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People & Places: Azione Adds 5 Dealers; Atlona Hires Strickland for Training

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


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

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

Feb. 23, 2015

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb. 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Feb. 18, 2015

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


Feb. 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan. 30, 2015

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

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

Jan. 28, 2015

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

Jan. 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 21, 2015

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

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

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


Jan. 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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