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Nov. 24, 2015

Radial Engineering Ltd., has added two new members to its staff.

Ryan Tobias joins Inside Sales, Central region. Tobias learned the business of live sound before taking his formal education in audio engineering and recording while living in his home state of Ohio.

Mike Bauer has joined Radial's tech support team with a focus on custom product requests for snakes, splitters and stage boxes. Before taking on this position Bauer worked as an audio engineer in New York City in various capacities for several years.

Nov. 20, 2015

CE Pro 100 integrator Dennis Sage Home Entertainment, Inc. in Arizona presented its annual Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award to The DaVinci Group, Inc. The award, one of only a handful the dealer gives out each year, specifically recognizes The DaVinci Group for "continued excellence, innovation, and spirit."

"The DaVinci Group was an obvious choice for us this year and here's why: There had been a few instances where we identified an issue that needed to be addressed and made The DaVinci Group aware of the situation," said Marty Hayse, director of sales and purchasing for Dennis Sage Home Entertainment, Inc. "To our surprise, each one of these issues were completely resolved to our satisfaction in less than 120 days. And in one case, there was an issue that required a product to be modified. Remarkably, in less than 30-days we had received engineering drawings of the newly changed model. We had no choice but to recognize the incredible responsiveness of The DaVinci Group, a true partner of Dennis Sage Home Entertainment."

Nov. 19, 2015

Stewart Filmscreen, a California-based manufacturer of high-performance projector screens, projector screen material, and specialty optical coatings, has announced a major expansion of its commercial screen market business with the appointment of Stampede to serve as a distribution partner in the U.S. and Canada to better support its growing commercial and pro AV business.

The expansion marks Stewart’s first ever foray into indirect distribution to greatly extend the reach of its sales efforts. Stampede will debut Stewart's Cima line of products, and it will demonstrate its capabilities to dealers and integrators in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec.,10 during its Big Book of AV Tour & Conference.

Nov. 17, 2015

TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ (NBI): TIVO) has announced that Tom Rogers will relinquish his CEO position after nearly 11 years on January 31, 2016, the end of the company's fiscal year. Rogers will continue with TiVo as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors as of February 1, 2016. TiVo's Board of Directors has formed a search committee to identify the best internal or external candidate to lead the company. Board member Dan Moloney has been named lead independent director. Moloney is the former president of Motorola Mobility, Inc.

Meridian America has appointed Zaheer Alli to the role of regional sales manager for its Northeast territory, effective immediately.

Alli comes to Meridian from Electronic Environments, where he served most recently as sales manager. He gained extensive product knowledge as a sales engineer working for one of Meridian's premier dealers, and Meridian points out he also brings valuable experience working with luxury clientele from his time with Electronic Environments.

Nov. 13, 2015

Matthew Wilbanks has joined Just Add Power as sales director. Previously he was with J-A-P distributor WAVE Electronics. Before WAVE, Wilbanks ran a custom-integration firm based in Florida.

Nov. 11, 2015

Capitol, a consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, as well as premium incentive resellers, has announced the appointment of two new sales specialists.

Capitol’s president and CFO Curt Hayes has added Phil Ehly and Leah Truesdell to the company’s sales team. Capitol says the long-time industry veterans bring to the company extensive backgrounds in the CI and CE channels.

“We consistently seek out the best and brightest in the industry,” says Hayes. “Phil and Leah epitomize our commitment to working with pros who understand exactly what our customers experience in business every day of the week.”

Ehly joins Capitol following a 15-year tenure with AVP Technologies, a custom electronics integrator based in Omaha, Neb., and Truesdell's background includes a sales position with Best Buy for Business.

Nov. 9, 2015

Nationwide East, the regional division of Nationwide Marketing Group, has appointed John Yeager as territory manager for Southern Illinois, Indiana excluding the Northwest corner, Southwest corner of Ohio and Kentucky. Yeager has worked in the consumer electronics industry for more than 37 years, including career stops at Thomson RCA and most recently Voxx Accessory Corporation.

Nov. 5, 2015

Atlona will open an international headquarters in Switzerland next month and has named industry veteran Ronni Guggenheim as its general manager.

Nov. 4, 2015

ZeeVee, the A/V signal distribution company has moved into a new facility at 295 Foster Street, Suite 200, Littleton, MA 01460.


Beale Street Audio a manufacturer of audio products that includes its line of Sonic Vortex speakers has recently appointed two new manufacturer representatives: RS Pro Sales and Paul Collins Group.

"We could not be happier to deliver a truly unique and awesome speaker line up from Beale Street Audio," notes Matt Cooley, vice president of RS Pro Sales. "In a world full of 'me-too' architectural speakers, Beale's Sonic Vortex technology sets them apart from everyone else."

RS Pro Sales, covers Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania, and it has years of experience in all aspects of the audio/video market.

The Paul Collins Group covers Southern California region, and it has a long-standing reputation as one of the strongest representative organizations in that area with a dedicated team that stands behind their products.

Nov. 3, 2015

West Penn Wire, a manufacturer of low voltage electric wire and cabling, has hired Danna Morgan, a senior-level customer relations professional, as its new inside sales manager. In this position Morgan will be responsible for managing a team of inside sales representatives and administrative support staff. Morgan will also be responsible for developing and implementing best practices for optimizing customers’ decision-making processes.

Before joining West Penn Wire, Morgan held management positions with Atrium Innovations, a manufacturer of nutritional health products, and with Verizon Communications.

