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People On the Move: Sound Solutions, PowerHouse Alliance, PRO Audio, Graybar

The latest in hirings and other notable movement within the custom electronics industry. Check back daily for updated news.


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Dec. 18, 2014

Sound Solutions, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab music and accessories, Avid HiFi turntables, Solidsteel audio furniture, Balanced Audio Technology electronics and Wharfedale loudspeakers, announced it has appointed Jonathan Derda as national sales and marketing manager. The announcement was made by Norbert Schmied, managing director of Sound Solutions, and the company says the move signifies its commitment to becoming the leading distributor of specialist audio products.


In his new position, Derda will be responsible for U.S. sales, marketing and marketing communications for the Sound Solutions brands.

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The PowerHouse Alliance has announced the addition of its 40th facility, delivering premium products spanning the residential and commercial audio/video, home entertainment, security, IT and consumer electronics accessories markets.

Located in Bloomington, Minn. and lead by Alliance member, Consumer Electronics Distributors (C.E.D.), the new facility offers a convenient Will-Call area, designed to increase efficiency while providing a fast, reliable customer experience. Combined with a state-of-the-art automated warehouse, the new location also boasts an effective shipping service including numerous outgoing orders each day via UPS, FedEx, LTL along with the distributor's very own local delivery trucks, ensuring products get into customer hands where and when they need it most.

"We are thrilled to announce the opening of our 40th location," says Dennis Holzer, executive director for PowerHouse Alliance. "The addition of a new venue signifies not only the strength and viability of the consumer electronics industry, but also the continued momentum for our distributor members and the Alliance as a whole. We congratulate C.E.D. on this milestone, marking their third location in the region."

"All of us within the PowerHouse Alliance are committed to building mutually beneficial, fruitful relationships with each and every customer, and to do so availability and consistency are key," says Avery Baron, President of C.E.D. "With that in mind, we are happy to have the opportunity to extend our reach and better serve our region, and equally excited to add to the growing authority of the Alliance."

Dec. 17, 2014
PRO Audio Technology (PRO), maker of loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential installations, has appointed Haley Patterson as marketing coordinator, overseeing marketing, business development and brand strategy. Patterson joins the company from Prima Cinema.

Dec. 15, 2014
Graybar, a distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products, and provider of related supply-chain management and logistics services, announced that Robert C. Lyons and David G. Maxwell have been appointed regional vice presidents, effective Jan., 1, 2015.

A 35-year Graybar veteran, Lyons currently serves as senior vice president-North America business. In his new role, Lyons will be responsible for the company’s Tampa, Atlanta, Richmond, New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago and St. Louis districts. Maxwell is currently district vice president in Graybar’s California district and has worked at Graybar for 29 years. In his new assignment, he will oversee the California, Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle and Phoenix districts. Both Lyons and Maxwell are members of Graybar’s board of directors.

In addition, Richard T. Birkett has been named district vice president in California, replacing Maxwell on Jan., 1, 2015. Birkett currently serves as district vice president in St. Louis, and hw has more than 34 years of experience with Graybar. Danna N. Ellison will take over as district vice president in St. Louis. Ellison currently serves as vice president-strategic accounts, overseeing business development, service and support for Graybar’s large, multi-site and global customers. She joined Graybar earlier this year and has more than 15 years of industry experience, most recently with Gexpro, a division of Rexel Holdings USA.


Dec. 12, 2014
Chamberlain Group, Inc. has promoted Cory Sorice to the position of vice president of marketing, connected products and ecommerce, consumer retail.


Sorice joined Chamberlain in 2011, and in his previous role with the Elmhurst, Ill.-based company, Sorice served as its global strategic business unit leader, connected products.

Dec. 10, 2014


NuVo, a product line of Legrand, has announced the appointment of Wesley Schroeder as its new international sales manager within the EMEA territories.

Effective immediately, Schroeder will be responsible for increasing sales and developing the NuVo business. His role will include working with NuVo’s expansive
distribution partners in training and selling strategies.

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Momentum Data Systems, Inc. (MDS), a manufacturer of DSP, audio and consumer media processing solutions has appointed Terry Shultz as president. Company founder Dr. Jerry Purcell will continue to serve as CEO and chief engineer.


Dec. 8, 2014

The BrandSource board of directors announced the appointment of Jim Ristow as CEO effective January 1, 2015. Ristow replaces Bob Lawrence who has served as CEO since 1994. Read the story here.
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The Chamberlain Group, Inc. (CGI) has appointed Brad Opel to the position of executive vice president, consumer retail---Americas. In his new role Opel is responsible for building the Chamberlain and Heath Zenith brands across the Americas.

Opel joined CGI in 2010 and most recently served as vice president, new business development. As executive vice president he will lead the company’s do-it-yourself products including, high-performance garage door openers, smartphone-enabled garage and lighting products, and motion-activated home devices, all designed for safety and reliability.

Dec. 5, 2014

Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of isolation-transformer–based power components, announced that Momentum Marketing is now representing the company in the South Central U.S. territory that includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.


Dec. 2, 2014

Vlad Konopelko has joined Middle Atlantic Products as product manager, power. Tasked with driving the strategy of the category for Middle Atlantic, Konopelko will work with the product development team to bring to market unique power solutions that help integrators install reliable systems.

Konopelko's prior experience with enclosure and power products include career stops with Schroff and APC.

