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People & Places: Trinnov Opens U.S. Office; Vanco Hires Blanchard; Future Ready

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People & Places: Trinnov Opens U.S. Office; Vanco Hires Blanchard; Future Ready
CE Pro Editors · August 17, 2018

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Aug. 17

Trinnov has launched a U.S. subsidiary, Trinnov Audio, Inc., that is headquartered in East Hampton, Conn., and includes a warehouse and repair facility. Trinnov has appointed its own network of manufacturers’ representatives and is managing inventory, service, and sales directly. Purchase orders from existing dealers should now be directed to and companies interested in learning more about Trinnov’s products can contact or

Trinnov has also announced that industry veteran Chuck Back has joined its team as international sales manager - Americas.

Trinnov will be exhibiting at CEDIA Expo in booth #5247. Other manufacturers using Trinnov Audio products in their demonstrations include B&W (Pendry Hotel, the Pendry Suite, about a block from the convention center), Golden Ear (#SR5) and Kaleidescape (#booth 3329).


Vanco International LLC, a manufacturer of AV distribution and electronic accessory products, has announced the hire of new director of audio products—Randy Blanchard—to oversee its Pulse Audio and Beale Street Audio brands.

In his role Blanchard will handle overall audio brand strategic planning for Vanco, including strategy development, monitoring and reporting on performance, communicating brand strategies to internal and external stakeholders, and managing support of audio in other Vanco lines of business. He will also continue to elevate Beale Street and Pulse Audio’s presence in the market, leveraging his strong industry relationships and expertise to reach new audiences and create new business opportunities.

“We’re excited to bring Randy and his expertise to our fast-growing speaker and audio brands, as we see them as a point of extensive growth for Vanco,” says Mark Corbin, president of Vanco. “His role is important as we look to expand our audio and speaker business and develop relationships in new segments of the market. We’re thrilled to have him on board.” 

Aug. 15

In a new development, Transformative Engineering products are now available through Future Ready Solutions (FRS). Transformative Engineering caught the attention of Eric Bodley, CEO and president of Future Ready Solutions, when they earned the DPL 18Gbps Seal of Approval for the company's HDBaseT Full UHD4K copper extenders.

“Future Ready Solutions prides itself in offering the best solutions for every connectivity situation,” notes Bodley. “Although the future is fiber, there are thousands of installations with Cat5e / Cat6 copper installed, and we realize that pulling fiber in an existing installation is not an option. That’s why we’re excited about the Transformative Engineering HD-4K and HLE-4K. They’re DPL Labs Certified, which gives our customer peace of mind that they won’t be installing a service call.”

Aug. 14

Pro Audio Technology (PRO), a manufacturer of high-output loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems, has announced the appointment of Victor Holloway to the role of vice president.

Holloway brings 30 years of experience working in middle market organizations serving the professional services, marketing, and software industries. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the talented Pro Audio Technology team,” says Holloway. “The performance of the products is exemplary and is renowned to dealers around the world as the best home theater and distributed audio solutions available today. I intend to amplify this message and work with the sales team to introduce the brand to new markets throughout the U.S. and beyond.”

Aug. 10

Roon Labs, Inc., has appointed Atlantic Integrated as its exclusive manufacturer’s representative for the New York metro area.

“We’re excited to bring Roon and their best-in-class music servers and software solutions to the market,” says Mike Pawlowski, vice president and co-owner of Atlantic Integrated. “Roon’s innovative approach towards creating an interoperable solution for the industry is something that we see as long overdue.”

Roon is a rich and engaging way to browse, organize, and listen to music. With over 60 premium audio brands using Roon’s streaming technology in their products—and new partners joining the program monthly—Roon allows products from different brands to play and be grouped together through one intuitive interface. Roon also streams to Sonos, Chromecast, and AirPlay devices.

Roon is not limited to just the music owned by homeowners; it integrates with TIDAL to provide over 40 million streaming songs, many of which are in high resolution. The advantage of Roon is having streaming music combined with files – like WAV, FLAC, AIFF, MQA, DSD, and other hi-res formats – and playing them to any device

DMP International has initiated a new structure to enhance its service to the global electronic security market. As a major part of this strategy, Joe Hurst, previously senior vice president of DMP, will move to the new role of president of DMP International.  

DMP has also supplemented its existing engineering capability with substantial international engineering experience provided by the addition of Jim Stevens as senior engineer.

“This combination of DMP market leading intrusion products in the USA commercial market segment, combined with the strong international market and technical knowledge resource available with Jim Stevens and Joe Hurst, will allow DMP to make a significant push into this growing market opportunity,” says Rick Britton, president of DMP. 

Aug. 9

Skywalker AV Supply, a national distributor serving the custom integration industry, has named
Tim Childers as a regional sales manager. As Skywalker’s business expands in the U.S., Childers’
experience in A/V technology and sales will strategically strengthen Skywalker’s
position in the CE industry the company says.

Childers will be responsible for pursuing sales opportunities surrounding Skywalker’s O’Fallon location,
expanding sales of Skywalker’s custom integration products into new markets across Missouri, Kansas,
Oklahoma and Nebraska.

