CE Pro People & Places: Artison Names Neumann; Emotiva Adds Schofield; GoVision Appoints Jarmac

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March 23

Artison, a manufacturer of attachable loudspeakers for flat panel televisions, announced that Chris Neumann will be joining its team as vice president of sales & marketing.  

Neumann has over 30 years of experience in the consumer electronics and custom installation industry having held executive sales and management positions with companies such as ADA, Harman Consumer, JBL Synthesis, and Datasat Digital Entertainment. 

“It is my pleasure and a great honor to be working with Cary and the fantastic team here at Artison. I look forward to leading Artison’s sales and marketing efforts for continued growth and success”, states Neumann.

“We are excited to be able to bring Chris into our organization”, adds Cary Christie, president and CEO, Artison.  “He brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience along with a level of enthusiasm and energy that will have a dramatic effect both within the company and in the field among our customers.”

March 22

Emotiva Audio Corporation, has announced that it has hired the consumer audio industry veteran Walter Schofield for the newly created role of vice president, global strategy.

The announcement was made by Dan Laufman, president and founder, Emotiva Audio Corp., and according to Laufman, Schofield will help the company meet its revenue and growth goals it has set. 

“With more than three dozen models introduced over the past 12 months, and an ongoing expansion of our Tennessee-based manufacturing facilities, Emotiva will continue to experience substantial growth over the coming years, and I can’t think of any audio professional who is better equipped to help expand and drive our sales efforts than Walter,” says Laufman. “He understands what makes a brand tick, and how to turn the brand story and quality of its products into successful programs and promotions that benefit everyone in the food chain, from the manufacturer to dealers and consumers.”

In his new role at Emotiva Audio Corp., Schofield will be responsible for increasing the company’s business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales efforts, at a time when Emotiva is aggressively moving to grow its product selection, while opening new markets for the brand. Additionally, he will contribute to Emotiva’s marketing programs and general product direction, with an eye toward growing the line’s reach and overall brand awareness.

March 21

GoVisionTV, a division of the LED solutions provider GoVision LLC, has announced The Jarmac Group will be its representative in the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as the Upstate New York region.

Plymouth, Mass.-based Jarmac Group will serve as an independent sales representative for the LED video product manufacturer that serves the residential and commercial hospitality markets.

The GoVisionTV account team will be led by Jarmac Group principal Peter Dyroff and senior sales representative Mike Cortigiano. Also on the Jarmac team are Steve Day, Kevin Jozefowicz, Cindy Collings and Pam Morehouse.

March 20

Access Networks, a national provider of enterprise-grade network solutions for residential integration, has announced the appointment of Roy Beiser as director of IT. Beiser has more than over 20 years of network and information security experience at Intel Corporation.

Beiser plans to implement sophisticated IT processes on behalf of Access Networks while establishing the highest IT and cyber security standards for the company’s base of integration professionals and their clients.

Beiser is GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials Certification) certified and Cisco CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certified, qualifications that are sought after globally at the highest levels of government, military and industry to develop and implement effective information security programs, driven by reducing enterprise risk and securing critical assets against likely threats.

March 17

The Emerging Technology Alliance (ETechA) has announce that Murideo, makers of testing and measurement tools, and AVProConnect, a manufacturer of video distribution connectivity components, have joined this group of companies dedicated to growing the A/V integration industry and increasing the success of integrators in every market segment.

ETechA says its offers members distinct benefits of collaboration and efficiency such as holistic product development, system, and project design; marketing collateral and trade show participation; increased product visibility and cross functional promotion with other manufacturers’ equipment and systems, and cross-member distribution opportunities.

“We could not be more excited to join forces with ETechA. Murideo and AVProConnect specialize in 4K video testing and distribution; joining the Emerging Technology Alliance is the perfect match to continue to provide the audio video world with shared information that can help integrators and manufactures alike. Our engineers are consistently looking for ways we can better work with emerging technology, and being a part of ETechA will allow us to share and receive information that will benefit everyone involved,” says Jeff Murray of AVProConnect/Murideo.

The high-performance audio brand Audio Research has announced that on March 13 the company lost its senior design engineer Ward Fiebiger. 

Audio Research says that Fiebiger suffered from a fatal heart attack and passed away at 58-years-old. 

"After many years of dedication to Audio Research, Ward's passing comes with great shock. Ward was a mentor to many at the company and his leagacy has been passed on to the employees at Audio Research. My sympathy goes out to Ward's family and friends," says Charlie Randall, CEO McIntosh Group, president of McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. 