Paradigm and Anthem, a pair of international manufacturers of loudspeaker and A/V equipment that are based in Toronto have announced the addition of a new independent rep firm to represent its products and solutions in the Midwest area of the United States.

Effective immediately, RC Audio Video Marketing Service has taken over the Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and the Nebraska.territories for representation of the Canadian A/V brands. Paradigm and Anthem point out that even though the firm is a new business, they have worked with long time A/V Rep, Randy Corey for many years.


Dec. 1, 2014

ADI announced that Michael Flink has been named president of ADI Global. ADI, part of the Honeywell Security Group (HSG), will operate as a global organization, and Flink will lead all ADI businesses across the Americas, EMEA and India. He will continue to report to HSG President Ron Rothman.

Atlona, an AV connectivity solutions company has announced the appointment of Garth Lobban as senior marketing manager. Lobban brings an extensive background in A/V marketing following 11 years with Extron Electronics, most recently as manager of product marketing.


Channel Vision, a manufacturer of security devices, wall plates and other solutions has announced the addition of Bobby Russo as its vice president of sales. Russo will be responsible for overseeing Channel Vision’s sales department, its international distributors and our manufacturer representatives across the United States.


Nov. 21, 2014

The Catalyst AV distribution network (specialty AV solutions, serving CEDIA channel) member-company HCA Distributing (Rocky Mountains territory) has opened a branch in Salt Lake City. This represents the second location for Denver-based HCA. HCA Principal Ron Perron points out there is significant new home building occurring within the region and it is helping to drive local custom installation sales.

The Catalyst AV network is currently comprised of 11-member (individually owned) companies.


Nov. 20, 2014

SnapAV, a Charlotte-based manufacturer for the residential and commercial channels, recently held a grand opening for its new office in Taipei, Taiwan. The new office will facilitate relationships with SnapAV’s overseas vendors and will serve as an extension of its engineering, quality, and product development departments.


“We’re thrilled to open this new location,” notes David Moore, vice president of engineering for SnapAV. “In previous trips to Asia, I would travel for days to visit with vendors all over the place. Our new office will help us to be more efficient and focused in our vendor relations so we can place a greater emphasis on creating higher-quality, more innovative products.”

The grand opening reception took place at the new office in the Manhattan district of Taipei. In attendance were SnapAV’s new Taipei team, led by Jerry Hsaio, vice president of Asia operations, as well as several Charlotte employees, including Moore and company CEO, Craig Craze. The team also celebrated with several vendor partners that were in attendance. “We’re dedicated to strengthening our relationships with our partners and are excited to work even closer with them,” adds Moore.

Nov. 18, 2014
N.Y.-based DSG Distributors has hired Steve Stenzi to serve as its newest inside sales and support specialist.

The company states Stenzi has more than three decades of experience in the A/V and security categories, and prior to his hiring it worked with him for approximately 20 years in various roles.

Nov. 17, 2014
The ProSource buying group has announced that New York City retailer B&H has joined, effective November 1 2014. B&H becomes the 17th member of the PRO level dealer group within ProSource.

Dave Workman, co-president/COO of ProSource, comments, “I am extremely excited to welcome B&H to ProSource. Their reputation in the New York market and throughout the U.S. as one of the finest retailers in business brings the respect and business acumen we look for in new members to the group. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with everyone at B&H.”

“We are all extremely excited about joining this prestigious buying group,” says Henry Posner, director of corporate communication for B&H. “By adding B&H’s buying power to the ProSource family, new and stronger industry partnerships will be realized.”

Nov. 12, 2014
Denise Medved has been named vice president of sales and business development for the International CES and International CES Asia. Medved previously worked for Tiny Kitchen Inc., where she served as president and CEO, and prior to that career stop, she held senior management positions at Reed Exhibition Companies, IDG World Expo, and National Trade Productions, Inc.

Nov. 11, 2014
TC Group Americas has announced the appointment of Cardone, Solomon & Associates (CS&A) as manufacturers’ representatives for the Metro N.Y./N.J. region.

CS&A will represent TC Group Americas’ Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake brands.

Nov. 10, 2014
The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) has announced Leon Shaw, owner of North Carolina-based Audio Advice, and current vice president of the HTSA board of directors, has been selected to fulfill the role as 2015 president.

Shaw originally started Audio Advice in 1978 and over the years the company has developed into one of the top custom installation firms in the country. With 2014 drawing to a close, Shaw says he is ready to accept the challenge of leading the buying group into the new year. "It's been a pleasure serving as a member of the HTSA board of directors; I am looking forward to continuing to serve as president at the start of 2015," he says. "HTSA is comprised of true talent, knowledge and experience; together as an organization we are helping to increase awareness for home technology as well as empowering the skilled professionals who make up this network. I'm eager to see what this next year will bring."

Nov. 4, 2014
Custom loudspeaker manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc. announced the appointment of the NuTech Group as its new independent sales representative in the mid-Atlantic region. Based in Pennsylvania and Virginia, NuTech is a 25-year-old company that specializes in the custom installation and custom retail channels.

THIEL Audio has announced the addition of Dennis Crosson as director of engineering and Gavin Bence, audio engineer, as THIEL expands the scope and capability of its engineering department.

Crosson's previous industry experience includes time with respected brands such as PSB, JBL and Klipsch before joining THIEL, and Bence has a degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and has experience as an engineering intern for Indy Audio Labs and Koss.