“We’re very excited to welcome Tim to the Skywalker team. He brings years of AV experience to the
table.” says Randy Criebaum, president of Skywalker AV Supply. “He'll be focused on expanding our
presence in the KC market by connecting with dealers and extending our platinum-rated customer

Aug. 6

AVAD, LLC, a national provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets, has announced a deeper partnership with Nationwide Marketing Group that will expand AVAD’s reach of services to Nationwide’s dealer base. AVAD and Nationwide will launch this new program at Nationwide’s upcoming Primetime event that takes place from Aug. 5 to Aug.9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At the show, AVAD will unveil a custom program exclusively for Nationwide dealers that will grant members access to restricted lines, specialized pricing & freight specials, while also providing them with the ability to tap into to AVAD’s, technical support, system design and a dedicated Nationwide concierge. AVAD’s personalized program designed for Nationwide dealers includes access to over 100 brands and a custom VIR & incentive program. With AVAD’s three-tier partnership program, dealers can qualify for free freight, special Nationwide pricing, rebate dollars, and more.

“We’re excited to grow our strategic partnership with one of the industry’s largest and most recognized groups,” says Jon Zabel, vice president of sales and merchandising for AVAD. “We believe that Nationwide dealers will be able to further take advantage of their program benefits by what AVAD brings to the table in terms of brands, service, and logistics.”

Aug. 2

Just Add Power (J+P), a manufacturer of Ultra HD over IP video distribution solutions, has announced the company has joined the PowerHouse Alliance as a brand member. This partnership enables J+P to leverage the buying power of the alliance's nationwide distribution network, with 13 distributor member companies representing 850,000 square feet of warehouse space in 44 locations across the U.S. 

"J+P's philosophy is to engineer video infrastructure that is dependable and scalable well into the future. That means making it incredibly easy and effective to build a UHD over IP pipeline for any project and budget," says Taft Stricklin, sales team manager at J+P. "Our partnership with PowerHouse Alliance adds another building block for customers to do that. We're incredibly excited to expand our sales reach and give customers additional training opportunities that they can leverage."


July 31

CEDIA has announced Larry Pexton will be inducted to the CEDIA Fellows program at CEDIA Expo 2018. The CEDIA Fellows program honors longtime CEDIA members and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the association's success. Pexton will be recognized at the CEDIA Awards Celebration hosted at Petco Park on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

"During his tenure as Chairman of the CEDIA Board, Larry oversaw a number of important projects and initiatives that have had a lasting impact for the CEDIA community, including the CEDIA rebrand in 2015, the expansion of CEDIA into new global markets, and initiating the research process for the new global headquarters," says, chairman, Dave Humphries.

Pexton is well-known as the founder and only CEO of Triad Speakers, Inc., based out of Portland Oregon. The company is a founding member of CEDIA and has been manufacturing custom loudspeakers since 1982. The company grew out of Aspen Recreational Products which manufactured a pre-Walkman cassette player designed for skiing.

After many years at ADI, Randy Blanchard has joined Vanco as the Ill.-based company's new director of audio products. 

July 24

The PowerHouse Alliance 13 distributor members assembled in Pittsburgh for their ninth year as a distributor alliance during their sixth annual national sales meeting alongside over 30 vendor partners. The three-day sales meeting included vendor meetings, one-on-one distributor discussions and unique team activities to refocus group goals as they prepare for CEDIA in September.

A keynote address from NFL veteran Chris Hoke, who spent his 11-year professional career as a defensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers, kicked off the annual sales meeting. The former athlete made connections between the struggles he faced as a professional in the NFL to those in the world of business and sales. Hoke encouraged the regional distributors to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way in each aspect of their business and to continue looking for innovative ways to grow and prosper in their individual regions. 

“This is a very special time of year for our members,” says Dennis Holzer, executive director, PowerHouse Alliance. “Our annual sales meeting is where our regional distributor members come together to discuss new vendors, new products, performance, sales objectives, additions to our house brand, A2V, and training initiatives with vendors and other members. Because our members are all over the country, it is vital for us to meet in person and discuss strategies and goals for CEDIA, the rest of the year and objectives we want to accomplish in 2019.”

July 18

HEGEL Music System AS, a global manufacturer of high-performance residential audio electronics, has appointed Brad Paulsen as its new national sales manager for the U.S.

Paulsen will add to the existing team, working closely with Hegel senior sales management Eileen Gosvig and Anders Ertzeid to grow and expand the company’s presence in the U.S. Market.

High-performance audio products tailored for the CI market space is one of Hegel’s main focuses. This will be a focal point for Paulsen, along with further development of the classic stereo components.

“Brad’s long experience and vast network in the audio and integration spaces offers a unique asset for Hegel. We are committed to investing in more resources in the US market and see Brad as the perfect fit for Hegel,” says Anders Ertzeid, vice president of sales and marketing, Hegel.

July 17

Metra Home Theater Group  (MHTG) is hosting a Lunch n’ Learn Session featuring Jeffrey Boccaccio, president of DPL Labs, one of the industry’s leading experts on digital signaling solutions such as HDMI  from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 and Friday, Sept. 7, at its Booth # 1715 at the 2018 CEDIA Expo being held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

Boccaccio will lead a discussion entitled, "Moving Up the Ladder to 8K: Some Tools to
help you get there in your brain and on your belt." According to Boccaccio, more bandwidth along
with more software control will bring more challenges for 8K preparation. 

“Metra Home Theater Group has a great working relationship with DPL Labs. We look to them for
their expertise and distinct leadership in the field,” says Jessy Crabb, general manager, MHTG.

MHTG invites CEDIA attendees to join them by registering for the educational event, which includes lunch. Following the presentation, integrators will have the exclusive opportunity to
participate in a brief Q&A session that will end at 1:30 p.m.

Access Networks, a national enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the smart home, has promoted Ben Jurow to the role of national sales director, effective immediately. On the 18-month anniversary of his appointment as territory sales manager, East, for Access Networks, Jurow is excited to step into a new role where he will be supporting Access Networks reps and dealers across the country.  

