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People & Places: Encore AV opens new Showroom

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


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Jan. 30, 2015

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

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

Jan. 28, 2015

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

Jan. 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 21, 2015

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

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

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


Jan. 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 13, 2015
David Cesar has joined Savant as area sales manager for the Midwest and Ohio River Valley. Cesar most recently served as business development manager for Traka, a commercial access control division of Assa Abloy. Prior to that, he was a regional commercial business development manager for URC and spent four years at AMX culminating in his role as U.S. director of residential sales. Earlier experience includes sales positions at Crestron, Performance Plus Marketing, Abt Electronics and Flanner's Audio Video.
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In recognition of the outstanding contributions he has made to building CI channel sales throughout the Southwest, Core Brands, LLC announced the immediate promotion of Gordon Isaac from Southwest region sales manager, to national director of CI channel sales, reporting directly to Core Brands vice president of Sales Jeff Costello.

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

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Legrand, the global manufacturer of electrical and digital building infrastructures, announced that Paul Harrington has joined Legrand North America as director of engineering. Harrington will lead the company’s home systems product development for its On-Q and NuVo product lines.

Jan. 9, 2015
The Fairless Hills, Pa.-based consumer electronics retailer Audiolab has named industry veteran Bill Buch as vice president of purchasing and e-commerce.

The 57-year-old retailer says Buch brings with him more than a decade's worth of experience as a former vice president of Worldwide Stereo, where he was involved in that company's audio, video, custom installation, 12 volt and portable electronics business activities.

Jan. 8, 2015
Terra Loudspeakers, the Brunswick, Maine-based manufacturer of all-climate loudspeakers, has expanded it manufacturing facility and added staff to bolster its sales and marketing reach. To accommodate demand, the Brunswick-based company has doubled its production facilities and staff. After 15 years, the company is also updating its products and expanding into new markets.

Jan. 7, 2015
To maximize sales of its home technology solutions through all key sales channels, Core Brands, LLC has announced the appointment of Jeff Costello to the position of vice president of sales.

Now leading all aspects of Core Brands worldwide sales, Costello is no newcomer to Core Brands. For the past year he was in a senior consulting role directing major account and channel alignment strategies, as well as leading the new UMAP compliance initiatives for Core Brands and its sister company, Linear (now Nortek Security and Control).
Jan. 6, 2015
JIm Pelech has been appointed director of sales, Western U.S., Canada and Mexico for Wyrestorm. Previously, he served as VP sales for Current Audio, and before that he was principal of the A/V rep firms New Horizons Marketing and New Image Marketing since 1990.

Jan. 5, 2015

The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing high resolution, wireless, multichannel audio products to the home theater market, announces that the electronics module products manufacturer, LG Innotek, an affiliate of LG Group, has joined the group.

LG Innotek is one of the largest manufacturers of module level products for the consumer electronics and automotive industries, generating more than $5 billion in annual revenues. LG is developing an enhanced product line of fully WiSA compliant wireless audio transmitter and receiver products, designed to be integrated into televisions, AVRs, soundbars, speaker products and other high volume, multichannel consumer audio applications.

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Atlantic Integrated has announced that vice president Michael Pawlowski has been elected to the 2015-2016 IPRO (Independent Professional Representative Organization) board of directors.

Jan. 2, 2015

Sharp Electronics Corporation has announced that Jim Sanduski has been promoted to the position of president of Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA). Prior to the announcement Sanduski had been serving as the interim president for the company, and the company adds that he has been with Sharp for three years serving as senior vice president of strategic product marketing.

Before working for Sharp, Sanduski's previous career stops include Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung.

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St. Louis-based Skywalker AV Supply is set to open a new West Coast facility in Phoenix, Ariz. Scheduled to open on Feb. 1, the new 13,000-square-foot office will service the company's West Coast clientele, and its address 4215 East Broadway, Phoenix, AZ 85040.

Overseeing the Phoenix facility is long-time industry veteran Jamie Trentacoste. Trentacoste is a 20-year consumer electronics veteran and he will be responsible for the management of Skywalker's newest office.
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Michael Pawlowski, vice president of the rep firm Atlantic Integrated, has been elected to the 2015-2016 IPRO (Independent Professional Representative Organization) board of directors. At 35 years old, Pawlowski becomes the youngest rep principal elected to the board of directors in the 26-year history of the organization. Atlantic Integrated is a Rockleigh, NJ based representative agency serving the Metro New York area

Dec. 24, 2014
Bill Hettinger has been appointed VP marketing for HIDEF Lifestyle, an integration firm in Harrisburg, Pa. He joins the company from local competitor World Wide Stereo, where he served as VP eCommerce. Here's the HIDEF bolierplate: "HIDEF Lifestyle set out in 2004 to be the premiere destination in the United States for finding products that performance outweighs their price from a destination that’s performance outweighed its hype. Since then HIDEF has focused on delivering on this promise through their attention, focus and loyalty to customers in their Harrisburg, PA Home Theater Showroom, Custom Home Division, the HIDEF Lifestyle Online Store at http://www.hideflifestyle.com and via marketplace storefronts at Amazon.com, Best Buy and eBay. HIDEF Lifestyle is also a member of the ProSource Buying Group, a division of BrandSource."

Dec. 23, 2014
Krell Industries, LLC, developer of high-performance audio and home theater systems, has appointed John Milton as the new Western regional sales manager. Milton joins Krell from BitWise Controls, where he served as director of sales for three years. Milton began his A/V career with ListenUp in 1991 as field installation manager. As Krell's regional sales manager, John's responsibilities will include monitoring and participating in sales activities from the Rocky Mountains to the greater West Coast region.

Dec. 19, 2014

John Adamo joins Speco Technologies as an audio sales representative. With over 15 years of audio sales and installation experience, Speco says that Adamo is a welcomed addition to its audio sales efforts.

Prior to joining Speco Technologies, Adamo worked at companies such as PC Richard and Bose Corporation.


Dec. 18, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Dec. 10, 2014


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

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

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


Dec. 8, 2014

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

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

Dec. 5, 2014

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


Dec. 2, 2014

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

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

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

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


Dec. 1, 2014

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

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


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


Nov. 21, 2014

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

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


Nov. 20, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 20, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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