throw projector, and the new ES AV receivers.
Brett Neiderman, president NuTech/Tech Source, notes, “The Sony Roadshows were a resounding success; we hosted approximately 70 dealers in Pennsylvania and 60 in Virginia. The dealers had their choice of a morning or afternoon session lasting several hours. Sony has a Roadshow in each territory to show their new products. The emphasis was on new TV models, particularly OLED, new A/V Receivers, and a new Short Throw Projector. These roadshows are so important because they are a great opportunity for dealers to see all of the new products in an intimate setting, learn about them, understand how they perform, and interact with factory personnel, all within a few hours.”
Carlos Giraldo, from Sony, did a presentation on all products. Dealers were very appreciative to be able to see the actual products, and how they compared to the competition.
Attendee Patrick Mattucci, senior systems designer for Audio Video Hi-Fi Sales, said, “I have to thank NuTech/Tech Source and the entire crew for bringing us these roadshows. The superiority of the new OLED for contrast, color rendition and motion handling is the best I’ve ever seen in a direct view panel, which essentially makes the Sony the finest TV ever made. I look forward to displaying it in our showroom. Likewise, the new ES 4KBD player is a compelling product, and a much appreciated alternative to other brands. What was most interesting is the line of ES AVR’s. I think Sony has really asserted themselves in a product genre that offers so little differentiation anymore from the other manufacturers.”
Sennheiser has appointed Pete Ogley as chief operating officer (COO) for its consumer electronics division. Ogley brings his extensive market experience in consumer electronics and the audio business that includes two-decades at Bose Corporation. Ogley will be based in Wedemark, Germany, and joins the executive management board, reporting to Sennheiser co-CEOs Daniel and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser.
“We are delighted to welcome Pete to Sennheiser. He brings a breadth and depth of experience that includes an outstanding international track record and a true passion for the audio business,” says co-CEO Dr. Andreas Sennheiser.
Cleerline Technology Group has expanded the reach of its SSF fiber optic connectivity solutions by joining the Software Defined Video Over Ethernet (SDVoE) Alliance. The company states that it continues to support the A/V industry's evolution towards AV-over-IP through its joining of this new industry trade group.
Cleerline points out that by joining the SDVoE, it will generate more opportunities for the delivery of high-definition and uncompressed signals to an increasing array of A/V integration projects and applications.
"It is important to recognize the vital role that infrastructure plays in supporting the Ethernet physical layer, including the fiber cable that maximizes AV distribution distance," saysJustin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance. "We welcome the valuable contribution and participation of Cleerline to the group, and invite all InfoComm attendees to booth #3729 to see the Cleerline fiber in action, driving many of the SDVoE Alliance demonstrations."
Dirac Research, a global of platform-optimized sound enhancement technology, announced that it has appointed Lars Isaksson as business director of AR/ VR Audio. This news comes on the heels of Dirac’s January 2017 launch of its Dirac VR 3D audio platform and its March 2017 fundraising round of $4.85 million to accelerate its growth in the 3D audio market.
With over 20 years in sales and product development in the mobile industry, Isaksson will be responsible for both driving consumer and commercial demand for all current and future 3D audio technologies. In addition, Isaksson will be responsible for further developing Dirac’s various 3D and VR audio platforms – including but not limited to Dirac VR.
Soundcast announced that it has partnered with four new A/V sales and marketing firms: JBA Sales, Balaton Marketing, AMI Sales Inc. and RC AV Marketing Services.
Through these new partnerships, the company says it will gain a strong presence in key regions including the New York metropolitan area, the Mid-Atlantic States, Florida and the Midwest.
“Soundcast is in a period of unprecedented growth and innovation, and we are confident these firms will best represent our product line to key retailers, AV Specialty Dealers, and Custom Installers in their respective markets,” says Charity Hardwick, vice president, sales and marketing, Soundcast. “JBA Sales, Balaton Marketing, AMI Sales Inc. and RC AV Marketing Services show a successful track record in growing sales with new cutting edge products and we know that Soundcast will be in good company.”
Middle Atlantic, has announced new promotions and appointments to its Northeast regional sales team. Trevor Gardner, formerly Legrand's senior product line manager for the electrical wiring systems division, was promoted to Middle Atlantic's Northeast regional sales manager role. Patrick Cuddy has been appointed to the position of Northeast business development manager.