In his new position, Jurow will focus on dealer training and support, as well as sales, along with representing Access Networks at trade shows and buying group events throughout the U.S.

“I’ll continue giving our dealers and reps in the Eastern states the attention they need, but I will continue that outreach westward to Access Networks dealers and reps everywhere in the U.S. except Southern California and Minnesota,” says Jurow. 

July 16

CEDIA has announced that Joel Silver has been chosen as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Silver will be honored at the CEDIA Awards Celebration hosted at Petco Park on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of the residential technology industry. Nominations are submitted by industry professionals and evaluated on the basis of achievement and service within the industry.

“We could not be happier to recognize Joel for his contributions to the industry. Anyone who has worked with him knows that his credentials are extensive, and his expertise is highly sought after,” says Dave Humphries, chairman, CEDIA.

In 1994, Silver founded The Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) which introduced video image quality calibration services into consumer electronics, and he has been a pillar of the industry ever since. His work in advancing HDTV image quality has been covered in the New York Times, the LA Times, Popular Mechanics, Wired, and numerous A/V publications in the United States and abroad. He has managed research projects for the California Energy Commission documenting how video calibration produces significant energy savings. 

Silver has been a consultant for the high-end video, high-end audio, telemedicine, and medical management industries, as well as for Microsoft Media Center Edition PCs and the Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship program at the W. Averill Harriman School of Management. He is the producer of the HDTV Calibration Wizard DVD and is a co-inventor of the patented Microsoft Windows Display Calibration Wizard, which is now on over 111 million PCs.

AMETEK Powervar, a supplier of power conditioning and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Knightdale, North Carolina. The new facility expands the company’s U.S. manufacturing and distribution in the Southern and Eastern United States, and allows it to enhance service to its growing customer base. 

AMETEK Powervar’s Waukegan, Ill., facility will continue to serve as the company’s
headquarters providing sales, customer service, engineering and service to its global account
base. It also will continue to manufacture and ship its core power conditioning, three-phase
UPS products, and specialized product lines from this location.

LumaStream, a manufacturer of low-voltage LED lighting systems for residential and commercial applications has appointed Ryan Jordan as vice president of sales. Jordan will be responsible for developing the sales channel and establishing relationships with key A/V integrators across the U.S. He will be based at the company headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Fla. 

“LumaStream is a company that is poised to transform an entire industry with their low-voltage LED lighting solutions,” says Jordan. “I am truly excited to present a meaningful market opportunity that has the potential to create significant new revenues for residential and commercial A/V integrators.”

JL Audio, a manufacturer of home and automotive audio products, has announced the appointment of Marian Liu to the newly created position of communications manager. 

In her new role with JL Audio, Liu will manage a team of marketing specialists and support staff working directly with the marketing team to support campaigns and communications with consumers, dealers and representatives for the automotive, marine, powersports and home audio divisions.  She will also develop, support, and provide content for JL Audio’s social media channels, and measure and analyze digital media marketing programs. 

 Liu brings to JL Audio a wealth of experience as a journalist and editor working for The Sun Sentinel, The Seattle Times, San Jose Mercury News, and Source magazine.  Her most recent position was with CNN where she worked as a senior multiplatform editor. During her career she also served as an adjunct professor for the University Hong Kong where she taught a multimedia mindset of the basics of SEO, social media and digital writing for various platforms.  

"The outlets for consumers to connect with the brands they love are growing at a staggering rate, which means – what once worked, might quickly change. The addition of Marian and her diverse background will play an integral role, as we look to pivot how we engage with our consumers and provide the best possible customer satisfaction, to continue to nurture the brand loyalty that has made JL Audio so successful over the years," says Bryatt Fischer, marketing director, JL Audio. 

July 11

CEDIA has announced the full lineup of CEDIA Talks. The 20-minute sessions dive into hot topics with some of the industry’s most influential professionals. All CEDIA Talks are free to attend and will be hosted in the CEDIA Booth (#1527) at CEDIA Expo 2018. 

“CEDIA Talks have become a staple for CEDIA Expo attendees – it is easy to pop into the CEDIA Booth and learn about some of the emerging trends, technology, and business practices that could be a game changer for the industry,” says Dave Pedigo, vice president of emerging technologies, CEDIA.  

As part of the 2018 lineup 12 CEDIA Talks will take place over Thurs., September 6 and Friday, September 7.

The lineup for these free 20-minute sessions is as follows:

September 6


  • 11:00-11:20 a.m.: What Does Autonomous Vehicle Tech Mean to You? Peter Aylett, president & CTO, Archimedia will lead the discussion  


  • 11:30-11:50 a.m.:What The Hell Is A 'Blockchain'? Busting The Lid On The Future Of Money Geoff Meads, managing director, Presto will be presenting this discussion


  • 12:00-12:20 p.m.: Leaving your Company with a Voice that Lives Long After the Sale, Joe Whitaker, co-owner & president, The Thoughtful Home, will present this topic 


  • 12:30-12:50 p.m.: ATSC 3.0 is Here: Why This Matters to You, which will be presented by Michael Heiss,principal Consultant, M. Heiss Consulting  


  • 2:00-2:20 p.m.; How AR and VR are Impacting Design and Why It’s Great News for the CEDIA Channel, Jonathan Law, President, REAL AV, will present this topic 


  • 2:30-2:50 p.m.: Multi-Dimensional Light, Sam Woodward, Customer Education Leader, Europe and Africa, Lutron, wil lead this discussion 

