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CE Pro People & Places: Azione Adds 5 Members; Josh Christian Joins Axiom

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


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May 27, 2015

Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom electronics professionals, has announced the addition of five new members:
  • Acoustic Vision of Missoula, Mont.
  • Interior Technologies of El Segundo, Calif.
  • The Appropriate Connections of Gilroy, Calif.
  • The Audiohouse of Vero Beach, Fla.
  • AVC Technologies of Tampa, Fla.




May 22, 2015
Josh Christian has joined home systems design firm Axiom Design as business development manager. Christian was a long-time marketing exec at DSI Entertainment, which became part of the mega-merger VIA International in 2013. His position was eliminated this year as part of that merger.

Based in Pleasanton, Calif., Axiom was founded more than 20 years ago by Bob Kranson.

May 21, 2015
Whole-house audio manufacturer, Russound announced an expansion of its sales team with the appointment of John Trimbach as Western Region sales manager.


Trimbach, a consumer electronics industry veteran, most recently served as director of sales for Sookbox, and, prior to that, Autonomic Controls. Earlier positions include VP sales/partner at Niveus Media and Partner in Trimbach Associates, a sales representative company based in Mass.


May 19, 2015


Atlona, an A/V connectivity solutions company announced the hiring of Michael Cellura as a regional sales manager for its commercial team. Cellura is based in Austin, Texas and will be responsible for managing Atlona’s commercial sales representatives, direct dealers, and distribution partners in the Central region of the United States.


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KanexPro announced that Matthew Bute has joined the company to help develop its portfolio of national and international accounts. Bute comes to KanexPro with years of industry experience, including the past two years at Altona Technologies as director of global sales, and prior to that he was at Clare Controls as director of channel sales.


In his new role at KanexPro Bute will serve as vice president of sales and marketing for the Brea, Calif.-based company.

May 18, 2015

AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium driving open standards-based deterministic networking through certification, joined engineers, integrators, product managers and executives from around the world at the inaugural conference on Time Sensitive Networking and Applications (TSNA), on April 28 and 29 in Santa Clara, Calif., for a multi-day series of technical tracks aimed at educating and generating awareness for emerging Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) standards. During this event the group named its newly elected officers for the alliance board of directors.


Gary Stuebing, manager of engineering, IoT standards/architecture at Cisco, was elected as the new AVnu Alliance president, and Kevin Stanton, senior principal engineer at Intel was named AVnu Alliance chairman.


In addition, AVnu Alliance has also added a seat on its board, which was filled by Todd Walter, senior group manager at National Instruments.


Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) has announced that Peter Weedfald has been named senior vice president of sales for Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA). In this role Weedfald will oversee U.S. and Latin America sales of Sharp’s consumer electronics, which includes TV, audio and the home appliance categories. Weedfald’s start date will be June 1 and he will report to Jim Sanduski, president, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America.


May 14, 2015
The PowerHouse Alliance has welcomed its latest member: Davis Distribution Systems. As a regional "wholesale only" distributor, Davis Distribution has successfully been serving customers across the Central and Eastern United States for more than 17 years, and the Powerhouse Alliance points out that Davis will cover Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


May 13, 2015
Chris Lynch has joined Core Brands as regional account manager in the greater Los Angeles area. Lynch has been in the consumer electronics/custom electronics since 1993. He has owned his own integration company and managed accounts for C&E Marketing, Kaleidescape, AVAD and Almo.
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MaxLinear Inc., has joined the Board of Directors of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), moving up from an associate level membership the company has held since 2011. MaxLinear's eligibility to assume the seat on the MoCA Board is the result of its acquisition of Entropic
Communications.


May 12, 2015

ESP/SurgeX, a manufacturer of energy intelligence and power protection products, has announced the hiring of imaging industry veteran Debbie Sheldon to the position of regional sales manager. Sheldon's primary responsibilities will be to manage major ESP dealer accounts nationwide and all SurgeX sales in the state of California.

May 11, 2015

On Controls has added Cardinal Sales for representation in the Ohio Valley states (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania), BrandRep USA for its Southeast territory (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi), and WSR Sales has been appointed for the representation of the state of Florida.

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Stampede, a national distributor that serves the pro A/V market has announced the appointment of Eric M. Jameson to the newly created position of new product manager for the drone and professional services categories. Jameson joins Stampede with years of military and commercial drone VAR CTO experience.

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Bob Ozer has been promoted to director of regional sales at Kaleidescape. He serves the Southeast including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia and DC. Ozer has worked at Kaleidescape for 11 years as account manager. Previously he was an account manager for Sony.

May 8, 2015
Anthony Grimani announces the appointment of Rick Huggins as general manager for PMI Engineering and MSR Acoustics. In this post, Huggins will run operations of both companies, overseeing operations, direct sales, client relations, and marketing. Huggins brings 15 years of experience in the A/V industry, from retail sales to systems integration, and national account management. He spent five years at Klipsch Group, Inc., managing accounts in the western U.S., then key national accounts, growing the business by double-digits each year.

Previously, Huggins worked for Advanced Electronic Systems, one of the largest electronic systems integrators in San Diego, where he designed and installed A/V systems, home security, CCTV, network solutions and creating seamless home automation for residential and commercial applications.

