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Stampede’s 2013 Big Book of AV Tour Rolls On In Columbus, Ohio On March 8th!

North America’s largest ProAV dealer tour continues bringing together the best manufacturers and ProAV dealers when Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. brings its Spring 2013 Big Book of AV Tour to Columbus, Ohio, on March 8, 2013. This stop will be held at the Columbus Airport Marriott, from 9:00AM through 1:30 PM.

“With just two stops so far in 2013, our BBOAV Tour is already shaping up to be one of the best, as we are consistently delivering on our promise to bring the best manufacturers directly to our dealers in their home markets,” Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly declared today. “In Columbus, we’re allowing our dealers to experience and interact with even more new products, offering timely product training sessions, and extending more incentives for them to make the time to come out and see what’s new from our exhibiting manufacturers.”

According to Kelly, all attendees at the Columbus stop will receive a $50 AMEX gift card. In addition, attendees will receive a $100 Restaurant.com gift card for every CTS Certified training session they attend! Additionally, all attendees will receive one $500 Stampede Credit that can be applied to any order over $5,000 that is placed with Stampede before April 12, 2013.

Stampede will provide complimentary continental breakfast from 9:00AM – 11:00AM, and a lunch buffet from 11:45AM – 1:30PM.

Two CTS Certified trainings, each worth .5 CTS RU, are scheduled to take place from Hitachi and Sony Unified Communications. Edgar Jimenez, Hitachi Western Zone Manager, will present a training session focused on WHDI and new switchers and doc cameras from Hitachi that allow for wireless content delivery. Sony Video Conferencing Director of Engineering, Paul Dragos, will present a session that includes demonstrations of Sony Video Conferencing products, MediaPointe streaming, Automated Workflow process for content management, and Radvision United Communications. These sessions will take place from 9:30AM – 10:15AM, and 12:00PM – 12:45PM, respectively.

Dealer registration is open now at www.bigbookofavtour.com, where they can also find directions and participating manufacturer information. The Columbus event will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST.

Remaining stops on the Spring 2013 Tour include:
April 10, 2013 New York, NY
May 16, 2013 Charlotte, NC

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Stampede Sponsors Timely March 6 Webinar On Mergers & Acquisitions

Veteran Pro AV business owners who are interested in developing and implementing the right kind of succession plan that best serves their long-term needs should make it a point to register now for the March 6, 2013 InfoComm Webinar on “Mergers & Acqusitions” that is being sponsored exclusively by Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. According to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, Stampede worked closely with InfoComm and presenter John Stiernberg of Stiernberg Consulting to create an information-packed presentation that defines the issues that pertain specifically to Pro AV
business owners.

“Mergers and acquisitions are transforming a number of American industries including the Pro AV community,” Kelly said today, “and for many of our founder-managed businesses the timing couldn’t be better — but only if they make the right decisions and have all of the right information at their
disposal. The March 6 InfoComm Webinar, which we are proud to sponsor exclusively, covers all of the strategic issues and then some.”

According to Kelly, the March 6 Webinar will cover issues like defining succession planning, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances in the context of the ProAV community; discussion of multiple exit strategy options; how to establish parameters for successful exit strategies; clarification of the differences that exist among AV integrators, design firms and manufacturers; and finally, how to establish the key financial and non-financial metrics that have an impact on the planning process.

Stampede is sponsoring a total of four InfoComm Webinars in 2013 and each of them will focus on how to develop and implement a business succession plan that best benefits the owner and the employees who play such a vital role in keeping the Pro AV industry’s businesses vital and relevant to their customers. The remaining webinars in this series, “Successful AV Industry Mergers & Acquisitions” and “Critical Success Factors for Your Long-Term Plan”, are scheduled, respectively, for March 13 and March 20, both at 1 p.m EST.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Boston Red Sox Catcher Jarrod ‘Salty’ Saltalamacchia Upgrades His Home Entertainment To The Big Leagues With ELAN® g!

