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AVAD Executive to Offer Insight to CEA Home Audio Division

Van Nuys, Calif. – March 3, 2009 – Wally Whinna, vice president of sales and marketing for AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, has been elected to serve on the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Home Audio Division Board. CEA’s Home Audio Division fosters the growing curiosity of surround sound and other home audio technologies and product designs that are ushering in dramatic new ways for people to enjoy music. With over 30 years experience in the audio/visual industry, Whinna’s expertise will serve as a valuable resource on the board for the ever-changing trends in audio reproduction.

“I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to assist in creating action plans that drive awareness with consumers,? said Whinna. “I have fully supported the Home Audio Division’s initiative in directing the industry on issues and technologies that affect our business and am happy to now be a part of it.?

Whinna is one of the original founders of AVAD, where he has served on its Executive Committee and as Vice President of Marketing since its inception in 1997. In addition to his role at AVAD, Whinna has been a member of CEDIA for 19 years, and a 30-year principal of Tandem Marketing, a manufacturer’s representative that represents companies in specialty audio and custom installation projects.

As a board member of CEA’s Home Audio Division, Whinna will focus on initiatives that promote home audio through media, research, standards development, training and education, and demonstration.

For more information on AVAD or the CEA visit www.avad.com or www.ce.org, respectively.

Talking Points:
• Wally Whinna, vice president of sales and marketing for AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, has been selected to serve on the Consumer Electronics Association Home Audio Division Board.
• Whinna is one of the original founders of AVAD and current VP or Marketing.
• Whinna has over 30 years of experience which will be valuable in developing adoption and application of home audio technologies.

About CEA
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $173 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services.

Find CEA online at www.CE.org.

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 36 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.

Company Contact: Wally Whinna, Executive Vice President of Marketing, AVAD, 847-434-0888 x1101, wally.whinna@avad.com

Media Contact: Coleen Sterns Leith, President, Marketing Matters, 954-925-1511, coleen@marketingmatters.net
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