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AVAD’s Award-Winning Gear Head Magazine Now Available to All CEDIA Members

VAN NUYS, Calif. – May 11, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, has announced its award-winning custom publication, Gear Head, will now be available to all members of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). CEDIA members can sign up to receive complementary subscriptions to Gear Head, featuring expert advice and industry insight on audio, video, structured wiring, whole-house distribution and more, through CEDIA’s bi-monthly e-newsletter, “e?VENTS. Prior to this exclusive partnership with CEDIA, Gear Head subscriptions were restricted only to AVAD dealers and vendors.

“We are proud to expand our distribution of Gear Head to all CEDIA members,? said Wally Whinna, executive vice president of marketing for AVAD. “Since its inception, Gear Head has been a magazine that addressed the issues important to custom installation professionals and we look forward to sharing this valuable insight with CEDIA and its members. We recognize the important role CEDIA plays in custom installation industry and applaud its efforts to provide dealers with resources to help its members manage and grow their businesses.?

Gear Head is published three times a year and features articles from AVAD dealers, vendors, employees and other respected experts in the custom electronics industry. The custom publication also features “tips and hints? on relevant topics such as communications, technology trends, new areas of profitability, sales, customer service, system design and installation ideas.

Since its inaugural issue unveiled at CEDIA Expo 2007, Gear Head’ circulation has grown to approximately 18,000 subscribers with distribution throughout North America. The magazine has garnered numerous awards for its design and editorial content. Gear Head earned the Gold Award at the Custom Publishing Council’s 2007 Pearl Awards in the “Design: Best New Publication/Magazine? category, and in 2008, the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) awarded the magazine a MarCom Platinum Award in the “Design/Magazine Cover? category.

For more information on AVAD and Gear Head, please visit http://www.avad.com.

Talking Points
• AVAD has announced its award-winning custom publication, Gear Head, will now be available to all CEDIA members.
• CEDIA members can register for a complimentary subscription through the CEDIA e-newsletter, “e?VENTS which is sent the first and third Wednesday of each month.
• Published quarterly, Gear Head features expert advice, articles and industry insight on audio, video, structured wiring, whole-house distribution and more.
• Gear Head was previously available exclusively to AVAD dealers, vendors and partners.

About CEDIA
CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA Members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s website at http://www.cedia.org.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro Inc., is the most complete home integration solutions provider in 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 38 North American facilities.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include: APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, B&K Components, Bogen, Bose, Carlon ChannelPlus, Chief, Crown, H-P Products/Dirt Devil, Denon Pro, Draper, Dymo/RhinoPRO, Escient, Exceptional Innovation/Life|ware, Gefen, Global Cache, HAI, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, ITC, JBL Pro, JDSU, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Labor Saving Devices, Lutron, Marantz, MartinLogan, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Midlite, MuxLab, NetStreams, Niles Audio, OmniMount, Onkyo, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Optoma, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Panasonic Professional, 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 http://www.avad.com.

Company Contact:
Wally Whinna, Executive Vice President of Marketing
AVAD
Tel: 847-434-0888 x1101
Email: wally.whinna@avad.com
Web: http://www.avad.com

Media Contact:
Coleen Sterns Leith, President
Marketing Matters
Tel: 954-925-1511
Email: coleen@marketingmatters.net
Web: http://www.marketingmatters.net

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