CE Pro People & Places: Trinnov Appoints Sutherland; MantelMount Names Bean & Boyer; BTX
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February 21, 2017
TRINNOV Audio, a manufacturer of loudspeaker/room optimization, recently announced the appointment of Todd Sutherland of Sutherland AV Marketing to represent Trinnov HiFi (stereo) products for California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Alaska.
Sutherland AV Marketing will support Trinnov’s high-performance audio business throughout his territory, reporting to Jon Herron, Director of sales for high-end audio, Americas.
Todd Sutherland brings over 20 years experience in the high-performance audio segment of the industry, including eight years as part of the team at Madrigal Audio, the company behind the Mark Levinson brand in the 1990s and early 2000s.
MantelMount, has announced the appointment of KC Bean as its chief executive officer and Bill Boyer as its director of sales.
Bean comes to MantelMount with nearly 20 years of experience, holding senior executive positions with consumer-product companies like Directed Electronics andLifeCORE Fitness. He has experience in strategy, business development, and operations counseling with many companies involved in consumer electronics, as well as significant experience with early growth companies.
Boyer is Bean’s first hire at MantelMount and he comes to the company as a veteran sales professional. Boyer has held senior store level, district and regional management positions for retailers like K-Mart, Circuit City and Tweeter. Most recently, Boyer served as senior vice president of sales for Audio Quest, where he was directly responsible for developing sales strategies and programs as well as building key relationships with retail partners.
February 20, 2017
BTX Technologies, a distributor and manufacturer of emerging technologies, signal processing products, integration essentials has announced that it has strengthened its capture, streaming and VOD capabilities with the expansion through the addition of Carl D’Agostino to its staff.
Reach is a manufacturer of IP-based capture, streaming and Video On Demand (VOD) products, provides users with complete end-to-end solutions that require no additional purchases or subscriptions. Every product comes with a three-year hardware warranty with the ability to extend the warranty period to five years.
February 15, 2017
Triad Speakers, Inc., the Ore.-based custom manufacturer of residential home theater and distributed audio loudspeakers, has announced the return of long-time employee David Bailey.
From 1997 to 2011 Bailey had functioned as both inside sales coordinator and Western regional sales manager for the company. Bailey departed in 2011 to pursue other career avenues, one of which included a 4.5-year inside sales stint with Underwriter’s Laboratories Energy and Power Technologies division.
In January of this year Bailey rejoined Triad, resuming his position of inside sales coordinator. In this role, he will collaborate with sales, marketing, production, and administration on many levels, including order-entry, phone support, specifying products for projects, customer service and now social media.
February 14, 2017
Royal Philips, has announced the appointment of Jeroen Tas as chief innovation & strategy officer to accelerate Philips’ transition to a solutions company, driving innovations in systems, smart devices, software and services to improve people’s lives. Effective immediately, Jeroen Tas is responsible for strategy, research & development, design, medical affairs, sustainability, platforms, emerging businesses and process excellence to bring innovations to market. In his new role, Jeroen Tas replaces Jean Botti, who has left the company.
The automation, audio and power solutions provider, Core Brands, has announced that director of builder sales Bret Jacob has been certified by the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) to serve as a CEDIA Outreach Instructor. The designation enables Jacob to deliver multiple courses approved for continuing education credit by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)-governed interior designer associations (ASID, IIDA, and IDC), and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
“I am very excited to be able to deliver valuable training content to the builder and design community on a variety of important topics relating to the implementation of electronics systems and control automation in homes and buildings,” says Jacob. “This is another example of Core Brands’ commitment to the builder channel and smart home technology, as we continue to expand the reach of the ELAN brand in partnership with our valuable global network of ELAN professional installers.”
February 9, 2017
Azione Unlimited (AU), the education, networking, and buying group for custom integrators, has announced the election of two new members to its advisory board.
The buying group explains that elections were recently held to elect one new dealer member and one new vendor member. The newly elected dealer member is Eric Thies, president of DSI Luxury Technology, and vendor member is Tim Bigoness, vice president of sales and marketing, D-Tools, Inc.
Other board members include: Eric Bodley, president of Future Ready Solutions; George Walter, president of RAYVA; Jason Sloan, chief sales officer of Dana Innovations-Sonance; Ryan Donaher, vice president of Meridian America; Don Dixon, president of Definitive Electronics, Jupiter, Fla.; Jason Voorhees, president of Cantara, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Kim Michels, president of Electronic Environments, New York, N.Y.; and Travis Leo, president of Residential Systems, Lakewood, Colo.
February 8, 2017
SoundVision Technologies, parent company to TruAudio, a global manufacturer of architectural and outdoor speakers, announced today the appointment of Duane Shaw and Donn Bullock to its Advisory Board effective February 1, 2017.
February 6, 2017
The DaVinci Group, Inc. (TDG), a manufacturer of architectural and landscape loudspeakers, amplifiers, and accessories for the custom integration channel, has announced the appointment of Bill Muster as Western regional sales manager. The appointment of Muster is effective on February 13.
