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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 Broyles as director of sales, pro and commercial A/V, and Jesse Travis as vice president of operations.
Travis brings a long track record of leading organizations through business transformation and long-range planning, with previous experience as the director of supply chain (North America) for First Data Corporation, founder and general manager for InterContinental Sourcing, LLC and vice president of operations for 180’s LLC.
Broyles previously served as the director of channel and VAR Sales at ViewSonic, as well as senior director of U.S. sales at Kensington, and national manager of distribution and inside sales for Epson America, Inc. Broyles will lead all sales initiatives in the professional and commercial audio and video sector, a new role developed within AVAD to highlight a focus on the commercial AV market.
John J. Pepe has joined the Sapphire Marketing team, as its new Metro N.Y. regional sales manager. Sapphire states that Pepe has more than 20 years of executive leadership at real time services, which will benefit its customers.
December 2, 2016
Brodmann Acoustics, a European loudspeaker manufacturer has announced the construction of its U.S. Experience Center. The facility is located in Culver City, Calif., and it is hosted in conjunction with Jeff Haas, principal of Haas Entertainment.
The theater and two-channel listening rooms are scheduled to be completed in early 2017.
“The Experience Center is for new dealers from across the country to experience Brodmann Acoustics, and for existing Brodmann dealers who want to bring clients in for the full Brodmann experience,” says Brad Paulsen, national sales manager, Brodmann Acoustics. “Our goal is to provide training, demonstration, and immersion in the Brodmann culture. As we continue to build brand presence here in the U.S., it is important to offer a facility in which we have control of the installation, incredible acoustics and opportunities to maximize our time with the customer.”
The Experience Center’s 14-seat theater room will feature Brodmann Acoustics’ new in-wall speaker system in a 15-channel Dolby Atmos array, partnered with products from many leading industry brands including Datasat, Crestron, D-Cinema and more.
The two-channel listening room will feature eight models of Brodmann Acoustics floorstanding loudspeakers, including the flagship JB205 system, as well as Brodmann’s high-performance on-wall models, all featuring the patented “Acoustic Active” design employing soundboards. This room will be driven by state-of-the art source components, both analog and digital, including a 24-terabyte, touchscreen-driven digital system, electronics from Electrocompaniet, and analog support from Thorens and DH Labs.
November 30, 2016
GoVision announced that its nationwide expansion continues with the opening of a new office in Chicago.
The office will be led by Rich McGill, an 18-year veteran of sales, sponsorships and digital media, who has joined the GoVision team as regional account executive. McGill has worked with some of the largest brands in the world – including American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and Gatorade – and brings extensive experience delivering digital marketing solutions to Division one universities throughout the Midwest.
James Loudspeaker, designers and manufacturers of décor-friendly entertainment products for both residential and commercial applications, has selected The Watershed Group, formerly known as The Rep Company as its independent sales agency for Eastern Canada effective Dec. 20, 2016.
IC Realtime has announced the appointment of Robert P. Mitchell as its new director of government practice & law enforcement division. In this newly created division and role, Mitchell will work with government officials and security agencies to deliver actionable intelligence on a unified platform (video surveillance, social media, cellular, radio, drone detection and more).
November 28, 2016
Nortek Security & Control announced new executive staff additions and role changes and an expansion of its manufacturing capacity by 25 percent.
Dan Geiger has joined Nortek Security & Control as Senior Vice President of Sales. Geiger brings 30 years of alarm industry experience, most recently as a senior executive at iControl Networks, a cloud-based service provider. At iControl, he built and grew the sales organization. Prior to iControl, Geiger led ADT’s national strategic partnerships and the industry’s largest dealer program. Geiger will lead Nortek Security & Control’s dealer and distribution sales channels as well as recruit new market entrants.
Robert Beliles has joined as Senior Vice President, Product Management and Marketing. With IT and Building Systems experience, Beliles served in executive roles with Tyco, Hewlett Packard, and Cisco Systems. Focused on Internet of Things development and marketing strategies, he is heavily involved in converged systems used by global service providers, enterprises, and commercial operations. Beliles is a frequent speaker and author in both the IT and Security industries and holds several patents.