May 5, 2015

Genelec Inc., the U.S. subsidiary and distributor for Genelec Active Monitors, announces the appointment of Chicago-based firm Frequency Sales as manufacturer’s representative for its professional products, serving Illinois and Wisconsin. Company founder and president Gene Williams and the rest of his team will work closely with Genelec U.S. sales personnel in spearheading Genelec sales and increasing market share in the region.


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ProSource, a national integration, audio, and video buying group, has announced the appointment of Kathleen Marini as its new director of marketing communications. Marini was the former director of marketing for HTSA. Her experience also includes channel communications and marketing management for the ProAV and specialty distribution channels via her tenure with NEC Technologies.


May 4, 2015
James Loudspeaker, designers and manufacturers of décor-friendly entertainment products for both residential and commercial applications, has appointed Cardinal Sales to represent the brand in Indiana and Kentucky. Cardinal Sales was founded by Sumner Selby in 1968, and it will be responsible for aligning the James Loudspeaker brand with the most qualified A/V integrators serving the luxury home market in Indiana and Kentucky.


May 1, 2015
The audio manufacturer Sennheiser announced that it has appointed Tim Schuette to vice president, global sales, system integration (SI). Schuette, an industry veteran with over 15 years of management experience, will be based in Germany and report directly to John C. Falcone, senior vice-president of Sennheiser’s systems solutions channel. In his new role, Schuette will oversee Sennheiser SI sales teams located in North America, Western Europe, Central Europe and Northern Europe.


April 29, 2015
Clare Controls has announced the appointment of Charles “Chuck” Parrelli as Eastern Regional sales manager. In his new position Parrelli will develop and manage the company’s network of authorized dealers in all states east of the Mississippi.

April 28, 2015

Anuva Automation, the Florida-based manufacturer of TiO brand automation products, announces the appointment of Neil Grosse as Technical Support Manager. Grosse has more than ten years of experience designing and installing middle to high end automation and control systems. Most recently he was the Operations & Project Manager at Evolution Home Theater in Atlanta. Neil started his career as a car audio installer.

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Video Mount Products (VMP) has named Tom Shankle sales manager, effective immediately.

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Icontrol has promoted two execs to its leadership team. Letha McLaren will lead Icontrol’s product and marketing initiatives as chief marketing officer (CMO), and Corey Gates will oversee technology across all business units as chief technology officer (CTO). Formerly serving as the vice president of product management at Icontrol, McLaren has more than 15 years of diverse marketing, product development and business leadership experience in the technology and energy industries. Gates has more than 20 years of experience managing both hardware and software product lifecycles, and previously served as the senior vice president of engineering at Icontrol.

April 27, 2015
CEDIA has announced the panel of judges that will evaluate the home technology professional categories in the 2015 Electronic Lifestyles Awards. Unveiling the judging panel was one of the key changes adopted for the CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards with the input of members and the board of directors.

"We are thrilled to let the industry know who the 2015 judges are, not only to be more transparent about the awards program but also to recognize the volunteers who lend CEDIA their time and expertise to evaluate these projects," says Dennis Erskine, vice chairman of the CEDIA board and Electronic Lifestyles Awards co-chair.

2015 Awards Judges: Home Technology Professional Categories
  • The co-chairs are Dennis Erskine of Erskine Group, Inc., and Michael Pope of Audio Video Interiors, and the Judges are:
  • Ian Bryant Simplified Concepts
  • Eric Lee, Integrated Control Experts, Inc.
  • Gerry Lemay, Home Acoustics Alliance
  • Joel Silver, Imaging Science Foundation (ISF)
  • Dave Tkachuk, Symbol Logic
  • Chris Wright, Wright Works
  • John Bishop, Bishop Audio Services

April 24, 2015
dnp North America recently announced that it has added industry veteran Dion Cooke as national sales manager. Cooke will be in charge of developing, building, and managing sales for dnp throughout North America.

April 23, 2015
Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has announced the addition of five new dealer members. According to Azione, 93 percent of the organization’s dealers are integrators and seven percent are custom retailers. Azione Unlimited also points out that 85 percent of its dealers have never been in a buying group prior to joining Azione, and it adds that of the five new members, two were previously in other groups.

Azione now has 115 dealers as members, here are the five newest:
  • Custom Home Technology of San Diego, Calif.
  • Smart Home Technology of San Antonio, Texas
  • Port City Sound and Security of Wilmington, N.C.
  • One-Touch Automation of Westfield, Ind.
  • BCAV of Pompano Beach, Fla.

April 21, 2015
Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) has welcomed two new members: Hoyt Stereo and ResCom Integration. Offering a deep commitment to the evolving home technology market, both companies possess a wealth of experience in designing and installing scalable electronics systems spanning audio, video, automation and more.

With 69 years of business, Jacksonville-based Hoyt Stereo is focused on performance systems and integration and over the years has expanded its repertoire to include all manner of electronic control systems such as home automation, surveillance and security systems, and energy conservation through lighting, shade, and climate control.

Grand Rapids-based ResCom Integration is a division of ResCom Electric, and the firm has been in business for 16 years with market coverage predominately in Grand Rapids, west to Lake Michigan and the Southwest Michigan area. The integration business, which compliments the electrical contractor business, has been growing steady, while embracing the growing connected home category and complementary emerging technologies. ResCom Integration's current list of vendors aligns with HTSA partners, including and established relationships with Control4, Sonance, Liberty AV and IC Realtime.