"Both Patrick and Trevor have demonstrated innovation when it comes to strengthening and improving product and operational practices that fortify our customer relationships," says Bill Poling, regional vice president of sales at Middle Atlantic. "Their leadership and expertise will further Middle Atlantic's commitment to solving the challenges facing our customers and building upon Legrand's strong foundation of offering incredible support and service."
Electrocompaniet, has announced the appointment of Peter Wellikoff, as the CEO for Electrocompaniet Inc., the company's U.S. subsidiary.
Electrocompaniet, founded in 1973, is a Norwegian manufacturer of stereo and audio products. Its product portfolio includes CD players, DACs, amplifiers and speakers from the Classic Line and EC Living product lines.
All products are manufactured in Norway and sold through authorized distributors in more than 40 countries.
GoVision, has announced that Todd Wickstrum has been hired as the company’s new vice president, design & engineering.
Wickstrum brings nearly 20 years of engineering experience with Peterbilt Motors in Denton, Texas, to his new role at GoVision. He will lead the company’s continued focus on cutting-edge design and engineering projects associated with its permanent installations, custom design and fabrication projects, custom trailers, GoVisionTV installations and more.
“Todd has a unique skill set in that he not only understands engineering concepts, but he has strong senior management experience and knows how to work from the ground up through design, production and fabrication,” says Kevin Faciane, executive vice president of business development, GoVision. “Having grown up in a ranching and farming family, Todd often saw a need for a specific piece of equipment and took it upon himself to design and fabricate it to improve the day-to-day efficiency of his family’s business. That’s the kind of ingenuity we love to have at GoVision.”
Bryston has announced that it has promoted Gary Dayton to vice president of sales and marketing, U.S. effective immediately. Dayton has worked in the high-performance audio industry for nearly two decades, having spent nine years with THIEL Audio before coming onboard as a product specialist with Bryston in 2013. Dayton will interface with reps, dealers and support end-users from his office in Lexington, KY.
Dayton takes on his new role during a busy time for Bryston, with several new products in the pipeline for release in 2017, along with increased demand for Cubed Series amplifiers, digital products, loudspeakers and the BLP-1 turntable that was recently introduced.
“In my new role, I will seek to provide our sales channel with the tools they need to be successful selling Bryston products,” says Dayton. “I find it particularly gratifying to support a factory that has unlimited passion for high-performance audio, as well as dealers and custom integrators who specify Bryston based on performance and customer service. I am thrilled to undertake this new role on behalf of the Bryston brand.”
In celebration of its 30th anniversary in business, Sawyers Control Systems, Inc. has established a $1,000 scholarship for Delaware Valley High School. Located in Frenchtown, N.J., the high school through Sawyers will recognize a graduating senior with the scholarship if he or she is pursuing a four-year college degree in electrical engineering or computer science with the endowment. The Del Val Guidance Department will be informing students and parents about the new scholarship, which also requires the recipient to demonstrate participation in extracurricular/community based activities.
Sawyers Controls president Tom Callahan of Frenchtown established his company in April of 1987 and operated the business from his Alexandria Township home until a few years ago. He received his degree in electrical engineering from Penn State before beginning a career designing, installing, and maintaining control systems to enhance the security and comfort of both commercial and residential settings. The 15-person company has become one of the most successful in its industry with Callahan serving as a past chairman and board director for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), previously known as the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
“We have always been very involved in the community and we usually have two or three high school and/or college students intern for us every summer,” says Callahan. “We like having summer interns on our staff, in addition to the students learning about our business, we benefit from their energy and passion for the hottest technology trends. The scholarship is just a logical extension of our commitment to the youth in our community.”
Core Brands has announced that Eric Randt has joined the company as North Central regional custom installation sales manager, reporting directly to Core Brands national director of custom Installation Sales Gordon Isaac.
“Eric understands sales from both a retail and manufacturer perspective,” says Isaac. “He brings more than 13 years of industry experience to his new position, where he has already begun working with our independent sales representatives to support our growing dealer network in the 11 state territory. Eric brings an enthusiasm to team building and sales success that is inspiring and motivating. We’re thrilled to have him on our CI sales team.”
Before joining the Core Brands CI sales team, Randt served as technical sales manager at Savant. Prior to Savant, Randt’s industry roles included time with an integrator, account manager with AVAD Distribution, and retail leadership with Best Buy/Magnolia.