Oct. 23, 2015

Klipsch Group, Inc., owner of the Klipsch and Jamo audio brands, have announced the promotion of Greg Ransom to national sales manager, Jamo. Ransom, who previously served as major accounts manager for Klipsch Group, assumes the role following a lifetime career in sales management that includes seven years with the company.

Oct. 20, 2015

SVS has hired Keenan Davis as its new senior director of marketing. Davis is a veteran of the consumer electronics and video gaming industries, and according to SVS, he brings a deep and critical understanding of digital marketing to its marketing team.


The Italian projector manufacturer SIM2 is celebrating its 20th anniversary and recently the company named Greg Nicoloso CEO of SIM2 USA. Nicoloso will be responsible for the growth and expansion of the company's North American business.

Prior to his appointment as CEO Nicoloso worked as SIM2 USA's marketing and operations manager from 2000 to 2007 before taking a position at Eurotech.


Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), a manufacturer of control and automation solutions for residential and light commercial settings, announced that Mike Everett has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, Americas. In his new position, Everett will oversee all of the sales and marketing activities for RTI and its Pro Control division in the North and Latin American markets, including the company's strategic direction; developing new initiatives and business opportunities, and managing sales and marketing departments.

Oct. 14, 2015

Cellphone signal booster maker Wilson Electronics has added industry mainstay Curtis Burkhart as its director of enterprise sales. In his new role, Burkhart will drive sales growth in critical enterprise categories such as public safety and machine-to-machine applications, and will forge sustainable relationships with new and existing channel partners. Burkhart has spent the past four years at SureCall as director of sales and marketing.

“This year we challenged consumers to ‘Seize the Bar’ and take control of their cell phone signal. As an important part of our infrastructure, enterprise-level solutions for cellular signal issues are needed now more than ever,” said Donald Blohm, interim CEO, Wilson Electronics. “As we grow our business in Q4 and into 2016, Curtis will be instrumental in helping businesses realize the capability and utility of our cellular solutions.”


Stewart Filmscreen, a Southern California-based manufacturer of high-performance projector screens, projector screen material, and specialty optical coatings, has named Ambassador Marketing as its independent residential sales rep firm for the Pacific Northwest region that includes Oregon, Washington, Western Idaho, and Alaska.

Oct. 12, 2015

The DaVinci Group, LLC (TDG), makers of TDG Audio, Vanguard Dynamics and Blue Aura brands, has appointed a new U.S. sales representative company and two new international distribution partners. The new partners added are: Redwood Marketing in Northern California (covering northern California, northern Nevada and Hawaii); Avoke Sales in the U.K.; and Profile Audio in India.

With this expansion, The DaVinci Group has added support in a key U.S. market and continued a progressively growing international expansion. Including these two new international partners, TDG brands are now distributed in more than 20 export markets around the globe.

"We are thrilled at the prospect of continuing to open new markets for The DaVinci Group brands, as well as to upgrade our market-level support here in the U.S.," says Jeff Francisco, president of The DaVinci Group, LLC. "It is especially gratifying that our brands are attracting the attention of some of the finest industry organizations who want to partner with us and represent and sell our products both here in the U.S. and around the world."

Custom integration firm Future Home in Los Angeles has added Amber Sklar as its new senior manager. Previously she managed projects for some of the largest home technology firms in both California and New York. "She brings both the expertise gained from over 20 years experience and a wonderful charm that all her clients enjoy," says president Murray Kunis.

Oct. 9, 2015

The remote network management company Krika has appointed The Big Corp to handle its export sales.


Klipsch, a global speaker and headphone manufacturer, has announced the addition of Steve Jain as vice president and general manager of digital, streaming and portable audio solutions. Previously Jain served as vice president of sales for SMS Audio.

Oct. 8, 2015

SureCall, a cell phone signal booster manufacturer has announced that Joe Banos has joined its executive team. Previously Banos was the chief operating officer and chief sales and marketing officer at Wilson Electronics, and he helped lead a five-year effort to get certification guidelines for boosters adopted by the FCC.


KanexPro, a provider of connectivity solutions to the IT and A/V markets, announces the addition of Bormann Marketing to its lineup of manufacturer representatives. Bormann Marketing is a full service manufacturer representative firm with an extensive background within the AV industry, and KanexPro states the newly added rep will serve customers located in the Midwestern states.

Oct. 6, 2015

Klein Tools has named Joey Hall of Somerset, Ky., as the grand prize winner of the 2015 Electrician of the Year award. Hall was selected from nearly 600 applicants and is recognized for his professional achievement, his company’s dedication to safety and contributions to his local community. He received a customized 2015 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab built by Addictive Desert Designs.

Oct. 5, 2015

CasaTunes has retained COMM-TEC, a supplier of integrated audio-video, media and communication technology, as the CasaTunes distributor for Italy. As a distributor, COMM-TEC is adding CasaTunes line of multi-room music servers and streamers to its line of audio-video systems offered to integrator professionals.

Oct. 2, 2015

Technicolor, a worldwide technology company in the media and entertainment sector, has appointed Luis Martinez Amago as president of its connected home division for the North American market. The company says Martinez's appointment underscores its commitment to serve its North American customers with the best innovative solutions for the network and home.

