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People On the Move: TRI-ED, Russound, NEAR, Jerry Harvey Audio

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 15, 2014
Torus Power has appointed Kevin Main formerly of JAM Industries and American Audio & Video, as vice president of sales and marketing, effective immediately. Main has 25 years of industry experience, including more than a decade at JAM Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of professional audio and consumer electronics products that features a portfolio of brands that range from Ashly Audio to Arcam.

July 9, 2014
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Daniel C. Locke, 62, owner of Key Security Systems in Newton, Kan., passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014. He is survived by his wife Ellen Ann, his brothers Duncan and Dwight, his sister Lura Flentie, and a granddaughter and two great grandchildren. Locke was active as an instructor in the Kansas alarm industry.

Locke worked for 25+ years in the security industry, sitting on numerous associations’ boards of directors, both locally and nationally. He helped craft association bylaws, fire codes, state statutes, false alarm ordinances, and other meaningful documents. "He did this, many times, to the detriment of his own company, putting the industry’s needs above his own,” says J. Jordan Brown of Guardtronic Alarms in Little Rock, Ark.

Brad Shipp, executive director of the National Electronic Security Alliance, adds, “I will miss Dan. He was one of the folks who committed lots of time and energy to the industry for long period of time. I think I first met him in 1991 and he had been at it for years at that point. He was always inquisitive and joyful and brought a unique perspective to things. He was always a small company and I know the efforts he put in meant long hours on his part to make up for the time he gave. He not only ran the local associations, but he trained hundreds of his competitors at years of training classes. He faced lots of challenges organizing things in Kansas, but he kept at it for over 20 years. There are not many with his dedication and perseverance around.”

July 8, 2014
The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) has added Sound & Vision, to a network of integrators. Founded in 2002, the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based, Sound & Vision, serves the greater Akron, Cleveland and Columbus markets.

"We strive to deliver complete home technology systems that truly enhance the lives of our customers; from the simplest hook-up to a whole-home design and build, our technicians have the training and experience to get the job done right," says Mike Woods, president of Sound & Vision. "It's important to us that we partner with an organization that holds itself to this same standard, exemplifying quality, creativity and forward thinking."
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The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA ), an industry group with 30 members dedicated to bringing wireless, surround sound audio products to the home theater market, has announced the appointment of Thomas Lee as the new president. Lee replaces Jim Venable in this position. Lee has a wealth of consumer electronics experience that will help bring speaker and CE manufacturers together to provide advanced wireless audio products to the market. Lee’s resume includes over 30 years of executive management, administration, communications and marketing experience in the technology market sector. He has held management roles at Intel Corporation, Cirrus Logic, as well as several technology start-up companies, providing products to the high volume consumer products market.

“Promoting WiSA-compliant products and having the consumer and professional audio market adopt this high quality wireless technology is an exciting prospect,” says Lee. “My commitment is to bring together many key manufacturers to supply a wide-range of interoperable products at multiple price points across the wireless audio market.”
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CSAA International, the voice for central station monitoring companies, announced that Steve Doyle, who has led the association for 22 years, will retire in October 2014.

“Steve Doyle has ably led our Association for the past two decades, taking on challenges in partnerships, technology, government relations and industry changes. On behalf of the board of directors of CSAA, I thank Steve for his long service and for the contributions he has made to our industry,” says Jay Hauhn, president of CSAA.
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John W. Litt, Christie Digital
John Litt has been named Control Room solutions manager, Central region, for Christie Digital Systems. In that role, according to his Linkedin profile, Litt will focus on the business development, account management, and system design for technical solutions involving the Control Room product line portfolio including video wall products, video projection systems, and video wall processors.

Previously, Litt spent four years as an account executive at Whitlock. Prior experience includes serving as general sales manager for the integration firm Wilshire Home Entertainment and director of home control products for Monster Inc. In addition, he owned his own integration firm for nearly 11 years.

July 7, 2014
Velodyne Acoustics, Inc. has announced a strategic reorganization, naming LiDAR director of manufacturing George Ross to the new post of general manager. Ross will oversee operations for the company’s LiDAR and Audio lines of business. Marta Hall, president of Velodyne, will focus on sales and marketing for the company’s audio division.

The company's organizational shifts also include a consolidation of all product development and operational decisions to Velodyne's home office in Morgan Hill, Calif., to help ensure increased design and quality control of audio products. In addition, some of Velodyne's audio management will relocate from China to California.

July 2, 2014
Tigerpaw Software Inc. has hired Corey DeJong as director of marketing. DeJong comes to Tigerpaw from AIM, where he served as director of sales and service and also as director of marketing. He brings more than 12 years of experience in strategic marketing, sales, partnerships, operations, and product development. Prior to AIM he served as a marketing consultant for many local and national clients.