September 7


  • 11:00-11:20 a.m.: Improving Your Service Area with Virtual Locations and Local Phone Numbers, Rusty Deeble, owner, Digital Installers will deliver this presentation 


  • 11:30-11:50 a.m.: The Wellness Movement: What Science Says about Lighting, Audio, Air Quality, VR, and More, Julie Jacobson, founding editor, CE Pro & EH Media, will lead this discussion


  • 12:00-12:20 p.m.: Robots in the Home: AI Gets Physical, Rich Green, owner, Rich Green Designs, will discuss this topic 


  • 12:30-12:50 p.m.: The Human Factor, Heather Sidorowicz, president, Southtown Audio Video, will deliver this presentation 


  • 1:00-1:20 p.m.: Why You Should Add Fiber to Your Electronics Diet, Buzz Delano, director of business development, Celerity Technologies, will deliver this presentation    

Crestron, a global manufacturer of residential control and automation technologies, has unveiled its newest Design Showroom in Houston, Texas. Located in the Decorative Center Houston (DCH), the Design Showroom provides another location in which interior designers, lighting designers, builders, technology professionals, architects, and clients of Crestron dealers can experience Crestron automation technology invisibly blended into elegant real-world residential settings to provide the ultimate luxury lifestyle.

“We create these elaborate, immersive spaces with our clients in mind, and work to ensure that each location is of the highest quality and provides the same elegant, world-class experience worldwide,” says Michael Short, global residential marketing manager, Crestron. “We constantly maintain them so that all the very latest Crestron technology is on display, and provides clients with the best way to ‘see the future’ as they interact with the world’s most intuitive and innovative home automation technology.”

Ui Supplies a regional distributor of consumer and specialty electronics for the metro New York/tri-state region, and member of the PowerHouse Alliance, is celebrating its anniversary and sixth annual BBQ Bash and Trade Show at its new Plainview, N.Y. flagship location on July 26.

“We are very excited to host our annual BBQ Bash and Trade Show for the first time at our Plainview, NY location,” says Matthew Weil, CEO of Ui Supplies. “Ui Supplies is looking forward to continuing the tradition of our anniversary festivities at our Long Island space and are honored to celebrate our continued growth with industry partners and our valued customers.”

Extending the invitation to vendor partners, Ui Supplies expects over 60 audio, video, security and home control manufacturers to attend. “We are fortunate to work with reliable brands that are incredibly supportive of our training and educational efforts,” says Alan Malowitz, executive vice president, Ui Supplies.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., manufacturers will be available to offer demonstrations and to discuss the hottest products featuring Samsung’s QLED and Frame TVs, a video wall, multi-zone HEOS system and more. A Vanco International ‘Party Room’ equipped with popular Vanco cables, extenders, and Beale Street Audio speakers, plus a Dolby Atmos theater room including a Yamaha 11.2-channel AVENTAGE AV Receiver, 77-inch LG Wallpaper OLED TV, KEF surround sound speakers and Fortress theater seating, will be open and running all day. Partnered with Google products, the LG ThinQ will also be on display.

Back in July 1968, two cousins walked through the doors of Draper for their first official day of work at the family business.

John Pidgeon and Mike Broome are the great-grandsons of company founder Luther O. Draper, today John is Draper’s president and Mike is vice president of manufacturing.

“I believe that John and Mike have had more impact on Draper’s success than anyone else,” says Chris Broome, architectural market manager of Draper and Broome’s son. “Their vision and leadership have helped the company grow at an aggressive pace. When they started, Draper was a small company. We now have over 700 employees.”

“We were a small company, fewer than 40 employees,” adds Pidgeon. “We were hands-on involved in every single detail.”

A few things have changed since then. Where in 1968 just about everything was done by hand, computerization, electronic communication, and automation have made a huge difference in efficiency, capacity, and delivery times. Draper has also increasingly become solution-driven rather than being a mass producer of standard products.

Over the time of their tenure Draper has added sales offices in Placentia, California and four wholly-owned subsidiaries: Draper Group Ltd., a sales and warehouse facility in Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, and three manufacturing companies in Sweden: Draper Europe AB, a leading European projection screen manufacturer; SMS Smart Media Solutions AB, a leading European provider of video projector and flat screen mounts; and Evoko, a provider of conferencing collaboration tools.

Klipsch, a global audio company, has announced the promotion of Vince Bonacorsi to vice president of sales and marketing for Asia Pacific, China, Australia and New Zealand. Bonacorsi previously served as general manager for the same region. He has been at Klipsch Group, Inc. since 2007.

Since 2016, Bonacorsi has developed Asia-Pacific into one of the fastest growing business segments for the company, in addition to defining the senior level financial process for the organization. He will continue to increase market penetration for the Klipsch and Jamo brands, and set the strategic direction of sales, marketing and product development in the region.

July 10

ProSource, a national audio, video, and integration buying group, has announced 14 new additions to its Power and Custom Integrator (CI) member levels. The new additions represent nearly $60 million in new revenue for the group, and their addition brings the total of new dealers year to date to 26.

In addition, two ProSource CI members have been elevated to the Power membership level in Q2, adding a total of eight members to the Power level so far in 2018.