Muster will be responsible for managing the company’s sales representative and dealer network throughout the Western third of the United States.
Wisdom Audio, a designer and manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, has announced the appointment of Steve Rutherford to the newly created position of international sales manager.
"Steve has extensive knowledge of the audio industry, which will be essential to our product development and help drive new business opportunities," says Luc Guillaume, managing director, Wisdom Audio.
Rutherford is a true custom installation expert. His background includes extensive experience in sales, two-channel and multichannel audio, room equalization/design and acoustics. In addition to managing a custom installation division for 20 years, he recently worked as the senior business manager EMEA for the Harman Luxury Audio Group. Prior to Harman, he designed, managed, programmed and installed custom A/V, lighting and security systems for both residential and commercial markets as the custom installation division manager for Rayleigh Hi-Fi.
February 2, 2017
Rosewater Energy Group, a provider of next-generation integrated energy management HUBs, announces its latest manufacturer representative: Innovative Consulting and Marketing. The company's newest manufacturer's rep will be responsible for covering Southern Nevada, Arizona and El Paso, Texas.
Seymour-Screen Excellence (SSE) has made changes to its independent sales representation in the Northern California, Metro-NY, Midwest, Indiana / Kentucky and Texas regions.
SSE says its newly realigned rep network now features these rep firms:
- Sutherland AV Marketing: Northern California
- Audtek Sales and Marketing: Metro-NY
- Performance Sales & Marketing: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas
- St. Peters Sales Agency: Indiana/Kentucky
- Sage AV Solutions: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana
February 1, 2017
TiO has named Deepak Gupta as its new CFO. Gupta has been working with startups and investment firms for over 15 years and is expected to make a significant addition to the team.
Gupta is also a Startup Advisor at UC Berkeley Hass and a mentor at 500 Startups, Alchemist, Highway1, StartX, and Vegas Tech Fund.
IoT Consulting, LLC, has announced that founder Avi Rosenthal, has been appointed as peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation’s Seed Funding Program for 2017.
The National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. The NSF SBIR/STTR is a program under the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships and an SBIR/STTR grant can be thought of as angel funding, but is non-dilutive and federally funded.
MartinLogan, a manufacturer of electrostatic and Folded Motion loudspeaker technologies, has announced the recipients of the 2016 Factory Rep of the Year Awards. These MartinLogan factory representatives are chosen not just for their overall performance, but for their dedication and quality of service to dealers, the company says in a press statement.
“These reps truly go above and beyond each and every day. The entire MartinLogan team appreciates their support over the past year and thanks them for the continued exceptional service they will provide in 2017,” says Allan Tarrant, vice president of North American sales, MartinLogan.
Here are the 2017 winners:
North America (Overall): PAMrep, Steve Ekblad. PAMrep is a manufacturers' representative that covers Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan.
Eastern U.S.: AMI Sales. AMI Sales is a CE manufacturers representative and consulting organization covering Florida and Latin America.
Western U.S.: Sage Solutions. Sage Solutions is an independent manufacturer’s representative firm, covering the Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana territories.
Canada: Audio Ressources PB Inc. Established in 2007, Audio Ressources PB Inc. offers representation services, including technical and sales training, as well as marketing consulting and account management.
MAI (Meridian America, Inc.), has announced two new employees: Chris Emas, who will take the role of regional sales manager for the Rockies and Central Region, and Chaz MacCarron, who will serve as design and support specialist for Meridian’s growing, complimentary Design & Specification Service.
Emas comes to Meridian from Savant Systems, where he was area sales manager for two years, with previous positions at Total Marketing, Momentum Group, and Digital Sales Group, among others. Emas will focus on supporting dealers in his region, providing them with the tools and knowledge they need to ensure their customers get the most out of their Meridian experience.
“I look forward to building relationships with Meridian customers to help them develop strategies, identify solutions, and overcome barriers in ways that help them be more successful,” says Emas. “I’m also thrilled to join a company that is 100 percent committed to the custom installation market and the high-resolution audio revolution.”
Just Add Power, a global manufacturer of HD and Ultra HD over IP, has appointed new talent to the EMEA sales team.
Peter Schoon, Martin Harding and Michael Kwetters from the AV EMEA Business Development Firm will be working with newly appointed regional sales manager, James Trumper who is based at the new U.K. warehouse to enable faster shipping to all of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
“The launch of our 4K over 1Gb network solution (3G Ultra HD over IP) in 2015 caused a huge rise in global interest in Just Add Power, and sales have experienced a sizeable increase in the EMEA market particularly. Over the past two years we’ve spent a lot of time on product development and software innovation. We’re now seeing this hard work translate into integrators realizing the valueand flexibility of our hardware, when compared to other solutions," says Ed Qualls, president and founder of Just Add Power. "Just Add Power’s forward thinking system architecture and unique feature set (HDR support, 4K to 1080p scaling, video walls and more) has caused a lot of dealers to only offer Just Add Power HDMI distribution no matter the project size for commercial or residential.”