“Dan and Robert bring more cloud-based services and IoT technology insight to the Nortek Security & Control executive management team,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Nortek Security & Control.
Duane Paulson assumed the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Strategic Development. “Our partners are essential to our growth whether they are dealers, ecosystem providers, or service companies. This role ensures our partners get the support they need,” said O’Neal. “With the enhanced team and new structure, we are strategically positioned to take our business to the next level.”
Finally, the company announced the expansion of its ISO 9001:2008-compliant manufacturing capacity by 25 percent where it makes products under the brand names 2GIG, Linear, GoControl and Numera, along with providing OEM and ODM contract manufacturing services.
O’Neal concluded his remarks by observing, “We are expanding our manufacturing capacity to better serve our customers in growing market environments, which include smart home technology and the Internet of Things.”
November 22, 2016
Triad Speakers, Inc. has appointed Digital Sales Group as its new independent sales rep firm in the Midwest.
Digital Sales Group is led by principal Tim Childers and senior sales manager John Curtiss. The company has been in existence for several decades, carrying leading CEDIA channel audio and video solutions. Tim Childers services Kansas and Missouri. John Curtiss services the Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas City Metro Markets.
“Triad is recognized as having every aspect of the home theater and distributed audio categories covered with top-notch speaker solutions,” says Tim Childers. “The line is wide and deep, with models available in room, in-wall, on-wall and in-ceiling versions. Additional benefits include daily built-to-order manufacturing in America with custom paint-matching available for everything they do including outdoor models.”
November 21, 2016
Azione Unlimited (AU), a national buying group, recently shared a video recapping its fall Conference, titled, which was held in Las Vegas and titled, “Veridic Vistas."
Richard Glikes, president of Azione Unlimited, summarizes the event by pointing out the meetings were highly interactive, educational, energizing and fun.
“We put together a folksy collage of photos from our fall event because dealers have a hard time imaging what we do, how much fun we have, how interactive the meetings are, and what a team we are building," states Glikes. "These collaborative sessions constitute the philosophical essence of the organization; as the Azione mantra, “Share, Trust, Prosper” suggests.”
To view the video click here.
November 18, 2016
Stewart Filmscreen, has added industry veteran, Robert Keeler, as vice president of sales, residential market.
Keeler brings more than 20 years of experience with consumer technology and custom integration experience to Stewart with previous stints at Pioneer Electronics and BDI. Keeler joins Stewart from his most recent position as director of sales for Screen Innovations.
November 16, 2016
Radial Engineering Ltd., has the addition of Jon Lundgren to its Vancouver, B.C.-based team.
As a member of the engineering team, Lundgren's primary objectives are to expand Radial's digital design presence and develop a best-in-class design for the Radial group of companies. He will be a key member of the engineering team working on the recently relaunched Dynaco brand product line. (Radial Engineering purchased the Dynaco brand in 2016.)
Lundgren spent 17 years working in the semiconductor industry where he held senior roles in PMC-Sierra Inc.'s digital implementation group. A multi-instrumentalist and 25-year veteran of the B.C. independent music scene, Lundgren brings a unique combination of musical and engineering expertise to the Radial Engineering team. His wide-ranging background also includes repair and restoration of vintage tube amplifiers.
November 10, 2016
Screen Innovations (SI), has announced the appointment of Manfred Freiberger as director of commercial sales for international and domestic. Freiberger brings to SI 25 years of experience working within the international A/V community most recently as owner of MCP Marketing Corporation representing international manufacturers in North America.
"We are extremely excited about bringing Manfred into the SI family,” says Shannon Gustafson, director of residential sales for online and international. “We have laser focused goals for our move into the commercial and international world and Manfred will help us meet those goals, and much more.”
The result of several rep firms, the Arizona Technology and Business Summit features 50 exhibiting companies. The venue and focused displays encourage an interactive environment where dealers get to talk with the exhibitors as opposed to doing a “fly-by.” A lunch is included so participants can spend the entire day. The Summit is proud to have CEDIA as our education partner. They contribute with presenters, industry trends, and CEU credits for seminars.
