Aim High Audio’s 3rd Annual Big Show Draws 567 Dealers
New Catalyst AV Distribution Network member Aim High Audio (AHA) draws 567 dealers and 73 vendors for its third annual 'Big Show' event,which featured 10 training seminars and keynote from Jeremy Burkhardt of Origin Acoustics.
Chris Gilray, president and CEO of southeastern sales rep firm Aim High Audio and its sister company AHA Distributing, reports his company’s 3rd annual Big Show was again a huge success.
The event, which took place March 24-25 at the Marriott Atlanta Northwest at Galleria hotel, had 73 participating manufacturers, featured Origin Acoustics’ Jeremy Burkhardt as keynote and provided five training programs per day. Courses offered included “5 Things You Need to Know About HDMI Before Installing 4K,” “Putting Pizzazz & Profit in Projection,” “Wi-Fi Best Practices,” “ISF Video Calibration Crash Course” and “Where Do All the Speakers Go?”
“Across the two days we had an attendance of 567 dealers,” exclaims Gilray. “Further, our trainings were filled beyond capacity, indicating a real thirst among dealers to learn about today’s complex technologies.”
Dealers, Vendors Tout Strong Takeaways
“The Big Show has been an incredible tool for me in a few ways,” says Gil Foreman of Sight and Sound in Hattiesburg, Miss. “First, I’m able to sit down with manufacturers and pick their brains. I have seen real results come from this. I’ve also taken two clients to the past two shows which proved hugely profitable. One client went from $16K budget on a theater room to spending just over $200K! He arrived at this on his own from strictly the demos doing the selling. I sat and watched as his eyes opened and an ear-to-ear grin came across his face while listening. The Show is also truly a fun time to mingle with others that have the same passions and problems I face from owning a high-end custom A/V shop. I would advise anyone to attend.”
“Each year the Big Show gets bigger and better,” says Steve Mowery of Neal Electric, Inc., in McDonough, Ga. “In addition to all the latest products from the best vendors, Jeremy Burkhardt was the finest keynote speaker I’ve ever heard—a pioneer in the audio industry and a great American dream story. To be one of the original customers of Aim High Audio—and to see them grow these past few years—is also an awesome testament to small businesses.”
As a new member of the Catalyst AV Distribution Network, AHA had several new vendors this year at its ‘Big Show,’ including APC, Catalyst Wire & Cable, ClearView CCTV, Dropcam, EnGenius, IC Realtime, Nest, Rapid Mounts, TiVo, Vanco and Vivitek.
In March of this year, AHA Distributing was appointed as Catalyst AV Distribution Network’s southeastern states partner. In such, the company picked-up APC, Catalyst Wire & Cable, ClearView CCTV, Dropcam, EnGenius, IC Realtime, Nest, Rapid Mounts, TiVo, Vanco and Vivitek, all of which it rolled-out to dealers at the Big Show.
Other participating exhibitors included Autonomics, Alarm Controls, Atlas Sound, B.E.S Tools, BDI, Denon, Boston Acoustics, D-Tools, Draper, Dynaudio, Datacom, Definitive Technology, DSC, E-Line, Ethereal, Golden State Instruments, HEOS, Hegel, iRoom, Intrasonic, Inakustik, Impact Lighting, Induction Dynamics, Just Add Power, Kimber Kable, Leon Speakers, Legand / OnQ / Nuvo,Marantz, MartinLogan, Middle Atlantic, OmniMount, Peerless-AV, Platinum Tools, Origin Acoustics, Octave, ON Controls, Parasound, PRO Audio Technology, Relidy Pro, Rockustics, Russound, Screen Innovations, Speco, Soundtube, Secret Sound, Solid Drive, Soundsphere, Seura, Springdeck, Supply Stream, Telguard, T+A, Tranformative Engineering, UPG, Wilson Electronics, Wolf Cinema, Zigen and ZK Access.
$30,000 Worth of Prizes
Grand prizes given away at the event included Autonomics MMS-2A Music Server ($2,500 MSRP); Screen Innovations 100-inch Black Diamond Zero Edge screen ($2,500 MSRP); Vanco 4x4 HDMI Matrix Kit ($2,000 MSRP); Draper 92-inch Profile Screen with TecVision ($1,200 MSRP); Leon Classic Series 3 Channel Soundbar ($1,200 MSRP); Middle Atlantic UPS ($500 MSPR); Parasound zDAC ($500 MSRP); Martin Logan Motion 4 Speakers ($450 MSRP) and a HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker ($400 MSRP). Other gifts included a Springdeck Company License, Wilson Electronics Demo Kit, multiple HDMI extender sets, mounts, gift cards, cash and more.
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