January 31, 2017
Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom integrators celebrates its 5th anniversary this February.
Richard Glikes, president and founder of Azione Unlimited, launched the group in February of 2012 to fill what he believed was a void in the buying group space.
“The last five years have been very rewarding”, says Richard Glikes, president of Azione Unlimited. “To see my vision become reality has been very fulfilling. This labor of love would not have been possible without the confidence and support of 27 vendors who believed in me and helped found the organization. In this rapidly changing industry it is imperative we stick together and help each other be successful. I am proud of the family our group has become and I look forward to shaping where we will be in the next five years.”
Today the group has 48 vendor partners and 176 members.
Klipsch, a global speaker and headphone manufacturer, announced the addition of two new commercial independent rep firms: Quest Marketing and Secom. The firms have partnered with Klipsch to officially represent the brand’s professional audio speakers. Both companies will act as extensions of Klipsch by developing new relationships with integrators while growing the brand in the industry.
Secom has offices in Atlanta, Nashville and Columbia, S.C. The company is now representing Klipsch Pro in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Quest was founded in 1996, and it will represent Klipsch Pro in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Paradigm and Anthem, have announced the promotion of Frank Pugliano to Canadian sales manager effective immediately. In this new role Pugliano will lead the Canadian sales representatives and oversee the Canadian sales team in its entirety. The brands state that Paradigm/Anthem dealers will benefit from a Canadian-focused contact and increased communication with reps and managers.
TRXio, an inventory management service for the AV industry, powered by Cairnstack Software LLC, announced the appointment of John Milton as senior business development. TRXio says Milton brings years of experience in the audio and video industry to the company from previous career stops at ListenUp Audio Video, HCA Distributing, Discovery Distribution, LLC., Dish Network, Bitwise Controls and Krell Industries, LLC.
January 30, 2017
GoVisionTV, a division of LED solutions provider GoVision LLC, has announced the appointment of Morris Tait Associates as its official representative in the Southern California and Southern Nevada markets.
Morris Tait will serve as an independent sales representative for the state-of-the-art new LED video product designed for the residential and commercial hospitality markets.
“GoVisionTV is an extremely impressive product that I believe our customers will be lining up for once they see it in action,” says Bill Grover, President of Morris Tait. “Our entire team is thrilled to represent this cutting-edge technology in the southern regions of California and Nevada.”
James Loudspeaker, designers and manufacturers of décor-friendly entertainment products for both residential and commercial applications, has appointed River City Sales, Inc. as its independent sales representatives in the Midwest effective February 1, 2017. River City Sales is based in St. Louis, Mo. with offices in Kansas City and will be covering Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Southern Illinois for the James Loudspeaker brand, CI division.
Custom AV Distribution (CAVD) has appointed Wayne Hyde of Hyde Audio Consultants, as its new technical manager. CAVD states that it has experienced steady growth within the residential distribution market since 2014, and Hyde's addition with strengthen its ability to serve its clientele.
Hyde brings a wealth of experience in residential sales, design and installation of home cinema, hi-fi and multi-room systems, as well as CAD, DSP programming, project management and marketing skillsets.
January 26, 2017
Phase Technology, an American loudspeaker brand, has announced a new partnership with Erikson Consumer Canada as its distributor for the Canadian market. The agreement covers the exclusive distribution of Phase Technology, dARTS by Phase Technology and its parent company MSE Audio’s residential brands Rockustics, Induction Dynamics, and Solid Drive.
Erikson is one of the largest independent distributors of audio and electronics components offering its dealers professional sales and marketing, technical support and service. For over 40 years, the company's distribution, service and solution network continues to grow and serve the Canadian A/V marketplace and the brands its represent can be found in key national and regional showrooms.
January 25, 2017
Parasound Products, Inc., has appointed Studio Decor to represent and market Parasound to exclusive Southern California retailers, integrators, designers and architects.
"We are pleased to have Parasound represented by Studio Decor, its founder Trayce Blake, and industry veteran Michael Grover. Studio Decor has been designing and consulting on commercial and residential theaters and custom electronics for more than a decade," states Richard Schram, president of Parasound. "They are proven progressive innovators and their expertise in blending disciplines will achieve excellent results for Parasound."
Blake adds the Studio Decor team is excited to work with Parasound in California.
"Our team is thrilled about our new partnership with Parasound," emphasizes Blake. "Adding Parasound to the approach and level of service we provide to our dealers will result in increased momentum and accelerated growth. I have great expectations for the possibilities that Parasound's products and service will provide."
GoVision announced the hiring of two new sales professionals in the role of regional account executive.
Mike Renfro will assume responsibility for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and most of the Southeast Region. Patrick Carlile will serve as Regional Account Executive for Arkansas, Kansas, parts of Texas and most of the Northeast region.