The one-on- one atmosphere with market leaders, the diverse product on display, and the dedicated rep engagement, along with the high quality education, makes it really worthwhile for all.”
Components that make the Summit unique are the combination of approachable hands-on displays along with an education-focused format. There will be a number of Educational Seminars, two hosted by the Tech Summit education partner, CEDIA.
Atlona, a global manufacturer of connectivity solutions for A/V systems, has announced the opening of an EMEA Logistics Hub in the Netherlands to facilitate more efficient product order and return merchandise authorization (RMA) fulfillment in the region. The operation’s RMA and service logistics functions will be run by newly appointed RMA and support engineer Piotr Mazurek, a veteran A/V IT CAD engineer.
“Following on the December opening of Atlona International in Zurich and Atlona Asia in Hong Kong, this is another major development that enables us to pursue our mission to ‘be global, act local,’” says Ronni Guggenheim, general manager, Atlona International. “With the EMEA Logistics Hub, we are now able to offer comprehensive local support on all continents.”
November 9, 2016
Radial Engineering Ltd., has announced the addition of Gary Zywiecki to its Vancouver, B.C.- based team.
Zywiecki's new role as manager of engineering heads all the R&D activities from product concept to launch. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, advancing products that span from vintage vacuum tube technology to cutting edge digital and wireless technologies.
Radial's latest hire brings over 25 years of expertise in product development to his new role. His career path has included work in the wireless, GPS, telecommunication and control software industries.
Core Brands announced the appointment of Neal Ellsworth to the newly created position of product manager, new initiatives. Effective immediately, Ellsworth will lead efforts to create new categories of products and new products within established categories working under the direction of Mike Jordan, Core Brands’ vice president of product management.
“Neal brings an in-depth knowledge of product development that will significantly contribute to the evolution of our audio, control, and signal processing brands,” says Jordan. “Neal will focus on categories that drive attachment sales to our current product offerings, while also helping our dealers to generate more business and satisfy their customers. With his experience, talent and keen eye, he will no doubt be a great addition to the team. We are honored to welcome him to Core Brands.”
Ellsworth formerly served as the product line manager for affiliate products and film screens at SnapAV.
November 8, 2016
"At HTSA, we are always on the lookout for new and emerging solutions that offer superior capabilities to enhance our current pallet of member resources that result in extraordinary benefits to our members," says Jon Robbins executive director of Home Technology Specialists of America, Inc. "TRXio is one of those superior solutions and we are pleased to welcome Reid and the entire TRXio team into the group."
November 3, 2016
The DEG is an industry association that advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels, on behalf of motion picture, music, consumer electronics and technology companies.
“DEG is a great platform for industry-wide innovation and co-operation on key issues that affect the entertainment industry and its consumers," states Mike Jbara, CEO of MQA. "We are excited to be collaborating on a variety of initiatives with fellow DEG members in the future, including cross-promotions and key industry events.”
November, 1, 2016
GoVision announced that Chris Pruet formerly of CSP Marketing has been hired as CEDIA channel sales manager. The new company says that Pruet will lead the launch of its product line within the residential custom electronics marketplace, and Pruet adds that he will leverage his market experience to help GoVision meet its growth plans.
"For 23 years, I’ve been very fortunate to have worked in different sectors of the industry,” states Pruet. “This experience, and in particular my understanding of the ways to overcome obstacles in the Manufacturer and Rep relationship, have positioned me well for this new challenge in launching GoVisionTV. I’m really excited to work with Chris, Kevin and the entire GoVision team on this exciting new product introduction.”
GoVisionTV is a LED video product for the residential and commercial hospitality markets, and the company explains its product as a "jumbo LED screen, designed for outdoor viewing." The product is completely weatherproof (IP 65-rated), viewable in full sunlight with a brightness rating of 5,500 nits, and it also contains integrated speakers, multiple inputs for compatibility with most existing home and commercial audio/visual systems.
October 31, 2016
Radial Engineering Ltd., has announced that Joseph Strovas has joined the team in the new role of international sales manager for Hafler, Dynaco, Jensen Transformers and the Primacoustic Install Division.