The Boston Red Sox’ starting catcher, Jarrod ‘Salty’ Saltalamacchia, has been playing baseball his whole life, and now plays with some of the best athletes in the world. At his West Palm Beach, Florida home, his family loves listening to music and watching TV and movies, so now he’s upgraded his home’s AV system to the major leagues with the incredibly easy-to-use, high fidelity ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System. What’s more, after just a few weeks using the g! System, Saltalamacchia was ready for the full ELAN g! treatment and expanded the system to integrate control of the home’s lighting, heating and cooling, security and surveillance.

“Living with the ELAN g! System is almost like living in a different house,” Saltalamacchia said. “It’s such a better experience than using the Bose system I was used to. Not only is the sound clearer, louder, and distributed all over the house, but all my music and movies are automatically connected to the system so there’s no need to plug in my iPad. I also love using the g! iPad app to control the TVs, especially in the game room, where it’s easy to use three side-by-side TVs that are clearly labeled TV one, two and three on the g! screen. If I ever move to a new home there’s a good chance that getting an ELAN g! System will be one of the first items on my to-do list.”

Dave Febbraio of Connecticut-based Structured Home Solutions integrated nine audio zones, eight video zones, 22 security zones, 12 Lutron lighting zones and several surveillance cameras into Saltalamacchia’s g! System, filling the entire house — indoors and outdoors — with the latest in AV and control technologies.

“Like a lot of homeowners, Jarrod had never used a whole-home AV system before,” Febbraio said. “The beauty of the ELAN g! System is it’s easy enough for new users to dive right in, but also powerful enough for them to set their own schedules for lighting, heating, security, irrigation and more. It’s also very expandable, which obviously helped in this case when Jarrod wanted to add in his lighting, HVAC, security and surveillance systems. I recommend ELAN g! for all types of clients, from those building a single room AV system to homeowners who want whole-home automation. It’s very robust and compatible with a ton of popular third-party systems, while allowing users to add more zones and more subsystems as they desire.”

Inside the home, 14 Niles in-ceiling speakers provide audiophile sound in nearly every room, while nine Samsung LED TVs ranging from 26” to 55” and a Sharp 70” LED TV offer the family an endless selection of TV and videos from 12 DirecTV receivers and a 2 terabyte NAS drive. A Logitech Squeezebox adds Pandora and Rhapsody streaming services to the mix, which also includes AM/FM, Sirius|XM® Satellite Radio, iPods, iPads and the family’s iTunes library. When they venture outdoors, the family never misses a beat thanks to the well-appointed poolside patio that features six Niles outdoor speakers and three LG LCD TVs. In addition to the iPads with the g!Mobile app, several rooms and the patio have their own ELAN HR2 remotes that make choosing the family’s favorite music and videos a breeze while offering the reliability and familiarity of a traditional TV remote control.

“The system is so easy to use that my 6-year-old daughter jumped right in and started using my iPad to control the TV without any help,” Saltalamacchia added. “For my wife and me, one of the best features is the remote access, since we spend a lot of time in Boston. Now we can check in on the security system and look through the surveillance cameras, and even set a lighting schedule so the house isn’t dark when we’re away. It’s comforting to know that we can always look in on the house and even make it seem like people are home when we want to. And I can’t say enough good things about Dave Febbraio. I had him come down to Florida from Connecticut because I’ve dealt with all kinds of electricians and contractors, and Dave exceeded my expectations at every turn. He always responds to my calls and texts right away and all the work he did was exactly how we had discussed and was done in a very clean, professional manner.”

The home’s ELAN g! System comprises ELAN’s HC6 Controller, an ELAN V85 video switcher, an ELAN S1616A, five ELAN HR2 Remotes, an ELAN TS7 in-wall touch screen, an ELK security system, Lutron RadioRa2 lighting, two Aviosys IP video servers and a Panamax BlueBolt surge protector and battery backup.

Besides having the longest last name in the history of Major League Baseball, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has made a name for himself since his major league debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2007. Over his 474-game career, which includes playing with the Texas Rangers and his current position as starting catcher for the Boston Red Sox, the 27-year-old switch-hitter has earned an impressive 376 hits, 64 home runs, 210 RBIs and a batting average of .239.

Structured Home Solutions is a complete custom integration firm based in Sherman, Connecticut, and serves the entire New York tri-state area. For more info, please visit www.shomesllc.com.