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Fiebiger began his career in electronics by working in his father's  radio and TV repair shop. After attending a trade school where he learned vacuum-tube theory he began working for Audio Research in 1978. 

Audio Research points out that since 2005 all analog products produced by the company have been Fiebiger's designs. 

"During Ward's 39 years at Audio Research, eh was a guardian of founder Bill Johnson's vision when it came to advancing the state-of-the-art of music reproduction in Audio Research vacuum-tube design. Ward's sudden departure comes as a shock and feeling of loss for everyone who knew him. We offer our condolences to his family and friends," adds David Onan, president and CEO, Audio Research.

The Mid-Atlantic member of the Catalyst AV national group of distributors, Tech Source has hired Chris Clements formerly of Judge Technology Solutions and World Wide Stereo. 

Clements previously worked as an account executive for five years at commercial design/build integration company Judge Technology Solutions in Wayne, Pa. Clements’ responsibilities included consulting with clients to provide targeted turnkey audiovisual solutions to meet all aspects of the client’s needs and expectations. Prior to that Clements was an account manager/sales engineer for 10 years at World Wide Stereo in Pa.

March 15

After its best year on record,Volutone—a regional distributor in the Southern California and Nevada territories—and member of the PowerHouse Alliance, celebrates 115 years in business.

Volutone first opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1902 by brothers, Jack and Nathan Schireson to sell musical instruments to the public. A natural inventor, Nathan’s curiosity lead to the creation of his own electric guitars by sliding a magnetic pick-up under the steel strings, a technique that created both volume and tone. Nathan’s inventive personality, combined with his brother Jack’s salesmanship and business skills allowed the business to run successfully, and four-generations later the business has stood the test of time.

Currently under Jack’s great-grandson Trevor Hansen’s ownership, Volutone owns seven distribution centers. This year the company is celebrating its 115th anniversary and is proud to announce that 2016 was their most successful year ever.

“You don’t make it to 115 years by being complacent,” says Hansen. “Technology changes rapidly and so does our business. I attribute our success to our willingness to evolve, as well as a dedicated team, and supportive vendor partners and dealers.”

More recently, Hansen points out the company decided to join the PowerHouse Alliance, which has helped the company aggressively grow to meet its financial goals. 

“About five years ago, we decided we couldn’t grow by simply being a residential AV distributor,” adds Hansen. "The PowerHouse Alliance helped Volutone reach the next level by convincing them to consider new product categories for commercial AV, security and networking. Many long-term Volutone dealers are now adjusting their business model based on Volutone’s new offerings. “We're grateful for our PowerHouse Alliance membership and owe special thanks to Dennis Holzer for his support in helping us progress and tackle new business.”

InfoComm International has introduced Heidi A. Voorhees, MBA, CAE, as its new chief operating officer. As COO, Voorhees will lead InfoComm's North American operations and global marketing and communication efforts, and she brings 20 years of trade association and private business experience to InfoComm.

Voorhees' background includes significant expertise in operations management and strategic planning. She spent nearly 10 years at SmithBucklin, which is a large association management company, where she oversaw meetings, conventions, tradeshows and executive events for anywhere from 10 to 20,000 participants. Voorhees also has experience in association marketing and tradeshow management from her time as vice president of strategic initiatives at the Institute of Food Technologists and senior vice president at Experient, a leading global event company.

Roon Labs has announced the appointment of Steve Silberman as vice president of sales and marketing. Silberman comes to Roon with years of experience, including most recently at AudioQuest, where he was vice president of development. During his tenure at AudioQuest he co-created the DragonFly product line and led AudioQuest’s computer audio initiatives. Prior to AudioQuest, Steve was the national sales and marketing manager for Ayre Acoustics. In his new role with Roon Labs Silberman will be charged with expanding Roon’s presence in the dealer and distribution channel.

“Roon has become a household name among computer audiophiles, but the partnerships we’ve built with our Roon Ready program mean that Roon can now be a valuable tool for retailers and integrators as well. It’s our goal to introduce new systems and programs that will allow our partnership experience to be more fluid, dynamic and profitable for our partners," says Silberman

In addition to working closely with dealers and distributors, Roon Labs expects to leverage Silberman’s product development experience and knowledge as the Roon Ready program continues to expand to an ever-wider range of audio partners.