Martinez Amago joins Technicolor from Alcatel-Lucent where he carried out multiple roles and responsibilities over the course of his 27-year tenure at Alcatel Lucent

On its website Technicolor states its connected home division helps network service providers (NSPs) residential and commercial markets take advantage of the growing business opportunities in the residential and commercial technology industries.


Alberto Fabiano, longtime director of sales and marketing at Italian projector manufacturer SIM2, has departed the company to pursue other opportunities. During his eight-year stint at SIM2, Fabiano became the face of the company in the U.S. Prior to SIM2, he was general manager at high-end Ambrosia AudioVideo in Bel Air, Calif.

Oct.1, 2015

The high-performance audio manufacturer Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems announced that Bill McKiegan will be joining the company as president, effective immediately.

McKiegan joins Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems after five years as President of Krell Industries, the company Dan D’Agostino co-founded in 1980. McKiegan also worked at Krell as Vice President of Sales and Marketing 1994 to 2006.

Sept. 30, 2015

CEDIA has announced Luke Dixon of Imagine That Audio and Video as the 2015 Humanitarian Award recipient for his work on the Lone Survivor Foundation Crystal Beach Retreat Facility.

The Lone Survivor Foundation Crystal Beach Retreat Facility provides all-expenses-paid educational and therapeutic retreats for service members, veterans, and their families, and these new technologies have helped create a true haven for its guests. The retreat, which opened in April, spans 5,008-square feet and includes two houses; the staff house sleeps nine and includes individual session rooms, while the soldiers' house can accommodate up to 17 people.

Sept. 29, 2015

InFocus Corporation's board of directors has named long-time board member Mark Housley its new CEO effective immediately. In preparation for growth, the company has also expanded its worldwide team and product line-up.


Klipsch Group, Inc., owner of the Klipsch, Jamo and Energy audio brands, today announces the appointment of Oscar Bernardo to chief operating officer (COO). Bernardo, who previously served as president of global operations, assumes the role following a career of operations and sales management that includes nine years with the company.

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Bernardo previously served in executive and management level positions focused on operations at Audio Products International, Fineline Circuits Limited and Campeau Corporation. He also holds a HBA and MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Azione Unlimited (AU), an education and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has announced the addition of five new dealer members. The group now includes 130 dealer members and 42 vendor members.

Here are Azione's latest members:
  • Texas Custom A/V, Dallas, Texas
  • Diversified Systems International, Reno, Nev.
  • Compass Technology Group, Denver, Colo.
  • Grand Home Automation, Hudsonville, Mich.
  • Serious Home Technology, Inc. (DBA Play), Bluffton, S.C.


REELEX Packaging Solutions Inc., a provider and licensor of the REELEX tangle and twist-free package for wire and cable, is now an active member of the Communications Cable & Connectivity Association (CCCA).

The CCCA is a non-profit association comprised of manufacturers, distributors and material suppliers.

Sept. 28, 2015

Atlona, a manufacturer of A/V signal management products has promoted Garth Lobban to the position of director of marketing. Lobban joined Atlona in December 2014 as senior marketing manager, and in his new role with the company Lobban will oversee all aspects of the company’s marketing department that includes a focus on the development and execution of marketing strategies and the improvement of sales tools to increase brand awareness and generate product demand.

Sept. 25, 2015

Klipsch, a global speaker and headphone manufacturer has announced the promotion of Rob Standley to vice president and general manager of professional and component audio solutions. Standley previously served as regional vice president of commercial sales, and he assumes the role following a career in sales and general management that includes three years with the company.

“Rob brings over 24 years of consumer electronics sales and management experience to our senior leadership team. His in-depth knowledge of both the challenges and opportunities facing our company and industry will serve the markets well as he leads our strategic solution efforts across all platforms”, says Paul Jacobs, president and CEO of Klipsch Group.


Simple Control has announced that Keith Pribyl has been appointed as vice president of sales at the app-based home control company formerly known as Roomie Remote. In addition, Simple Control has also announced Rob Zurn has been named director of sales engineering.

Pribyl has spent much of his career leading sales activities for the SANUS brand as it grew from an entrepreneurial start-up into the largest TV wall mount and accessory brand in the world. Simple Control explains that Zurn's background in programming Lutron, RTI, Crestron and Savant systems enables him to take on the role of CI channel training and support.

Sept. 23, 2015

Azione has added Travis Leo of Residential Systems in Lakewood, Colo., to its Advisory Board. The Board is made up of five dealer members and five vendor members. Leo joins fellow vendor board members: Keith Haas of Integra; Jason Sloan of Sonance; George Walter of Christie; and Eric Bodley of Future Ready Solutions, and fellow dealer members: Jason Voorhees of Cantara Designs; Kim Michaels of Electronic Environments; Don Dixon of Definitive Electronics; and Kevin Lambidonis of DES.

Sept. 22, 2015

ProSource has strengthened its member support staff through the additions of Lani Godfrey and Susan Hinojosa. Godfrey will manage the South East District, and Hinoiosa will work for ProSource as an administrative specialist.


DSG Distributors LLC has hired Charo De Pretti as an outside account manager. In her role with DSG she will cover the five boroughs of N.Y., and Northern N.J.

De Pretti comes to the company with years of experience within the industry, having spent the last four years as a regional sales manager for ICC, a Structured Cabling Solutions Company.

Sept. 18, 2015

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today that Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, one of the country's oldest and most established residential real estate franchises has joined CEA as a new member.


QSC has announced that Joey D’Angelo has joined the company as director of systems solutions.