Platinum Tools, a Newbury Park, Calif.-based manufacturer of hand termination and cable and wiring testing products has relocated to a larger facility. Effective immediately, Platinum Tools’ new address is 2450 Turquoise Circle, Newbury Park, CA 91320. The company adds that its phone, fax, and email addresses remain the same.

Oct. 31, 2014
Headphone maker SMS Audio has hired Steve Jain as VP sales. Jain comes to the company from Core Brands, where he served as director of sales for a year. Prior to that, he was director of sales for DEI Holdings, national sales manager for D&M Holdings and GM strategic business for JVC.
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Oct. 31, 2014
Control4 has announced that James Caudill has joined its board of directors. Caudill currently serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of D&M Holdings, Inc., which manages a portfolio of companies that manufacture audio, video and home theater equipment, including the Denon, Marantz and Boston Acoustics brands.

Prior to being named as the chairman and chief executive officer of D&M Holdings, Caudill served as president of the hardware and home improvement group at Black & Decker Corporation.

Oct. 29, 2014
Elite Screens is opening a new satellite office in Mexico City to accommodate its growing Latin American customer base. To run its new Mexican office the company has hired industry veteran Karla Leon.

Leon has more than a decade of sales and marketing experience with nearly five years in the A/V market through her association with the CEDIA and InfoComm International organizations and events.

Oct. 28, 2014
Sean "Smitty" Smith has joined Russound as training specialist. He most recently was product technical specialist for Niles, and previously was a designer at Boca Theater and a sales rep for AVAD.
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Fortress Seating, the Southern Calif.-based manufacturer of custom furniture and theater seating has become a member of Azione Unlimited. Gabi Wolper, vice president of Fortress Inc. says, "We are excited to be joining Azione Unlimited and be a part of such a distinguished group of integrators. We feel our build quality and custom capabilities provides a great value for the dealers to be able to offer their clients. We strive to build long-term relationships with our dealers, and we feel this will only strengthen it."
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As of Nov. 1, the access control and lock manufacturer ekeyUSA will have a new address: 7320 East Fletcher Ave, Tampa Florida, 33637. The company's office number is 813-490-6232, it's fax number is 941-870-5128 and its email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Oct. 27, 2014
Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Paul Dolynchuk as senior product manager, infrastructure. In this new position, Dolynchuk will be responsible for the category’s long-term sales strategy and optimization of profitability and growth. His prior career stops include stints at Pitney Bowes and Office Max.

Oct. 24, 2014
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has named Andres Mayo as its next president. Mayo takes over the leadership of AES from Dr. Sean Olive, and he currently serves as owner and senior mastering engineer at Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Grammy award winning producer and engineer is set to guide the AES into the coming year and through AES138 in Warsaw, Poland and the convention’s return to New York City for AES139 in the fall of 2015.

Oct. 22, 2014
Balanced Audio Technology (BAT), a U.S. manufacturer of vacuum tube and solid-state audio components, announced the appointment of Steve Shade to the position of director of international sales. Shade is responsible for all aspects of sales and business activities with international distributors and dealers outside the U.S. and Canada.

Oct. 21, 2014
QMotion Advanced Shading Systems, a manufacturer of automated window treatments, has announced the promotion of Gene Demestre to vice president of sales and marketing. As vice president of sales and marketing, Demestre will oversee growth of the company’s national dealers and international fabricators, as well as all of QMotion’s marketing and communications efforts.
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Allnet Distributing, a member of the Catalyst AV Network, announced the opening of its Troy, Mich., distribution facility. This announcement represents the second location for the company, which is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Allnet says 6,000-square foot facility will display and stock products from companies that include SONOS, Sony, Yamaha, Definitive Technology, Lutron, Luxul, URC, Bose, Nest, Dropcam, EnGenius, Atlona, TiVo, IC Realtime, Vivitek, Vanco, Rapid Racks and Mounts, and Catalyst Wire & Cable.
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Audeze, a manufacturer of planar magnetic headphones, announced that long-time music and lifestyle industry veteran Kurt Soto has been named the company’s new marketing director. In this role Soto oversees all aspects of marketing, including advertising and communications, lifestyle marketing and in-store environments.

Soto joins Audeze after 29 years with the clothing company Vans where he rose from teenager working in retail, to overseeing Vans’ global music lifestyle programs that included working with artists ranging from Pharrell Williams and Public Enemy, to Metallica.

Oct. 20, 2014

AVAD LLC, a North American provider of custom electronics, hosted a grand opening of its new 22,000-square foot Houston branch on Oct. 8. The grand-opening event included the unveiling of the branch's newly designed showroom, limited-time promotions and other exclusive benefits for area integrators. Manufacturers such as Bose, Current Audio, InFocus, MartinLogan, Middle Atlantic, Klein Tools, SurgeX and others were in attendance, and AVAD points out that a Screen Innovations (SI) 133-inch curved Black Diamond screen is on the premises for video demonstrations.
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The Boston Globe is reporting that Godehard Guenther, founder of the audio companies A/D/S and Soundmatters , has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The family is asking In lieu of flowers that any donations be sent to the Social Service Fund for Needy Patients, Massachusetts General Hospital, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114. To sign an online guestbook, visit here.


Elite Prime Vision, the dedicated custom installation division of Elite Screens Inc. has announced the addition of Brenda Rocha as process manager. Rocha has been with Elite Screens for about three years and the company says that her product familiarity and industry knowledge will assist the Elite Prime Vision team and its business contacts by directing the everyday operations, product distribution, billing, sales support, RMA, general correspondence and marketing promotional activities.