April 20, 2015
Mario Thibeault formerly from D-BOX is now vice president of business development for Jaymar, a Canadian-based manufacturer of furniture. Jaymar is the original manufacturer of the D-BOX home theater recliner, and Thibeault will cover North America for the home and commercial theater markets for the company.

April 16, 2015
Summit Semiconductor announced that Dr. Jeff Gilbert, former Silicon Image and SiBEAM CTO, has joined the company’s board of directors. Gilbert brings a deep level of networking and RF expertise to the rapidly growing developer of high-resolution wireless audio solutions.

April 15, 2015
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced its 2015 class of inductees into the Consumer Electronics (CE) Hall of Fame at its annual Digital Patriot’s Dinner. The CE Hall of Fame created in 2000 honors visionaries in the consumer technology industry who have advanced innovation and developed a foundation for the consumer technologies we enjoy today and others yet to come.

“The 2015 class upholds the best tradition of the CE Hall of Fame program, inspiring us with their vision, passion and dedication,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “I am honored to recognize this group of leaders that has brought innovative products and services to consumers, thereby changing our world.”

The 2015 CE Hall of Fame honorees include company founders and inventors, those who promote technology, and the retailers that market and deliver products to consumers. Here are the 2015 inductees:

  • Robert L. Borchardt, as president and CEO of Recoton, he helped elevate accessories to a profit center for retailers. He grew his company's revenue from $3 million to just under $1 billion, establishing Recoton as a global leader in the CE industry.
  • Tom Campbell began his career in the early 1970s doing radio ads for Cal Stereo. He went on to become a leading consumer electronics retail executive and consultant who helped many retailers grow and succeed as well as launch numerous new technologies and products.
  • George Feldstein brought together integrated system controls for audio and video distribution, lighting, HVAC, home theater systems, intercom and video security through the company he founded above a New Jersey delicatessen, Crestron Electroincs.
  • As founding chairman of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group for Wireless LANs, Vic Hayes led the seven-year effort to tame the wild west of incompatible and competing wireless protocols and shepherded spectrum allocation issues to establish the Wi-Fi standard, earning him the nickname the "Father of Wi-Fi."
  • Noel Lee, founder of Monster Inc. and the self-described “Head Monster,” established the high-end audio then high-end video interconnection market, as well as introducing the Beats headphone line. He has been arguably the industry's most enthusiastic evangelist for improving consumers' audio and video enjoyment through accessories.
  • As its first director of marketing and later president, Bernie Mitchell helped build Pioneer America into one of the largest marketers of audio products in the U.S., growing from $2 million in sales a year from selling seven products to selling 125 products and generating $238 million per annum.
  • Pioneering psychoacoustic engineer Dr. Floyd Toole proved via measurements and scientific methodology what constituted "good" sound. As a result of his work, several generations of speaker makers changed how they designed their products, and his measurement methods have been codified into an industry standard.
  • Wilfred Schwartz founded and built one of the nation’s largest regional consumer electronics retail chains, the Federated Group, which grew from a single store in Southern California to more than 90 locations across four states in less than 20 years.


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BrandSource CEO Jim Ristow has promoted two members of his executive team as part of an overall strategy to offer the merchandising group’s 4,000-plus members a variety of new opportunities for growth. Tom Bennett, former vice president of sales, has been named president, and John White, former executive vice president of BrandSource and Expert Warehouse, is now chief marketing officer and executive vice president of Appliances.

April 10, 2015

The digital audio manufacturer Aurender has appointed John-Paul Lizars as its new director of sales and marketing.

Lizars, a long-time industry veteran will be responsible for sales support and marketing initiatives and the company's brand building goals. Prior to his appointment with Aurender, Lizars was employed with the San Fransisco-based high-performance A/V import/distribution company Sumiko.

April 8, 2015

Kwikset, a manufacturer of residential security products, announced that its SmartCode 914 Touchpad Electronic Deadbolt with Home Connect technology has been added to Comcast’s Xfinity Home platform. The first lock included in Xfinity Home, the SmartCode 914 deadbolt will allow customers to lock and unlock their doors remotely by using the Xfinity Home app or via their Internet-connected smartphone, tablet or computer.

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced Daniel Pidgeon, chairman of its Board of Leaders (BIL), and chairman of the custom installation company Starpower, has appointed six industry professionals to fill vacancies within the BIL.

The new BIL members include:
  • Craig Birmingham, vice president and general manager, retail and eCommerce reseller channels, Ingram Micro
  • Harry Chiarelli, executive vice president, industry relations, Gibson Brands
  • Ximena Hartsock, co-founder, Phone2Action
  • Carmichael Roberts, chairman and co-founder, MC10
  • Sean Stapleton, CEO and president, Warrantech Corporation
  • Fred Towns, president, New Age Electronics, a division of SYNNEX Corporation



April 1, 2015

Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, and a manufacturer of isolation transformer–based power components, announced that Karma AV will be its new distributor in the United Kingdom (U.K.), selling and supporting Torus’s high-performance toroidal power isolation products to local U.K. integrators.