RAYVA, an exclusive provider of turnkey home theater packages for the luxury builders' market and their customers, has recently appointed two well-known electronics industry executives: Pat Bell and Dean Wall.
Bell, RAYVA’s new Eastern regional sales manager, brings over 30 years of experience in sales, system design, installation and programming in the A/V industry to the company.
Wall comes to RAYVA from Clare Controls, where he served as the regional sales director covering the Southwest U.S. With 24 years' experience in the industry and in his new role as RAYVA’s Western regional sales manager, Wall will spearhead and manage sales initiatives and provide ongoing support to develop strong relationships with builders in the region.
Netsertive, a marketing technology company that enables brands and their local dealer networks to execute turnkey digital marketing, has announced the addition of two new team members: Jason Sayen as residential sales director and Chris Perkins as commercial sales director. Both individuals are well-known industry veterans with extensive experience in the audio video (A/V) market.
“Netsertive’s continued success stems from a combination of innovative technology and remarkable industry experts,” says Brendan Morrissey, CEO and co-founder of Netsertive. “Jason and Chris’ knowledge and experience will strengthen our efforts to deliver impactful co-branded digital marketing campaigns for A/V brands and local intergrators.”
As the residential sales director, Jason Sayen will assist manufacturers and dealers with the implemention of Netsertive "click-to-brick" technology to drive new installation opportunities.
Sayen brings over 23 years of consumer electronics (CE) sales management and business development experience to Netsertive. Prior to joining Netsertive, he held management roles at Savant Systems, a home automation manufactur, and AVAD LLC, a CE distributor.
Perkins will work with commercial audio/video brands and leading integration companies in his new role as commercial sales director, helping develop campaigns that drive B2B opportunites for new client acquisition. Prior to joining Netsertive, Perkins helped develop the U.S. market for iMAX Private Cinemas and previously held leadership positions at Creston Electronics, a manufacturer of automation and control systems, and Kaleidescape, a company that designs residential multiroom home entertainment server systems.
ProSource, a national buying group, has announced the addition of a new PRO member, Micro Center. Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Micro Center has 25 locations across the U.S., and is designed to satisfy the dedicated computer and consumer electronics customer.
Focusing on computers and related products, Micro Center offers more than 30,000 items in stock, and an 18-minute in-store pickup for online orders.
“We are honored to have a dealer of Micro Center's caliber and reputation join ProSource and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship,” says Dave Workman, president and CEO, ProSource.
Atlona has hired Scott Smith as regional sales manager, commercial, for the Southeastern United States. Based near Atlanta and bringing more than 20 years of experience in the A/V industry, Smith will work with Atlona’s direct dealers, distributors and representatives to support and expand the company’s commercial business in the territory.
“The A/V industry is changing faster than ever, as traditional AV infrastructures transition to increasingly incorporate IT-based technologies and standards,” says Smith. “Atlona is at the forefront of this major shift, leading the charge with solutions like the new OmniStream AV-over-IP family and Velocity cloud-enabled system control platform. I’m very excited about Atlona’s products and vision, and I look forward to working with our resellers and partners to bring these forward-looking innovations to customers.”
Klipsch, a global audio company, announced the addition of two new commercial rep firms, Quest Marketing and Secom. Both firms will represent the Klipsch Professional line of speakers and act as an extension of the brand by developing new relationships with integrators and growing the pro business segment in the market.
“By partnering with Secom and Quest Marketing, we can further open communications with integrators in the Southeast and effectively share the power and robust offerings of our Professional series with those customers,” says Rob Standley, vice president, general manager, professional and component audio solutions, Klipsch.
Secom Manufacturers Representatives, founded in 1965, serves professional and commercial audio industries, including systems integration, A/V recording MI (musical instrument), pro audio, background music and touring. Secom services local and national distributors, systems integrators, and consultants and have representatives in Atlanta, Nashville and Columbia, S.C. They are now representing Klipsch Pro in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Quest Marketing, founded in 1996 provides service in audio, video, lighting and the music market places. Quest is now representing Klipsch Pro in Florida and Puerto Rico.
The furniture manufacturer BDI has announced the promotion of Vergil Arbuckle. BDI states Arbuckle has been promoted to the new position of sales business development associate, reporting to David Stewart, vice president of sales. Arbuckle brings nine years of experience in customer relations to this position.In this new role, Arbuckle will serve as a liaison between the sales division and all of the internal teams at BDI’s corporate offices.