Oct. 17, 2014
Sound Solutions, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Avid HiFi turntables and products, Solidsteel audio furniture and Wharfedale loudspeakers announced that it has appointed Norbert Schmied as managing director. Schmied will be responsible for the overall direction of Sound Solutions’ dealer strategies and sales efforts and play a key role in the internal operations of Sound Solutions.
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Less than a year after opening its first satellite location in Southampton N.Y., DSG Distributors has announced plans to double the size of its facility in the Hamptons."Having a location in the Hamptons has been everything we hoped for, but now we need a bigger place," says Dave Silkin, president DSG Distributors. "Building a 24/7 pick-up room in Southampton like the one we have in Plainview [N.Y.] has been a goal for us since day one."
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Séura, a Green Bay, Wisc.-based manufacturer of designer mirrors and outdoor HDTVs for the custom installation market has named LK & Associates as its new sales representative in the state of Florida and Puerto Rico.

Oct. 15, 2014
Thomas Meyer, director, industry and artist relations for Sonos, is marking a milestone with the California audio manufacturer. Meyer is celebrating his 10th anniversary with the wireless audio company, and during his tenure with Sonos, he has served the manufacturer in a variety of roles.

Oct. 13, 2014
Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Wally Cain as director of sales support. In this newly created position, Cain will oversee and manage the customer support, technical support, inside sales, residential support and design services departments.

Oct. 7, 2014
Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Marco Colindres as regional sales manager for the Western Region. Colindres’ territory includes the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Northern Nevada, and the Rocky Mountains (Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico).
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Control4 (NASDAQ: CTRL) is continuing to grow its global sales team, which the company says it has already increased by nearly 20 percent over the past year. Most recently, it appointed two additional regional sales managers: Kim Parker, an 18-year industry veteran returned from Savant Systems to serve as director of sales – West; and Larry Bennett, an industry veteran with over nine years at Control4 was promoted to director of sales - East. Meanwhile, Kevin Garretson and Ernie Coulter continue in their roles as director of sales - Central and South respectively.
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Bill Herz has joined Faroudja Enterprises as its new chief operating officer and vice president of business development. Faroudja Enterprises is a start-up company that opened its doors in 2013 with the purpose of developing intellectual property to improve video compression quality. Herz has 25 years of industry experience, and he was previously with AMD.

Oct. 6, 2014
Industry veteran Jeff Myatt has left Russound (again) to serve as marketing manager for Control Resources, Inc., a provider of custom-designed and off-the-shelf microprocessor and analog power control solutions. Myatt was marketing director and product manager for Russound over the last two years. His first seven-year stint with the company started in 2003 in product management and training. He has also served as a product manager for Boston Acoustics.

Oct. 1, 2014
Cell phone signal booster maker Wilson Electronics, LLC has hired Lonnie Arima, who joins the company as vice president of sales and marketing, reporting to Robert Van Buskirk, president and CEO. Arima most recently served as the vice president of channel sales & marketing at HERE, a division of Nokia that handles mapping and location, where he was over development of channel sales in the Americas. Some of his key customers included Best Buy, Amazon, Costco and Verizon. He has previously held senior sales and marketing roles at Western Digital Corporation, Iomega Corporation, and Apple.

"We are extremely pleased to have Lonnie on board and driving the sales and marketing efforts here at Wilson Electronics," says Van Buskirk. "In addition to his impressive resume, Lonnie brings with him a proven track record in consumer electronics sales and retail marketing, attributes that we believe will help take Wilson Electronics to the next phase of global, profitable growth."

Sept. 25, 2014
Stewart Filmscreen Corp., an international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications named Sapphire Marketing as its Northeast territory commercial sales rep firm.

Sept. 24, 2014
The education and buying group Azione Unlimited has reached the 100-dealer mark, recently adding five new companies to its roster: Tarr Technology Consulting in New York; Elite Custom Audio and Video in Montclair, Calif.; WAVE Designs in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; Acoustic Evolution of Poway, Calif.; and Elevated Electronics from Kansas City, Mo.

The next Azione conference is Oct. 8 - 10 in Austin, Texas.
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At CEDIA Expo 2014, Control4 named its top dealers of the year. For the second year in a row, Chicago-area Abt Electronics was named Control4 Dealer of the Year.

Other Control4 award winners include:
  • Distributor of the Year: Hometech El Hogar
  • Top Retail Dealer: Magnolia Design Center (Woodlands, Texas)
  • Northeast Region, Top Volume: Hanson Audio Video
  • Southeast Region, Top Volume: Comet Electric
  • Central Region, Top Volume: Millennium Sounds
  • Midwest Region, Top Volume:: DataSmart
  • Western Region, Top Volume: iWired
  • Canada, Top Volume: On Audio/Video Inc.
  • The Americas, Top Volume: Haustech

Additional dealers who "go the extra mile" were recognized with the Control4 Circle of Excellence Award: Automated Environments, Technology Design Association, Valley Home Theater, Gizmo, Cinematec, Avias Sound & Video, ListenUp, Onyx Theaters, Macauley Communication, Design Homesync, Inc., Ashton Martyn, First Choice Security & Audio Ltd., Black Diamond Electric, Green Electronics, Tunner Vision, SoundCheck, Audio Video Extremes, Atlanta Home Theater, Home Theater Works, Inc., Allegro, Vitex Advanced Home Wiring, Bethesday Sysetms, Innovative Sight & Sound, NeuWave Systems Inc., Audio Video Intelligence, Kraus Hi Tech, AVI - NY, Total Home Technologies, iTec Consultants, Sound & Vision, Cabling Technologies Corp., and NextLevel.