In his role at Tigerpaw, DeJong will bring extensive marketing automation, lead generation/qualification, lead nurturing, and strategic leadership to Tigerpaw’s product and sales teams to help define product packages and promotions that are relevant to Tigerpaw’s extensive industry clients. “Corey brings energy, experience, and unique perspective to our business, and we are thrilled to have him join the team,” says CEO James Foxall. “Corey is a talented marketing professional with the ability to understand our technology, strategy, analytics, and the needs of today’s business development teams. As Director of Marketing, Corey will work to ensure Tigerpaw’s offerings address the very real and important needs of our clients and future clients.”

July 1, 2014
CasaTunes has an exclusive partnership with TLE Distribution, a distributor of technology products throughout Mexico.

Pro Audio Technology (PRO), a manufacturer of loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, has announced the appointment of ByDesign Vision and Sound Marketing as a regional rep partner in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. ByDesign is the creation of former vice president global sales for Stewart Filmscreen Joaquin Rivera.

June 30, 2014
Vantage has appointed Atlantic Integrated to represent Vantage in the New York City metro market, beginning July 1st. Atlantic Integrated is a Rockleigh, N.J.-based representative agency serving the Metro New York area. The firm represents numerous technical lines that make up the backbone of this industry.

"The Atlantic Integrated team is very excited about representing Vantage," says Atlantic Integrated principal David Humphries. "We feel Vantage is an industry leader in innovation, quality and customer
service, and we look forward to representing their footprint in the New York City metro market.

June 20, 2014
Women in AV (WAVE), a global organization dedicated to promoting the growth and performance of women in the A/V industry through education, networking and mentoring, announced that Theresa Hahn, director of marketing and business development of Verrex, has been selected to receive WAVE’s 2014 Mentoring Award.

“Whether as an employee or a member of WAVE, Theresa has a ceaseless energy to serve others through her quiet yet confident leadership,” explains Thomas Berry, Jr., president and CEO of Verrex. “I take great pleasure in giving employees the opportunity to participate in such industry organizations as WAVE. It is a chance to blossom among so many talented folks. Theresa gets involved and encourages others to make the time and effort, understanding the long-term benefits for women in the industry. You can’t teach that kind of leadership.”

“I am sincerely grateful that an organization like Women in AV exists, and that it thrives on core tenets of mentoring and goodwill,” says Hahn. “I have met so many brilliant and dedicated women and men through WAVE; I am humbled to receive the 2014 Mentor Award.”

June 18, 2014
SurgeX has promoted Martin Dornfeld to Northern Regional sales manager and director of consultant engagement. Dornfeld's expanded role will involve more interaction with consultants who are called upon to implement smart energy plans and solutions for sustainability programs and other scenarios.

June 5, 2014
Meridian has appointed Mark LeClair to the position of Western Regional sales manager, effective immediately. LeClair joins Meridian following a successful period with McIntosh in a similar role, and he brings with him more than 20 years of custom retail and integration sales experience to the company. LeClair's previous career stops include Audio Advisors in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Definitive Audio in Seattle, Wash.
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Adeo Screen of Poland---a branch of Adeo Group of Italy--- and the owners of Screen Research, have announced a partnership with the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based distributor Grace Motif Inc. Effective immediately, Grace Motif is now the exclusive North American distributor for Screen Research in the residential custom installation market.

June 2, 2014
BTX has announced that Josh Petru has joined its staff as an outside sales team member. Petru is the company's new south central sales manager and his territory includes the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

imageSoundcast, developer and manufacturer of high-performance outdoor music systems, has added Tom Dixon as its new vice president of marketing. Dixon will work closely with Soundcast’s dealers, distribution partners, sales and management to deliver the marketing support needed to increase Soundcast’s brand awareness, growth in retail sales, online channels and unique strategic partnerships to enhance channel marketing, promotional programs, advertising strategy, trade-shows, media relations, product development support, market research, customer loyalty initiatives and more.

Dixon is an industry veteran with more than three decades of combined consumer electronics, professional audio and outdoor entertainment products marketing experience. He has stints at Pioneer Electronics, DTS, Inc., and SunBriteTV,

May 30, 2014
Sennheiser has appointed David Denson to the position of area sales manager in its consumer electronics division. Denson will report directly to Thom Salisbury, Western Regional sales manager, Sennheiser.

Clare Controls announces that Brian Dietsch has joined the company as director of business development for its Builder Channel, reporting directly to CEO Brett Price.

Dietsch’s experience in the residential and multifamily construction industry includes account management and channel expansion positions working with homebuilders, trade subcontractors, and suppliers. He served most recently as regional builder sales manager for SolarCity, where he helped with their builder program and engaged many of the nation’s top home builders.

“Brian’s knowledge of the building industry will be instrumental in forging the critical connection between Clare Controls and the growing number of builders who are looking for answers to their customers’ demands for home automation,” Price says.

May 28, 2014
The acoustics products and service company SoundSense is moving. The company's new address is 39 Industrial Road, Unit 6, Wainscott, NY 11975. SoundSense's new mailing address is P.O. Box 1360, Wainscott, NY 11975.