Photo credit: (second photo) Action shot taken on May 21, 2012 by Keith Allison.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the CORE® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Stampede Awarded 2013 Digi Award For Best Deployment Of Digital Signage In An Entertainment Setting

Underscoring its position as the industry-leading provider of high value added ProAV system solutions, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a 2013 DIGI Award from Digital Signage Magazine in the category of Best Deployment, Entertainment. Stampede was recognized for providing BrightSign media players and superior ProAV knowledge to Matt Seibert Designs for Seibert’s work on the Chuck Jones Experience at the Circus Circus Resort in Las Vegas.

“It’s with tremendous pride that we accept this award from Digital Signage Magazine,” said Kevin Kelly, President & COO of Stampede. “Our sales and support team members put a great deal of thought into each and every solution we design with our valued customers, so we are thrilled to have our work on the Chuck Jones Experience recognized by Digital Signage. This project was a perfect example of we work with out dealers to achieve their AV goals.”

The DIGI Awards recognize the resellers, integrators and service providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure success for their clients, thereby furthering the digital signage industry as a whole. Additionally, Digital Signage recognizes the best New Products for the digital signage and DOOH market.

“As Chair of the Judges Committee for the DIGI Awards–administered by NewBay Media’s Digital Signage magazine– I want to congratulate all the winners of 2013 DIGI Awards. Each year, the task of choosing winners becomes a more daunting one, as the world’s top digital signage and DOOH providers continue to raise the bar for excellence,” said David Keene, Executive Editor of Digital Signage. “In myriad ways, the entrants in the 2013 DIGI Awards showed new and creative ways to address customers’ challenges– whether for digital signage in the retail space, for transportation, for entertainment venues, corporate applications, or educational institutions.”

The Chuck Jones Experience utilizes more than 20 BrightSign media players, distributed in multiple zones throughout the 10,000 square foot facility and providing content for TVs, projectors and even touchscreens. Visitors are greeted at the entrance with screens looping informational content about the exhibit. Inside the hall, one wall features a dramatic installation that includes 15 LG LCD TVs ranging from 22 to 32 inches that are capable of displaying separate content or tiling together to showcase integrated content that spans the entire wall. The exhibit has interactive elements as well, allowing visitors to draw and color their own cartoons on three big screen NEC touchscreens. A Christie projection system with Pioneer surround sound shows full-length cartoons from throughout Jones’s career.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Advanced Awarded 2013 DIGI Award For Integrating Groundbreaking AV Solutions In GE’s Grid IQ Global Innovation Center

Advanced, Canada’s premier AV and IT integrator, today announced that it has been awarded Digital Signage Magazine’s 2013 DIGI Award in the category of Interactive Technology, Rollout, for its design and installation of AV solutions in 55 rooms of GE’s $40 million, 200,000 square foot facility in Markham, Ontario. The installation included a one-of-a-kind Customer Experience Center designed to educate customers on GE’s full suite of energy management tools.

“In receiving this award, we are honored and excited to have our work recognized by Digital Signage Magazine,” said Advanced President & CEO Mark Mulford. “After a comprehensive search, we were chosen by GE to design and install AV solutions that would offer their customers an unparalleled visitor experience. In the end, we integrated cutting-edge AV solutions throughout their facility, including a 58-foot Prysm LDP video wall in their Customer Experience Center, giving them all that they asked for and more.”

The DIGI Awards recognize the resellers, integrators and service providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure success for their clients, thereby furthering the digital signage industry as a whole. Additionally, Digital Signage recognizes the best New Products for the digital signage and DOOH market.

“As Chair of the Judges Committee for the DIGI Awards–administered by NewBay Media’s Digital Signage magazine– I want to congratulate all the winners of 2013 DIGI Awards,” said David Keene, Executive Editor of Digital Signage. “Each year, the task of choosing winners becomes a more daunting one, as the world’s top digital signage and DOOH providers continue to raise the bar for excellence. In myriad ways, the entrants in the 2013 DIGI Awards showed new and creative ways to address customers’ challenges– whether for digital signage in the retail space, for transportation, for entertainment venues, corporate applications, or educational institutions.”