Renfro was an original member of the team at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie where he led business development until 2009. He joined Quicksilver Resources in 2010, representing the company as a host committee member for the 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington.
Renfro is best known for his career as a wide receiver with Bum Phillips’ Houston Oilers and later with Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys. He earned All America honors at Texas Christian University as a 1978 graduate, and he a member of the TCU Hall of Fame and the SWC Texas Hall of Fame.
Carlile joins GoVision with more than 18 years of experience with an emphasis on negotiations and brand building. He most recently served as national sales director for Blue Ribbon Products, following successful sales stints at Malco Products, ITW, Atmel and Hitachi.
Domotz, a provider of network monitoring and remote tech support systems for A/V integrators and IT professionals, has announced new partnerships with distributors including Invision (UK), Avation (AUS) Prase (IT), AV EMEA (EU) and Visivo (HK/SG).
The newly founded distribution partnerships will enable home technology integrators to purchase the Domotz PRO system including cards with credits and the Domotz box from their local distributor, for the same low price.
The partnerships will also expand the training opportunities and support capabilities for the Domotz PRO system.
Access Networks, a provider of enterprise-grade networking solutions for residential integration, has announced the appointment of Ben Jurow, territory sales manager, East, effective immediately. Jurow had previously been with Savant Systems and was a control systems programmer for integration firms in the New York area prior to his stint with Savant.
Jurow brings a strong technical background as well as a keen awareness of the smart home marketplace to his role at Access Networks.
Eiki International, Inc., a manufacturer of projection technology for over 40 years, has announced the addition of four new sales firms that will be representing the company throughout the Midwest United States: ProVideo Solutions, Rancilio Associates, Central Marketing, and Mooncom.
Each company is tasked with expanding Eiki’s presence in the AV marketplace and generating new business throughout their respective territories.
January 24, 2017
Haight, who joined Kevro four years ago as a product specialist, will be responsible for sales and territory management in the central region of the United States which includes: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North/South Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North/South Carolina, Tennessee and Southern Virginia.
Haight's responsibilities include managing a team of independent sales professionals and outside rep firms, while continuing to cultivate and grow existing and new relationships with specialty A/V retailers within his territory. His role also includes playing a key part in helping the Kevro sales and marketing team develop ongoing sales training, programs and other vital channel initiatives that will further solidify the Monitor Audio brand.
Haight will report directly to Mike Benedetto, vice president of sales & business development for Kevro International.
DVIGear, a supplier of AV connectivity products since 1999, has announced it has joined the alliance as a contributor. The Georgia-based company's products include the DisplayNet family of products that utilize SDVoE technology to transport uncompressed AV signals over 10GbE Ethernet networks.
"We are excited to join this pivotal movement," says DVIGear President Steven Barlow. Since their inception, AV and IT technologies have largely been isolated from each other. The SDVoE Alliance enables the synergy of AV and IT technologies in a more profound way without the compromises inherent in conventional AV-over- IP products. Clearly, this is the future of ProAV signal distribution."
January 20, 2017
Bluesound, a wireless multiroom music system manufacturer, and a supporter of high-resolution audio, has joined The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG). The membership became official at the recent Consumer Electronics Show 2017 (CES) in Las Vegas. Bluesound is a 24-bit native, pure-digital multiroom wireless streaming music player ecosystem designed and engineered by an alliance of audiophiles. The company also points out that its products are controlled with a tablet or smartphone from any room via iOS and/or Android app controllers.
The DEG advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels to support the movie, television, music, consumer electronics and IT industries. It includes members such as Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and other leading companies in the entertainment and consumer electronics field.
“We’re very excited to join DEG and look forward to actively participating in the important work they do to promote hi-res audio to music enthusiasts everywhere,” comments Dean Miller, president of Lenbrook Americas, a subsidiary of Bluesound’s parent company.
“DEG is delighted to be able to welcome Bluesound, a brand with a lot of credibility in hi- fi, to participate,” says Marc Finer, senior director of DEG. “We believe that focused marketing initiatives on high-resolution audio by leading providers like Bluesound, will generate the necessary awareness to take this category to a whole new level.”
ProSource, a national video and integration buying group, has announced a full dues abatement for the first quarter of 2017 to all members of the group on record as of Sept., 30, 2016.
The decision unanimously voted for by the ProSource board of directors was attributed to effective cost management throughout 2016 and continued net membership growth.
Dave Workman, president and CEO of ProSource, says the buying group's top priority is to make membership attractive to members and the abatement helps to meet those goals.
“Our goal as a member-owned organization is always to provide the maximum return on program benefit combined with the lowest possible cost of membership to the dealer, and this dues abatement is yet another positive step in that direction," states Workman. "We look forward to the upcoming ProSource Summit where we will spend time discussing this and the new and exciting things we have in store for the group in 2017.”