Sept. 17, 2014
C&E Marketing, an independent rep firm based in Dania, Fla., snagged some major rep awards at CEDIA Expo. Both Autonomic and Dana Innovations (Sonance, TruFig, iPort) named the company 2014 Rep of the Year. In addition, C&E's own Wayne Augustin (holding the black box) won Dana's 2014 Individual Rep of the year award. Principal Mike Sajecki (holding the speaker) stood there and looked pretty.
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Dana Innovations (Sonance, TruFig, iPort) with C&E Marketing at CEDIA 2014

Sept. 16, 2014
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Longtime custom A/V retailer Joseph Louis Brown II "Brownie", 87, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 14, 2014. Brown was the founder of Home Entertainment Inc. that eventually grew to have 10 locations in Houston and Dallas. His exploits included a stint as a geologist before founding his own record store called "Disc Count House" in Houston. He later founded Home Entertainment Inc. in 1957. Brown sold the company in 1999. In addition, he also founded Industrial Audio Video, Inc. an affiliate of Home Entertainment in 1971. An avid golfer and fisherman, Brown was known for his integrity, dignity and generosity. He served as a business mentor to many.

He is survived by his wife Marie Brown, daughters Erin Brown and Julie McMahon, son in law Kevin McMahon, of Houston, as well as five grandchildren: Joe, Gwyneth, David, Lillian and Genevieve McMahon who adored him and loved spending time with their grandfather. They will miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his son, Joseph Louis Brown, III (Louis).

Sept. 15, 2014
Linear LLC, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK) has appointed Tom Cummiskey as senior vice president of global sales. Cummiskey brings over 25 years of experience in both the consumer and commercial connected-security and monitoring markets at ADT Security Services. His deep experience includes managing, securing and growing some of the largest and most strategic global Fortune 500 accounts.

"We are very pleased to be able to bring on Tom's top-caliber executive talent at this strategic point in our company's growth," said Linear president, Mike O'Neal. "He joins our team as we see the growth of the home control and automation market accelerating. In parallel, major players including some of the largest security providers, telecom service providers and DIY retailers, plus many other top industry players are choosing Linear's connected products, control platforms and technologies as their preferred smart products."

"I am very excited to be part of the Linear team and see tremendous value in their powerful market leadership position, the strength of their control platforms, breadth of their smart products portfolio and deep expertise in connected products," says Cummiskey. "Given the projected fast-paced growth of the security, control and automation markets in the coming years, I feel Linear has a rare opportunity to take advantage of its market stature, product offerings and technical expertise to capitalize on the wave of market adoption, and become the preeminent connected products provider."

Sept. 11, 2014
Clare Controls, a manufacturer of home automation solutions has announced the addition of Aldo Filippelli as national sales manager. In his new position Filippelli will work closely with Brian Dietsch, Clare’s vice president of business development to build and support comprehensive sales operations across all U.S. territories.
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TIDAL, a high-fidelity music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, has announced the appointment of David Solomon as its national sales and marketing manager. Working across the U.S., Solomon will be responsible for the promotion of the TIDAL service, working with manufacturers and retailers on co-marketing opportunities and being its representative at events nationwide.

Sept. 8, 2014
Christie Digital has hired George Walter as its new director of home entertainment in North America. Walter most recently served as vice president of home cinema for Digital Projection, where he launched and managed the company’s home cinema initiative for over 14 years.
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Custom Plus Distributing and sister company independent manufacturers rep firm Oliver Marketing have announced the appointment of Lou Judd as director of sales. Judd will oversee the company's four warehouse locations in Seattle, Portland, San Jose and Sacramento. Custom Plus Distributing is one of 11 members of the Catalyst AV distributor network that serves the residential and commercial A/V electronics markets.

Sept. 5, 2014
The DaVinci Group announces the addition of industry veteran John Turchintz to its sales force as regional sales manager. Turchintz brings more than 15 years of industry experience that includes AVAD, Jarmac Group and most recently as the General Manager of Sound & Vision, the A/V Division for Crane Appliance.

In other news, the company has named two new rep firms for its TDG Audio, TDG Design Studio, Vanguard Dynamics and Blue Aura wireless products. Cinema di Cuore will cover the Southern California area, while CSP Marketing will cover Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Sept. 4, 2014
C&E Marketing is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Guido to the C&E Marketing sales team. Guido comes to the company with almost three decades of experience combining audio/video sales, home automation and system integration and, most recently, online sales and marketing.

Sept. 3, 2014
Stewart Filmscreen Corp., an international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications, announced the appointment of Peter Brown as vice president of sales and marketing. Brown joined the Company in August and he brings to the California company more than 35 years of industry experience that includes stints as vice president of sales for Pioneer's home entertainment division, and at Sonance where he served as vice president of sales & marketing for Sonance’s iPort line and as director of national accounts for all the company’s retail brands.

Sept. 2, 2014
Da-Lite has announced several territory updates in the company’s Pro AV Sales Team.