Torus Power products isolate components from the grid to deliver better video quality and a much lower noise floor in installations of all sizes, enabling integrators an enhanced offering that’s highly differentiated in the marketplace.

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Channel Vision, has announced the addition of Robin Orman as its South Central sales representative. Orman will be responsible for accounts in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) has named Jay Hauhn as its new executive director.

Hauhn has close ties with CSAA, through his term as president of the association since October 2013. He will assume his new role, which is the lead staff position of the association, on April 6

March 31, 2015
Luxul, a manufacturer of IP networking solutions for custom-installation professionals has announced two new staff additions to the channel sales team. Keith Ebert has joined Luxul as channel sales director for security applications, and Steven Scharp will take on the same role with the company, but with a focus on the A/V market.


Ebert brings vast experience working with distribution and dealer channels to Luxul, including previous career stops at Honeywell Security, Winland Electronics and ADT.


Scharp has worked in the custom-installation industry since 1998, starting off as an integrator and later moving to the manufacturing side of the business. Scharp has built and sold two successful companies within the market, and has been a hired as a consultant for several manufacturers, including Sherbourn, DesignQ, Atlona, and Just-Add-Power.


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Expanding its focus on solutions to support the “Internet of Things”(IoT), ihiji adds Joseph Kolchinsky, founder and managing director of OneVision, to its board of directors. Bringing a highly valued perspective, Kolchinsky’s appointment supports the expansion of ihiji's invision service to better support technology professionals, managed service providers and IT service desks.


“Joseph has a clear understanding of how technology will continue to impact the daily lives of consumers with the IoT. He shares the ihiji vision of delivering comprehensive and powerful tools for technology professionals that enable them to efficiently and profitably manage this technology for their clients,” says Stuart Rench, CEO and co-founder, ihiji .

Serving as a key executive advisor and strategist, Kolchinsky will assist ihiji in its development of additional solutions to support the professionals who manage the IoT in the modern home and office. The full press release can be found here.

March 30, 2015
VOXX International Corporation announced that Ray Pace has been elected as vice chair of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Technology & Standards Council (TSC). The TSC guides CEA’s work on technology and standards activities, including CEA’s standards development program which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

March 27, 2015
Stealth Acoustics announced the appointment of Market Share, a 37-year-old Northwest U.S. marketing and sales firm as its regional representative in Washington state, Oregon and the Western areas of Montana and Idaho. The appointment is effective April 1.


March 26, 2015
Stewart Filmscreen Corp., an international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, announced it has named Momentum Group as its independent commercial sales rep firm for the Rocky Mountain territory that includes Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

March 25, 2015
Full Compass Systems, a company in professional audio, video, lighting, A/V and musical instrument sales, has named Laura Lawrence as its new marketing manager.

March 20, 2015
Powerhouse Alliance distributor member C.E.D. Inc. based in Northbrook, Ill., continues its tremendous growth with the hiring of key personnel at multiple locations. The company announced Louis Lieberman, a 30-plus year industry veteran, has been promoted to sales manager; Jim Dillon, previously with Tiger Direct, has been hired as the new warehouse manager; Dave Jackowiak has been brought in as the security dealer manager.; John Hogan was hired as territory manager for the Minnesota, North and South Dakota region; Cory Kendrick has been hired as Will Call manager for the Northbrook location; and Mark Procter was brought on as financial controller.

March. 19, 2015
Autonomic has announced the appointment of Bellevue, Wash.-based N & S Marketing as independent sales representation for the Pacific Northwest region including Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho and Alaska. Founded in 1978, N & S Marketing represents premium audio/video manufacturers to retailers and installers servicing all environments, such as residential, commercial, marine and automotive.

“We envision Autonomic as the ultimate solution for delivery of content in any environment,” says Grover Reed, principal at N & S Marketing. “Equally as important, Mirage Music Players and Mirage Audio Systems are easy and intuitive to control as standalone solutions or as part of a control and automation package. Our organization has audiophile roots, so we appreciate that the Mirage Music Player delivers both whole-house audio and high-resolution playback capability—it really is the ultimate entertainment solution."

March. 18, 2015
iRoom, a manufacturer of in-wall docking solutions for tablets, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Duoson, S.A. de C.V. Led by Roberto Garcia and Roberto Márquez Matus, the Duoson team was highly recommended to the company by dealers. “Duoson was chosen based on dealer recommendation and the strength of their team,” North American division leader, Chris Lehnen points out. Effective immediately, Duoson will service the residential and commercial channels throughout Mexico.

Mar. 11, 2015
Ihiji, provider of remote network management solutions, has hired Steve Muccini as director of marketing. For over 20 years, Muccini has been involved in driving strategy and marketing initiatives for technology-based B2B companies ranging from early-stage startups such as Bestfit Mobile and Digby to the enterprise, with companies such as Dell and Corporate Software (now Insight). Most recently, Muccini has been involved in strategic planning for small, fast growing technology companies related to mobile and SaaS tools.

“We spent a lot of time searching for the ideal person to help usher ihiji into our next phase of rapid expansion," says ihiji CEO Stuart Rench. "Steve’s background and enthusiasm pairs perfectly with the rest of our team and I am excited about what lies before us."

