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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.


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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."


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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
Chair
Ron Sanders
President
Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution

Vice Chair
Mike Dunn
President
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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

Secretary
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
DIRECTV

Jonathan Zepp
Director of Entertainment, Content Partnerships
Google

Tom McDonough
General Manager of Intel Digital Media Services
Intel

Tim Alessi
Director New Product Development
LG Electronics USA

Ron Schwartz
President of Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Lionsgate

Martin Sacchi
General Manager, Business Development
Media & Entertainment Group
Microsoft

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



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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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. ”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Brad Marvin, marketing product manager.

June 23, 2015

Joy Howard has been named the new chief marketing officer at Sonos. The popular audio company says that as it continues to focus on creating the best experience with music in the home, Howard will work closely with leaders throughout the company, including Greg Perlot, chief brand officer, Sonos.

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The Texas-based video manufacturer Screen Innovations (SI), has announced the appointment of Robert Keeler, as director of residential sales. Keeler will assist the commercial and residential inside sales teams with dealer/distributor relations as well as working closely with the Magnolia team, managing events and training.

Keeler's past industry experience includes career stops at Hitachi, Pioneer, and BDI Furniture.

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KNIPEX Tools LP has named Scott James as its new sales manager. In this role, James reports directly to the channel manager. He will manage all sales activities with independent sales representatives who service the industrial, electrical, plumbing and construction wholesalers in KNIPEX’s Southern region of the United States.

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The Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) has elected new officers for the organization in order to help expedite the adoption of laser-illuminated projection systems across multiple venues, including theaters, theme parks, museums, planetariums, schools, and businesses facilities. Assuming the role of chairman is Jan Daem of Barco; vice chairman is Michael J. Biber of Dolby; finance chair is Greg Niven of NECSEL and regulatory business committee chair is Dave Schnuelle of Dolby. The association states these newly chosen officers that were elected by their peer directors will serve the organization through May 2017.

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SVS, a manufacturer of high-performance home audio products, has announced a new retail partnership with IQ Home Entertainment to become the newest audio brand available from the Fairfax, Va.-based specialty retail and custom installation company.

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The DaVinci Group (TDG) announced that it has appointed Sales and Marketing, Inc. (SAMI) as its new sales representative firm covering the State of Michigan territory. This new appointment is effective immediately.

SAMI was launched in 2004 and is well-known by Michigan dealers for their broad mix of mid-to-high-end product lines. The company has earned a reputation for unsurpassed customer service with dealers throughout the lower and upper peninsulas of the state.

June 22, 2015
Autonomic, a manufacturer of whole-house music systems, has announced the appointment of Associated Network Systems Representatives (ANSR) as independent sales representation for the Northern California region.

June 17, 2015
On Controls has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Skalny as director of control. Reporting directly to the CEO, Skalny will be based at the company’s headquarters in Detroit and in charge of establishing and maintaining critical relationships with third-party manufacturers in the Internet of Things (IoT) community as well as communicating with integrators, ensuring that the features and functionality of the On Controls platform matches the needs of an evolving marketplace. Skalny was previously at Spire Integrated Systems for over 15 years in Troy, Mich.

June 12, 2015

Peerless-AV has appointed Hut Hutto, as regional sales manager, responsible for sales in the South Central U.S.

With more than 25 years in the audio industry, Hutto brings more than two decades of industry experience, including customer service and support to the company. Based in Dallas, he will manage existing and new Peerless-AV’s Pro AV customers, including dealers, distributors, and distributor customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

June 11, 2015

Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of isolation transformer–based power conditioners, announced that it has signed Northmar Inc., to represent the company’s residential A/V business in the Pacific Northwest territory that includes Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The power equipment manufacturer also announces that it has brought aboard Fielder Marketing to represent the line in Northern California and Northern Nevada.