The group's annual Summit runs from March 5 to March 8 this year at The World Marriott Center in Orlando, Fla.
January 19, 2017
KEF, a British manufacturer of luxury audio products, has announced the appointment of Allan Haggar to its KEF USA team with the title of “national sales manager – retail."
Haggar’s primary responsibilities will be the corporate training and presentation of the KEF brand ethos to key national accounts.
Haggar has been involved in the A/V community for 15 years, most recently as the regional sales manager for Sumiko/McIntosh Group.
Alec Chanin, president of KEF America, states that Haggar's enthusiasm and experience will serve the company well.
“Allan exudes pure excitement for high end audio. His extraordinary professionalism, love of audio and music will make him a great asset to the KEF brand," says Chanin. "All of us here at KEF are excited to have Allan on our team.”
Soundcast, a manufacturer of weather-resistant portable audio products, has announced that Charity Hardwick has been named vice president of sales and marketing. Shortly after the sale of the company in 2015 to a private equity investment firm, Soundcast recruited Hardwick for the role of director of sales and marketing. Hardwick brings over 16 years' experience in sales and marketing management to the position, with expertise in manufacturing, distribution, rep-level, specialty CI, and retail placement.
"Charity's tremendous energy, strong CE background and eye for innovation have been invaluable assets for Soundcast's continued success and growth as a brand," says Oscar A. Ciornei, president and CEO, Soundcast. "She has a real understanding of product development and manufacturing, two areas the OAC Group (managing partner of Soundcast) has been entrenched in for nearly 30 years, and I knew she’d be a great addition to the Soundcast team.”
Since joining the executive team at Soundcast, the company states that Hardwick has delivered on the company’s tactical goals of realigning both the go-to-market strategy and branding of the company. Through deep market analysis, the company has reached consumer-level understanding that has set the foundation of the company’s current and future development initiatives.
To begin her tenure, Hardwick will oversee the release of five new speakers in 2017, the most new products Soundcast has released in a one year span in the award-winning audio manufacturer’s history.
The speakers were designed as a direct response to feedback garnered from in-depth consumer behavior studies of Soundcast’s customers commissioned by Hardwick. DTS Play-Fi capabilities will be also be a standard feature for forthcoming products, allowing for full integration with Play-Fi enabled products for dealers and consumers.
Triad Speakers, Inc., has appointed John Curtiss as its new independent sales representative covering Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.
Based in Independence Missouri, John Curtiss is a veteran independent sales rep in the CEDIA channel. Prior to starting his own firm Performance Sales & Marketing this year, Curtiss worked for rep firm Digital Sales Group.
“Triad has a well-respected and diverse line of high-quality home theater and distributed audio speakers for the custom installation market,” says Curtiss. “With just-in-time delivery, and made-to-order options, Triad offers many benefits and unique solutions. Performance Sales & Marketing is proud to be able to represent the Triad line in our territory.”
January 18, 2017
AVAD LLC, a national distributor serving residential and commercial custom installation markets, has announced the opening of three new branches: Houston, Texas, Englewood, Colo., and Charlotte, N.C..
AVAD has also announced the hiring of David Short as territory account manager for Northern California, as well as promotion of Jeff Neilson, manager of purchasing and planning for North America, and Mark Spector, sales manager for national and large accounts team.
“We are pleased to announce the latest promotions and additions to our team of industry leading professionals at AVAD,” said Seth Evenson, Director of Customer Experience Management. “These additions represent our focus on boosting customer facing roles in key markets as well as streamlining procurement and inventory. We are also very excited to announce our newest branch openings, and continued market investments.”
January 17, 2017
TechLogix Networx has announced the appointment of Pat McConnell as its director of sales & marketing to support its continuing growth. TechLogix Networx says McConnell’s sales, management and executive experience will provide leadership and experience to serve the diverse markets of TechLogix Networx customers.
“Pat has extraordinary energy and talent to foster business growth,” explains Cameron Smith CEO of TechLogix Networx. “We are honored and excited to have Pat join our team.”
January 13, 2017
SoundVision Technologies, parent company to TruAudio, a global manufacturer of architectural and outdoor speakers, announced the appointment of Donn Bullock. The move was effective back on Jan. 1 of this year, and Bullock is currently the Director of End-User Computing & Endpoint Security Channel Sales for the Americas at the virtualization software VMware.
Bullock brings over 20 years of high-tech sales and marketing experience, and he has worked at every level of the IT channel including three resellers, two manufacturers (Compaq & IBM) and as a distributor.
“We are looking forward to Donn joining our advisory board, and bringing a new technology insight to SoundVision and our portfolio of companies,” says Ron Davies, CEO of SoundVision Technologies.
BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of signal processing products, integration devices and a multitude of related services announced that in 2017, the company is turning 50 years old.