Here are the new Power and CI members:

  • Audio Dimension, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Audio Video Innovations, McKinney, Texas
  • DC Home Systems, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Safe & Sound Inc., Chicopee, Mass.
  • Starr Systems Design, Baltimore, Md.
  • BCG Concepts Inc., North Hollywood, Calif.
  • Carolina Custom Sound, Advance, N.C.
  • Connect Tek, Brentwood, Calif.
  • Integrated Home, Van Nuys, Calif.
  • IR Tech Inc., Sherman Oaks, Calif.
  • Multimedia Solutions Group, Farmers Branch, Texas
  • Quicksilver Audio Ltd., Kennewick, Wash.
  • Refined Systems, Spring, Texas
  • Sterling Sound & Vision, Owings Mills, Va.
  • Artisan Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Lewis Audio Video, Portland, Ore.

MSE Audio, parent company of SoundTube Entertainment, Soundsphere, dARTS, Phase Technology, Induction Dynamics, SolidDrive and Rockustics, has announced the temporary move of manufacturing for Soundsphere following a structure fire at the company's Stratford, Connecticut facility. MSE Audio will transfer Soundsphere manufacturing to Jacksonville, Florida with plans for the facility to be fully operational within the next eight to 12 weeks. 

The Soundsphere facility is deemed a complete loss following an early morning fire on July 9. The 12,500-square-foot building broke out in flames around 6:30 a.m. local time and 23 firefighters responded to the scene, with an additional 27 firefighters from Milford and Bridgeport being called in to help. As of 9:15 a.m. EST, all firefighters have been accounted for and no injuries were reported. A cause has not yet been determined. 

“We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our Soundsphere headquarters but we’re happy to report that no one was injured,” says Laura Waldon, president for MSE Audio. “We’re thankful for the timely response of our first-responders who battled the fire throughout the early morning hours. We want our dealers to know that we’re working quickly to rebuild the Soundsphere manufacturing and product stock, but in the meantime, we’ll do all we can to ensure our dealers have the product they need to complete their jobs on time."

July 9

AVAD, LLC, a North American provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets, has joined Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), which is a national retail and custom integration buying groups.

Through this strategic alliance, HTSA members will have access to AVAD’s 20 branch locations and warehouses throughout the nation. HTSA members will have the opportunity to consolidate their distribution purchases with a single program that provides them with benefits by being a member of HTSA. AVAD will provide HTSA members with additional resources, including an in-house Account Manager, and value-added services to provide an extra level of support to all members.

“As one of the leaders in value-added distribution, we are pleased to welcome AVAD to HTSA," says Jon Robbins, executive director of Home Technology Specialists of America. "AVAD's influence in the industry has grown through their addition of valuable services along with their inventory and logistics management. We believe our members will benefit from the availability of these services as well as acquiring the ability to instantly address rush inventory needs on HTSA brands."

Nominations for the 2019 - 2020 CEDIA Board of Directors are open. CEDIA's Board of Directors is put together to help influence the direction of the industry, while governing the association's activities, and representing the residential technology profession to the outside world.

"Every year CEDIA members have the opportunity to shape and drive the direction of the association by helping identify leaders and visionaries for the CEDIA Board of Directors. I would encourage every member to thoughtfully consider nominating someone," says David Humphries, chairperson, CEDIA. 

There are six open board positions for the 2019 - 2020 term. Positions will be filled in two ways:
Elected Directors: CEDIA members will vote to fill five elected positions. Home Technology Professional members who are employees of a member company may be nominated, vetted by the Governance Committee, and proposed as candidates for the global membership vote. The vacancies this election cycle may be filled by one CEDIA member in the EMEA region and four from the rest of the global membership. Elected board members will be announced immediately after the election and seated on January 1, 2019.

Appointed Directors: All other member types (manufacturers, service providers, etc.) and additional Home Technology Professionals are eligible for appointment to the Board of Directors. There is one open appointed position open for the 2019-2020 term to be filled from the EMEA region. The CEDIA Governance Committee reviews candidates based on the skills needed and makes a recommendation to the Board, who vote to approve the appointment. This process runs in parallel with the election, with the appointments occurring at the January 2019 board meeting. 

To nominate a candidate for the Board of Directors, individuals must fill out the nomination form, and nominations will be accepted until August 6, 2018. The Board election process is governed and outlined by CEDIA's bylaws. Voting will be open from September 6 to October 19, 2018: All member types, whether integrator, manufacturer, service provider or other, may vote and each company has one vote.

July 2

Classé Audio co-founder Mike Viglas passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He was 85. Viglas, a Greek immigrant who made his way to Canada as a young man, became a successful entrepreneur. For many years he was recognized as the world’s largest Ford truck dealer, and audiophile, which led him to create Classé Audio alongside engineer David Reich in 1980.

For 30 years Viglas was at the helm of Classe that includes a partnership with Bowers & Wilkins’ Chairman Joe Atkins in 2001. In 2002 he brought Dave Nauber aboard as part of a long-term succession plan.

“Mike was the consummate entrepreneur with a huge passion for his brand and the business. He was a great partner and even better friend,” says Atkins. 

In 2010 Viglas stepped down when Nauber was named president in 2010 of Classe Audio, an  in the succeeding years he served as chairman.

“I owe so much to Mike,” states Nauber, now brand director of Classé under Sound United.

“He was a fun, energetic and charming man who built the brand that I and tens of thousands of audiophiles around the world love. He treated everyone in the company like family and though some have moved on, that’s what we have all become.” Both current and former Classé employees, dealers and distributors worldwide remember Mike with great affection.

In tribute to Mike’s Greek heritage, Classé uses Greek letters Delta, Sigma and Omega as the names for its product series.

June 29

Howard Gladstone is a singer-songwriter and co-founder of Torus Power. His latest album Hourglass is being released in the U.S., and worldwide on June 15, 2018.