March 14

Xspot Products, makers of a re-usable wire location system, has signed a new distributor for New Zealand, and the company reports an increase in sales by 50 percent in 2016, according to Mark Sipe, Xspot’s inventor and CEO.  Sipe indicates he belives 2017 could also be a banner year based on the increase in production homes and MDUs under construction. The company recently released its new Xpack Pro, a package that includes 25 re-usable Xspots, 39 feet of Xstrap Universal mounting strap, 5 Xboxes single-gang boxes, and the XLocator tool.    

Xspot Products also announced TechStyle as its new fully stocking distributor in New Zealand, just in time for the distributor's annual roadshow. Techstyle’s March roadshow will encompass 10 major towns and cities throughout the country in its fully packed RV that also includes product demonstrations from Definitive Technology, Nuvo, Vantage, Xantech and more. 

Alex Parrington, TechStyle’s general manager, notes, “TechStyle is very proud to have been appointed the exclusive distributor of Xspot in New Zealand. We are a distributor of A/V, home automation and associated equipment, and are focused on delivering premium product offerings to our dealer base which add value through profitable business practices. Xspot was a perfect fit for many, many reasons!  This clever cable location tool allows installers across a number of industries to carry out professional installations, retain ownership of projects between prewire and finish, reduces labour time thus enabling the installer to quote competitively, not to mention it’s reusable. To launch Xspot we are carrying out demonstrations throughout the country on a two-week roadshow this March. We are delighted to bring this product to market in NZ and believe it will be a highly beneficial staple in any professional installers kit.”

After seeing the really cool RV, Sipe has decided to go visit and take the RV for a little joy ride down the coast.

March 13

Capitol, an electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, will be on site at the Nationwide Buying Group’s PrimeTime event, which will take place March 19 – 22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

“Nationwide supports professionals in multiple ways, giving them a forum to share ideas and meet suppliers in a controlled and relaxed environment that allows for real interpersonal communication,” states Curt Hayes, president and CFO, Capitol Sales. “For our part, it’s an invaluable opportunity to learn from face-to-face conversations with dealers who spend their days on the front line. It’s one of the best opportunities for us to plan ahead for new vendor relationships and customer service tweaks alike.”

AudioControl, designers and manufacturers of high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets has awarded Rich Jackson as its rep of the year, home audio products. The Rep of the Year award recognizes the independent sales organization that has delivered outstanding overall performance, dedication to the AudioControl brand and exceptional service provided consistently to dealers throughout the region. 

Rich Jackson started his company in January, 2010 and has been servicing Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawaii, leveraging his industry experience and expertise to bring premium brands to top dealers, integrators and residential system specifiers throughout the region.

Radial Engineering Ltd., has announced that POLAR AUDIO has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for its Radial and Primacoustic brands in the United Kingdom. This expands the Radial family of brands represented by POLAR AUDIO as the company assumed distributorship of Radial's TONEBONE range of products in late 2015.

Steve McKay, export sales manager, Radial, says the United Kingdom is an important territory for the Canadian company, and its partnership with POLAR will support its International growth plans. 

"The U.K. market has always been a vital marketplace for Radial and we are very excited to appoint POLAR as our new distributor," states McKay. "We look forward to working with their excellent team and expanding our business in the U.K. This will bring together two more of the Radial brands to add to TONEBONE under POLAR's control. POLAR has recently undertaken significant corporate re-organization, adding powerful and dynamic new energies to this equation. Radial Engineering welcomes this expanded role for POLAR within our family and is proud to be associated with such a highly-respected partner."

TONEBONE is a line of signal management and effect pedals for the musical instrument (MI) industry, and Primacoustic is Radial's acoustical treatment brand that serves the residential and commercial markets. 

March 9, 2017

The DaVinci Group, Inc. (TDG), a manufacturer of custom integration products, including architectural and landscape loudspeakers, amplifiers, and accessories, has appointed Boca Raton, Fla.-based High Note Sales, LLC as its sales representative for the state of Florida and Puerto Rico. The appointment takes effect immediately.

High Note Sales principals Louis Kerti and Bob Lewis have extensive connections with the custom integration community throughout the State of Florida and in Puerto Rico.

Wayne Hyde of Hyde Audio Consultants joined Custom AV Distribution (CAVD) as a technical manager.

With extensive experience in pro audio, home cinema and Hi-Fi sound, plus residential CI sales, system design and project management, Hyde is on hand to help integrators with all technical challenges, according to CAVD.

Core Brands and AVAD teamed up to award local California Niles Audio dealer Freddie Valenzuela of Play Audio/Video with a 2016 Yamaha WR250F dirt bike and riding gear through a giveaway contest.

