Former Magnolia A/V CEO Jim Tweten Joins CE Pro 100 Integrator

Former Magnolia A/V president/CEO and CTA Hall of Famer Jim Tweten joins CE Pro 100 integration firm Signals AV in Southern California.

Former Magnolia A/V CEO Jim Tweten Joins CE Pro 100 Integrator
Jim Tweten, former head of Magnolia A/V and the brainchild of the in-store concept at Best Buy, has joined Signals Audio Video based in El Segundo, Calif.
Jason Knott · June 20, 2017

Jim Tweten, past president/CEO of Magnolia Audio/Video, has joined Southern California-based Signals AV as chief business development officer. 

Based in El Segundo, Calif., Signals AV is the No. 38 company in the 2017 CE Pro 100 with more than $6.2 million in sales and 28 full-time employees. The company says the hiring its part of its efforts to bring the highest level of quality, service and knowledge to its customer base, while also signaling its growth plans.   

Tweten, who is a 2013 Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame inductee, began his career with Magnolia Audio/Video in 1971. He spearheaded the company’s growth, customer service and culture. As a result of Tweten’s leadership, Magnolia Audio/Video garnered a spot as one of the top 10 consumer electronic companies in the United States for 20 years in a row. 

In 2001 Magnolia Audio/Video was acquired by Best Buy, the No. 2 company in the 2017 CE Pro 100. Beginning in 2003, as president of Magnolia Home Theater within the Best Buy brand, Tweten led the charge to open new Magnolia home theater stores inside more than 300 Best Buy U.S. retail locations. He was the brainchild of the “store-within-the-store” concept, which continues within Best Buy today. Tweten was deeply involved in leading the company’s transformation to be a more service-oriented provider of premium home entertainment and automation solutions.

Signals AV was founded in 1994 and focuses on all aspect of custom integration including video, sound, lighting, comfort control, security, and communications. The company did 39 residential installations in 2016. The custom installation company prides itself on constant improvement through continual education and knowledge of the latest industry products and developments. The goal is to provide state-of-the-art, upgradeable, value-oriented systems to meet clients' present and future needs.  The company is anticipating 5 percent growth in 2017.

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Posted by BryanKoutsky on June 21, 2017

Congrats Jim!

Posted by BryanKoutsky on June 21, 2017

Congrats Jim!