Geoff Gibbs joins the Da-Lite sales team from Intuit where he most recently worked in sales. Gibbs will be based in Virginia and he will be responsible for all sales, training, consultant and architect activities in Virginia, Delaware and Maryland.
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Andrew Packer has been promoted to sales consultant for the Pro AV team. Packer has been with Da-Lite for six years in various roles including inside sales, shipping and manufacturing. Parker's new duties include training, consultant and architect activities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Derek McClusky has been promoted to simulation and visualization sales manager, and will be based in Florida. Lee Andrews has been promoted to sales manager for the Southern region, and will be based in North Carolina.
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Meridian is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Forsythe to the newly created position of vice president of Meridian America. For the past 18 years Forsythe has served the company in a variety of roles ranging from sales and training, to product development management, and now in his new role he will lead Meridian’s U.S. custom and retail sales operations.
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Motorized mount and lift manufacturer Future Automation has appointed George Gavutis to the position of Business Development Manager (North America). Gavutis, formerly with NuVo, will oversee national sales for the Custom Installation and Pro AV/Commercial markets in North America for the UK-based company. He’ll focus on developing sales for Future Automation’s standard product lines by growing and maintaining our existing dealer network.
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Qolsys has opened its new global headquarters in San Jose, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. Minutes away from San Jose’s downtown center and the San Jose International Airport, the new headquarters will support engineering development, sales, marketing, tech support and operations teams. Qolsys's new address is 1900 The Alameda, 4th Floor, San Jose, CA 95126.
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Kostas Reissis, director, USA integrator channels, Sonos, is celebrating his 10th anniversary with the wireless audio entertainment manufacturer. Reissis is a former Boston-based custom installer who was once profiled in CE Pro before joining what was then a new audio company.

Aug. 29, 2014
Former Nortek (Nasdaq: NTK) CEO Richard Bready, is hosting a fundraiser for President Obama tonight at Seafair, his Newport, R.I., home. The Providence Journal reports that tickets for the event range from $15,000 to $32,000 and that about 60 people are expected to attend.

The Journal reports an aide says, besides Mr. Obama himself, expected speakers are Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, U.S. Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, Bready and Easton.

Among other guests will be U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop and Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa.

No word on whether Obama plans to visit Casterville, the Providence home of Kimberly Lancaster of the PR firm Caster Communications.

Aug. 27, 2014
Origin Acoustics has appointed Linda van Zanten and her firm Vancouver, B.C.-based LVZ International to represent Origin internationally for all markets except for the U.S.

van Zanten has 17 years experience in international sales and marketing, representing such companies as SpeakerCraft, Sonance, Triad, TiO, Coastal Source, Soundcast and Key Digital. Origin founder Jeremy Burkhardt partnered with LVZ when he was leading SpeakerCraft.

Aug. 25, 2014
Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has just added its 95th dealer member. The last three to join are World Premiere of Mechanicsburg, Penn., Osbee of Harrison, N.Y. and Premier Media Technologies of Destin, Fla.

“Our numbers are very healthy and dynamic with our dealers employing 1,295 individuals, sales of $295,000,000, and the best number of all being 85% of our dealer members have never been in a group before," says Azione president Richard Glikes.

Aug. 21, 2014
Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional AV products, has appointed Joseph Cordts to the position of Western Regional Sales Manager. Cordts will oversee 13 western states for the Pro AV/Commercial, Custom Installation and Security markets. He’ll focus on developing sales for Lowell’s rack, power and audio product lines through a team of independent manufacturer’s representatives. As a corporate sales manager with 26 years technological sales experience in the Pro AV industry, Cordts brings a broad range of expertise in display, projection and mounting/rack solutions that accompany system design and integration.
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Justin Johnston (below), principal of Twilight Solutions in Walnut Creek, Calif., entered the winning code on iRoom's secured iPad iDock at CEDIA Expo 2013. This year, he enjoyed his prize -- an all-expenses-paid trip to Austria for iRoom's sales conference with 45 international distributors. Visit iRoom at CEDIA 2014, booth 588.

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Aug. 19, 2014
Torus Power, maker of power conditioners for audio, video and control systems, has appointed four new reps for Canada: Ontario: Wired with Sound (James Drew), Quebec: Griffin Audio (James Griffin), British Columbia: Mark Owen Agency (Mark Owen) and Alberta: Grand Prix Marketing (Jason Hay).
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Core Brands, a Nortek company, has announced the appointment of Ashley Parkinson to the position of South Central regional sales manager. In her role with the company Parkinson will report directly to James Koenig, director of sales, CI Channel, Core Brands.

Aug. 18, 2014
QMotion Advanced Shading Systems has announced the addition of Marc Kihlstrand as plant manager and the promotion of Shane Silloway to national account sales manager. As plant manager, Kihlstrand will oversee all production lines, and he will be responsible for ensuring all products are produced within lead times. Previously, Kihlstrand served as the director of engineering for Lafayette Interior Fashion in West Lafayette, Ind.

Silloway previously served as QMotion's plant manager, and in his new role with the company he will be responsible for developing and establishing QMotion automated shading systems as window treatment solutions for national chains and franchises. Silloway has 25 years of industry experience.

Aug. 18, 2014
SupplyStream, an aggregator of custom installation products and suppliers, has appointed Joe Piccirilli to the company's board of directors. Piccirilli will continue his full-time job as managing director of Rosewater Energy Group, a maker of energy storage products.