Recorded in high-resolution audio, Hourglass is available to the mailing list of the company's subscribers through a special discount offer from HDTracks, which is an online high-resolution audio retailer. 

Gladstone in partnership with Laura Fernandez founded Sonic Peach Music, an independent record label specializing in HD recording. Hourglass was recorded at 192kHz/24bit resolution by Peter J. Moore who is a Grammy-winning recording and mastering engineer. All future releases on Sonic Peach Music will be offered in HD as well as SD resolution.

June 27

The PowerHouse Alliance has welcomed a new distributor member: Pioneer Music Company. An established family owned and operated business, Pioneer Music Company has been fulfilling the needs of dealers and integrators in the Midwest for nearly 150 years.

Founded in 1869 as a hardware company, Pioneer exists today as a wholesale business-to-business provider of high-quality consumer electronics products, Pioneer Music Company has grown to service many other industries including residential AV, automation, network distribution, surveillance, installation accessories, car electronics and more. 

“We are beyond excited to join the PowerHouse Alliance and are honored to be in the company of its twelve other distributors. The group shares our dedication to the consumer electronics industry and is consistently pursuing ways to strengthen customer relationships,” said Dan Haight, president and CEO for Pioneer Music Company.

Catalyst AV, an network of independent consumer electronics distributors, has reinforced its board of directors.

Effective immediately, the new board members are:

  • Brett Neiderman of Tech Source located in Pennsylvania and serving the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Ron Perron of HCA Distributing with locations in Colorado and Utah and serving Wyo., Idaho, Mont., N.M. and El Paso, Texas.
  • Chris Gentile of Aim High Audio with locations in Georgia and Florida and serving N.C., S.C., Tenn., Ala., Miss., and Puerto Rico.

In addition to the board, Woody Taylor of Electronic Lane in Texas, and serving Okla., La., and Ariz., has assumed an advisory position and Helge Fischer is the executive director.

A territorial change has also been made with Mid-State Distributing handling the Mo., Iowa, Neb., Kan., Minn., N.D. and S.D., territory through its four warehouses and impressive 28 sales people.

Paradigm and Anthem have announced that both brands’ range of home theatre products are now available within the cloud-based design software, The Cinema Designer’s (TCD) online database. Using TCD, integrators can quickly design technically accurate home theatres and media rooms using Paradigm and Anthem’s prestigious product lines, confident in the fact that the room will have predictable results based on industry standards.

“Paradigm and Anthem products are high performance tools that enable specialty AV professionals to deliver amazing experiences for their clients—of course, the better the home theater speakers and electronics, the greater the potential for an exceptional experience. However, that potential can only be fully realized when products are properly positioned, set up, and performance optimized. The Cinema Designer software is a great tool to help our dealers achieve that goal,” says Keith Dowd, director of sales, Paradigm & Anthem.

June 26

ProSource, an audio, video, and integration buying group in the United States, announced today the appointment of 12 ProSource members to the new Lighting and Shading Committee. The committee is responsible for assessing opportunities and solving issues that uniquely confront custom integrators in the area of residential lighting and shading.

Their mission is to review and approve the adoption of vendor partners for use by the general membership of ProSource. In addition, the group will assist in developing educational opportunities for all members of the organization.

The 12 member appointees are:

  • Jonathan Wesco, Allegro Home Entertainment
  • Tony Calero, Arracal
  • Davis Tyson, DB Media Solutions
  • Vince Sanders, Design Media Group
  • Eric Grundleman, Eric Grundelman's Cool AV
  • Michael Cogbill, ETC
  • Bert Herrero, First Priority Audio
  • Lenard Gale, Imagine More
  • Steve Weber, Liaison Home Automation
  • Todd Jarvis, Sterling Home Technologies
  • Blake Jochum, Synergy
  • Lee Travis, Wipliance

"The lighting and shading categories are an important initiative for the members. Together they represent the largest percent growth categories for the group," says Andy Orozco, vice president of business development, ProSource.

"As an organization driven by committees, the team of member volunteers will be our guide to integrating quality lighting design, lighting fixtures, and control options — realizing maximum profitability for each member of the group."

June 20 

RoseWater Energy Group, a provider of next-generation integrated energy management HUBs, has announced its Ft. Lauderdale-based headquarters, and a newly redesigned website.

RoseWater Energy Group has gathered a lot of customer feedback, to help advance its technologies, and help with the ability to market its product line.

RoseWater’s new South Florida headquarters, located on North Hiatus Road in Sunrise, Florida, will provide dealers, and their potential customers, with a location to view the HUB in-person prior to purchasing the energy management device. The new headquarters will mark the first RoseWater-managed showroom, including a partner showroom at Boca Theater and Automation in Boca Raton, Florida.

“We have heard the feedback that the HUB delivers on the promise of being an all-in-one energy solution. As the energy grid becomes more and more unreliable the HUB is needed in more and more installs,” says Joe Piccirilli, managing director and chief executive officer of RoseWater Energy Group.

Further supporting its marketing efforts, the company has also launched a newly redesigned website that is more informative and easier to navigate. 

June 14

The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing high resolution, wireless, multi-channel audio products to the home theater market, has announced Infineon Technologies as its newest member. Infineon joins a growing list of WiSA members as the association continues its growth with suppliers, manufacturers and speaker brands joining the group. 

“Infineon Technologies is an excellent addition given their diverse audio experience and product development capabilities across varying product types,” says Tony Ostrom, president of WiSA. “As our membership continues to grow with companies worldwide, so does the potential for consumers to create the perfect wireless home theater experience by selecting the products and brands that are right for them, their goals and environment.”