Audience has appointed Lenny Mayeaux as its new vice president of sales and product development. Mayeaux will direct and support the sales efforts of Audience products and will be instrumental in creating new products and bringing them to market. Mayeaux has more than 25 years of industry experience and before joining Audience he was sales manager at the power conditioner and cable manufacturer Running Springs Audio.


May 27, 2014
AudioControl, announced that ProWest Sales is now representing its home theater and whole-house components in Southern Calif. The Washington state electronics manufacturer adds that ProWest Sales is based in Huntington Beach and it has remote sales offices positioned throughout the California market.

May 22, 2014
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Core Brands, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK), has announced the appointment of industry veteran Paul Roberts to the position of director of Pro Division Sales. Effective immediately, Roberts will direct the development and implementation of all vertical and systems integration sales programs for the professional products marketed by Core Brands, with particular focus on the Furman and Xantech brands. He reports directly to Core Brands senior vice president of sales Dave Keller.

“Paul brings more than 15 years of sales and sales management experience to his new position at Core Brands — experience and a customer focus that will benefit our pro products dealers and their customers. His ability to create and successfully apply growth strategies has been demonstrated time again over the course of his career. We are proud he has joined the Core Brands team!”

Roberts has been a consultant with Core Brands for the past year evaluating the commercial channel. Before starting his consultancy in 2013, Roberts was a senior executive at Symetrix, Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer and vice president of sales and marketing.
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SVS has appointed Ted Sindzinski as its senior director of marketing. Sindzinski is an experienced digital marketer and brand strategist who has worked in a consulting role with SVS for the past three years, serving as an important marketing decision-maker during that time.

"Ted has been a huge part of SVS's stratospheric rise over the last three years," says Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. "His deep understanding of the SVS brand vision and our unique go-to-market strategy make his insights incredibly valuable. He stimulates dialogue and isn't afraid to disagree or give props, which is so valuable in a team setting."

May 21, 2014
The electronics and security products and systems distributor WAVE Electronics has announced three new hires: Paul Vataj is WAVE's newest outside sales team member. Vataj is a former regional sales manager for Polk Audio and he brings to WAVE 12 years of sales and purchasing experience.

Tracy Brown comes to WAVE Electronics with a background in security sales and distribution. Brown brings experience from the Napco Security Group and is a former sales rep for Honeywell. Brown will be responsible for security sales in the Dallas and north Texas areas.

With nearly 20 years of custom installation industry experience Jay Correa joins WAVE's outside sales team after heading international customer service and training for HAI.


May 19, 2014
Alan Banta has joined the Colorado-based integration firm Xssentials as senior VP business development. Prior to joining Xssentials, which has offices in Aspen, Denver, Glenwood Springs, and Vail, Banta spent nine years with Ultimate Electronics, where he progressed from installer to executive leadership. Banta then joined Control4 as a field sales associate, ultimately serving as regional sales manager.

May 14, 2014
Key Digital has partnered with LVZ International as an international rep to expand the global presence of the company' Compass Control Apple-based integrated home control system. LVZ International, led by Linda van Zanten, is a firm specializing in custom integration channels and backed with a team with years of experience in business and brand development. Van Zanten and the team at LVZ International have brought quality brands such as SpeakerCraft, iPort, LaunchPort, to the market. LVZ works in more than 43 countries.
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The DaVinci Group has recognized Aim High Audio as its 2013 Sales Reps of the Year. This award is given to regional sales representatives that excel at various criteria including responsiveness to dealers, quality training and sales goals. AHA represents the Southeast and Florida region of the United States.

“I have had the opportunity to work with the Aim High Team and knew their capabilities," says Daniel S. Kippycash, CEO & co-founder of The DaVinci Group. “When we created our company one of the most important elements was the commitment to our dealers and relationships. We wanted to make sure we had the right rep firms who also embodied this same level of commitment. Aim High Audio and their entire team set the bar for other reps firms around the country. We are honored to have AHA as part of The DaVinci Group and are excited to contribute to their success as the company continues to grow. I can’t wait to see what they do in 2014!”

“We are excited to win the TDG 2013 Rep of the Year award. From day 1, they understood what the dealers were looking for and have provided a product line that is amazing, a business model that is revolutionary and dealer support beyond compare. We’re excited to introduce The DaVinci Group to our dealers and discuss the philosophy the TDG team represents," says Chris Gilray, president of Aim High Audio.

May 12, 2014
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Nextivity Inc., makers of Cel-Fi cellular signal boosters, has announced that Carol Lee has joined the company as Vice President of Finance. With more than 25 years of national and international industry experience, Lee brings with her a unique combination of global and technology management skills, along with extensive experience in leading financial operations for rapidly growing technology firms. She will play an integral role as Nextivity executes on its strategic vision, ramps up its revenue growth, accelerates its reach in the indoor coverage market, and continues to innovate with the launch of new smart signal boosters.