June 10, 2015

C&E Marketing Inc., a manufacturer's representative company in Sunrise Fla., has announced the addition of Dave Pendleton to its staff. C&E says Pendleton has a comprehensive understanding of the A/V and CEDIA markets with experience in sales, design, installation and programing. In addition, Pendleton is also very involved with the architectural and building communities with experience as an AIA and ASID certified presenter. Pendleton will be focusing on sales in the Northern and Western parts of Florida.

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WyreStorm, a global manufacturer of HDBaseT and IP-based products and technologies has announced the addition of Hal Truax to its staff. Truax will serve as the company's vice president of sales and marketing, and the industry veteran's previous career stops include stints at Peerless AV, Current Audio and the Good Guys.

June 8, 2015

CasaTunes, a manufacturer of streaming multiroom music solutions, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with LVZ , an international manufacturer’s representative based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. LVZ specializes in the custom integration channel and is promoting CasaTunes’ line of multiroom music servers and streamers through meetings and training to selected distributors in all major international markets focusing on Australia, the U.K., Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and Poland.

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Meridian Audio has appointed Alina Brunner its new accounts and payroll administrator for Meridian America, effective immediately. Brunner joins Meridian with more than 10 years of experience in business operations, administrative management, human resources, and client and vendor relations.

June 3, 2015
The technology company known for its powered subwoofers and headphones, Velodyne Acoustics, Inc., has named Michael Jellen, president & chief operating officer (COO) of the company.

June 3, 2015
Jellen will assume day-to-day management of Velodyne, with an emphasis on Velodyne LiDAR, enabling founder and CEO David Hall to focus on new products, next generation innovations and technical consulting.

“Mike’s background in sales and marketing attests to his deep understanding of customer requirements,” says Hall. “Also, his attention to rigorous business process improvement will help accelerate Velodyne to the next level, from a market leading innovator with recognized customers worldwide, to a sophisticated organization known for industry-leading business practices.”

Most recently, Jellen served as vice president of Adept Technology, Pleasanton, Calif., a leader in robotics and vision technology. Prior to Adept, Jellen worked 10 years with Danaher Corporation in successive roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president & general manager, vehicle systems business in Stockholm, Sweden.

June 2, 2015
Marv Hopkins, chairman and CEO of Hunter Douglas North America, has announced the promotion of Ron Kass, president and chief operating officer, to chief executive officer, effective July 1. Hopkins will retire after 20 years as CEO of the company, and he will have served 29 years for Hunter Douglass North America once he retires.

Kass has been with Hunter Douglas North America since 2005, and prior to his joining the company, he served as president of The Robert Allen Group.

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The N.H.-based manufacturer Future Automation has announced LK & Associates as an independent sales rep for the state of Florida. LK will oversee sales for the custom install and pro A/V categories in Florida and Puerto Rico for the motorized lift and mount company.

June 1, 2015

Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA)), has announced that Fred Ehmke has been named director of sales. In this position, Ehmke will manage the Best Buy and Target relationships for TV and Audio product categories. He will report to Peter Weedfald, sr. vice president - sales, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America.

May 28, 2015

The Fort Worth, Texas-based custom electronics buying group ProSource, has announced that it has added 29 dealers to its custom integrator (CI) program.

Five of the dealers are classified as "Power CI" members through their ability to generate revenues in excess of more than $4 million each respectively, while the remaining 24 respectively produce revenues of $1 million or more each.

The Power CI dealers are:
  • Acadian Custom Installations, Inc.
  • BlueSpeed AV
  • Home Pro, Inc.
  • Maxicon LLC
  • Smart Systems Technologies, Inc.

  • The other dealers include:
    • Ahead Stereo, Inc.
    • Atlanta Home Theater
    • Atlantic Home Entertainment & Stereo
    • Audio/Video Specialists
    • AV Performance Innovations
    • Big Fish Automation
    • Carey's Electronics
    • Custom Cinema and Sound, LLC
    • Custom Electronics, Inc.
    • DeVance Electronics Lifestyle
    • EC Electronic Concepts
    • Eric Grundelman's Cool AV
    • Green Light Systems
    • Homedia Solutions, LLC.
    • Horner Networks, LLC
    • Media Design Inc.
    • Millennium Systems, Inc.
    • Moore Audio Design, Inc.
    • Precision Cellular & Sound, LTD
    • Prestige Audio Video, LLC
    • Saturday Audio Exchange, Inc.
    • Smarthomes Chattanooga, Inc.
    • Stereo & Video Center
    • Whole House Audio & Video, Inc.