June 13

Catalyst AV has announced its coverage of the Midwest is complete with the welcoming of Mid-State Distributing into the group.

Commenting on the addition of Mid-State Distributing to the its distribution network, Catalyst AV executive director Helge Fischer, points out the company has decades of market experience.

“We are excited about having Mid-State joining Catalyst AV and cover Minnesota and
South and North Dakota," says Fischer.

"Mid-State has been around for 70 years plus, covers thousands of accounts and has an enormous reach through its sales network of 28 sales people. This is a very important addition to
the ever growing Catalyst AV Network, and gives us a very solid coverage in the Minnesota and South and North Dakota markets.”

June 11

Atlantic Integrated, a manufacturers’ representative firm serving the New York metro market now represents Meridian Audio.  

Since 1977, Meridian Audio has been manufacturing high-performance audio solutions. From its compact DSP loudspeakers with integrated amplification, to its user-friendly music management platform, Sooloos, Meridian delivers easy to install, high resolution audio systems for home cinemas and whole home solutions. The Meridian Audio experience is now available in the latest models from Jaguar Land Rover, thanks to a collaborative partnership between these two leaders of British innovation and engineering.

"Meridian America is proud to begin working with Atlantic Integrated to represent all of our brands in the New York Metro Market," says Meridian vice president Ryan Donaher.  "Not only will the team at Atlantic Integrated help us grow our business, but, they will greatly improve our dealer support." 

June 7

Wireless audio systems provider Soundcast announced CE Industry Marketing veteran, Tom Dixon has been named as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  
During his time at Pioneer Electronics, he served in both sales and marketing roles, and launched a host of new products in both the mobile electronics and A/V categories.
Since then, Dixon has operated as Vice President of Marketing for world-class electronic entertainment companies like DTS, Inc. and SunBriteTV and has been a major driving force behind Soundcast’s business strategy and product development over the last few years.
“I have had the good fortune of marketing the best products in their respective categories, and the new Soundcast VGX Series of Power Portable Bluetooth Speakers are right up there with the best of the best,” says Dixon. “I look forward to taking on the responsibilities of my new role and working alongside the Soundcast team to get this fresh and exciting line of products out to the public.”

June 6

The whole-house audio company Roon Labs has named Dipin Sehdev, as vice president of marketing. 

Sehdev is a long-time industry veteran who has spent the past eight years with KEF America. 

Roon has revolutionized the digital music space, allowing pieple to interact with their favorite artists and songs like never before. Not only do you get an amazing experience, you get to keep all your music in hi-res and hear it as the artist intended, "says Sehdev.

"I am excited to be part of this talented team as the company moves forward." 

May 29

The SDVoE Alliance has announced that there are now 40 member companies – with wide ranging expertise in chipsets, Ethernet switches, infrastructure, AV end points, software and systems integration – in the SDVoE ecosystem. In addition, more than 100 SDVoE Design Partners have been certified.

“The traditional matrix switch is dead, but the industry still needs the performance that the matrix delivered. SDVoE is the answer,” boasts Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance. “Growing demand for this hot technology is driving membership and the need for qualified system designers. Training designers to apply a standard approach – like SDVoE – is so much more valuable that training on specific manufacturers’ products. These skills are transferable to products from the growing list of member companies. Even those folks not currently engaged in SDVoE designs can benefit from an in-depth look at high performance AV over IP and the design considerations that are new.”

May 22

Origin Acoustics, a manufacturer of architectural audio products sponsored the CEDIA Business Xchange “Guitar in the Making” fundraiser held in Phoenix, Arizona last week –benefiting Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock! Foundation supporting troubled teenagers and children.  

Participants showed off their artistic talents in this team-building event making and decorating custom guitars featuring an Origin Acoustics themed design.  The proceeds from the auction/sale of these guitars will benefit the Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock! Foundation. 

"A personal message from the one and only Alice Cooper kicked off the Guitar in the Making workshop at the CEDIA Business Xchange last week sponsored by Origin Acoustics.  The event was a great success and a whole lot of fun,” saysDave Humphries, chairman, CEDIA.

The Solid Rock Foundation is a Christian goodwill non-profit organization dedicated to helping troubled teenagers and children. The Foundation was formed by American rock musician Alice Cooper and his friend Chuck Savale in November 1995.

May 18

Entering the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and video analytics, Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC), a global manufacturer of smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control and digital health markets, has announced the acquisition of San Jose, California-based IntelliVision Technologies Corp., a developer Artificial Intelligence, smart cameras and deep learning-based video analytics software. IntelliVision will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of NSC. IntelliVision will continue to support its customers and products.

 “This acquisition is a great fit for us,” says Mike O’Neal, Nortek Security & Control. “The IntelliVision team brings incredible strengths from which we will together build rich, future-ready solutions, with intelligence that will transform the NSC product line. This will extend our leadership position in security, automation and entertainment technology, with significant benefits for our partners and customers.”

IntelliVision AI and video analytics solutions provide actionable insights for security and monitoring in smart home, smart enterprise, and smart city applications; business intelligence for smart enterprise and smart retail; and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for automobiles. The company’s software includes licenses for dozens of patents and has been deployed globally in over 4 million cameras from over 50 top tier brand customers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Customers include Comcast, ADT, Netgear, Ring, Ambarella, Schneider Electric/Pelco, Dallmeier, DLink, Disney, and Zebra.

May 17

CEDIA Expo, a custom electronics trade show has announced the first-ever Best Booth Award program. Booths will be judged and awarded at CEDIA Expo 2018, which will occur September 6–8, 2018 in San Diego. All exhibitors are automatically entered into the contest.