“Vergil will play a key role in enhancing communication between our external and internal teams,” says Stewart. “He will work closely with me and the other BDI departments in a variety of new sales initiatives, while also working to exceed our sales revenue and profitability targets for 2017 and beyond.”
Sound United, parent company to leading audio brands Denon, Marantz, Polk Audio, HEOS, Definitive Technology, Polk BOOM, and Boston Acoustics, has announced the appointment of Pete Harper as chief financial officer. In addition, Harper will be instated as CFO for DEI Holdings, Inc., parent to Sound United and other well-known brands in consumer electronics, like Viper and Autostart.
In his role as CFO, Harper will help drive Sound United’s continued growth and expansion into the custom installation, high-performance audio, and consumer audio markets. Effective immediately, Harper is a member of the leadership team, reporting to Kevin Duffy, CEO and president of Sound United and CEO of DEI Holdings.
ProSource, a national audio, video and integration buying group, has announced the addition of 10 new custom integrator members and the elevation of two existing custom integrator members to "Power" members.
Approved by the ProSource board of directors, these members were promoted to the "Power" membership programs:
- Audiolab Stereo & Video Center, Fairless Hills, Pa.
- Lee Hartman & Sons, Roanoke, Va.
In addition, these companies were also named members:
- AC Audio Video, Parkersburg, W.Va.
- Audio Video Invasion, Plainview, N.Y.
- Digital Installers, Long Beach, Calif.
- Electronic Environments, Bartlett, Tenn.
- Quest4 Electronics, Evansville, Ind.
- SoundVision, Mooresville, N.C.
- Strategic Home Media, Stevensville, Md.
- Synergy CTS, Naples, Fla.
- The HomeWorks Group, Pleasanton, Calif.
- Xcite Audiovisuals, Englewood, Colo.
Audio Research Corporation, has announced the addition of Aldo Filippelli as director of sales – North America. Audio Research says Filippelli will lead the continued development, execution, and management of the company’s North American sales efforts whileworking to expand brand image and communications.
Filippelli has 30-plus years of experience in the audio industry, having held the positions of founder and vice president of Dynaudio NorthAmerica, executive director of MK Sound USA, sales director of Opalum USA, and most recently responsible for Western region sales management for Universal Remote Control, overseeing sales teams and more than 350 accounts representing more than $10 million in annual sales.
Video-projection manufacturer Digital Projection International (DPI) has hired Trey Richardson as marketing and communications manager for the Americas.
He joins DPI after a decade in key roles within the cycling and sports industry, including brand management, marketing, sales and account management, as well as manufacturer consulting in production and technology. His career history also includes four years in media having published hundreds of articles in digital and print formats. Richardson is also a skilled photographer, with many published photos to his credit.
He will manage all of DPI’s marketing efforts as well as partner with DPI’s sales and service teams to provide the best experience for the company’s dealers and users.
GoVision announced three new team members to bolster the company's growing operational demands:
Jackson Hart has been hired as an LED screen technician and driver to assist with GoVision’s work at local events across the nation. Hart’s live production and lighting skills have already proven invaluable in the field, and he has begun working closely with Justin Eaton, GoVision’s vice president of production services, and working on modular shows.
Anderson Terry has also joined the team as an LED screen technician, after several years working as a technician at concerts and stage performances and for such high-profile networks as ESPN and The Tennis Channel.
Michael Ouille has joined the company as its new facilities manager. Quille will be responsible for overseeing the warehouse operations at GoVision’s headquarters, including building maintenance and security, OSHA compliance and safety. Ouille brings more than 20 years of experience in the logistics, facilities/property management and IT fields to his new role.
Klipsch, has announced the addition of Luis “Papo” Marquez as its regional director of Latin America. Marquez comes to Klipsch after 30 years of industry experience with Bose, previously serving as the account manager EMA Latin America.
“Luis fully represents the Klipsch culture and “all-in” attitude through his dedication and excitement for the industry. His background with the Latin American business model made him the perfect candidate to advance the Klipsch footprint in Central and South America. We couldn’t be happier to welcome another experienced industry veteran to our team,” says Tommy Jacobs, vice president of sales, Klipsch.
GoVisionTV, a division of premier LED solutions provider GoVision LLC, announced that Sales & Marketing Inc., will be its official representative in Michigan.
