CE Pro 100
By Jason Knott · March 16, 2017 • Vivint Smart Home's 'Life Happens at the Front Door' campaign got clever with several YouTube commercials depicting a costumed 'bear' utilizing the Vivint doorbell camera.
By Jason Knott · December 21, 2016 • Hi-Fi Sales in Cherry Hill, N.J., takes new online strategy to drive eyeballs, engage with potential clients, and rank No. 1 in 25 keyword phrases in Google. How did he do it?
By Advertorial · October 7, 2016 • Contractual model between builder ARBC and integrator AAMI in Florida is shining example of full transparency and how two-stage contract works -- one for ‘fixed’ equipment and one for ‘non-fixed.’ Also, top 10 criteria builders look for in hiring CE pros.
By CE Pro Editors · June 1, 2016 • Converging factors within the custom electronics industry evident in our annual CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis survey finds installers consolidating product choices in everything from speakers and networking components, to furniture and cabling.
By Arlen Schweiger · April 29, 2016 • We asked the 2016 CE Pro 100 to share thoughts on their biggest challenges, opportunities, growth strategies, hot technologies and more.
By CE Pro Editors · April 28, 2016 • CE Pro’s annual list of the highest revenue custom installation companies reports a huge jump in the volume of installations with entry-level home automation and new construction leading the way.
By Jason Knott · April 27, 2016 • Peter Thiel, noted early Facebook investor, founder of PayPal and large shareholder of Airbnb, leads $100 million capital investment from Solarmere Capital Co. into Vivint Smart Home. Money will be used to continue to fuel Vivint's home automation growth.
By CE Pro Editors · March 24, 2016 • The final deadline for submissions for the CE Pro 100 is extended to March 30. Entries receive national exposure and are eligible to attend CE Pro Summit this fall.
By Jason Knott · March 2, 2016 • After 26 years in business, CE Pro 100 integrator AudioVisions finally joins a buying group, selecting Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA).
By Jason Knott · January 28, 2016 • CE Pro 100 integrator AudioVisions took on 13 employees from VIA International after its demise, hastening the need for an end-to-end cloud-based software solution to run the larger company. A joint venture with D-Tools was born and new software created for design/engineering, proposals, job costing, inventory control, labor tracking and more.
By Julie Jacobson · June 2, 2015 • Evaluating the CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis for home automation: For the first time ever, Control4 barely beats Crestron; Nortek’s Elan makes comeback; Savant dips; AMX
By CE Pro Editors · May 1, 2015 • The custom electronics industry is still not exactly national in scale, but revenues earned by the largest companies in this longtime mom-and-pop shop business are definitely swelling to proportions never seen before. Last year, the 100 highest-earning custom installation companies reached. . .
By Jason Knott · October 15, 2014 • Furnishing manufacturer Twin-Star International has purchased Bell'O International Corp., makers of home theater seating, A/V cables, headphones, TV mounts and surge protection devices, for an undisclosed sum.
By Jason Knott · October 1, 2014 • The NYSE IPO for Vivint Solar, a spinoff of CE Pro 100 residential home automation/security integrator Vivint Inc., has shares rising as much as 7% in early trading.
By Jason Knott · August 4, 2014 • ADT reports nearly half of all its new customers purchased ADT Pulse home automation systems vs. single-purpose security. Pulse now accounts for 14% of entire subscriber base, is lowering the security company's attrition rate and even gaining steam among small business clients.