The installation at GE’s Grid IQ™ Global Innovation Center encompassed 55 rooms including the Customer Experience Center, executive offices, boardrooms, training rooms, and meeting rooms, all of which utilize state-of-the-art AV equipment including video conferencing systems, interactive touchscreens, in-ceiling speakers and microphones.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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Take 1 To Support Event Safety Alliance And Distribute The New ESA “United States Event Safety Guide” To Clients

Reinforcing the growing importance of advancing event safety to all live event producers and organizers, Take 1 Insurance, the entertainment industry’s forward looking insurance solutions provider, today announced its full support of the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) and that it will begin distributing the ESA’s new United States Event Safety Guide, which is now open for peer review and comment on the ESA web site www.eventsafetyalliance.org.

“We have all seen the horrible consequences of what can come from a live event that goes terribly wrong,” said Scott Carroll, Executive Vice President and Program Director of Take 1 Insurance. “And, while we cannot control weather or the suddenness of an unforeseen event, we can learn how to plan better for these events. This conviction led Jim Digby and other far-sighted industry professionals to form the Event Safety Alliance. Take 1 supports their efforts 100%. You can’t take a chance when it comes to safety. The consequences are simply too great.”

According to Carroll, Take 1 will begin distributing copies of the new U.S. Event Safety Guide to its clients as soon as the final edition becomes available. “We plan to include the guide, in digital form, in all of our presentations to prospective live event producing clients and we will also provide digital copies to our current clients who request it as part of our ongoing policy review and education efforts. We will also make the brochure available for download at our web site.”

Commenting on Take 1’s plans, Event Safety Alliance Executive Direct Jim Digby noted that, “We appreciate the support of Take 1 as we begin to expand our educational outreach to the live event community. All of us need to do more to be better prepared for any on-site eventuality. Our guide is one step forward in this effort and the more professionals we can get to implement the recommendations in this guide the safer all future live events will be.”

To find out more about the initiatives of the Event Safety Alliance, register to become an ESA member, and to provide valuable feedback on the new Guide, please visit www.eventsafetyalliance.org.

Take 1’s specialty program has designed inland marine coverage, among other specialty coverages for the entertainment industry, that automatically applies everywhere in the world, without the need for additional riders or endorsements. It eliminates co-insurance, thus protecting 100 percent of the insured value of the equipment covered; provides automatic replacement cost valuation; allows for separate limits in key individual coverage areas like owned equipment, equipment rented from others, equipment in the insured’s Care Custody and Control (CCC), and equipment in transit; flood coverage for equipment in transit; and blanket limits that eliminate the need for clients’ to itemize each and every piece of equipment, cable, LED panel, etc. being covered.

About U.S. Risk Insurance Group
U. S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc. (www.usrisk.com) is a specialty lines underwriting manager and wholesale broker headquartered in Dallas. Operating 11 domestic and international branches, it offers a broad range of products and services through its affiliate companies, which include U.S. Risk Underwriters, U.S. Risk Brokers, Oxford Insurance Brokers, Ltd. (London), Advocate Reinsurance Partners, LLC, and Unisource Program Administrators.

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Stampede Kicks Off 2013 Big Book of AV Tour Today in New Orleans!

The 2013 Big Book of AV Tour kicks off today in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it promises to be nothing short of a blockbuster start to the new roadshow season with the announcement that Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. is teaming up with the International Technology Rental Association (ITRA), the world’s largest technology rental association.

According to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, “By partnering with the ITRA our goal is to provide their members and our manufacturer partners with an unprecedented opportunity to meet and discuss the latest Pro AV products and technologies. The ITRA is holding their annual membership meeting in New Orleans, at the Crowne Plaza Astor New Orleans, at the same time as our tour stop. By partnering with the ITRA we are therefore able to schedule an ITRA Members Only afternoon session at no additional cost to our exhibiting partners.”

According to Kelly, over the course of the 2013 BBOAV tour Stampede will partner with other vertical market associations and organizations in order to take the impact of our shows to the largest possible audience of dealers and end users. “Our goal is to expand the size of the overall ProAV market by identifying and reaching out to new vertical markets that can immediately benefit from the products and systems solutions offered by our manufacturing partners. Our commitment to expand the size of the overall market for ProAV solutions is, I believe, unmatched by any other distributor in the industry today.”