In his new role, D’Angelo will contribute to QSC’s strategic direction, including its sales, marketing and training. He will also work to form and cultivate partnerships in QSC’s key market segments to serve as an informed advocate for its systems solutions. Additionally, D’Angelo will contribute to product conceptualization and roadmap discussions as QSC.

Sept. 15, 2015
Vantage Controls announced that VP of sales, Jerry Calder, is moving to a new role leading a key strategic project within Legrand’s Building Controls Systems division. In his new role, Calder brings decades of industry knowledge and experience from his time at Ultimate Electronics, Circuit City and Legrand’s On-Q Builder Program where he has a proven track record of thought provoking ideation which created successful new models for an ever-changing marketplace.

With Calder’s move, Vantage Controls is pleased to announce the addition of Dave Keller as VP North American sales. Keller brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to Vantage Controls, including executive roles with Furman, Panamax and Core Brands and Board of Director roles in both CEDIA and IPRO.


Long-time industry veteran Joe Finn has been named director of sales for Bogen Communications' NEAR division. Finn has more than three decades of industry experience, including career stops at B&O, Velodyne, Definitive Technology and Control4, and according to NEAR, he will report directly to general manager Bill Kieltyka.


From 2005 and 2013 Jason Dominique worked for Core Brands' Proficient Audio brand. Two years later Dominique has rejoined the company to serve as Core Brands' national sales manager of its security channel.


The remote services company ihiji has hired Evan Marty as its new director of technology services. The long-time industry veteran member's role with the company will be to help dealers develop effective RMR (recurring monthly revenue) streams.

Sept. 9, 2015

Paul Mudlaff has joined ihiji as director of sales.

Mudlaff comes to Ihiji with more than 15 years of sales experience, including time spent with Austin-based goTransverse, Informatica, TrialPay & Coremetrics.


Volutone, a regional distributor in the Southern California and Nevada territories, and member of the PowerHouse Alliance, has announced that Tina Metz, has joined the company to serve as its outside sales representative.

Metz, a long-time consumer electronics industry veteran or to Volutone, with more than 20 years of experience, has worked with several generations of Volutone's leadership.

Sept. 8, 2015

SVS, has relocated its global headquarters to Youngstown, Ohio. The move gives SVS additional space for design, engineering and operations as it continues to expand in the U.S. and abroad. Since its founding in 1998, SVS has grown from a direct-to-consumer subwoofer manufacturer selling in the U.S., to a multi-national audio company with online and retail availability across Asia, Europe and North America.

The facility upgrade comes four years after CEO Gary Yacoubian and a new management team assumed leadership of the company.


Roland’s Professional A/V Division has announced the appointment of two new manufacturer’s representatives. Lienau AV Associates, Inc., has been appointed representative for the Mid-Atlantic region, and AudioPros will now represent Roland Pro A/V in the Northeast region. The announcement was made by Christian Delfino, vice president of sales and marketing for Roland Professional A/V Division, and it represents the division’s ongoing growth and expansion nationwide.

Sept. 4, 2015

Draper, Inc. has announced the company’s new Regional Sales Manager for the mid-Atlantic region. A/V industry veteran Jody Zarbano comes to Draper with 26 years of experience in business development and engineering. He will be responsible for all of Draper’s product lines in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

For the past nine years Zarbano worked for Whitlock, where he was responsible for sales of design/build integrated AV systems to government, higher education, and the corporate market in the greater Washington. D.C. area.

“Jody brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our sales team,” according to Draper Field Sales Manager Lee Denhart. “He has a proven track record of strategically penetrating key markets, developing loyal customer relationships, and adding value to a company’s brand. We are extremely pleased that Jody has chosen to join the Draper team.”

Previous to Whitlock, Zarbano was a Regional Sales Manager for nine years at NEC Display Group, where he managed sell through of NEC display product through the AV integrator channel in the mid-Atlantic territory. Zarbano also worked as a Regional Sales Manager for AmPro Corporation and General Electric Projection Display.

Sept. 3, 2015

Southern California custom integration company Candlelight Systems announces the addition of Bob Cusey. He has spent 15 years in the industry in systems integration specializing in controlled lighting solutions and automated window coverings. Cusey holds a C10 Electrical Contractor license and is a designated Lutron Specialist with certifications in Homeworks, Radio Ra2, Quantum and Sivoia systems.


The 325-member Z-Wave Alliance has announced that home improvement company Lowe's has joined its membership with the Iris by Lowe's smart home solution.

"As the awareness of the smart home concept becomes more prevalent among consumers with big players entering the market, the demand for DIY smart home solutions grows," said Mitchell Klein, executive director for the Z-Wave Alliance. "As with construction and home repair, we need retailers like Lowe's to offer a combination model of do-it-yourself with knowledgeable staff and education to help consumers get started."

Launched in July 2012, Iris by Lowe's is a smart home solution created to monitor and control virtually everything in the home anytime, anywhere from a computer, smart phone or tablet. Lowe's was among the first companies to target the mass consumer market with a broad home automation solution and to introduce a truly open platform, with the customer support that consumers have come to trust from Lowe's.

"Partnering with the Z-Wave Alliance is an important next step in offering an even more expansive array of smart home products and further advancing technology in and around the home," said Mick Koster, vice president and general manager of Iris Home Systems. "Together, Iris, the Alliance and its diverse ecosystem of members have a larger opportunity to propel home automation forward, delivering innovative and smarter devices to consumers."