Before joining Nextivity, Lee spent nearly a decade with San Diego-based REMEC Broadband Wireless as Director of Finance. She previously spent seven years as Vice President of Finance for Terranova Energy. Lee has also held senior roles with a variety of California-based mortgage corporations. She began her career as a senior accountant with Deloitte & Touche.
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Nationwide East, a regional division of Nationwide Marketing Group in Winston-Salem, N.C., announces Mike Lowery as the new Territory Manager covering Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Lowery worked for more than 20 years as an account executive with Mitsubishi where he was the liaison to Nationwide. During that time he gained knowledge in the buying group business and brings his extensive experience of consumer electronics and vendor relationships to the Nationwide East Members.

May 10, 2014
Victor Pacheco has been promoted to national account manager for Tripp Lite, maker of power protection and management products. He was hired in 2012 as a sales development representative, moved into the role of channel sales special and now works with account managers to drive business. Prior to joining Tripp Lite, Pacheco was an account manager for Fiberoptic Studio/iSky Panels for five years, developing business for the company's fiberoptic light panels.

May 7, 2014
After 14 years at Lutron Electronics, Phil Scheetz is headed to Crestron in the role of shade and lighting marketing manager. At Lutron, he was heavily involved in lighting controls, most recently serving as commercial systems project manager and, prior to that, HomeWorks QS product manager. Prior to joining Lutron in 2000, Scheetz was GM of Nestor's Sporting Goods and Owner of Fanatic Windsurfing USA.

May 6, 2014
Klipsch has promoted Jill Escol and Matt Sommers into new leadership roles. With more than 30 years of combined experience, the Midwestern-based audio company says Escol and Sommers will play key roles in how Klipsch is marketed and presented on a global scale. Moving from director of marketing to global communications director, Escol will focus her efforts on the development of the Klipsch Group brand voices. She will lead the growing areas of public relations, communications and the overall brand experience from a strategic perspective. Sommers has been promoted to vice president of marketing and creative strategies after serving as the company’s creative director since returning to the company in 2013. Sommer's previous term of experience with the company lasted from 1991 to 2007.
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Ross Livingston has been promoted to director, Listen and Watch Experiences at Control4. He started with the company in 2009 as a product manager.
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Chad Russell has joined Atlona as regional sales manager for the Western U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining the A/V distribution company, he spent nearly two years at distributor AVAD as a senior account manager for the Southwest. He has previous experience at the integration firm Paragon Technology Group, Vudu, Crestron and Kaleidescape.

May 1, 2014
Warren Chaiken has been promoted to president and CEO of Almo Corporation and its subsidiaries from his previous position of president and COO. He will assume responsibility of Almo’s financial division in addition to his current duties. Former CEO Gene Chaiken will remain chairman of the board.

Warren Chaiken joined the company in 1994, holding various positions during his 20-year tenure, assuming the role of president in 2004. He is a graduate of Lafayette College and the Pennsylvania State University MBA program.

Almo is a leading distributor of major appliances, consumer electronics and professional A/V equipment.

April 29, 2014
Napco Security Technologies has promoted Brandt Philips to commercial fire and security director of sales. In this role, Philips will focus on commercial-grade fire and burglary devices, as well as new wireless and networked communication options, and remote systems management. Brandt, a third generation member of the security industry, has worked on the manufacturing side for 12 years, before which he spent 10 years as a dealer/integrator, owning and operating multiple security companies.

April 28, 2014
Crimson AV, LLC has expanded its Glenview, Ill. headquarters. The new space will be used for additional warehousing. U.S. Representative Bob Dold toured facility on April 24, 2014 to see how it is creating more jobs for the local economy.

“We are thrilled to have doubled the size of our warehouse space as we continue to grow, and are honored by Representative Dold’s visit,” says Crimson President, Vlad Gleyzer. “We will continue to innovate and look for new ways to grow the company.”

April 25, 2014
Middle Atlantic Products has named Dynacom Sales as its Security Sales Representative of the Year Award. Middle Atlantic Eastern Sales Director Bill Poling said, “Dynacom Sales is really exceptional at matching our factory’s capabilities and strengths with the needs of their distributors and customers. They also excel at customer service, closing leads and devoting themselves to the lines they carry, especially Middle Atlantic Products.” Founded in 1996, Dynacom Sales specializes in security and telecommunications, and represents Middle Atlantic in the state of Florida.

April 25, 2014
Mark Ingram is joining TRI-ED as vice president of U.S. Sales. An industry veteran of several decades, Ingram most recently served as director of U.S. Sales for FST21

In addition, TRI-ED has announced that James Rothstein, executive vice president, has been promoted to the position of chief marketing officer (CMO); Mirza Chughtai, vice president of information technology, has been promoted to the position of chief information officer (CIO), and Gary Perlin, director of CCTV products, has been promoted to the position of vice president of strategic sourcing.

April 24, 2014
Buying group Azione Unlimited has added its 90th dealer member, Premovation of Holland, Mich. Also joining Azione this this month are Metro Eighteen in San Francisco and Intra Home Systems of Garfield, N.J.