Mar. 10, 2015

Nationwide specialty AV products distribution network Catalyst AV has filled its Southeastern territory slot with the appointment of AHA Distributing. With this move AHA adds to its portfolio APC, Catalyst Wire & Cable, ClearView CCTV, Dropcam, EnGenius, IC Realtime, Nest, Rapid Mounts, TiVo and Vivitek. These lines and others will be featured at AHA’s 3rd annual Aim High Audio “Big Show” taking place March 24th and 25th at the Marriott Atlanta Northwest at Galleria hotel.

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Full Compass Systems has announced Michelle Grabel-Komar as its new vice president of sales, and will be overseeing the company’s vertical sales channels. Grabel-Komar will leverage her years of knowledge both within Full Compass and in her industry experience by heading up the sales department along with its new sales management team.

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Phāz Music, a new audio electronics company, has signed new manufacturer representatives with dedicated sales support for its line of power transferring headphones. These reps include Audio Associates, Current Sales and Marketing, Leisure Marketing, Lienau Sales and Marketing, Mac Access, Market Share, Next Dimension Sales, OFB Marketing, Preferred Marketing Inc, Roy Brake & Associates, Absolut Sales and Marketing, Select Sales and Travel Retail Distribution Group.

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Mar. 7, 2015
Trent Mulligan has been named VP sales for Just Add Power, developer of HD-over-IP technology. Previously, Mulligan spent six years as sales and marketing manager for AVocation Systems, a manufacturer of A/V switchers. He then served as VP sales for Leaf Audio until it was acquired by Control4 earlier this year.

Mar. 4, 2015
Cinema Design Group International (CDGI) has a new corporate headquarters at 9020 Kimberly Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33434.

Mar. 3, 2015
Two Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL) board members, investors Len Jordan and Steven Vassallo, have announced they are resigning their positions, effective immediately following the company's annual meeting of stockholders, currently scheduled to be held on April 28, 2015. Their terms were scheduled to expire in 2017. According to Control4, "Neither Mr. Vassallo's nor Mr. Jordan's departure is due to a disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company's operations, policies, or practices."

Even so, CTRL stock tumbled 5.2% on the news.

A search is currently underway for replacement directors with applicable industry experience and broad operating capability, and Control4 will make an announcement when the board has elected any new directors.

Mar. 2, 2015
Azione has added five new dealers as members, bringing total membership to 110. Four dealers had never been in a buying group before. The new dealers are:
• Blue Vision Home – Marietta, GA
• Tune Street – Great Barrington, MA
• Unlimited Integration – Houston, TX
• M2 Multimedia Inc. – Westlake Village, CA
• Home Technology Architects – Rockville, MD
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Atlona has hired Erica Strickland as a training and sales support engineer. Strickland will assist in the development of the Atlona Academy training program and aide in the pre-sale application design process, among other responsibilities. She was previously a training manager for Digital Projection.

Feb. 25, 2015
Vaddio has announced that Adrian Torres will cover its West Coast sales. Torres brings over 15 years of experience in A/V technology for manufacturers including Crestron and Extron to the company.

Feb. 23, 2015

The digital home entertainment manufacturer Kaleidescape has appointed Mark Weisenberg as its new vice president of sales. Weisenberg brings many years of custom installation market experience to the manufacturer, and he will be based in California.

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iRoom, a manufacturer of motorized Docks for Apple's iPad, has expanded its U.S. manufacturer's representative network. Over the past several months eight firms have been placed online by the Austrian brand's U.S. division, and the firms hired include
  • Eastern Systems for the Middle Atlantic
  • The New York Marketing Team
  • Jarmac in New England
  • On The Road A/V based in Michigan
  • New Image Marketing for the Northern Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin areas
  • Elite 3 Pro for the South Central region
  • Innovative Consulting for the SouthWest region
  • Redwood Marketing for the Northern California region


The company adds that it will cover the remainder of the country by the end of the year.

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The British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has boosted its sales team with the appointment of Chris Allen, who joins the company as export sales manager for its pro audio product range of products.

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Atlona, a manufacturer of connectivity solutions, has promoted Amelia Vrabel to the position of national sales manager for the commercial market. Vrabel previously served as the company’s regional commercial sales manager for the Central U.S.

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The St. Louis, Mo.-based OEM and distributor Skywalker AV Supply has named Bob Holliday to the position of national sales manager.

Skywalker AV Supply says that Holliday will be responsible for expanding the sales of its custom installation products in new markets across the U.S. In addition, the Midwestern company points out, Holliday will take a leading role in the creation of a new rewards program for Skywalker's dealer base, and he will also play a part in helping the company to expand its product line.

Feb. 20, 2015
Gemsen has been appointed as the exclusive Canadian distributor for Wireworld Cable Technology products, a manufacturer of audio and video cables.

Wireworld Cable Technology was founded by David Salz in 1992. The company designs and manufactures digital and analog cable technology for home audio and video, including HDMI and USB A/V, as well as interconnects and speaker cables.

Feb. 19, 2015

Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) announced that Mark Viken, vice president of marketing for Sharp Electronics, Marketing Company of America (SEMCA) is now responsible for U.S. product and brand marketing of Sharp's consumer products. This includes audio and video categories, as well as appliances and health and environment-related products. Sharp states that Viken will report to Jim Sanduski, president, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America.