The company began as Bi-Tronics, which specialized in distributing connectors and cable into the audio and video markets. Bi-Tronics grew into a master distributor for a variety of cable and connector manufacturers, making a name for themselves as the “go-to” company for integration essentials. In 1981 Bi-Tronics launched their copper cable assembly business and has continued along its “Value-Add” track ever since.
January 12, 2017
KNIPEX Tools LP announced that Sarah Cavallo has been named as its e-commerce sales and support specialist. In this role, Cavallo is responsible for a number of e-commerce activities, including account management of Amazon.com, e-commerce online content, product attributes and marketing campaigns. She is also responsible for the support and development of e-commerce sales within all existing distribution channels and identifying new e-commerce opportunities.
James Loudspeaker, manufacturers of products for both residential and commercial applications, has appointed Keith Parke as national sales director covering U.S. and Canada. Parke, a former principal at Southeastern Sales & Associates, represented the James Loudspeaker line for over 10 years. Parke will be based out of Nashville, Tenn.
Parke’s responsibilities will include interfacing with independent reps throughout the U.S. and Canada, leveraging his experience with the brand to help the sales channel differentiate the James product line from competitive products. Parke will also be creating sales tools and a monthly newsletter to support dealer/integrators, traveling through all territories to both meet key accounts as well as new prospects.
Along with Rick Swenson and Audio Pros, Juice Goose has added Enrico Ruotolo to its team to represent its products in New England.
Enrico is a veteran of the professional and commercial A/V industry. His knowledge, experience and sharp enthusiasm fit in well with the culture and philosophy of both Audio Pros and Juice Goose.
AudioPros is a manufacturers' representative firm serving the six New England states, as well as upstate New York. Juice Goose states the rep firm was founded on the philosophy that success is achieved through a long-term relationship between the dealer, rep, and manufacturer.
January 11, 2017
Epson, the global projector manufacturer, has joined the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) as a Leader Level member. LIPA is focused on speeding the adoption of laser illuminated projectors across all venues worldwide and enacting regulatory change for the industry. LIPA’s mission supports Epson as a leading provider of laser projection solutions to markets worldwide. Epson’s most technologically advanced projectors combine 3LCD technology with laser light sources and are used in a wide variety of applications such as education, business, home theater and rental & staging.
“LIPA and Epson are committed to common objectives which will provide long-term benefits to the projector industry and, ultimately, to projector users globally,” says Richard Miller, director, Epson America. “With this membership, Epson is pleased to be a part of LIPA and support the market opening activities in which LIPA specializes.”
With 25 members involved in the laser illuminated data projector business, LIPA has focused its efforts on establishing standards, educating regulators and developing evaluation methods to measure the benefits of laser engines in projectors.
January 10, 2017
GoVisionTV, a division of the LED solutions provider GoVision LLC, announced that Atlantic Integrated will be its official representative in the Metro New York market.
Atlantic Integrated will serve as an independent sales representative for the state-of-the-art new LED video product designed for the residential and commercial hospitality markets.
“It only took us about 90 seconds to figure out that GoVisionTV was a game-changing technology for outdoor LED systems in the residential and commercial space,” states David Humphries, Principal of Atlantic Integrated. “I have no doubt our customers in and around New York City will get it, too, so we can’t wait to hit the pavement selling the product through our channels.”
The GoVisionTV account team will be led by Humphries and includes vice president Mike Pawlowski, sales manager Ben Schreier and office manager Sean McHugh.
The Texas-based video manufacturer Screen Innovations (SI), has announced the appointment of Michael Bridwell as vice president, sales and marketing. In this newly created role, Bridwell will apply more than twenty years of marketing and sales experience towards SI’s ambitious growth goals. Effective immediately, Bridwell is already actively working with the Screen Innovations family to create unmatched experiences for SI’s present and future customers.
Previously Bridwell served as the vice president of marketing and home entertainment for Digital Projection International, an Emmy award-winning projector manufacturer. Bridwell will now guide the sales and marketing strategies at Screen Innovations. Bridwell's responsibilities include multiple sales channels, marketing, communications, PR and advertising strategies for SI.
In addition, Bridwell will also strategize with the many associations and buyer’s groups that serve the audio/video industry’s integrator network. Moreover, Bridwell will coordinate with the consultant and designer communities to ensure SI’s services and products deliver extensive, measurable customer value, according to SI.
“It’s very rare to find talent and character like Michael. What’s even more rare is to find it over and over in the incredible family we have built at SI,“ states Ryan Gustafson, owner of Screen Innovations. “Michael is made of SI DNA, and we are stoked to have him join our family and take us to the next level.”
January 9, 2017
Core Brands has announced the promotion of Bret Jacob to director of builder sales, with responsibility for developing and implementing the company’s channel programs in the home and commercial building segments. In this new position, Jacob reports directly to Core Brands vice president of sales Jeff Costello.
Jacob recently celebrated his 15-year anniversary with ELAN and Core Brands. During this time he with the company he has advanced to Eastern regional director of sales and has become an industry authority on residential and commercial market smart control technology.