Strovas has nearly 30 years of electronics industry experience that ranges from retail and distribution, to manufacturing for companies such as AudioQuest, Madrigal Audio Laboratories ( Mark Levinson, Proceed, Revel), BDI and Densen Audio. Strovas also owned his own brick and mortar retail audio business for seven years in Phoenix, AZ.
For Radial Strovas' responsibilities include building each brand's position in the A/V contractor, custom integrator and consumer audio markets outside of North America. For Hafler, he will lead the business development opportunities for the new CI series multi-channel amplifiers to the custom install market while expanding phono stages and headphone amps to the Hi-Fi world. For Dynaco, the plan is to establish exclusive distributors to handle the top end two-channel audiophile market. For Jensen Transformers, Strovas will be responsible for growing the market for the ISO-MAX line of pro isolators and OEM sales. He will also steer the international sales efforts for the Primacoustic contractor products. The market for acoustic panels is very broad and encompasses everything from restaurants to home theaters.
October 28, 2016
Cinema Design (CDGi) has announced that Current Marketing as its exclusive manufacturer representative for the Arizona, New Mexico and Las Vegas Territories.
“We are excited to establish this relationship as we view the Southwest as strategic areas for growth” says Brad Bergoine, president of CDGi. Paul Epstein and team has the knowledge base of the performance benefits offered by our Acoustic Panel products and Design Services that makes them uniquely qualified to be successful,” Bergoine added. “We are very impressed with the product knowledge and experience this firm brings to the relationship and believe they will be a significant asset to the CDGi dealers in the territory.”
October 27, 2016
Radial Engineering Ltd., has announced the addition of Kevin Knoll to its Vancouver, B.C.-based engineering team.
In his role as senior design engineer, Knoll has been specifically tasked with designing the commercial line of Hafler brand amplifiers. (Radial Engineering acquired Hafler in 2014.) Knoll will also be assisting the engineering team on various projects for all of the Radial group of companies.
Knoll brings decades of technical, design and manufacturing experience to his new role. As founder and president of Knoll Systems (audio/video electronics manufacturer) for almost 30 years, Knoll designed electrical and electronic components for a wide variety of applications in the consumer, commercial, industrial and military markets.
Consumer Electronics Distributors (C.E.D.), member of the PowerHouse Alliance and premium regional distributor of consumer and specialty electronics for the Chicago metropolitan market and broader Midwest, hosted dealers and manufacturers at three different events for its 17th annual Fall Ball.
With record high attendance at this year’s events, over 30 manufacturer representatives, 230 dealers and 150 industry affiliates visited C.E.D.’s Elk Grove Village, Ill., New Berlin, Wisc., and Bloomington, Minn. locations. Attending dealers and industry affiliates experienced the latest technology and product demos from manufacturer reps, special promotions, gourmet food truck lunches and numerous prizes.
Representatives from JVC, Peerless-AV, ClearView Innovations, Clare Controls, URC and many more were able to spend time with their existing and potential customer bases, and were able to educate integrators on their brands heading into the holiday selling season.
“The C.E.D. Fall Ball is a great event to meet face-to-face with dealers, and it provides manufactures an opportunity to show dealers new technologies and products,” says Brett Kozlowski, sales engineer for URC. “The C.E.D. sales staff are extremely attentive to their customers’ needs and work with them to grow their business and offer new solutions. It is a must attend event for me every year.”
At the Minnesota event, C.E.D. brought in representatives from LG to host multiple training sessions on the latest residential and commercial lines. Attendees of all three events were treated to exclusive sales and inventory opportunities such as show-only specials on a long list of products.
KanexPro, a provider of connectivity solutions to the IT and A/V markets, has announced the launch of international distribution from select distributors in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Poland, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Peru.
KanexPro provides integrators access to its line of A/V connectivity products that offer the ability to broadcast, extend, split or multiply HD signal transmissions in any installation environment.
KanexPro's products are available from FVS and Comil in France, Exhibo in Italy, Dystron in Poland, Media-Sys in Spain, AV Distribution in Switzerland and Atempo in Turkey. In South America, Smartlife in Colombia and Proyectos Multimedia in Peru now carry KanexPro’s solutions.