Sept.2, 2015

The Z-Wave Alliance has announced the appointment of Mitchell Klein as its new executive director. Klein comes to the Alliance with nearly 30 years of industry experience that includes the ownership of a custom installation company and a recent career stop at URC.


Listen Technologies Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products, announces the appointment of Maile L. Keone to the position of vice president of sales and marketing.

Sept.1, 2015

OneVision has added Brian Righetti, formerly of Via, as its director of finance and operations. OneVision states that Righetti ran one of the most profitable regions at Via, and OneVision says that his 20 years of experience will help to grow the company.

In addition, the company has also hired its first employee solely dedicated to sales---Zach Hurvitz will be joining OneVision as director of Sales. Previously Hurvitz worked for Stewart Filmscreen where he was the North American sales manager.


International Audio vision Inc. (IAVI), a global distributor of professional A/V products has opened a new distribution center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The company explains the new facility will serve as a strategic hub for its West Coast customers, and it will enable it to serve 97 percent of its customers with two-day delivery through standard ground services.

Aug. 31, 2015

The Rockleigh, N.J.-based manufacturer's rep Atlantic Integrated is now offering the S1Digital line of streaming audio servers.

Atlantic Integrated points out the company is a 10-year-old manufacturer of streaming media solutions that provide homeowners a range of product choices at approachable price points.

"S1Digital is an exciting new addition to our product offerings” says Michael Pawlowski, vice president of Atlantic Integrated. “We are very pleased to offer our integrators the best quality product and customer service team in the streaming audio category."

Aug. 24, 2015

Lenbrook Americas, the North American distributor for NAD, PSB, and Bluesound, has announced the immediate appointment of Adrian Santana as the company’s U.S. Western regional sales manager.

Santana comes to Lenbrook with extensive industry sales experience having served 12 years with Magnolia where he became market manager responsible for 34 stores in the southwest U.S.

PMC USA has restructured its consumer audio division, and the U.K.-based manufacturer says that all PMC two-channel and custom installation products will now be centrally handled by the company's Irvine, Calif., office.

The restructured division will be run by Brent Esry, national sales manager for CI-HiFI, PMC USA, and Maurice Patist, president of sales and marketing for PMC USA, explains these moves will make the company more efficient.

"By binging all PMC USA operations under one roof, we can significantly increase our reaction times and offer much better support to our dealers and customers," states Patist. "The new structure will also allow dealers and system integrators to access help and training from specialists with extensive experience in the Hi-Fi and CI markets, and from PMC's professional loudspeaker team who regularly advises top producers, artists and recording facilities on the right pro monitors for their needs."

Basalte, the Belgian manufacturer of iPad wall mounts and touch-sensitive controllers, has announced two independent reps for the U.S.: North East Rep Agency (NERA) for the New England region and Pro Act Sales for New York.

Aug. 19, 2015

The home entertainment industry’s The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) trade association commenced its 19th year with the announcement of its incoming Board of Directors.

The DEG’s voting member companies elected a new board of directors and officer to serve for the 2015-16 fiscal year (August 1 – July 31). New to the Board are Matt Strauss of Comcast, Phil Goswitz of DIRECTV, Jonathan Zepp of Google and Howie Singer of Warner Music Group.

The Officers of the Board are currently serving a two-year term. However, there was a vacancy for the position of secretary and Mike Fasulo of Sony Electronics was elected to that position. All Officers are responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the DEG’s agenda, which has a full slate of programs and activities aimed at growing the home entertainment industry.

Officers of the Board
Ron Sanders
Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution

Vice Chair
Mike Dunn
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Chief Financial Officer
Sofia Chang
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital
Distribution & Home Entertainment
HBO Home Entertainment

Mike Fasulo
President and Chief Operating Officer
Sony Electronics

Members of the Board
Matt Strauss
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Video Services
Comcast Cable

Phil Goswitz
Senior Vice President, Video, Space & Communications

Jonathan Zepp
Director of Entertainment, Content Partnerships

Tom McDonough
General Manager of Intel Digital Media Services

Tim Alessi
Director New Product Development
LG Electronics USA

Ron Schwartz
President of Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Martin Sacchi
General Manager, Business Development
Media & Entertainment Group

Bob Buchi
President, Worldwide
Paramount Home Media Distribution

Marty Gordon
Vice President
Philips Electronics

Bill Lee
Vice President, TV Product Marketing
Samsung Electronics

Darren Stupak
Executive Vice President US Sales & Distribution
Sony Music Entertainment

Man Jit Singh
President, Worldwide
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Jim Belcher
Vice President Technology and Production Global Digital Business
Universal Music Group

Eddie Cunningham
President, Universal Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Dan Cohen
Executive Vice President, Pay Television & Digital Sales
Walt Disney Studios

Howie Singer
Senior Vice President & Chief Strategic Technologist
Warner Music Group


ZeeVee, a global manufacturer of video and signal distribution technology, has announced the promotion of Chris Scurto to the position of vice president of marketing and N.A. Sales. Scurto will continue to be responsible for ZeeVee’s North America market strategy and channel management, as well as his present sales-related functions.

In addition, he will now oversee ZeeVee’s global marketing initiatives, including marketing team management, lead generation, public relations and corporate communications.

Burmester Audiosysteme GmbH announces the unexpected death of the company founder and CEO Dieter Burmester. Dieter passed away after a short but severe illness in Berlin-Zehlendorf on Aug. 15, and he was the founder and CEO of the company until his death.