The Detroit, Mich.-based company will serve as an independent sales representative for the world’s largest TVs – starting at 138 inches – designed for the residential and commercial hospitality markets.
The GoVisionTV account team will be led by principal Sami Al-Saadi, who has been a successful manufacturers’ representative in Michigan since 2004.
GoVisionTV offers homes and businesses an LED video screen experience that until now has been reserved for massive concert arenas and sports stadiums. The personal, jumbo TV, designed for outdoor entertainment, is completely weatherproof (IP 65-rated), viewable in full sunlight (greater than 5,500 nits), contains integrated speakers and multiple inputs and is compatible with most existing home and commercial audio/visual systems.
DSI Systems, has announced the addition of a distribution center in Miami, Fla.
The company says the new location will provide DSI’s retailers the ability to pick up equipment for same and next day installations, and receive shipments next day throughout the entire Florida market.
The new warehouse is located at 8327 NW 74th Street, Medley, FL 33166.
BlueDog Data Services, a provider of data management services that support the processes and standards necessary for integrators to compete, grow and remain profitable, announces the launch of the Blue Dog Data Services Advisory Board.
The Advisory Board is led by Curt Hayes and includes Rich Harris, Ray Holland, Darrin Smith and Dean Callis as members.
“We are pleased to announce the BlueDog Data Services Advisory Board as we begin the HTSA Spring Conference,” says Curt Hayes, chief executive officer of BlueDog Data Services. “Our mission is to provide standards for data entry and management as a reference for the industry, something we believe is a new, innovative process that the residential and commercial channel has needed for some time. We’re certain that the quality of the data a business uses determines the quality of the business.”
AudioControl, a manufacturer of high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets, has appointed Performance Sales and Marketing to represent its whole-house entertainment and home theater products in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois effective immediately.
Rep principal John Curtiss has 35 years of consumer electronics industry experience, with 25 of those working as an independent rep. Curtiss founded Kansas City, Mo.-based Performance Sales and Marketing to deliver class-leading products and service to dealers and integration specialists throughout a territory that spans roughly 1-million square miles.
Parasound Products, Inc., has selected Cardinal Sales Corporation of Indianapolis to support its audio and custom installation dealers in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
"Cardinal Sales has the leadership, personnel, and dealer support systems we need to grow Parasound sales in this market," states Richard Schram, president and founder, Parasound Products, Inc. "We have been impressed with Cardinal's president, Keith Selby, and his sales team as consistent performers with a list of brands that mix well with Parasound."
"Parasound products offer value, quality, performance, and a good mix of technology for our dealers," adds Selby. "Cardinal Sales has been a dominant player in this region since its founding in 1968. We offer full sales support with excellent training and demonstration capabilities. We look forward to working with Parasound."
Cardinal Sales team includes Terry Winningham, vice president, sales for Ohio and Western Pennsylvania; Tony Spires, AE for Kentucky and West Virginia; and Jon Black, AE for Central Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. Customer service manager, Jennifer Marr, and Maria Willey provide administrative and sales support.
As part of its ongoing efforts to support the launch of Hi-Res Audio (HRA),The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), has announced that five audio companies joined the association and will participate on its HRA Committee.
“All of our HRA Committee members provide products or services that deliver a studio quality hi-res music experience,” says Marc Finer, senior director, DEG. “The addition of these leading audio companies will help the DEG accomplish its goal of enabling today’s music streaming enthusiasts to engage more emotionally with their favorite artists and bands."
The latest group of companies to join the DEG includes these manufacturers:
- Astell & Kern
- MQA, LTD.
- Pioneer Onyko USA
Skywalker AV Supply, a national distributor serving the custom installation market, has announced that it has teamed up with Miami, Fla.-based HD Systems to offer Skywalker products to dealers throughout the states of Florida and Georgia.
The Miami office will allow Skywalker to better serve its customer base in the southern portion of the USA, to provide faster delivery to that region of the country. The new 24,000- square foot office/warehouse will be fully stocked, and industry veteran Dick Mixson will manage the Miami office.
“Dick Mixson, a longtime friend, was a true pioneer in the satellite TV industry and brings a tremendous amount of experience to our company,” says Roger Criebaum, CEO of Skywalker AV Supply. “I'm excited that we finally have the opportunity to work together.”
The Miami office is located at 3011 NW 75 th Avenue, Miami, FL 33122. Call toll free 855-759- 724
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