April 23, 2014
Doug Campbell has joined Prescient Audio as director of sales, doing double-duty with his five-year-old home systems integration business Hear More Music in Rockford, Ill. Prescient is a manufacturer of mobile, home and pro audio solutions. Before launching the installation company, Campbell served as regional sales manager for the home automation firm Exceptional Innovation. Early experience include sales and management positions at Kenwood USA, Panasonic, Frox, Blaupunkt/Bosch and Columbia Audio/Video.
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Jessica Paskon has been named director of operations for ProSource, the integration, audio and video division of the giant BrandSource buying group. Paskon has been with PRO Group for nearly 10 years as operations manager. Now that PRO Group and Home Entertainment Source (HES) have officially merged, Paskon will take on a larger role as director of operations, including increased operational needs as part of the larger ProSource team.

April 22, 2014
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the loss of legendary CE engineer Bernie Lechner, whom the organization calls "a pioneer in television and display research" and technical advisor to CEA. CEA chief Gary Shapiro says, "Bernie Lechner is a legend in the television industry. He proved himself as one of the most respected engineering minds during critical eras of television evolution, including the transition to DTV and development of HDTV standards.

“Throughout his outstanding service as an advisor to CEA, Bernie gave so much of himself and always steered us in a positive direction. Bernie’s remarkable contributions to the CE industry will live on, but we will miss him greatly.”

Lechner worked closely with CEA on The DTV Academy, a group of advisors addressing strategic implementation of the digital television (DTV) transition; and the DTV Definitions Technology Working Group, which helped establish terms and standards for DTV and high-definition television (HDTV). He chaired his first CEA standards group in 1980, and later guided the industry on the performance of analog cable-ready TVs and helped usher in the HDTV system we use today.

April 19, 2014
Transparent Audio, maker of high-performance cable and interconnects, has a new managing director, Bill Peugh. Peugh joins the company from Sumiko, where he served for nearly 15 years, most recently as Eastern regional manager. Earlier experience includes positions at Metaphor Acoustic Designs, International Audio Technologies and Sound Components.

April 17, 2014
NTW (Networking the World), a manufacturer of connectivity solutions for AV and IT professionals, has announced the appointment of Kung K. Lee to serve as its new president. Lee's prior executive experience includes positions with Mag Innovision and Merry Electronics, and he will be responsible for the company's continued growth in the trade and consumer markets.
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CE Pro 100 integrator Intech Inc., founded in 1993 as a regional and national specialty consumer electronics dealer based in Hicksville, N.Y., has announced the addition of Mark Stein as Senior Buyer in charge of Strategic Marketing. Stein brings to the table over 33 years of purchasing experience at J&R Music World, where he held the position of audio/video buyer. He will utilize his long list of strong industry relationships to develop new vendors for Intech. Focused mainly on audio and video consumer electronics, Stein now will also be exploring new product growth areas for Intech, which is looking to grow its rapidly expanding on-line presence through our national website, The High Definition Store.com, as well as through its Amazon Marketplace site.

April 16, 2014
Southwest rep firm Morris Tait Associates, serving dealers in Southern California, Southern Nevada and Arizona, has added two new employees. Darren Kolotyluk is the new regional sales manager for Southern California and Alison Morgan joins as sales coordinator, in support of dealers and Morris-Tait regional managers. Previously, Kolotyluk was regional sales director for Dana Innovations, the parent company of Sonance, iPort and TruFIG.

April 15, 2014
Autonomic has joined the HTSA (Home Technology Specialists of America) buying group. Aaron Chisena, director of global sales for Autonomic, attended the late March HTSA Spring Conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz., and took away some valuable insights in discussions with integrators, including a growing trend toward high-resolution music and an overall emphasis on quality sound. He cited companies like HD Tracks, Neil Young’s Pono, and speculation that Apple is eyeing the lossless download market has evidence.

April 11, 2014
Stephanie Shomper joins the Da-Lite Sales Team from C2G where she most recently worked in marketing. Shomper will be based in Kansas City, and responsible for all sales, training, consultant and architect activities in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska.

Fred Scurti rejoins the Da-Lite Sales Team from Christie Digital, and brings with him great experience and knowledge. Scurti will be based in Denver, and responsible for all sales, training, consultant and architect activities in Utah, New Mexico Wyoming, Colorado Arizona and Nevada.

April 10, 2014
HCA Distributing, the Rocky Mountain region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network has appointed several consumer electronics industry veterans to its sales force. These new employees include Michael Thompson, Brett Olkowski and Van Coble, and HCA says Thomson will serve as HCA Distributing sales manager for Utah, Western Wyoming, Western Montana and Eastern Idaho markets. Olkowski will handle will call sales, product support, and outside sales for South Colorado, and Coble's duties is as the company's new sales manager. In addition, HCA will hold its annual Vendor Expo on May 13 and 14 at its Denver headquarters.

