People & Places

February 18, 2020 · Almo Corporation Warehouse adds Solar Power

Almo Corporation, a national, independent distributor of professional AV equipment, appliances, consumer electronics, and home goods, has announced that its 430,000 sq. ft. warehousing space is running on clean, sustainable energy produced by the sun, greatly reducing the company’s carbon footprint and its electricity costs for the next 30 years. 

Installed by Lancaster County-based solar installer, Paradise Energy Solutions, the 3,200 solar panels will generate enough electricity in just one year to offset 100,000 gallons of gasoline, 900,000 pounds of coal, or 2,100 barrels of oil. These annual savings will continue for the 30 year lifespan of the system. 

“Almo Corporation is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices,” says Ed Gibbons, vice president, Almo.

“Solar will greatly reduce our dependence on grid-generated, non-renewable electricity for many years to come.”

Almo admits that in order to install the solar power system the numbers did have to add up to make the investment feasible for the company.

“We have been pleasantly surprised to find that by offsetting the need to purchase electricity from the utility company, these solar panels will have contributed enough savings to pay for themselves in less than five years, leaving an estimated 25 years of free electricity for our business”, comments Gibbons.

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February 14, 2020 · DSG Metro Partners with Loxone

DSG Metro will now be representing Loxone for a wide range of building and home automation needs in the New York Metro area.

Loxone, a manufacturer of smart home automation solutions, explains its partnership with DSG Metro benefits professional integrators for a number of reasons that include:

  • DSG Metro already represents many of the manufacturers you may already be working with for high-end AV solutions and more.  
  • Working with DSG Metro enables inetegrators to get their hands on turnkey, complete solutions for lighting, security, audio, climate control and more. 
  • Everything operates like it’s supposed to with endless possibilities for individualization through Loxone’s architecture. 
  • Simplify planning, wiring and configuration through the products and DSG Metro’s support.

To learn more about Loxone, as well as DSG Metro’s other product lines call Dave Silkin at (631) 445-9692.

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Ron Trznadel

February 13, 2020 · CEDIA Expo Hires Ron Trznadel

CEDIA Expo, a global event for technology within the intelligently built environment, has announced that Ron Trznadel has joined the CEDIA Expo team as account executive.

Trznadel brings many years of industry trade show and sales experience, and Emerald says Trznadel will be an integral part of the sales and marketing team by building relationships with influential industry leaders, meeting individual and team sales goals, and conducting sales and media campaigns.

“We are excited to welcome Ron as a part of the growing CEDIA Expo team,” states Brian Pagel, executive vice president of Emerald Expositions.

“He has the needed experience in our industry and understands what will make CEDIA Expo 2020 a success, as well as the future shows to come. We are confident his added knowledge will take the exhibitor and attendee experience to the next level.” 

Trznadel’s past experience includes positioning a wide range of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities for companies in several different vertical markets. These include robotics manufacturers and component providers for RoboBusiness (EHMedia), health data and device manufacturers for the World Healhcare Congress (WHC), and pharma and biotech companies for Drug Discovery (informa). 

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Hisense USA

February 13, 2020 · Hisense USA Names David Gold President

 Hisense has announced the appointment of David Gold to president of Hisense USA & Hisense Americas.

Gold replaces Alex Zhu, the former president and CEO of Hisense USA. Zhu was promoted to the new role of president of Hisense International. Additionally, Yunfang Feng was appointed senior vice president of Hisense USA, and will oversee supply chain, customer service & administration. Since the brand’s U.S. launch in 2009, Hisense continues to grow rapidly, proving to be a major force in the consumer electronics and home appliance industries. 

“I’m incredibly proud to be a part of the progress we’ve made at Hisense alongside Mr. Zhu, and honored to take on a larger role in the company’s success,” says David Gold.

“We prioritized product quality and performance in the U.S., and that focus has proven highly effective. Hisense has grown to be a leader in the U.S. consumer electronics market. I aim to maintain that momentum by expanding the brand even further across multiple categories, streamlining operations, and continuing our deep commitment to innovation, quality and performance.”

David Gold joined Hisense in 2011 and Hisense says he played an integral role in its rise to become a top three brand in Mexico. There he oversaw the product and channel strategy, as well as the efforts to develop the brand as a leader in the local CE & HA categories.

In 2018 Gold was promoted to vice president, consumer electronics at Hisense USA.

Hisense adds that in his new role as president Gold will oversee all aspects of sales, marketing and operations across all product categories, as well as set the long-term strategy for the region and the expansion of Hisense’s Home Appliances’ product lines.

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February 12, 2020 · Parasound JC1+ Amplifier Demo Tour

Parasound will kick off a dealer tour for the new John Curl-designed Halo JC 1+ monoblock power amplifier on Feb. 29 at The Audio Salon of Santa Monica, Calif. This will be the first of a number of dealer events nationwide to debut this remarkable new Parasound flagship amplifier.

The Audio Salon event will feature ParasoundpPresident, Richard Schram, and John Curl, with the Parasound Halo JC 1+ monoblock power amplifiers driving Wilson speakers.  

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February 10, 2020 · CEDIA Best New Products and Hall of Fame 2020 Entries

 Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 CEDIA Best New Products Awards and Product Hall of Fame programs. The honors, open to CEDIA member manufacturing companies and trade suppliers, include hardware and software categories.

“CEDIA member companies are continually developing the most cutting edge products in residential technology and this program shines a worldwide spotlight on the best they have to offer,” says Giles Sutton, senior vice president of industry engagement, CEDIA.