Born in 1946, Burmester was a musician and engineer, and over the years the company developed a complete line of high-performance products for the home audio that today includes traditional two-channel components, nnetwork audio devices and home theater solutions. Ten years ago the company also diversified by entering the automotive sound category through agreements with Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Bugatti.

Available in America and Canada through the Colo.-based dealer/importer Rutherford Audio, the manufacturer's American partner notes Burmester's desire fueled his and his company's success.

"Dieter Burmester was more than just a partner in business he was a dear friend that will be missed more than words or emotions can express," says Robb Niemann, CEO, Rutherford Audio. "His passion for excellence in everything is a character trait that I have learned from and trust that I will be able to carry through my days. I am confident in the team that is in place and glad to hear that Dieter had everything arranged to carry the company forward for years to come. We look forward to sharing his vision through many years to come in partnership with the team in Berlin."

Aug. 17, 2015

CEDIA has announced that Bill Skaer, a long-time CEDIA volunteer, past board member and recipient of CEDIA's Lifetime Achievement award will be inducted into its prestigious Fellows program, which honors CEDIA members and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the association's success.

"Bill has been a dedicated champion of the industry and CEDIA from the onset," states Larry Pexton, chairman, CEDIA. "He is widely recognized by his peers and CEDIA staff as a great leader and he continues to show passion and involvement with the organization as the chairman of CEDIA's ethics committee."

Skaer began his career in the industry in 1979 as a consumer electronics retail salesman and has worn many hats since that time. Throughout his involvement with CEDIA, Skaer has served in a wide variety of roles from soliciting sponsorships for CEDIA's Home of Electronic Lifestyles, to leading the Ethics and Electronic Lifestyles award committees. He has organized and implemented many fund raising and networking events for CEDIA manufacturers, including the Texas BBQs that brought together competing manufacturers for a night of networking, mingling and fun to break the competitive barriers among these groups.

Aug. 14, 2015

Dave Bright, president and CEO of Kramer Electronics USA, has announced he will retire at the end of 2016. Bright will retire just months short of 20 years with the company, having started Kramer USA in 1997.

In addition to his time with Kramer, Bright also started and ran the Professional Electronic Division (PED) of Mitsubishi for almost 13 years in the 1980s and 1990s.

A professional search firm has been engaged to find a new president to replace Bright for the day-to-day operations of Kramer USA. When a successor is found, Bright will become chairman of the board of Kramer USA in a strategic planning capacity until his actual retirement at the end of 2016.

Aug. 13, 2015

Atlona, an A/V connectivity solutions manufacturer, has announced the promotion of Steve Heintz to the position of manager of inside sales and sales engineering within the company’s training and technical sales (TSS) team.

Atlona’s TSS team provides full system design, consultation and engineering services to customers to ensure optimal performance and interoperability, and in his role Heintz will oversee account management, partner sales support and both technical and sales training.


Legrand, has announced that it has expanded its Nuvo and On-Q sales team serving its many customers across the U.S. with the immediate addition of a dozen professional independent manufacturer representatives.

The new sales organizations supplement the company’s existing direct team, which will work hand-in-hand with its manufacturer representatives to expand service to each region and emphasize Legrand’s commitment to supporting its partners.

Aug. 10, 2015

Applied Global Technologies (AGT), a provider of managed and visual collaboration solutions, announced that team member James Pope has earned the status of Crestron Diamond Level Master Programmer. Pope achieved the highly regarded status in spring 2015 after completing 12 years of Crestron Master Classes, which provide certified programmers advanced training on Crestron software and hardware. Crestron Master Programmers achieve Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond status depending on the number of classes they attend and exams they pass. The 20 year industry veteran Pope’s Diamond status supports AGT’s growing Audio Visual (A/V) Integration practice, which designs, integrates and manages best-in-class collaborative environments for government, commercial and educational entities.

Aug. 7, 2015

Catalyst AV Distribution Network member AHA Distributing with locations in Atlanta and Tampa, has announced the opening of its third facility in Charlotte, N.C. To manage the facility, AHA has appointed Kim Brown as general manager, Zach Simpson and Mike Moreno as regional account managers and Johnny (JJ) Jackson as warehouse manager. Collectively the team brings 60 years of industry experience.

AHA offers more than 80 lines, including Origin Acoustics, Denon, Ethereal, Key Digital, Just Add Power, Luxul, Marantz, Middle Atlantic and Screen Innovations (SI), along with Catalyst AV Network brands ClearView CCTV, Definitive Technology, IC Realtime, Ring, Nest, Vanco and Vivitek. AHA's sister company, the rep firm Aim High Audio Sales, will also be displaying product lines in the facility including Martin Logan, Seura, Draper and RTI.

AHA Distributing Charlotte is located at 3140 Yorkmont Road, Suite 500, Charlotte, NC 28208. The branch phone number is 704-243-9082. Doors open 7:30 A.M. Aug. 10.

Aug. 6, 2015

Autonomic has appointed the Paul Collins Group (PCG) as independent sales representation for the Southern California/Hawaii region.

Based in Costa Mesa, Calif., Paul Collins Group is an independent sales representation organization serving a diverse group of manufacturers specializing in the retail audio/video and custom audio/video installation businesses. “We are grateful for the trust, confidence and fabulous support we have received from Autonomic Controls,” says Paul Collins. “A strong foundation of people, process and platform is evident at Autonomic. They bring a lot of value to our rep firm and our dealers,” he added.