Piccirilli, formerly managing director of AVAD, says: “Not since my days with AVAD have I seen such an opportunity to radically improve the way dealers purchase products in the CE industry” says Piccirilli. “The industry is in need of modern technology that can help distributors and manufacturers stay relevant in the ‘Amazonified’ world to which dealers are now accustomed. It’s a massive undertaking to modernize an industry but this team has it figured out. I love solving big problems, which is what drew me to SupplyStream.”

Earlier this month, SupplyStream hired Lawrence Davis as VP business development and supplier relations. Davis joins Josh Willits, founder of recently acquired Invenshare.com, on the business development team. Willits will shift his focus to dealer relations where he will support existing dealers and create strategic
programs to bring new ones to the platform.

Aug. 14, 2014
OnControls, a manufacturer of cloud-based smart home and commercial control solutions for professional installers, has announced today the appointment of nine independent sales representation firms to cover key U.S. regions in the residential and commercial markets:
  • DSG Digital Sales Group Metro is based in Plainview, N.Y., and it will represent the brand in the New York and New Jersey markets.
  • Performance-Plus Marketing was founded in 1977 and serves the Rocky Mountain region from a 16,000 square foot headquarters in Aurora, colo.
  • The Chris Dixon Company will provide representation to residential markets for OnControls in Southern California (south of Bakersfield).
  • Based in Redmond, Wash., Ambassador Marketing was founded in 1986 and represents OnControls in the residential market within the Pacific Northwest region.
  • EMI was founded in 1969 and services residential integrators on behalf of OnControls in the Midwest region.
  • Based in Dania, Fla., and founded in 1986, C&E Marketing will be representing OnControls to residential independent dealers in Florida.
  • Founded in 1969, Orion Advanced Marketing is based in Schaumburg, Ill., and it will cover the Wisconsin and Illinois residential markets with 10 employees.
  • Based in Kansas City, Mo., Central Sales & Marketing was founded in 1997, and by 2009, founder Jim Tipton shifted the business from the consumer market, to the commercial market. Central Sales & Marketing will represent On Controls in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Southern Illinois.
  • CL Pugh and Associates was founded in 1943 by Courtney Lee Pugh as a multi-line independent manufacturer’s representative firm serving the Ohio Valley, including Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the adjoining counties of Kentucky.


Bay Audio, a manufacturer of loudspeaker solutions for A/V integrators and specialty dealers, has announced the appointment of Audio Associates of Somerset, N.J., as its independent sales representation. The company will cover two territories—Metro New York (Long Island, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware) and the Mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia). Audio Associates will showcase Bay Audio’s Live-Wall invisible speakers, as well as Park Stevens landscape loudspeakers, and the rest of Bay Audio's lineup of architectural and home theater products.

Aug. 13, 2014
Clare Controls has appointed Kevin Billingsley to the position of regional sales manager. Billingsley has more than 20 years experience in the custom and technology markets, and his responsibilities includes dealer and builder support in the West Coast areas of California, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

Aug. 5, 2014
Clare Controls, a home automation system manufacturer has announced the addition of Joel Rieger and David Drab and as senior level product managers.

Rieger brings more than 18 years of product management experience to Clare with previous career stops at GE Security and ADT. Rieger's duties with Clare will be to assist in the growth and development of the company's product portfolio, which includes IP video surveillance, HD media distribution, and multiroom/surround audio amplification products.

Drab has nearly three decades of experience developing telecommunication and Internet products. As senior product marketing manager at Cisco Systems, he helped lead the development of the Cisco IP Managed Services Gateway, which is the basis of AT&T’s Digital Life panel. His responsibilities for Clare include the company's automation products portfolio, including its growing family of CLIQ controllers.

Aug. 1, 2014
Brian Wiser has been named president of sales – North America for Bosch Security Systems, Inc. In this position, he will lead the sales, support, training, customer service and marketing organizations in North America. Joining Bosch in August, Wiser will replace Jeremy Hockham, who will take on a new assignment for Bosch in Europe, effective October 1, 2014. In the interim, Wiser, Hockham and the Bosch management team will work together to ensure a smooth transition for customers.

Wiser joins Bosch with more than 25 years of channel sales and marketing experience. He most recently served as a senior vice president for specialty, direct and consumer markets in North America for technology distributor Ingram Micro Inc.

July 30, 2014
Klein Tools has hired James Pultorak as VP manufacturing, replacing Chris Hargan, who will retire at the end of 2014. In his new role, Pultorak will be responsible for formulating, recommending and executing manufacturing strategies and policies to guide Klein Tools in maintaining and improving its competitive position and profitability. He will be responsible for all the manufacturing functions and plants at Klein Tools and will be located at the Mansfield, Texas facility.

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James Pultorak, Klein Tools
Pultorak brings over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations in a variety of industries including hand tools, tool storage, printing, packaging, roofing and automotive. Previously he was an operations exec at WS Packaging Group, Apex Tool Group (formerly Danaher Corp.), GAF Materials and Holly Performance.
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Clark Synthesis has moved into a larger facility within its home town of Littleton, Colo. The company's new address is 12905 Division Street, Suite C, Littleton, CO 80125. The company's telephone and fax numbers remain the same: (O)303-797-7500/(F)303-797-7501.
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Vivint, Inc., a leading security home automation services provider based in Provo, Utah, has named Joe Albaugh chief security officer. Albaugh brings 20 years of experience to the role, including past positions as chief information security officer for three large, critical infrastructure agencies of the U.S. government. As chief security officer, Albaugh will direct the security strategy and initiatives across all areas of the company.