Detroit, Mich.-based iRule, LLC announces Adam Gold as vice president of sales for iRule and On Controls. In his new role with the company Gold will lead sales efforts globally and oversee and develop iRule’s expanding network of representatives. In addition, Gold will be responsible for building new and maintaining existing customer relationships.

April 9, 2014
Benelux distributor Heuff has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of CommandFusion automation and control hardware covering the Benelux region (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). Europe is an important region for CommandFusion, the company notes, as it represents an area of significant growth for the company’s hardware products. The appointment will ensure that local integrators have access to Dutch/English speaking support staff trained in CommandFusion products, the company adds.

April 8, 2014
JVC Americas Corp. and Kenwood USA Corporation, both subsidiaries of Japan-based JVC Kenwood Corporation, jointly announced their schedule to merge operations and form a single subsidiary in the United States, JVC Kenwood USA Corporation. This merger is part of the continued global integration strategy that JVC Kenwood Corporation first implemented in 2012.

The timeline for integration, announced by JVC Americas President/CEO Junji Kobayashi and Kenwood USA Corporation President/CEO Ryo Mizuhara, will be effective October 1, 2014. “This merger will allow us to operate more efficiently by sharing resources and standardizing processes,” says Kobayashi. JVC and Kenwood products will remain as two distinct brands in their respective user markets and sales channels. This integration continues JVC Kenwood Corporation’s worldwide process that will result in a more efficient organization and further elevate the equity of the JVC and Kenwood brands.

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Atlona, a manufacturer of A/V distribution solutions has announced it has hired Victor Baut as its national sales manager, residential. Baut will oversee Atlona's residential sales throughout the United States and Canada.

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Genelec Inc., the U.S. distributor of Genelec Home Audio Systems, has appointed Whitestone, New York-based Big Apple Technology to serve as its new Metro New York City area manufacturer’s representative. Led by company president Joseph Frattasi and sales reps Doug Lee and John Frattasi, Big Apple Technology will be responsible for increasing market share for Genelec in the custom/home installation market throughout New York City and its suburbs.

April 7, 2014
Velodyne has appointed long-time employee Rob Morse to the post of director of business development for audio. Morse joined Velodyne in 2006 as an audio product support specialist responsible for post-sales and technical assistance to Velodyne’s dealer network and end-users. Later Morse was named product support specialist for Velodyne’s LiDAR division before his latest promotion.

April 4, 2014
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Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) has named Hunter Pardue to the position of dealer development manager in the company’s South East Region. He will be responsible for developing new sales and providing ongoing service to DMP-authorized dealers in Georgia, South Carolina, and the Florida Panhandle, and will be helping them to grow their businesses.

Prior to joining DMP, Pardue was a sales account manager for DH Pace Systems Integration. He gained additional industry experience in his previous role as a sales account manager at Linder Security Systems in Georgia. He also started, owned, and operated a residential/commercial security company.

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Hank Finke
has been named director of sales at NEAR, a division of Bogen Communications. Finke had served most recently in the same role at Audio Xperts until that organization closed its doors abruptly last year.

NEAR (New England Audio Resource) had drifted away from the U.S. speaker business for a few years, but returned last year with a line of outdoor speakers developed in conjunction with industry veterans Allen Boothroyd (industrial designer) and Jeff Kussard (sales and marketing consultant).

April 1, 2014
Alistair Levine has returned to California Audio Technology (CAT) as international sale manager for the ultra high performance luxury audio brand. He had held that same position from 2010 to 2013, but left briefly to serve as regional sales director for the Dubai integration firm Archimedia.
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Jay Minsky has joined Control4 as area sales manager. Prior to joining the home automation company, he spent more than 20 years as a trainer and manufacturers' rep in the home automation and home entertainment industry, most recently as principal of the New York-based rep firm Connected Marketing.

March 31, 2014
Robert A. Cole, founder and CEO of World Wide Stereohas been named a finalist in the SmartCEO Voltage Awards for 2014.

Each year SmartCEO, a prominent business publication, celebrates the role that technology plays in the Greater Philadelphia area business community by presenting awards to executives who are leaders in technology innovation. Finalists and winners are selected by an independent committee of local business leaders. Cole and his fellow finalists will be profiled in the May/June issue of SmartCEO and celebrated by over 350 executives and guests at the Voltage Awards ceremony on May 29th, 2014 at Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia.

"I am honored to be recognized as a finalist in the 2014 Voltage Awards," says Cole, "Technology is continuously evolving, and World Wide Stereo is thrilled to be recognized as a vanguard and thought leader within the industry”.

March 27, 2014
Fred Bargetzi has been promoted to CTO of Crestron Electronics. A 25-year Crestron veteran, Bargetzi was named one of CE Pro's Unsung Heroes last year. The appointment follows the elevation of Randy Klein to president and CEO of Crestron, who succeeds Crestron founder George Feldstein in those positions. Feldstein continues to serve as chairman of the company.