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NEAR, a division of Bogen Communications, Inc., announced the relocation of Bogen’s three key operational units from a consolidated facility in Ramsey, N.J., to three separate new facilities. The moves are part of the company’s strategy for responding to and building on its growth over the past few years. NEAR dealers, distributors, and end users, as well as those of the other brands under the Bogen corporate umbrella, Bogen and Apogee, are expected to benefit from the new locations.

The company has relocated its warehouse, manufacturing and factory service to Memphis, Tenn. Bogen states its new facility is named the Katherine L. Fields Distribution & Operations Center in honor of its longest tenured employee who worked at the company for 66 years.

Bogen has moved its R&D to Orlando, Fla., and it states that its headquarters and sales operate out of a more "appropriately sized" suite of offices in Mahwah, N.J.

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Transformative Engineering, a Massachusetts manufacturer of A/V connectivity solutions, has selected Aim High Audio Sales & Distribution of Marietta, Ga., as its manufacturer’s representatives for the Southeastern region of the United States, including Florida.


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D-Tools Inc., a developer of custom installation business management software announced that the company has appointed Aim High Audio as a manufacturer’s representative. Under the agreement, Aim High Audio will act as an extension of the D-Tools sales and marketing team for the Southeastern region of the United States. Aim High Audio represents residential, commercial, house of worship, landscape and digital signage brands, bringing a team of industry experts to each of its clients and dealers.

“This is the perfect advancement that ideally aligns us with key initiatives we plan to execute throughout the year. Not only does Aim High Audio represent many D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point program members, they provide stellar service and support at every turn,” says Tim Bigoness, vice president of sales and marketing at D-Tools. “Strategic partnerships like this create cohesion and inevitably, establish the basis for new opportunities.”

As a new Aim High Audio partner, D-Tools will exhibit at the 2015 Aim High BIG SHOW event March 23 - 25 in Atlanta, Ga., at the Marriot Atlanta Northwest.

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SpringDeck announced a new lineup of firms representing its software across the U.S., and is offering a free company license to any rep firm interested in accessing the SpringDeck platform to try its solutions for themselves.

In total the company added six new rep firms; these firms are:
  • Aim High Audio Sales
  • Audio Associates
  • Digital Sales Group
  • Integral Marketing Associates
  • Momentum Group
  • Nutech Group


Feb. 18, 2015

LG Electronics USA Business-to-Business division announced the appointment of Garry Wicka as its B2B director of marketing. Wicka brings over 20 years of marketing leadership experience to LG, and will lead marketing efforts that support LG’s expanding commercial display business in the U.S.


Feb. 16, 2015

AVAD is set to kick off its debut Vendopalooza Plus event in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday Feb. 17.

At the event attendees can take part of a variety of activities, including training sessions that focus on categories such as commercial audio, and the national distributor will give away more than $3,500 worth of equipment, including a Samsung HDTV.

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The Denver, Colo.-based specialty audio company Rutherford Audio Inc., has hired Samantha Summerville as the newest member of its sales team.

Summerville brings more than a decade's worth of experience to the Rocky Mountain dealer through her prior position as branch manager for the West Coast rep firm Innovative Consulting & Marketing. She has extensive experience in the two-channel category and working with trade groups such as ASID, IIDA and IFDA.

Feb. 11, 2015
Basalte is a European-based manufacturer of smart home products and solutions. Bolstering its dealer support capabilities, the company has appointed Bell & McCoy companies as its manufacturer's rep for the states of Texas (except El Paso), Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.



Feb. 10, 2015
Clare Controls, a provider of home automation systems and components, has announced the appointment of Jeff Zemanek to the position of vice president of sales. In this capacity Zemanek will manage Clare’s distribution channels and its growing network of independent sales representatives, with responsibilities for the company's HDMI/HDbaseT media distribution solutions, Class D amplifiers, IP video surveillance products, and its automation devices.

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SVS, a manufacturer of home audio products, announced the appointment of Ken Kadis as director of U.S. Sales, effective immediately. Kadis was a key senior executive with Mitsubishi Electric for over 26 years and will be responsible for maintaining accounts and driving U.S. domestic growth among power retailers.


Feb. 9, 2015
Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, announced that its dealer membership has increased to 105 members. The most recent dealer additions include Seattle-based Quartet, LLC, and Yonkers, N.Y.-based Integrated Electronic Solutions.

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Severtson Screens, a projection screen manufacturer in the cinema, commercial, pro AV, and home theater markets, has announced that it has named Rita Catuzzi as facilities production manager, effective immediately.

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The national custom installation A/V buying group ProSource has added the Calif.-based, Academy award winning projection screen manufacturer Stewart Filmscreen to its product portfolio. Stewart Filmscreen specializes in custom engineered, precision screen surfaces for nearly any front or rear projection application, and ProSource states that Stewart's addition to its product portfolio enables its members to optimize the image quality of their installations for any residential or commercial job.


Feb. 6, 2015
B&W Group USA has announced the appointment of consumer electronics industry veteran Stacey Kerek as the company’s new Vice President, Operations. She brings a wealth of experience in the consumer electronics industry with a strong focus on operations. During her career, she worked with Lenbrook Industries for 25 years eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer. She then joined Tivoli Audio as VP of Operations and later was appointed President and COO.