Before joining Vivint, Albaugh was the chief information security officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation, overseeing the information assurance and cyber security efforts within the department, including more than 440 information systems and 100,000 people. Prior to this role, Albaugh was the chief information security officer for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where he helped redesign the organization’s cyber security program.

“Joe is an accomplished security executive who has spent his career building sophisticated cyber security teams and programs,” says Alex Dunn, president of Vivint. “His experience across multiple sectors will be a tremendous asset for us as we protect our customers and our business.”

Before joining the FAA, Albaugh was the chief information security officer and acting chief information officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he managed a more than $400 million global information technology program. He has also served as a senior manager in BearingPoint’s Public Services Solutions Group, where he led the security solution practices for Foreign Affairs and Federal Healthcare.

July 28, 2014
Projector screen manufacturer Screen Innovations (SI) is moving its Austin, Texas headquarters on August 15, 2014, to a new 73,000 square-foot-facility, tripling the size of its current location. Since Screen Innovations was founded in 2007, the company has experienced an annual compound growth of more than 40%, the company says. The new building, also located in Austin, Texas, will be home to research and development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and warehouse operations as well as a new, state-of-the-art training center. It can also be expanded to over 100,000 square feet .

July 25, 2014
TRI-ED Distribution has created four new regional manager positions and has promoted four staff members to these new areas of responsibility: Amanda Hoskins, Seattle, Wash. and Portland, Ore.; Mark Migliaccio, Boston, Mass. and Milford, Conn.; Dan Cummings, Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. and Virginia Beach, Va.; and Todd Stephan, Pittsburgh, Pa., Cincinnati, Ohio, Buffalo, N.Y. and Detroit, Mich.

"On behalf of everyone at TRI-ED, I extend my congratulations to Amanda, Mark, Dan and Todd and wish them much success in their new roles," says Mark Ingram, TRI-ED's vice president of U.S. sales.
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Russound has appointed Colin Clark as product marketing manager. Russound states that Clark’s focus will be to spark a continuous flow of products while streamlining the development processes needed to stay relevant and viable in today’s dynamic market.

July 24, 2014
NEAR, manufacturer of outdoor loudspeakers, has appointed of 10 key independent rep firms for USA field sales/service, a Canadian distributor, and CE Marketing Pros as a press relations and marketing consultant.

The core group, assembled by NEAR Director of Sales Hank Finke, includes: New England - P.D. Lazarus & Company; Metro NY - Bach Sales; Southeast - AVR; Florida- Michael Chafee Enterprises; IN/KY - St. Peters Sales Agency, Inc.; AZ/NV/NM - Current Marketing; SoCal - CalWest Marketing; NoCal - Media Delivery Strategies; MN/ND/SD/ WI - Network Sales; CO/WY/UT/MT/S.E. Idaho – Scowcroft & Associates; Canada distribution – Erikson Consumer. Marketing agency CE Marketing Pros (CEMP) will represent the NEAR brand with editorial press, manage social media outreach and provide marketing consulting.
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Jerry Harvey Audio has promoted Andy Regan to President, effective immediately. Regan joined the company as Vice President to manage global sales and operations in February. "Andy has proven to be a very valuable asset to our company," said owner and founder Jerry Harvey. "Since coming on board as VP, he has made a huge positive impact on the company. His many years of experience as a touring sound engineer, coupled with his 20 years’ experience in the high end audio industry, give him the perfect skill set to guide Jerry Harvey Audio to the next level."

July 23, 2014
Transformative Engineering, a manufacturer of audio/video and data communications solutions has expanded its management team with the appointment of Jon Ralston as the company's first director of sales. Ralston has more than two decades of experience in commercial and residential installation management, including most recently as the A/V project manager for Boston Productions. Prior to that Ralston worked for Home Theater Concepts as a commercial and residential installation project manger.

July 22, 2014
Custom Plus Distributing is part of the Catalyst AV distributor's network and recently the company appointed Steven Ricks as territory sales manager of its new San Jose, Calif., location. Ricks is an industry veteran previously serving as Custom Plus/Oliver Marketing as a sales representative from 2002 to 2006. Additionally, Ricks held corporate roles with NetStreams and Crestron.

July 19, 2014
Clare Controls, maker of cloud-enabled home control and surveillance systems, has hired Joel Rieger as product manager. Rieger has extensive experience in CCTV, IP video and security, most recently serving as product manager for ADT, developing the service provider's cloud solutions for IP video surveillance. Prior to ADT, he held product management roles at CCTV and surveillance firms XTS, March Networks, Mace Security and GE Security.

July 18, 2014
Peerless-AV has promoted Nick Belcore to the position of executive vice president. In his new role Belcore will help oversee the development of strategic business relationships and the Business Development team. Belcore joined Peerless in 2006 as national sales manager, working his way up to the current position.

July 17, 2014
Sound Solutions, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Wharfedale loudspeakers and Avid HiFi products has opened a new warehouse and distribution facility in Las Vegas, Nev. The warehouse is the western U.S. distribution point for Wharfedale and serves the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, Rocky Mountains region, Texas and other areas. The new warehouse is part of Sound Solutions’ ongoing expansion and was specifically set up to meet the increased market demand for Wharfedale products.

July 15, 2014
Torus Power has appointed Kevin Main formerly of JAM Industries and American Audio & Video, as vice president of sales a




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