Aug. 5, 2015

Longtime industry veteran Mark Bassett has started his own manufacturer’s rep. company, Bassett & Co. Serving Northern Calif., Northern Nev., and Hawaii, Bassett had spent his previously 13 years with Profit Line Marketing and most recently he was with Redwood Marketing. Bassett brings with him former Profit Line office manager and inside sales support, Laura Chismar, and a current line card that includes Paradigm, Anthem, Salamander Designs and Screen Innovations.


ESP/SurgeX, a manufacturer of energy intelligence and power protection products, has announced its president Shannon Townley has been appointed to serve on the NSCA Education Foundation Board through 2015-2016. The NSCA Education Foundation invests in industry education to fulfill its purpose of providing and promoting educational opportunities for commercial electronic systems professionals, as well as to attract the next generation to the industry.


Marchand Wright & Associates (MWA) has announced that Robert Gilligan has joined the company. Gilligan whose past industry experience includes tenures at Engineered Environments and VIA will aid the company's consultation business that covers everything from home theater and phone/data, to motorized shades, lighting, networking and security system design.

Aug. 4, 2015

Parasound has named Phil Jackson to the newly created position of product and sales specialist. Jackson brings over 30 years of experience from all sides of the consumer audio business, including retailing, manufacturing, and as a manufacturer's rep for two of the country's most well-known firms. Most recently Jackson served as the California regional sales manager for KEF. Prior to KEF Jackson previously spent six years with Novidor Firestone and 18 years with LP Marketing.


Meridian America has promoted Ryan Donaher to the position of national sales manager. Donaher has been with Meridian for eight years in the company's regional sales department, overseeing East Coast sales operations.

Aug. 3, 2015

Severtson Screens, a manufacturer of projection screens for the home theater, commercial, pro A/V and cinema markets, has announced the addition of Aaron White to serve as the company's national sales director. In his role as a national sales director White will focus his efforts on building sales for the home theater representative, distributor and dealer channels, as well as the Pro A/V, commercial and entertainment venue markets.


Draper, Inc., has named Amy Madden as the company’s new residential market manager. Madden has been with Draper for more than 16 years, previously serving various roles, including regional sales manager, sales support manager and lifts manager.

July 31, 2015

Soundcast, a manufacturer of wireless music systems, has announced the appointment of Charity Hardwick as its director of sales and marketing effective Aug. 1.

As director of sales and marketing, Hardwick will oversee all aspects of Soundcast’s sales, brand management, dealer relations, loyalty and customer satisfaction. “We are extremely fortunate to tap Charity for such an integral Soundcast role. She joins us with a strong CE background, prior growth success and a tenacious and honest approach,” says Oscar Ciornei, CEO and president of Soundcast. “Charity’s experience in both the consumer electronics and outdoor lifestyle industries are sure to prove invaluable as we refocus Soundcast to that of a boutique audio line. Please join us as we welcome her to our team.”

Hardwick has over 15 years experience in sales and marketing management apportioned between the consumer electronics and outdoor recreation industries.

Joe Yerardi is leaving his position at Burson Audio as sales manager on July 31. During his time with Burson, the company has transitioned into a new sales structure and established a warehouse and logistics center with JMP Electronics in Southern California.

As of Aug. 1 Martha Manea of JMP Electronics, becomes Burson's new U.S. sales manager. Manea has extensive industry experience in the consumer electronics market. She is co-founder, chief operating officer (COO) of JMP Electronics, and prior to JMP Electronics, Manea was the general manager at TIBI Electronics, a manufacturing facility in Santa Ana, Calif.

July 29, 2015

Anuva Automation, maker of the TiO home automation and multiroom audio systems, has appointed the New York Marketing Team as its representative for metropolitan New York. The rep firm is led by Mark Friedman, who has spent 23 years working at manufacturing firms, most recently as the president of JBL Consumer Products.

TiO will take part in HTSN’s Nationwide PrimeTime! event in Las Vegas on Aug. 2 to 5.

July 28, 2015
Audio manufacturer The DaVinci Group has added three U.S. and international manufacturers' rep firms: AVEMEA (representing Europe, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa), North Peak Sales (Ohio and Western Penn.) and Sami Reps (Michigan).

"The growth and demand for our products domestically and in the international markets has been outstanding.” says TDG founder and CEO Daniel Kippycash. “The importance of working with premium partners to represent your brand is critical. Each market handles business differently and you need to be working with professionals who live and breathe it every day. These additional team members bring expertise, knowledge and reputation that The DaVinci Group is honored to have as partners. ”


Spencer Kalker and his team at ImageCrafters have been appointed manufacturer's rep for Clare Controls, maker of home automation, multiroom A/V and cloud-enabled surveillance solutions. ImageCrafters will rep the company in New England.

July 27, 2015

The integrator buying and networking group Azione Unlimited has added five new dealer members , bringing its total number of dealers to 125. The two newest additions are Audio Video Systems in Murray, Utah, and Home Automation Hawaii in Honolulu.

In addition, Azione has added Future Automation, manufacturer of motorized lifts and mounts, as a vendor partner.

July 22

The home entertainment trade association, The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) has announced the addition of 10 new member companies: Amazon, CenturyLink, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, MAI, Outpost Media, Parrot Analytics, Screen Engine, V2Solutions, W2O Group and Warner Music Group.