“The contest was open to all dealers that purchased an Auriel control system or other Niles product from AVAD between October 1 and December 31, 2016 as well as through a raffle entered by AVAD dealers,” explains Randy Logan, Core Brands channel marketing director. “We were very excited to award Freddie Valenzuela, a trusted Niles dealer, with the prize.” 

Over 1,000 participating dealers entered into the contest. AVAD Director, Customer Experience Management (CEM) Seth Evenson randomly pulled a winner, and announced it on YouTube. “We are proud to be a part of this giveaway with Niles and Core Brands,” Evenson said. “If you haven’t already, check out the new Niles Auriel, which adds streaming audio, climate and lighting control, plus remote access features to the award-winning multi-room audio control platform!”

March 8, 2017

James Tanner of Bryston, Ltd., has announced the passing of long-time passing of vice president of sales and marketing Craig Bell.   

In a statement issued by the Canadian high-performance audio manufacturer, Tanner says:

"Craig was with Bryston for over 25 years as our V/P of sales and marketing in the USA. His professionalism and sense of humor was something I admired in him greatly. He had a way of cutting through the clutter of life and getting to the root of any given issue.

He gave of himself tirelessly with his support for those suffering with alcohol addiction and acted as a counselor for many years. His love of the audio industry and the joy he brought to others was without equal. Our thoughts are with his family and everyone at Bryston will miss this unique and wonderful man ever so much."

March 2, 2017

James Loudspeaker, designers and manufacturers of products for both residential and commercial audio applications, has appointed The New York Marketing Team (NYMT) as its independent sales rep covering the Metro New York area. The Metro New York territory includes the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties as well as Northern New Jersey. 

The New York Marketing team was founded over 20 years ago and it represents an array of premium audio/video product lines for dealers and residential integrators. 

“We are confident that Mark and his team will give James Loudspeaker the brand visibility and premium support required in a vital marketplace,” says Keith Parke, national sales director, James Loudspeaker. “We look forward to working with NYMT and connecting with top integrators throughout the New York Metro territory.”

March 1, 2017

Mike Miller has been named as national sales manger of the Boston-area loudspeaker manufacturer, Atlantic Technology.  The company has been a technology innovator in the design of loudspeakers for home theater, home audio and architectural audio for approximately three decades.

Miller's 30-year career in the audio and custom installation sales channels for brands such as Pioneer, Sanyo, Denon, Logitech, Sony ES, and most recently SIM2.

"We are excited to welcome Mike aboard," says Jason Marcure, brand manager, Atlantic Technology. "Our product mix fits perfectly with his experience, and we have some exciting plans to expand sales in 2017." 

Industry veterans Jason Potter and Dave Lessor have joined forces to launch Novus Distribution, Inc. and sister company NewLine Reps, Inc.  Located 20-minutes northwest of Boston in Burlington, the companies serve the New England-area retailers and integration firms in the residential and commercial AV markets.

Novus Distribution CEO Potter has been a key player in the sales, distribution, system design, and technical support of CEDIA channel goods for close to 20 years.  Lessor serves as president of Novus president and he brings 10 years of commercial and residential A/V sales experience to the newly formed companies. 

The company is located at 9 Ray Avenue in Burlington, MA (behind Café Escadrille), and it resides in a 6,000-square foot facility that features an open-concept floorplan for dealers to walk, shop and talk with sales specialists.  The facility also features a dedicated training room that incorporates a Dolby Atmos demo theater, and its brands include: Apollo Enclosures, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Blue Aura, Calrad, Canton, Celerity Technologies, Clearview CCTV, Cleerline, Crimson AV, DoorBird, Domotz, Dynamat, Flexson, Google, Lambda Screens, Luma Home, Midlite, Nest, Next Level Acoustics, Niveo Professional, NuVo, OnQ, Planet Waves, Platinum Tools, PPC, PowerBridge, ProMounts, Ring, Roku, Samsung, Sharp, Simple Control, TechLogix Networx, Vanguard Dynamics, Vidabox and Wavenet.   

February 28, 2017

Paradigm Electronics Inc., along with its sister brands, Anthem and MartinLogan, have announced the recipients of their annual awards that recognize companies for their exceptional brand support throughout the year.