In addition, EOM Sales in Malaysia, Swedish Trading Audio Visual in Sri Lanka, Mahajak in Thailand and Horizon Distribution in the UAE encompass KanexPro’s distributors in Asia.
Azione Unlimited (AU), the business networking, educational and integrator focused buying group, has announced that 10 dealers have joined the organization. Azione Unlimited’s membership now totals 175 dealers. The newest member to join were compelled to join Azione after experiencing one day of the Azione Fall Conference, “Veridic Vista”, as a guest last week in Las Vegas, Nev.
During the event, the buying group covered a number of topics, including recurring revenues, as well as a new sales model, and it held a discussion on “Where will the CE Industry be in five years?’" with a panel of industry experts—Vin Bruno of CEDIA; Frank Sterns of Sony; Angie Larson of Savant; Hagai Feiner of Access Networks, and Tim Costello of BDX.
The 10 new dealers include:
- HP Media Group, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Interseckt Corporation, Coral Gables, Fla.
- Adobe Cinema & Automation, LLC., Mashpee, Mass.
- Lavish Theaters Corporation, dba Lavish Automation, Healdsburg, Calif.
- Electronic Home Environments, Inc., Leesburg, Va.
- Crystal Clear Management, dba Criteria of Naples in Naples, Fla.
- TDA Enterprises Inc., dba Technology Design Associates, Bend, Ore.
- Cinemaplex Technologies Corp., dba Hoishik, Spring City, Pa.
- Encore Custom Audio Video LLC, Sterling, Va.
- Electronics Made Easy, dba Integrated Custom Audio Video, Little Neck, N.Y.
October 25, 2016
Kevro International Inc., the exclusive North American distributor of Monitor Audio loudspeakers, bolstered its sales force by appointing Michael Benedetto to the position of vice president of sales and Business Development effective Nov. 1.
Benedetto joins Kevro International with two-decades of industry sales, strategic management experience, as well as an intimate knowledge of the consumer electronics space from Salamander Designs, one of the industry's leading high-end furniture brands.
Benedetto will report directly to Sheldon Ginn, vice president of Kevro International.
Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, has named Maria Weaver to the position of senior vice president, marketing. In this role, Weaver will build upon Spotlight's identity and lead the strategic evolution of its brand, reputation and product marketing.
The national buying group ProSource has announced 13 new dealer members:
- Audio Video Specialties, Charlotte, N.C.
- Creative Audio Video and Automation, Sunset Hills, Mo.
- Deep Water Electronics, Chelan, Wash.
- diamond design, Proctorville, Ohio
- eStream Digital, Carrollton, Texas
- JS Audio Video, Morristown, N.J.
- Legacy Custom Entertainment & Security, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Ovation Audio Video, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Prestige Audio Visual, North Bay Village, Fla.
- SmartTouch USA, Columbia, Md.
- Sound Decisions, Inc., Wilmington, N.C.
- Sound Effects, Mesa, Ariz.
- Titan Technologies, Ft Lauderdale, Fla.
Listen Technologies, a provider of assistive listening products for more than 17 years, has partnered with Audio Biz, a manufacturer representative firm, to drive sales of Listen Technologies products in Northern and Central Illinois, Eastern Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana. Audio Biz will introduce Listen Technologies’ new ListenWiFi, as well as its core products, including ListenIR, ListenLoop and ListenRF iDSP, to potential customers in this region.
October 20, 2016
Atlona has promoted Jeff Meyer to senior international sales director, APAC, Southern and Northern Europe. Meyer, who has been with the company since 2012, and was most recently the company’s director of business development for the EMEA and APAC regions. He is based in the Varese area of Italy and will continue to report directly to Ronni Guggenheim, general manager, Atlona International.
October 19, 2016
Stealth Acoustics announced the appointment of Midwest AV Group, a professional Chicago-based marketing and sales firm as its regional representative in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The appointment is effective immediately.
Vantage Controls, a Legrand brand, announced has joined the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA). HTSA, the member-owned buying group formed in 1996, provides technology and business education, sharing of best practices, and more. It’s growing membership base including leading manufacturers that are at the forefront of innovation to meet the current demands of the market and their customers.