According to Doug Henderson, president of The B&W Group, “The consumer electronics industry is rapidly evolving and having the right people in the right roles remains central to our ongoing success. I have great confidence in Stacey’s experience, management skills and leadership ability. I’m sure she will be a natural fit with our organization and will help us maintain our position as the best brand group in the business."
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Joshua Cooper as (re)joined Russound as director of marketing, driving branding and design for the multiroom audio company. Cooper had freelanced for Russound in the 1990s and eventually joined full-time in 1999 as creative director, leaving in 2003 to join the consulting firm OAC Group.

“Joshua is a recognized leader in product design and marketing, with background that covers all the bases,” says Charlie Porritt, Russound CEO. “Not only is he proficient in the creation of ads and marketing materials in every relevant medium, he’s also a former Russound employee who has returned to the fold, bringing a deep familiarity with our brand and our culture. His track record in global product development is instrumental as we bring innovative new products to the domestic and international markets.”

Feb. 5, 2015
ADI has opened its second ADI Express smaller footprint branch location... this one in Charleston, S.C. The new branch, located at 3870 Leeds Avenue, Suite 101, North Charleston (telephone: 843-745-0009, facscimile: 843-745-0032) is about half the size of a regular location. The aim is to help the distributor extend its reach in new geographic markets, reduce travel times between locations and better serve its dealer base. The branch features a sales counter, dedicated training space and a fully stocked warehouse, and offer the same product availability, inventory and service as ADI’s traditional branch locations.
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The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of global companies deploying Z-Wave, and a group that fosters an ecosystem of wireless control products and services, has announced that SmartThings has become a member of its board of directors.

Feb. 4, 2015
Core Brands announced today that it has promoted Loren Maldoon to the position of director of sales, security channel. Maldoon steps up to his new role from his previous position as national sales manager for Proficient Audio.

In his new role, Maldoon will oversee sales of the Proficient, Xantech, Panamax, Emphasys, and the Security Channel.

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SurgeX, a manufacturer of energy intelligence and power protection solutions has announced two organizational changes aimed at providing a more streamlined focus for its sales staff and a better chain of communications for its customers. Effective immediately, Martin Dornfeld has been promoted to the position of director of sales, SurgeX Pro, and Jimmy Paschke now assumes the role of director of sales, SurgeX Residential.

The N.C.-based manufacturer states the moves more clearly define the proper internal contact for dealers, distributors, VARs and others seeking to meet its client's energy intelligence and power protection needs across the two strategic segments.


Jan. 30, 2015

Encore Custom AV, winner of CEA’s 2015 Integrator of the Year Award and Best Home Theater, has opened a brand new, state-of-the-art showroom in its headquarters in Sterling, Va.

The 4,500 sq. ft. space has a design center and a high-performance, professional home cinema that includes a Dolby Atmos system, media room and conference room. The space also has an engineering department for testing completed rack builds before they are installed in clients’ homes for quality control. “The purpose of this showroom is to stage events and have architects, builders, and interior designers bring clients so that they can touch, feel, and listen to what we have to offer,” says Ian Williams, president of Encore Custom AV. “It’s a great space for people to learn what Encore is all about, and the level of quality performance we can achieve.”

Jan. 28, 2015

Atlona, an A/V connectivity solutions company, announced the the appointment of Adam Griffin and Scott Ettinger as regional sales managers. Griffin will serve as Northeast regional sales manager for the commercial market, while Ettinger will act as Eastern regional sales manager for the residential sector. Both bring extensive backgrounds in sales in the A/V
and CE industries.

Jan. 27, 2015

Atlona, an A/V connectivity solutions company, announced the appointment of Joel Carroll and Deborah McClain as regional commercial sales managers. Carroll will serve as Southeast regional manager, and McClain will manage the company’s Western region.

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Former CEA TechHome Division board member Skip Lockrem has joined electronics distributor Petra Industries as regional sales manager in the Midwest. Most recently, Lockrem was with Manna Freight Systems, which offers a white-glove delivery service under the banner Last Mile Home.

Jan. 25, 2015
Gareth Selfe has been named director, new products at Dolby Laboratories. Prior to joining Dolby, Selfe spent seven years at Logitech, most recently as director, product engineering and program management in charge of the Harmony remote control product line.

Jan. 22, 2015
Atlantic Technology has announced as of Feb., 1, SF Marketing Inc. (SFM) of Montreal will be the exclusive distributor for its high-performance music, home theater, and in-wall loudspeakers in Canada.

"Steven Freytag and his custom installation solutions team are among the most experienced in Canada," says Peter Tribeman, Atlantic Technology’s founder and president. "Their technical knowledge, understanding of the market and most importantly, their good relationships with Canadian dealers and integrators will be a perfect fit for Atlantic Technology. We are looking forward to working with SFM to expand our market in Canada."

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Focusrite Novation Inc., the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of the U.K.-based manufacturer Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd., announces several new appointments. The announcement was made by Phil Wagner, president of Focusrite Novation Inc., and the appointments were made to support the brands' ongoing growth and expansion in the U.S.