  • May 27, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

    May 19, 2015
    Atlona, an A/V connectivity solutions company announced the hiring of Michael Cellura as a regional sales manager for its commercial team. Cellura is based in Austin, Texas and will be responsible for managing Atlona’s commercial sales representatives, direct dealers, and distribution partners in the Central region of the United States.
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    KanexPro announced that Matthew Bute has joined the company to help develop its portfolio of national and international accounts. Bute comes to KanexPro with years of industry experience, including the past two years at Altona Technologies as director of global sales, and prior to that he was at Clare Controls as director of channel sales.

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

    May 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

    May 12, 2015

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

    May 11, 2015

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

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    Stampede, a national distributor that serves the pro A/V market has announced the appointment of Eric M. Jameson to the newly created position of new product manager for the drone and professional services categories. Jameson joins Stampede with years of military and commercial drone VAR CTO experience.
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    Bob Ozer has been promoted to director of regional sales at Kaleidescape. He serves the Southeast including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia and DC. Ozer has worked at Kaleidescape for 11 years as account manager. Previously he was an account manager for Sony.

    May 8, 2015
    Anthony Grimani announces the appointment of Rick Huggins as general manager for PMI Engineering and MSR Acoustics. In this post, Huggins will run operations of both companies, overseeing operations, direct sales, client relations, and marketing. Huggins brings 15 years of experience in the A/V industry, from retail sales to systems integration, and national account management. He spent five years at Klipsch Group, Inc., managing accounts in the western U.S., then key national accounts, growing the business by double-digits each year.
    Previously, Huggins worked for Advanced Electronic Systems, one of the largest electronic systems integrators in San Diego, where he designed and installed A/V systems, home security, CCTV, network solutions and creating seamless home automation for residential and commercial applications.

    May 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    April 28, 2015

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


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

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

    April 27, 2015
    CEDIA has announced the panel of judges that will evaluate the home technology professional categories in the 2015 Electronic Lifestyles Awards. Unveiling the judging panel was one of the key changes adopted for the CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards with the input of members and the board of directors.
    "We are thrilled to let the industry know who the 2015 judges are, not only to be more transparent about the awards program but also to recognize the volunteers who lend CEDIA their time and expertise to evaluate these projects," says Dennis Erskine, vice chairman of the CEDIA board and Electronic Lifestyles Awards co-chair.
    2015 Awards Judges: Home Technology Professional Categories
    • The co-chairs are Dennis Erskine of Erskine Group, Inc., and Michael Pope of Audio Video Interiors, and the Judges are:
    • Ian Bryant Simplified Concepts
    • Eric Lee, Integrated Control Experts, Inc.
    • Gerry Lemay, Home Acoustics Alliance
    • Joel Silver, Imaging Science Foundation (ISF)
    • Dave Tkachuk, Symbol Logic
    • Chris Wright, Wright Works
    • John Bishop, Bishop Audio Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April 15, 2015
    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced its 2015 class of inductees into the Consumer Electronics (CE) Hall of Fame at its annual Digital Patriot’s Dinner. The CE Hall of Fame created in 2000 honors visionaries in the consumer technology industry who have advanced innovation and developed a foundation for the consumer technologies we enjoy today and others yet to come.
    “The 2015 class upholds the best tradition of the CE Hall of Fame program, inspiring us with their vision, passion and dedication,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “I am honored to recognize this group of leaders that has brought innovative products and services to consumers, thereby changing our world.”

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

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


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

    April 10, 2015

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

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

    April 8, 2015

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

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

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


    April 1, 2015

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

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

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

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    The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) has named Jay Hauhn as its new e




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