Catalyst AV Distributor Group Revenues Up 20% in 2017

11-member Catalyst AV Group of distributors reports revenue growth of more than 20 percent for the first half of 2017.


Twenty members of the Catalyst AV’s distributor network met at Pioneer Music Co. in Kansas City, August 910 to discuss a variety of on-point topics. Catalyst AV’s 11-member strong distribution network with 25 easy to reach locations communicates to over 16,000 integrator/dealers on a continual basis. 

The agenda included a keen look at potential new lines for the group to carry, with manufacturer executives presenting products, pricing and programs. Also paramount to the Catalyst AV mission were discussions on furthering the growth of the educational platform and prepping for CEDIA 2017.

Several members reported revenues were up more 20 percent since December 2016. The group reaffirmed its mission to be the “very best in the industry” especially when it comes to educating the integrator/dealers.

Helge Fischer, executive director, commented, “The semi-annual Catalyst AV meeting is a great way to help steer the group forward in a cohesive manner, we get a chance to meet industry experts and receive plenty of education on up the minute changes in our industry. Furthermore the face-to-face exchange of great ideas and best practices is invaluable. It also prepares the group for CEDIA Expo in September to bring the best products to market!”

Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S via its 25-locations. 

Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 16,000 professional integration specialists. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Dan Haight (Pioneer Music Company); Chris Gentile (AHA Distributing); Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing) and executive director Helge Fischer. 

Member companies are:

  • AHA Distributing (Florida and Southeast)
  • Allnet Distributing  (Midwest)
  • Audio Video Warehouse  (Nevada, Arizona)
  • Custom Partners  (Metro-NY)
  • CustomPlus Distributing (No. CA/ Pacific NW/ AK)
  • Easy Access Distribution  (Northeast)
  • Electronic Lane Distributors  (Southwest)
  • HCA Distributing  (Rocky Mountains)
  • Pioneer Music Company  (Plains States)
  • SPD (Upstate NY)
  • Tech Source Distributors (Mid-Atlantic)

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Jason Knott
Jason Knott:

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald's Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.