"We are very proud to partner with high quality brands like Vantage Controls," says Jon Robbins, executive director of Home Technology Specialists of America. "Vantage Controls offers state-of-the-art lighting and automation solutions and no one is better than an HTSA dealer at designing, engineering and installing cutting edge, high performance solutions for their clients. We look forward to partnering with Vantage Controls to further grow their high performance custom integration business."
October 18, 2016
Middle Atlantic Products has announced a promotion within its product management organization. Megan Knedler, formerly Middle Atlantic's director of marketing communications, will now serve as director of product management—furniture. In her new position, Knedler will be tasked with expanding the category's product and service offering, addressing the furniture challenges facing integrators today.
"Megan's leadership and track record for delivering content and tools that help integrators design reliable systems have been instrumental to Middle Atlantic's success," says Tim Troast, Middle Atlantic Products' vice president of product management. "This promotion is part of our continued investment in innovation, and more specifically our portfolio of furniture solutions. As AV plays an increasingly more crucial role in collaboration, it's critical that the furniture people use enables a seamless experience with technology. I'm confident Megan's passion for solving challenges for our customers, combined with her marketing savvy, will elevate the end-user experience while providing new revenue opportunities for integrators."
Rosewater Energy Group, a provider of next-generation integrated energy management HUBs, announced Jim Guido as the vice president of sales.
Guido will manage RoseWater Energy Group’s sales efforts, including strategic development in bringing the HUB to new markets. Guido will also hire and train manufacturer representatives, select and train dealers, oversee sales calls with representatives and ensure all sales efforts create a consistent, unmatched sales experience for dealers, representatives and end-users.
October 17, 2016
Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), a national retail and custom integration buying group is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and it has announced that prominent New England integrator Maverick Integration has joined the group, effective immediately. This announcement comes on the eve of HTSA's 20th Anniversary Fall Conference, which is set to open this week on Tuesday, Oct. 18- 20 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Ill.
Maverick Integration Corp. (Maverick) was founded in 2003 by Dennis Jaques, and the company has locations Nashua, N.H., which is the company headquarters and another in Waltham, Mass. In addition, Maverick will be soon opening a third location on Cape Cod in Mashpee, Mass.
LOUD Technologies Inc., (LOUD) has announced the appointment of Thom Stalcup to the position of vice president of operations.
Stalcup comes to LOUD with 30 years of experience in operations, engineering,
and program management, including past experiences with new product introduction and supply chain management. His resume includes VP positions in industries including solar, telecommunications and data storage.
October 13, 2016
Crystal Screens by Luminit LLC, a privately held company that specializes in ambient light handling projection screens, has added Image Marketing West to its manufacturer rep network for the commercial A/V market.
Specializing in equipment for professional sound, video and lighting, Image Marketing Westbecomes the seventh rep firm to pick up the new ALR screen and will cover Northern California and Northern Nevada.
“The ambient light rejection capabilities and wide viewing angle of the screen are impressive,” says Chuck Rufkahr of Image Marketing West. “The screen will open new opportunities for dealers installing projection systems in rooms where space is restricted and light is difficult to control.”
October 12, 2016
Catalyst AV member Custom Plus Distributing, a business that serves consumer electronics to specialty dealers in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Montana, Hawaii, Northern California and Western Nevada, has opened a fifth location after opening a fourth earlier this year.
Oliver Marketing and Custom Plus Distributing president Bob Oliver says his entire team contributed to the company's aggressive growth.
“With opening a new corporate headquarters in Auburn [Wash.], as well as a new branch in Bellevue, Wash., within six months it took a solid team. We are fortunate to have so many good people within the organization that we could pull it off seamlessly," says Oliver. “With the help of my son Reece, he recommended huddle rooms for meetings and break rooms with Sony 4K TVs that allow all employees to have a nice work environment. It's paying [off]; business is up double digitd over last year already and we haven't come close to hitting our max growth."
Current Marketing, has announced that industry veteran Scott Wallis has joined the manufacturer’s representatives company as director of sales, effective immediately. Current Marketing covers the Arizona, southern Nevada, New Mexico,
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