“Core Brands is unique in its ability to provide builders and developers of single-family, condo and apartment buildings with scalable, personalized and differentiated smart home solutions that meet the needs of buyers at every major price point," states Costello. "Led by our ELAN Control Platform, Core Brands’ growth in the channel has been rapidly increasing. In his new role, Bret brings together his knowledge of control, CI channel experience, and passion to significantly scale our builder channel business. Bret is absolutely the ideal person for this important new role.”
January 4, 2017
Dan D'Agostino Master Audio has announced that its founder Dan D'Agostino's son Bret has passed away.
The company has issued a statement on Bret's passing:
"We are deeply saddened to inform you that Bret D'Agostino, Dan's older son, died suddenly yesterday. Our sympathies go out to the entire D'Agostino family and to all those who knew Bret. Bret spent most of his adult life involved in the audio business, most recently, as the founder and President of BSC. He was a talented designer who had a deep love for music and its reproduction. We will all miss Bret's great sense of humor and his passion for the audio business."
Bret is survived by his son Brandon, his sister Kym and brother Kris.
January 3, 2017
GoVision founder & CEO Chris Curtis has announced that he has promoted two key members of his team to the vice president level.
Jeff Williams, who has been with GoVision for nearly 10 years, has been promoted to the position of vice president of operations.
Since joining the company in 2006, Williams has been an integral part of its growth, working up from logistics coordinator to operations coordinator to director of operations. In his new role, Williams will be fully responsible for the most important function in the company: the execution and operation of GoVision solutions at more than 1,000 events each year. Roughly 60 percent of GoVision’s employees fall under his direction.
The company has also promoted Kristy Johnston, a nine-year veteran of GoVision, to the position vice president of finance. Starting as a part-time bookkeeper, Johnston rose to accountant and later to director of accounting, and in her new role, she will be responsible for an emphasis on business analysis, which will be critical to GoVision’s continued growth.
In addition, GoVision will now be represented by Higher Fidelity Sales in the state of Florida.
December 29, 2016
The ProSource buying group has added six custom integrator members. They are: AV Lifestyles, Charleston, S.C.; Audio Video Solutions of South Florida, Miami, Fla.; IGS Homeworks, Magnolia, Texaas; Home Definition, Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.; N Genius Solutions, Inc., Chicago, Ill.; and SoundCheck, Inc., Southfield, Mich. Sherry Dantonio, director of membership, comments, “We are proud to welcome these new members, they are enthusiastic to attend the upcoming ProSource Summit and participate in the planned robust education offerings”.
December 28, 2016
GoldenEar Technology has appointed Christopher Volk as its new Eastern Region Director of Sales. Volk began his audio industry career at Legacy Audio in Inside sales in 1996, moving up to national sales manager in 2002. In 2005 he moved to Definitive Technology as a sales manager, and then moved up to the position of senior sales manager in 2012, and subsequently, key account manager with Sound United, with the additional responsibility of handling Polk and Boom, from 2014 to the present.
December 21, 2016
Genelec, a producer of active monitoring technology for over 35 years, has announced two new hires bolstering the company’s U.S. sales force: John Whitcore has been named territory manager, and Steffenee Copley has been added as Western Region–sales.
The announcement was made by Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. marketing manager, and according to the company, the new hires further underscores its national presence, while reflecting the company’s ongoing commitment to providing both professional and music markets with high-quality, up-to-date monitoring solutions. Both Whitcore and Copley will report to Lisa Kaufmann, Genelec Inc. managing director, and will work closely with Paul Stewart, Genelec Inc. Eastern territory sales manager, on new and ongoing sales initiatives.
TiO has announced another partnership with a leading home builder. Partnering with the Florida-based custom installation company Indian River Sight and Sound, the alliance provides a TiO system as a standard feature in all LifeStyle-built homes in Seville at Addison Village in Viera, Fla. The TiO system includes security, lighting, thermostat and cameras with the capability to expand as the homeowner desires.
December 20, 2016
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has formed a working group dedicated to providing ecosystem-wide leadership as new immersive experiences are created and delivered to consumers worldwide.
"New devices, content and services are coming on to the market rapidly," explains Technicolor's Mark Turner, who has been appointed chair of the CTA Working Group on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. "In recognition of that, CTA formed a working group to look at the key trends that are happening and explore how to advance the industry by putting a diverse set of subject matter experts in the same room to sort things out," says Turner.
The CTA Working Group on VR/AR, says Turner, is represented by companies operating across a range of disciplines -- from content creators, service providers and distributers, to headset manufacturers and platform operators.
Radial Engineering Ltd., announced the addition of Brittaney Geisler to its Vancouver, B.C. Canada-based team.
As part of Radial's team of engineers, Geisler will be focused on high-level product design, mechanical and graphical design of new products, embedded software design, digital audio design and high-fidelity analogue audio design.