Industry veteran Michael Prager has joined Focusrite Novation Inc. as Focusrite national sales manager. Prager comes to Focusrite with years of experience in pro audio. He was most recently with Adam Audio as their director of sales. Prior to that, Prager was the Guitar Center recording category manager.

Additionally, Nick De Friez has been appointed Novation’s sales manager. Prior to joining Novation, De Friez worked for the DJ audio software company Serato.

Jan. 21, 2015

Kramer Electronics has appointed Michael DiBella to the position of director of collaborative solutions. In this role DiBella will be responsible for the business development of the company's VIA wireless collaboration product line, as well as the support of the products.

DiBella brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. Prior to joining Kramer, DiBella previously worked in the Pro A/V market for Crestron Electronics.

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The Hayward, Calif.-based high-performance loudspeaker manufacturer MAGICO has announced that Peter Mackay has been hired as the company's new vice president, global sales & marketing. Mackay will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing activities in North American and abroad. Mackay will work with will Trent Suggs, Magico's North American sales director to maximize sales and provide elevated service to the company's retailers.


Jan. 20, 2015

One Firefly, LLC, a service provider of marketing, design, engineering, and programming solutions to home technology and commercial system integrators, has promoted Ami Wright to the position of director of sales & marketing.

In her new role as director of sales & marketing, Wright will be responsible for leading worldwide marketing and sales efforts of all company services to ensure goals are achieved on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. She will be responsible for the building and management of an expanded sales team and guide the company’s overall marketing and customer acquisition initiatives, which include new affiliate and partner programs with electronics industry manufacturers, reps, distributors, and buying groups.

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ADI now operates as a global organization. To support its global efforts the company has updated its leadership team to further ensure its growth, vision and business strategies.

To drive its global initiatives, it has named Andy Morra, who has served as the vice president of marketing for ADI Americas for the past three years, to the position of vice president of global marketing for ADI Global Distribution. As part of ADI’s global leadership team, he will lead all marketing initiatives across the Americas, EMEA and India.

In addition, Marco Cardazzi, who has served as ADI's U.S. senior product manager for video surveillance at ADI for the past four years, has been named as the company's vice president of marketing for ADI North America. In his new role, Cardazzi will be responsible for driving all marketing strategies across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

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Autonomic, a manufacturer of whole-house music systems, has announced the addition of Krista Bergman-Haughey as director of sales, Western region.

Based out of Orange County, Calif., Bergman-Haughey, a 20-year industry veteran will be responsible for the Rocky Mountain region along with the Western states of the U.S. Her role will include establishing and maintaining a carefully selected network of integrators that can effectively represent Autonomic’s Mirage Music Players, multizone amplifiers and accessories. She will be working directly with and reporting to Autonomic’s director of global sales Aaron Chisena.

Jan. 19, 2015
SpringDeck has selected Aim High Audio, a respected rep firm for manufacturers in the custom electronics industry to bring SpringDeck to the Southeastern region of the United States and Florida. With SpringDeck already being utilized in 13 countries, including the U.S., the software company is working to increase its growth throughout the nation starting with help from Aim High Audio.

"We are excited about having the team at Aim High Audio represent SpringDeck software," says Ryan Sullivan, CEO of SpringDeck. "We are ready to take the value of SpringDeck to dealers and vendors in the Southeastern U.S. and other areas. With Aim High Audio's influence and savvy understanding of their market, we are confident they will represent SpringDeck with the same passion and excellence as we have for our own product."

Jan. 16, 2015
JL Audio, has appointed Robert Haynes to the position of product trainer. In his new role, Hayes will support JL Audio’s home, mobile, and marine audio markets to dealers and JL Audio’s independent sales rep organizations.

Previously, Haynes was with Rydeen North America where he developed dealer training and social media marketing programs for dealers. Hayes also has retail experience working for dealers Al & Ed’s Autosound and Car Toys.

Jan. 15, 2015
Detroit based iRule, LLC announces Amy Jalili as director of marketing for iRule and On Controls. On Controls is a manufacturer of cloud-based control and automation system for custom integration dealers.

Jalili began her career in real estate, finance, and technology, transitioning to commercial real estate in 2010. She most recently led the creation and implementation of cross-channel strategic marketing solutions, digital advertising and communications as director of marketing for Farbman Group in Southfield, Mich.

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Custom home entertainment and control systems contractor Room Service Home Technologies has received the annual WELDer of the Year award from WELD2 of Bellevue, WA. WELD2 bestows the award on the firm they feel exemplifies excellence in the custom electronics installation business. Founded in 2013 by Frank White and Barry Scovel, WELD2 provides marketing services to custom integrators.

Room Service CMO Ann Allen says, “Personally, I think it’s the best marketing effort we have going for us. WELD2 came to us at a perfect time; we were brainstorming ways to stay in front of our clients (of 20 years) in a relevant manner without getting 'techie' and coming across like a standard industry blog."

Jan. 13, 2015
David Cesar has joined Savant as area sales manager for the Midwest and Ohio River Valley. Cesar most recently served as business development manager for Traka, a commercial access control division of Assa Abloy. Prior to that, he was a regional commercial business development manager for URC and spent four years at AMX culminating in his role as U.S. director of residential sales. Earlier experience includes sales positions at Crestron, Perfor




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