In addition to announcing its latest members, the trade group has also announced the addition of John Powers as executive director.


Dr. Jong Kim, president of the Zenith Research and Development Lab, has been named senior vice president of Zenith’s parent company, LG Electronics.

The company says in a press statement that Kim’s new position, as one of LG’s most senior executives in the Western Hemisphere, reflects the important role of the U.S. R&D lab, which includes work on groundbreaking technologies for next-generation broadcasting standards; for hospitality, healthcare and digital signage systems; and for automotive electronics, among other high-profile LG technology programs.

Kim has been Zenith President since 2005 after serving as vice president, Zenith R&D, from 2000 to 2004. A key contributor to Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) digital television standards, Kim joined Zenith Electronics LLC in 1990 (LG acquired Zenith in 1999). Kim started his career as a research engineer at LG Electronics in 1983.

July 21

Clare Controls, a provider of home automation solutions has contracted Studio Decor to serve as a manufacturer’s sales representative. Studio Decor will market ClareHome and its associated products and programs to integrators, designers, and architects in Southern California.

Trayce Blake, principal of Studio Decor, has been designing and consulting on theaters for more than a decade, beginning with commercial cinemas and evolving to private home cinema design.

July 14

Peerless-AV has appointed Todd Mares as director of emerging technologies. In this role Mares is responsible for identifying new technologies to compliment Peerless-AV’s current offerings, and he will specifically focus on wireless devices, technology requirements for TVs and displays, and touch applications. In addition, Mares will provide technical training and development to the Peerless-AV customer care team.

July 10
David Rodarte has joined AE Ventures as EVP business development, responsible for growing sponsorships in AE's business-to-business events, including the CE Pro Summit and Commercial Integrator Summit, which AE has operated for EH Publishing. Rodarte was COO of NuVo Technologies from 2002 to 2012 and is a recipient of CEA's TechHome Leadership Award. Most recently, Rodarte has consulted with top CE-related companies including Torus Power.

July 9

Catalyst AV distribution network member Pioneer Music Company (PMC) announced the expansion of its Lenexa, Kan., facility.
Adding 12,000-square-feet next door to its existing 6,000-square-foot. facility, PMC is utilizing the new space to house more showrooms, conference/training rooms and a larger shipping-and-receiving area. According to PMC president Dan Haight, the expansion will allow the company to better serve its entire customer base of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Southern Illinois.


Elite Screens Inc has announced the opening of its new East Coast facility in Westminster, Md.

According to the Calif.-based company, demand from Elite's growing customer base has reached critical mass for just one U.S. location to accommodate the increase in business. The Maryland facility will get product to our East-Coast customers in the same time as the company's Western States' facility.

The company adds that its Elite Prime Vision (EPV) division East Coast customers will also be serviced from this new facility. The address is 151 Airport Drive, Westminster, MD, 21157. The facility's phone number is 410-848-1784, and its fax number is 410-401-0758.


SpringDeck has selected Staub Electronics to be its exclusive representative to Canada.

According to SpringDeck, its products and services gives dealers easy access to current product content from top A/V manufacturers through the SpringDeck Store, where they can download product files to their app and have all the collateral they need while on the go. The company adds that its software also provides dealers and manufacturers with hard data on what’s working for their sales pipelines.

July 6

Kwikset, a manufacturer of residential security products, announces that Keith Brandon has been promoted to the position of divisional vice presidentresidential access solutions (RAS) sales and marketing. In his new role, Brandon will continue to oversee all marketing and sales responsibilities for Kwikset’s RAS business. This includes Kevo, the company's Bluetooth enabled residential door lock.

Soundcast names Stephen Smith as online compliance manager. In a first of a series of new staff additions, Soundcast, a developer and manufacturer of wireless music systems appoints Smith to its U.S. business team.

The company states this new position is the first in a series of steps the company is taking toward solidifying the vision of the new Soundcast as a “boutique audio” line for its dealers and distributors. As online compliance manager, Smith will monitor, report violations and enforce the company’s unilateral resale policies daily.


Atlona, anAV connectivity solutions company, announced the hiring of David Ellis as the company’s business development manager. His main responsibilities will include consultant support and identifying business opportunities for Atlona’s sales channel.

Ellis, a 20-year market veteran has been a member of InfoComm since 1992, and he is a Certified Technology
Specialist (CTS).

July 2
Lowell Manufacturing Co. has signed an agreement with IDMC, Inc. to represent Lowell products in the growing Security and Datacom markets of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. IDMC will bring its broad industry expertise and dedication to professional systems integration to provide product knowledge and support for Lowell’s rack, power and audio product groups.

“We’re very excited to be associated with the dynamic IDMC sales team,” says Wilhelm Lowell, vice president of sales at Lowell Manufacturing. “Their enthusiasm in defining quality solutions for customers in a wide array of business segments is in concert with our dedication to design and develop quality products for professional systems integration.”

June 24, 2015

The Tempe, Ariz.-based electronics company Rockford Corp., has announced that Howard Miller has retired. Miller founded Crimestopper back in 1980, and later he joined Rockford as a consultant when Crimestopper was acquired by the Arizona company.

Rockford has also announced that it has bolstered its Crimestopper sales team through the additions of Alvin Klement and Ronnie Brashear. Klement and Brashear join other recent Crimestopper new employee additions JF Cleroux, director of product development, Orlando Sanchez, vehicle application technician and <

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