The CEDIA Expo 2018 Best Booth Awards is designed to recognize brands bringing unique innovation and creativity to the show floor. Exhibitors are encouraged to display their products and services in an inventive and engaging format. Judges will walk the CEDIA Expo show floor on Day One and Two and will score based on overall creativity, function and form. Exhibitors are judged in the following categories:  

  • Best Booth—Best in Show
  • 100-300 sq. feet
  • 301-700 sq. feet
  • 701-1,000 sq. feet
  • 1,000-2,999 sq. feet
  • 3,0000+  sq. feet
  • Honorable Mention

Award winners will be shared via social media, presented to the press via press releases and alerts, and displayed on the CEDIA Expo digital pressroom.

Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC), a global manufacturer of smart connected devices and systems for the residential, security, access control, and digital health markets, has reaffirmed its commitment to the greater San Diego metropolitan area with the announcement that it has moved to a new 82,000 square-foot headquarters in Carlsbad, California. NSC traces its history back over 50 years with its first location here in the San Diego area.

According to Nortek Security & Control president Mike O’Neal, the new corporate headquarters – in the Atlas at Carlsbad complex – provides a significantly more productive layout and will give NSC the workspace what it needs to keep pace with its rapid growth. 

“San Diego is an important center for the technologies that are driving all aspects of the smart home, security, IoT, and home automation markets,” he says. “We are fully committed to the area and are thrilled to be in this exceptional new space.”

May 10

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced a consulting partnership with veteran tech industry publishing executive Eric Schwartz to help connect companies with advertising and sponsorship opportunities with the association and at CES. 

"We're proud to have such an accomplished and knowledgeable tech insider joining our team and supporting our world-class industry relationships," says Karen Chupka, EVP, CES. "We've enjoyed numerous partnerships and success with Eric and his team at NAPCO over the years." 

Among the opportunities Schwartz will support, helping connect advertisers with CTA's flagship publication It Is Innovation (i3), which focuses on innovation in technology, policy and business as well as the entrepreneurs, industry leaders and startups that grow the consumer technology industry.

CEDIA has announced that John Penney, executive vice president of consumer business development and strategic partnerships for 20th Century Fox, will deliver the 2018 CEDIA Expo Keynote. Penney’s keynote will focus on how the proliferation of direct-to-consumer services in tandem with the powerful hand of human and machine-based personalization will accelerate change in the content and distribution landscape and bring about business opportunities for integrators.

“I am hopeful the keynote will deliver a holistic view of  the home as a dynamic and evolving environment — one where hardware, software, and services requiring integration come together to provide consumer experiences that are even richer and more compelling,” says Penney. 

“Entertainment projects continue to represent a very large segment of CEDIA work. Getting an inside look at how augmented reality and artificial intelligence will add both value and complexity to the systems CEDIA members design will be an incredible opportunity to prepare for the next wave of  innovation in this segment,” adds Dave Pedigo, vice president of emerging technologies, CEDIA.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced the promotion of Steve Koenig to vice president, market research. A 14-year veteran of CTA, he most recently served as senior director, market research.

"We are thrilled to recognize the success and outstanding contributions Steve has delivered to the tech sector and CTA," says Gary Shapiro, president & CEO, CTA. "Not only does he provide invaluable insight and analysis for our organization, our members and the tech industry, Steve exemplifies the best of CTA with exceptional leadership, infectious passion and a commitment to teamwork."

Koenig oversees CTA Market Research, a comprehensive source of sales data, forecasts, consumer research and historical trends for the consumer technology industry. Under his leadership, CTA now produces more than 30 research reports a year on emerging topics including artificial intelligence, smart cities, smart home technology and international trends, as well as market data analysis, industry forecasts and business intelligence.

May 9

Catalyst AV has announced Dorrance Supply Company as its newest member.  Located in Youngstown, Ohio, and with a warehouse also in Indianapolis, Ind., the third-generation family owned and operated business has grown from a small localized distribution center to a leading provider of home electronics spanning a wide section of the Midwest.

Founded in 1947, Dorrance Supply services the Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Western Virginia,
Indiana and Kentucky.

May 1

A provider of 18Gbps HDR connectivity solutions, AVProConnect has announced a name change to AVPro Edge.

AVPro Global Holdings is proud to announce that the AVProConnect brand, known for its extensive line-up of 18Gbps 4K60 (4:4:4) video distribution products, has officially changed its name to AVPro Edge. This change, effective immediately, will be implemented across all products and services provided by AVProConnect throughout the next six months and will allow the company to move forward with broader spectrum of A/V solutions.

“Since the release of our first product, AVProConnect has been at the forefront of video distribution technology," says Jeff Murray of AVPro Global.

"Our AVPro brand has grown naturally with the forward progressing market of 4K and HDR distribution. We feel now is the perfect time to transition AVProConnect into a powerful symbol of high-bandwidth audio/video distribution with AVPro Edge. We strive to provide the integrator with an edge, an edge over competitors with fairly priced 4K and HDR distribution products.”

Legrand North and Central America has announced the company’s West Hartford, Connecticut corporate headquarters has become LEED Certified. The facility is mixed-use with office and manufacturing space located in a residential neighborhood of a large suburban area. The campus consists of five connected buildings with the original structure being built almost 100 years ago. The facility has a total of 262,690-square-feet of space and the ability to accommodate up to 650 employees at capacity.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that seek to design, construct, maintain and operate for improved environmental and human health performance.  More than 92,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 19.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more tha

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