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Who Will Jeremy Burkhardt Buy? Who SHOULD he Buy?

Jeremy Burkhardt, the former SpeakerCraft president who is suing his former employers, says he is planning to buy a company in this space. Can you guess who it is?


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Former SpeakerCraft owner and president Jeremy Burkhardt has sued his former employers SpeakerCraft and Nortek over a non-compete agreement he signed in 2003 when Nortek bought his company.

He says he’s itching to get back into the industry but Nortek is threatening to sue if he does.

On facebook yesterday he posted, “I hope to tell you about the company we are buying real soon.”

Presumably it’s an audio-related company or something else in the home technology arena, or he probably wouldn’t care about the non-compete.

So ... what company do you think Jeremy is trying to buy? And what company do you think he should buy?

Make your guesses in the “comments” section below.
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Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

23 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Joe Installer  on  01/18  at  02:00 PM

Bay Audio?
Leon?
Proficient?

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  01/18  at  02:03 PM

Hmmm ... Bay Audio would be interesting, but it’s still Ira’ baby.

Leon? No way. They’re just getting started.

Proficient? LOL (Maybe he’ll buy SpeakerCraft back!)

How about nemesis Current Audio?

Posted by Joe Installer  on  01/18  at  02:08 PM

Current Audio…Hmmm
That actually makes a lot of sense Julie!

Decent quality stuff and solid AVAD customer base.

I think you are on to something!

Posted by Joe Installer  on  01/18  at  02:15 PM

Please ask Jeremy if he wants to buy an integration firm too.  Great test bed…the business practically runs itself smile

Posted by Bob The Install Guy  on  01/18  at  02:21 PM

TruAudio???

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  01/18  at  02:49 PM

I’ve already asked him if he wanted to buy a media company ... no go!

Ooh, I could see TruAudio

Posted by Dan C - Audioplus  on  01/18  at  03:55 PM

TruAudio a no brainer except SLC is a different atmosphere. Water’s been under the bridge a long time, good luck Jeremy with the Big Guys. From my end of things, they been chewing up talent and spitting them out for a few years now.

Posted by Mike  on  01/18  at  03:58 PM

I almost posted this very question on RC yesterday.

I’m betting it’s in the arena of control, remember that whole NIRV thing?

Posted by Chris  on  01/18  at  04:58 PM

Colorado VNet?

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  01/18  at  08:44 PM

Lol Chris

Posted by AVGuys Houston  on  01/20  at  03:15 PM

Snap AV would also be a good choice. Same basic culture, and a few of them have been through SpeakerCraft…

Posted by Elizabeth  on  01/20  at  07:27 PM

How about something different/fresh?
Check out Soundcast Systems wireless audio platform and portable/outdoor solutions.  They make great products with killer performance, just needs to be built-up and marketed properly.  I sell a lot of their OutCast speakers to my clients..good stuff.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  01/21  at  12:42 AM

AVGuys ... I wouldn’t put my money on Snap. They need efficiency, not personality. Elizabeth ... I like that one (and LOVE my own Soundcast).

Posted by Mike  on  01/21  at  09:07 AM

Just a not about Truaudio.  Someone posted SLC. Ah, try about 300 miles south of there!  They are headquartered in the St. George area, near the Arizona border and about 90 miles from Las Vegas.  Quite a different area than SLC!  And Utah is one of the best states for business!

Posted by Just Kidding  on  01/21  at  02:07 PM

I heard he is buying CE Pro and going to turn it into a Tattoo mag.

I still have a vivid picture in the back of my mind of a sweaty, shirtless, heavily face painted Jeremy hugging Noel Lee on stage in Denver right before the Doobies came on stage. A memorable night indeed.

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