“We again expect competition this year to be fierce, showcasing the tech that is redefining the way we live every day. We’re anticipating big things from this year’s entrants.”

The Best New Products Awards recognize hardware and software technology that offer exceptional innovation and installation value for the industry, enhancing the lifestyle of homeowners. New product entries need to have been released and fully shipped between September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2020.

The deadline for submissions is May 11, 2020. Finalists will be announced July 27, 2020. Winning products from the Americas region will be announced and recognized September 8-12 at CEDIA Expo in Denver. Winning products from the EMEA region will be announced and recognized this fall at the 2020 CEDIA EMEA Awards event in London.

The entry fee for the Best New Product Awards is $300 per entry. Product Hall of Fame entry is free. Connect to more about the CEDIA Awards and members can begin entries on the recently-revamped CEDIA Award Platform. View previous award winners at the new CEDIA Awards site.

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February 7, 2020 · Almo Professional AV Announces E4 Experience 2020

 Almo Professional A/V, a professional A/V industry distributor and creator of the E4 Experience, has the locations for its 2020 E4 program.

The national distributor says that through its longstanding education partnership with AVIXA, the E4 Experience provides attendees with certifications and courses worth CTS Renewal Units (RUs) that are free to industry members.

Highlights for the spring 2020 E4 Experience include a new keynote address focused on the people-first approach to the future of AV design, a new panel discussion about the booming eSports market and a new training track featuring a three-part series on direct-view LED (dvLED) technology, installation and content.

The E4 Experience is visit these locations in 2020:

“The E4 Experience continues to grow year after year because of the increased value it offers to local attendees to see and achieve so much in a single day — from certifications and CTS Renewal Units to new technology and networking,” says Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Corporation.

“We are ready to give attendees their best E4 Experience yet, filled with information on trending topics to help them stay ahead of the curve, certifications to give them the credentials and credibility to grow their businesses, and access to technologies that are just making their way into the AV market.” Craigmyle added, “The small environment is inviting and achievable and our attendees appreciate not having to travel or take large amounts of time away from their customers.”

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Mike Dyer

February 5, 2020 · Klipsch Rehires Mike Dyer

Klipscha global audio company, has announced that industry veteran Mike Dyer has rejoined the company as its Eastern regional manager of sales for its U.S. team.

Dyer previously worked at Klipsch early in his career and actually hired now President and CEO, Paul Jacobs.

Dyer returns to Klipsch a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of experience in sales, product development, product and sales training, and management from his previously held positions at Sound United, Phase Technology and Klipsch.   

In his new role at Klipsch, Dyer is responsible for increasing market penetration for the Klipsch and Jamo brands in the Eastern region of the U.S., mentoring and training the sales team, and strengthening strategic relationships with valued partners.

“He is a true leader, fierce competitor, and dynamic speaker and trainer. He has a lot of history and unwavering passion for the Klipsch brand,” says Tommy Jacobs, vice president of sales for the Americas at Klipsch Group, Inc. 

Previous Eastern regional sales manager, Patrick Shaughnessy has accepted a newly created position leading a strategic growth category for the Klipsch U.S. sales team. 

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February 4, 2020 · Larocca, Learmonth Join Nortek Security & Control

Nortek Security & Control (NSC) has announced Christopher Larocca has joined the organization as chief executive officer (CEO) and Darren Learmonth as chief technology officer (CTO). Larocca and Learmonth bring a demonstrated track record of outstanding business and technology leadership into their key executive leadership positions. 

Larocca will lead the company’s 700 employees across its security, control, access and digital health business units addressing intelligent home and commercial automation environments. His executive leadership and expertise of instilling organizational excellence will help propel the company as it positions itself for future growth.

“I am honored and excited to assume the CEO position at Nortek Security & Control. It’s inspiring to join a company whose products have already made millions of consumers more secure and a leader in creating connected environments for a more personalized and intelligent experience,” states Larocca.

Learmonth joins the NSC executive leadership team as its new CTO. He is responsible for all engineering and product line management departments. Capitalizing on more than 25 years of experiencein defining and quickly bringing new products to market, Learmonth will take a leadership role in the company.

“I am thrilled to join NSC at this powerful time in the company’s history. We are on the cusp of product and feature breakthroughs where I will lead and help expedite our product development in order to keep pace with the rapidly evolving markets we serve,” comments Learmonth.

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February 4, 2020 · SDVoE Alliance adds Edgecore, Teracue

The SDVoE Alliance has announced Edgecore Networks Corporation, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of open networking solutions with a global presence in the U.S., U.K., Poland, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, Singapore, Indonesia and India, has joined the alliance as an adopting member.

The SDVoE Alliance, has also announced Teracue, a manufacturer of hardware and software products for IPTV and video networking, has joined the alliance as an adopting member.

At ISE (RAI Amsterdam Feb. 11-14) on stand 12-H100, Teracue will showcase TAC-PLUS a client server solution for routing and transcoding IP video streams with unicast, multicast, RTSP, SRT, HLS, and SDVoE inputs and outputs.

“Our goal at Teracue is to provide a wide range of IPTV possibilities with our product range and to extend the potential of our innovative Teracue Application Cloud,” says Thomas Buck, managing director at Teracue.

CK Ng, product line director at Edgecore Networks, adds the SDVoE Alliance’s market goals complement Edgecore Networks’ product line.

“The SDVoE Alliance is a natural fit with Edgecore Networks’ vision to deliver networking solutions based on open hardware and software platforms that increase customer choice, foster innovation, lower TCO and stimulate new business models,” said Ng.”

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