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AVAD Announces 2009 Vend-O-Palooza Tour Dates

Tour hits 20 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada; Offers Business Workshops, New Product Demos, Access to Manufacturers and Special Pricing for Local Dealers

AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, has announced dates for 20 scheduled Vend-O-Paloozas in 2009.

Held at local AVAD branches, Vend-O-Palooza helps connect area dealers with leading manufacturers in an interactive forum by offering attendees an opportunity to meet directly with manufacturers, demo new products, participate in raffles and giveaways, and purchase products at special pricing. At Vend-O-Palooza, dealers are able to attend workshops designed to help them successfully manage and grow their businesses.

“Vend-O-Palooza has proven to be successful in providing a local forum where dealers can interact with vendors, ask questions, get product demos and attend training seminars that provide tools to help them better operate their business,? said Wally Whinna, executive vice president of marketing for AVAD. “AVAD, our vendors and dealers have been so pleased with the success of Vend-O-Palooza that we’ve expanding our reach to 20 branches and are very excited to see how these events continue grow in 2009.?

For more information please visit www.avad.com or contact a local AVAD branch.

Upcoming Vend-O-Palooza Schedule

January 29 – San Diego, Calif.

February 5 – Livermore, Calif.

February 19 – Scottsdale, Ariz.

March 26 – Tampa, Fla.

April 9 – Van Nuys, Calif.

April 23 – Nashville, Tenn.

May 7 – Gaithersburg, Md.

May 21 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

June 11 – Smyrna, Ga.

June 18 – Taunton, Mass.

June 25 – Centennial, Colo.

July 9 – Toronto, Ontario

July 16 – Salt Lake City, Utah

July 23 – Westbury, N.Y.

August 6 – Elk Grove Village, Ill.

September 24 – Bellevue, Wash.

October 8 – Chesterfield, Mo.

October 15 – Avon, Ohio

October 22 – Dallas, Texas

November 5 – Houston, Texas

About AVAD, LLC

AVAD LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro Inc., is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the North America. Offering customers the most trusted brands, AVAD stocks complete systems solutions for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum and more. Further, the company is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evidenced by AVAD University’s over 450 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year. AVAD ensures just-in-time delivery from each of its 37 US and two Canadian facilities.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include: APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon ChannelPlus, Chief, H-P Products/Dirt Devil, Draper, Dymo/RhinoPRO, Escient, Exceptional Innovation/Life|ware, Gefen, Global Cache, Goo Systems-Visual Reality, Inc., Harman Kardon, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, ITC, JDSU, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Labor Saving Devices, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Midlite, MuxLab, NetStreams, Niles Audio, OmniMount, Onkyo, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Optoma, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Pantel, Peerless, Philips Pronto, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RepairMaster, RTI, Rockustics, Samsung, Satellite USA, Sharp, SharpVision, Terk, Toshiba, Universal Remote Control, Velodyne and more.

In July 2005, AVAD was acquired by Ingram Micro Inc., making its parent company the leading distributor for solution providers and custom integrators serving the fast-growing consumer electronics and home automation markets in the United States.

For more information about AVAD, visit www.avad.com.

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