March 20
Leon Speakers has announced that it has expanded its team with the hire of a new director of residential sales. Colin Wilcox will now be responsible for developing and executing growth strategies for Leon Speakers’ core business segment – the residential market. Wilcox will be based out of Leon Speakers’ Corporate Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich.

March 19
Savant Systems has appointed Mike Kavanaugh as sales director for the West Coast, effective April 14. Formerly the principal at MK Marketing, an independent sales representation firm for over 20 years, Kavanaugh will join Savant and personally focus on key accounts with the additional responsibility of directing Savant’s regional sales personnel along the West Coast. The company says Kavanaugh will be bringing familiar faces from his sales team with him to join Savant, including Danny Thompson, Josh Blanken, Brian McCullough and Kim Buck.

March 11
TiVo has appointed Ira Bahr as its new chief marketing officer (CMO). Bahr will oversee the company's strategic marketing efforts in support of TiVo's business around the world. Bahr will assume this new role immediately, and he will be based in TiVo's San Jose, Calif., corporate headquarters. Bahr brings to TiVo more than 25 years of experience that includes a tenure with Dish Network, and he will report directly to Tom Rogers, president and CEO of TiVo.


March 10
Constellation Audio has appointed Irv Gross as its new director of sales. With over 35 years of experience in selling audio in both the manufacturing and retail channels, Gross has worked previously at companies such as Magico Speakers and Krell Industries.


Elite Prime Vision, the dedicated CI division of Elite Screens Inc. has announced the promotion of Jeff Klida to the position of vice president of sales. Previously, Klida held the position of director of sales for the Calif.-based company.


March 6
Proficient Audio has received two Bronze "Telly Awards" for its online promotional videos for its Proficient Signature Series and Proficient MaxTV product launches videos. The videos were produced by Nino Del Padre of Del Padre Digital. These videos were in competition with over 11,000 entries from the United States.

The first video “Proficient Signature Series” is an online promotional feature to introduce Proficient Audio’s new flagship Signature Series loudspeaker and subwoofer. The second award was a product launch video for Proficient’s MaxTV, a slim-line, under-TV loudspeaker system featuring hi-fidelity sound and Bluetooth capability. The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.

March 5
The DaVinci Group announced a new partnership with Positive Marketing AV to handle all distribution and product delivery of TDG Audio, Vanguard Dynamics and Blue Aura in Canada while worldwide sales representatives, LVZ International, will coordinate all dealer sales, support and training.

Daniel Kippycash, CEO and co-founder of The DaVinci Group, says. “The LVZ International team worked diligently finding the best partnership to ensure we had efficient fulfillment for our Canadian partners. The team of Positive Marketing AV brings years of experience and training to help support the growing Canadian market.”

Phillip Bond, president of Positive Marketing AV, notes, “We have the complete brand offerings of TDG Audio, Vanguard Dynamics and Blue Aura in our warehouse ready to support the Canadian dealer base for The DaVinci Group.”

JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., announced Larry Librach has been promoted to senior vice president of JVC Professional Products. A 32-year JVC veteran, most recently serving as vice president, Broadcast and Public Sector, Librach will be responsible for the overall guidance and direction of the company’s sales and management.

March 4
Haier America, makers of flat panel TVs and smart appliances, has announced the expansion of its operations in the Americas with the planned opening of a new headquarters in Wayne, N.J. in the third quarter of 2014. Renovations are underway on the 56,000 square-foot facility at 1800 Valley Road which will be redesigned over the next few months and be home to Haier America's current staff with room for future expansion. The space will include a new showroom, training centers and customer service operations. Haier employs 70,000 people worldwide and had 2013 revenues of $29.5 billion.

Graybar has opened a new distribution branch for dispensing electrical, communications and data networking products in Harrisonburg, Va. Located at 3175 South Main Street, the branch will serve the Harrisonburg and Charlottesville metropolitan areas, as well as Waynesboro, Va., Staunton, Va., and Albemarle, Nelson, Augusta, Culpeper, Greene, Highland, Shenandoah and Rockingham counties. The branch will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with after-hours emergency service available. The branch can be reached at (540) 214-3200. A grand opening celebration is planned for April 30.

March 3
Jeff Madison has been named CEO of RPG Diffusor Systems, maker of high-performance acoustical products. He joined the company in 2004 as a division director and most recently served as executive vice president.

Legrand has announced the addition of Ryan St. John to the position of educational specialist. St. John will be responsible for the company’s NuVo and On-Q product lines, and Legrand states that his experience and technical background will strengthen its relationships within the market.

February 26
Axis Communications has announced nine promotions in its North American team as a direct result of the recently unveiled U.S. Expansion Plan designed to bring the company closer to its partner network and mutual end-customers. Axis’ three National Sales Managers have been promoted to Business Area Managers and are responsible for the planning and execution of all operations originating from their Business Area office: Karl Radke, Midwest; Bill Wendlandt, West; and Ted Wilkinson, Northeast. Additionally, six Axis Regional Sales Managers have been promoted to Area Sales Managers to provide leadership, direction and support to the sales team in their respective Business Area: Chris Cavey, South Central; Steve Darragh, Mid-Atlantic; Tom Kelley, Northeast; Kyle Reinoehl, Midwest; Steve Stanberry, West; and Paul Thompsen, Southeast.