Distributor of the Year:

  • Paradigm Distributor of the Year: Taiwan Audio Trading CO LTD (台音贸易有限公司), Taiwan
  • Anthem Distributor of the Year: Anthem AV Solutions, United Kingdom
  • MartinLogan Distributor of the Year: Audio Components, Germany

Brand Support:  


  • Paradigm Exceptional Brand Support: Hina Group, Pakistan

  • Anthem Exceptional Brand Support: Hamy Sound, France

  • MartinLogan Exceptional Brand Support: Audio Active, Australia

“We are lucky to have such strong and ongoing support from our distributors,” says John Soden, assistant vice president, Canada & international Sales. “These distributors work tirelessly to promote and sustain our brands, enabling us to reach more customers while maintaining existing relationships. We thank them for their contributions and look forward to a strong 2017.”

February 27, 2017

CEDIA has announced that David Meyer has joined its professional staff as the director of technical curriculum. Meyer is a 23-year-veteran of the industry, having started out in photographics and imaging, before moving into home cinema retail and custom installation. As his career progressed, Meyer moved into product design, manufacturing, and distribution as founder of the Kordz Group. 

Meyer has been a CEDIA volunteer for over 10 years, serving as a subject matter expert in connectivity (namely HDMI) and video, and has authored and presented numerous courses over his tenure.

"We worked with David last year on our successful three-part HDMI webinar series. As we started forming our strategy to expand our technical curriculum portfolio, bringing David onboard was a natural choice," says Dave Pedigo, vice president of emerging trends, CEDIA. 

In this new role with CEDIA, Meyer will focus on updating and developing CEDIA's technical curriculum, and he will provide his insight as an in-house subject matter expert.

In addition, Meyer will also serve as an instructor for face-to-face events in the Asia-Pacific region for the global trade organization. 

Catalyst AV member Electronic Lane Distributors Dobbs Stanford Corporate is set to open a new Dallas showroom on March 1.

The grand opening includes a BBQ lunch, and it features presentations from LumaStream LED lighting, eero's Kelly Neary and Ed Gurr from Vivitek.  

Electronic Lane Distributors adds that Will Swari from Milestone will be on hand to discuss Sanus, Chief and Da-Lite, and URC's regional manager will also be in attendance. 

Acoustic Innovations, a company that designs, manufactures and installs home theater seating and dedicated home theaters in the home environments, has announced James Theobald as its new national sales director.

Theobald will assist dealers with their needs for current and upcoming theater projects, seating, and interior accessories.

The company also states that Theobald will also blend many of his Cine Living products with current Acoustic Innovations offerings.

As the vice president of sales and marketing for Theo Kalomirakis (TK) Theaters for more than 18 years, and as owner and president of Cine Living (formally TK Living), since 2009 Theobald has well over 20 years of custom electronics industry experience.

The distributor DSI Systems has announced that on March 1 it will open a new warehouse in Portland, Ore.

The new DSI Systems' distribution center address is 1311 NE Airport Way Building, Portland, OR 97230. 

February 23, 2017

RTI, a global control and automation manufacturer for the residential and commercial market, has announced four promotions to the company's executive and senior management team.

Mike Everett, formerly vice president of sales and marketing, Americas, has been appointed to vice president of global sales; Brett Stokke, director of communications, RTI, is now director of marketing; Robert Lawton moves from manufacturing engineer, to director of product management; and Chris Pauly takes on the role of interim technical support manager from technical support specialist.

"RTI has a long history of delivering innovative products and solutions that our worldwide network of distributors and dealers can use to successfully build their businesses," says Ed McConaghay, CEO, RTI. "As we move forward, we want to continue strengthening the relationships with our customers. These organizational changes are all part of listening to our partners' needs, delivering impeccable service and support, and ultimately making it easier to do business with RTI on a global scale."

WyreStorm has added Nick Roberts as its new specification and training manager, EMEA, to replace Glen Harvey who retired in December.

Roberts is industry-certified by Lutron and CEDIA, and well versed in all aspects of the custom design and installation of audio, visual and lighting control technology for commercial and residential projects.

His experience in previous roles include design of a wide variety of large-scale commercial AV systems for leading hotel chains, bars and clubs, as well as designing meeting and presentation environments for corporate clients, professional recording studios for education, live stage lighting and audio and mid- to-large scale home cinema systems.

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

Kevro International Inc., the exclusive North American distributor of Monitor Audio Hi-Fi loudspeakers, has announced the promotion of George Haight to director of sales for the U.S. central region.   

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.

The industry-wide transition to AV-over-IP is accelerating as the Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) Alliance has added DVIGear to its ranks.

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 acti

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