Geisler comes to Radial with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia. She brings experience with embedded microcontrollers, Android development, Bluetooth design, pcb design, system-on-chip (SoC) architecture.
Pacific Rim will serve as an independent sales representative for the company's LED video product designed for the residential and commercial hospitality markets.
“I recently spent a week traveling with the PRM team in their region, and I was very impressed by their professionalism and sales skills,” said Chris Pruet, CEDIA channel sales manager for GoVisionTV. “I have great confidence in their ability to introduce and market our innovative product throughout their territory in the months ahead.”
December 15, 2016
Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, has announced the promotion of Mike Dunn to the newly created position of president of product strategy and consumer business development for the studio, effective immediately.
In his new role, Dunn will lead cross-functional consumer business development and product strategy around new business initiatives, emerging media platforms, distribution models, partnerships with leading consumer electronics and technology companies, and opportunities with international markets. He will also continue to oversee the Worldwide Home Entertainment division.
“Mike has been an industry leader helping to ensure Fox is driving the development of innovative technology and new consumer experiences across all formats and distribution models," says Snider. "I am confident that elevating him into this newly created role will further our position as a global leader in the new media landscape.”
December 14, 2016
Pelican Products, Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems, has appointed Phil Gyori as group president.
Gyori brings several years of executive and management experience to the new role, and he will report to CEO, Lyndon Faulkner while heading all three Pelican divisions: commercial/government, consumer and bio thermal.
AudioControl, designers and manufacturers of high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets has appointed Tandem Marketing as its independent sales representation for the Northern Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin regions. This territory includes the Chicago metro area.
Tandem Marketing was founded in 1978 and is based in Elk Grove, Ill. The company features a staff of exprienced professionals that offers onsite training, design and technical support services for the lines it represents.
RTI, a manufacturer of control and automation systems for residential and commercial settings, has announced it has broadened its product availability and service support in Turkey. Prokare will offer RTI's full catalog of control and automation solutions while also providing dedicated local service, support, and training for dealers throughout the country.
December 13, 2016
Peerless AV has made several changes to its executive team:
On a global level, Nick Belcore is now executive vice president of global sales & marketing United States, Canada, and Asia Pacific.
Brian McClimans has been named vice president of sales for North America and APAC
The company has named Earl Naegele as managing director of commercial sales
In the European, Middle Eastern, and Africa markets the company has appointed these executives to new positions:
- Keith Dutch, vice president of operations for Peerless-AV EMEA
- Melinda Von Horvath, vice president of sales for Peerless-AV EMEA
December 9, 2016
U.S.-based Stampede customers that like golf will have an opportunity to see the 2017 Master Tournament through a new contest the distributor is running. Stampede says its sales promotion runs through February 28, 2017, and a select handful of winners will be able to attend the famous tournament this upcoming spring.
Stampede president & COO Kevin Kelly says eight winners will win one of the Masters Grand Prize packages that are sponsored by Christie, NEC, Sharp, LG, Chief, Da-Lite, Vaddio and Optoma.
“If you’re a Stampede customer doing business in the United States and you’ve got what it takes to master the challenges that selling presents every day of the year, you just might earn the opportunity to attend the 2017 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia," explains Kelly.
Each Grand Prize winner wins one all-expense paid trip to the 2017 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Each all-expense paid trip includes round trip airfare, three nights of hotel accommodations, meals, and a two-day pass for the 2017 Masters Tournament (Saturday and Sunday April 8 and 9).
In addition, 10 prize winners will be randomly drawn from all dealers participating in the Masters Promotion to receive two sets of Callaway Golf Clubs, two Taylor-Made Drivers, two Laser Range Finders, and three sets of Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls.
December 8, 2016
Rosewater Energy Group, a provider of integrated energy management HUBs, announced its latest manufacturer representative, Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Morris Tait Associates, which will cover Southern California.
AVAD LLC, a national residential and commercial custom installation market distributor, has announced its 2nd annual holiday gift drive, “Distribute a Smile,” to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. The charitable fund raising drive will benefit Big Brother and Big Sister locations across the United States and Canada, and dealers can donate items to their local AVAD branch to contribute to the effort.
From Dec. 5 to Dec.16, AVAD dealers can participate by donating at least one unwrapped toy, gift item, gift card or monetary donation to a local AVAD branch. Although no donation will be denied, it is encouraged to focus on gifts for children 7- to 12-years-old. Also, gift cards and monetary donations are requested to value $20 or greater. In exchange for participation, dealers will receive 10 percent off products from these vendors: HEOS by Denon, MartinLogan (United States only), Nest and WyreStorm.
Monetary donations will be accepted through an online portal created in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Basalte is now represented by LK & Associates in the state of Florida and the country of Puerto Rico. Basalte states the rep firm will help it meet its sales goals within the custom installation and the interior design markets.
December 5, 2016
AVAD LLC, a national distributor serving the residential and commercial custom installation markets, announced the appointment of Clark
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