As part of the Expansion Plan, Axis designated six Business Areas in the U.S., namely the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, South Central and West. Each Business Area will have a dedicated customer-facing office with a customized Axis Experience Center, training facilities and boardroom-style meeting rooms. Sales, engineering and local event marketing will be based out of each office. Axis Area Sales Managers will report directly to the individual Business Area Managers and are responsible for managing the sales teams in each of the 24 newly defined sales regions.

Industry veteran Stephen DeFuria has been named director of sales, East, for VANA Ltd., North American distributors of Vienna Acoustics (loudspeakers), IsoTek (power conditioning), Primare Electronics (A/V electronics), Dr. Feickert Analogue (turntables), Okki Nokki (record cleaners), Acoustical Systems (tone arms and analog accessories) and Blue Horizon (audio accessories). DeFuria joins industry veteran Stirling Trayle as a key member of the Seattle-based sales organization.

Vivint, the No. 2 company in the CE Pro 100, has named former Nike exec Jeff Lyman as its chief marketing officer. As CMO, he will lead marketing and communication initiatives that elevate Vivint's brand awareness and drive adoption of its security, home automation, and energy management services. He is also responsible for positioning the Vivint brand across all business units.

February 25
The DaVinci Group has named Shannon Riffle as regional sales manager covering the Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States. Riffle has spent the last 17 years in the architectural audio channel. His experience includes positions of regional sales manager with SpeakerCraft and national sales manager with Current Audio.

The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) buying group has announced its latest members. Joining HTSA are Naples, Fla.-based Epic Audio Video and Dayton, Ohio-based Hanson Audio Video. Epic is a 25-year-old company with a vast amount of experience installing large integrated systems. Hanson AV opened its doors in 1999 and offers everything from high-performance two-channel systems, to advanced automation systems.

February 21
JVC Americas Corp. today announced Bob Mueller, U.S. president of JVC Professional Products Company, has retired from the company, effective today. Mueller joined JVC in 2000 to lead its professional products company.

“Bob has been planning his retirement for some time. He delayed his final date to support JVC with many business projects, but is finally ready to begin his ‘new’ life,” said Mr. Junji Kobayashi, president, JVC Americas Corp. “We want to thank Bob for his 14 years of leadership at JVC and wish him an enjoyable retirement.”

February 20
Savant Systems has announced that The Rimmer Consulting Group, LLC has been appointed as independent sales representation for the Savant brand in Mexico. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Rimmer Consulting will provide sales and technical support in the region and currently operates an office in Mexico City.

"Mexico represents a dynamic marketplace and a wonderful opportunity for Savant," explained JC Murphy, Savant's Executive Vice President, Global Sales. "We look forward to working with John and his highly qualified team to bring our mid-market and premium control and automation solutions to both residential and commercial integrators throughout the region."

February 17
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Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) has named Jim Hawthorne to the position of director of sales, East. In his latest role at DMP, he will manage, guide, motivate, and lead the DMP Dealer Development Managers (DDMs) in the East region to ensure they meet or exceed both company objectives and customer expectations.

Prior to his current position, Jim was the Regional Sales Manager for the DMP Southeast sales territory. Jim brings over 20 years of security industry experience to his new, expanded role.

Effective on March 1, Fortress Seating is moving to a new larger headquarters location to better serve its customers. The new address is 1721 Wright Ave, La Verne, CA 91750; Phone: 909-593-8600; Fax: 866-483-6420.

February 13
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Barrie McCorkle
Inada USA, the exclusive U.S. distributor for Inada brand massage chair products, has hired Barrie McCorkle as consumer electronics channel director of sales and training. Most recently, McCorkle was director of membership for Specialty Electronics Nationwide (SEN), the A/V specialty division of the Nationwide Marketing Group. The bulk of his career was spent at Design Audio/Video, a Colorado hybrid A/V dealer, where he was vice president and co-owner.

February 12
Triad Speakers has appointed Atlantic Integrated as its new independent sales rep agency for New York City, Long Island and Northern New Jersey.

Triad, which specializes in front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers and distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs, was founded 32 years ago. Atlantic Integrated has been in existence for 11 years. Sales are handled by principal David Humphries, vice president Michael Pawlowski, and sales manager Benjamin Shreier, whose combined custom installation experience totals more than 50 years.

February 6, 2014
Aim High Audio has named Bill Busser and Mike Lopes to its sales and distribution team representing the Florida territory. Busser will be the North Florida territory manager. He has 20-plus years’ experience selling consumer and PRO electronics equipment to the channel in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He has worked as a buyer for a national low voltage retailer creating bundled packages for builders.

Mike Lopes has been in the CE industry for 15 years, working for both big box retailers and custom integration companies, and most recently as the Sout




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