The New Orleans BBOAV event will take place at the New Orleans Crowne Plaza Astor Hotel (739 Canal Street). The regular exhibit hours will run from 9:00AM until 1:30PM. The ITRA exhibit hours will run from 2:00PM until 5:00PM, which will be followed by an ITRA Member Reception that all BBOAV exhibitors are invited to attend. To find out more about the event, and the 2013 tour season, visit www.bigbookofavtour.com.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Stampede Sponsors First InfoComm Hosted Webinar Series On Mergers and Acquisitions

Effective business succession planning, one of the most important issues facing the current generation of ProAV business owners, is taking center stage in a new four-part, InfoComm-hosted webinar series premiering today, February 20, 2013, that is being sponsored exclusively by Stampede Presentation Products, Inc.

According to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, Stampede is working closely with InfoComm, Stiernberg Consulting, and the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris, and Arthur LLP to create a complete and compelling webinar series that carefully introduces InfoComm members to every strategic and tactical issue involved in developing and implementing a successful succession plan. “Many InfoComm members have spent the better part of their careers building very successful businesses that need not and should not fade away simply because the founders are approaching their own individual retirements,” Kelly emphasized today. “For years, Stampede has offered its dealers succession planning counseling and now we are taking this commitment to an entirely new level by joining forces with InfoComm, Stiernberg Consulting, and Porter, Wright, Morris, and Arthur LLP to create the industry’s first association hosted series on this critically important issue.”

Kelly explained that the webinar series will cover a high level view of succession planning, including long-term exit strategy options; hypothetical examples of successful mergers and acquisitions including specific ‘do’s and don’ts;’ tips for developing an exit strategy including critical success factors; and the legal ramifications of mergers and acquisitions. Each webinar will be recorded and hosted on the InfoComm web site. After each initial webcast, the individual sessions will continue to be hosted on the InfoComm web site for six months.

Remaining webinars in this series include:
March 6th at 1:00 p.m. EST – “So You Think You Want to Sell Your Company”
More information and registration here: http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/35821.htm

March 13th at 1:00 p.m. EST – “Successful AV Industry Mergers & Acquisitions”
More information and registration here: http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/35822.htm

March 20th at 1:00 p.m. EST – “Critical Success Factors for Your Long-Term Plan”
More information and registration here: http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/35823.htm

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Design Studio Of The Future Features AV And Control From ELAN, Niles and Sunfire

Kris Turnbull Studios, one of Europe’s leading interior designers, recently demonstrated his belief that contemporary home design must incorporate integrated AV and control technologies. He did so by opening a new flagship design studio in Belfast, Ireland that features the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System, complete with multiple zones of Niles® and Sunfire® high-fidelity speakers. The innovative interior designer makes modern technology an integral design element in many projects and recognizes that chic, life-enhancing electronics add value to a luxury living environment.

“My luxury-minded clients desire breathtaking interiors that break convention and delight the senses,” Kris Turnbull said. “Modern design has reached a confluence between architecture, decoration and technology that provides an unprecedented level of comfort, security and enjoyment, seamlessly blending environment with enhanced home functionality. My experience in the modern design industry has led me to embrace the new realities of home living that require a ground-level understanding that technology is often as vital to a homeowner’s satisfaction as the furnishings, window dressing, accessories and lighting.

“This beautiful new showroom proves that AV and integration technologies can add significant value to any living space while remaining nearly invisible. The open layout of the showroom highlights my expertise in creating uniquely attractive and comfortable arrangements, and the installed technologies provide all the modern conveniences that today’s homeowners and homebuyers desire. ELAN, Niles and Sunfire make top-quality products that blend into any décor.”

To create the showroom, Kris Turnbull transformed a former church into an open floorplan design center that features 10 distinct areas including living spaces, bedrooms, dining areas and a walk-in closet that each present a unique modern design aesthetic. Using the finest materials and furnishings from the likes of Fendi Casa, Kenzo Maison, Donghia New York and Christopher Guy, he presents a vision of modern living that appeals to a luxury-minded clientele.

“The studio reflects the luxury market. I am currently designing homes in London, Paris, Portugal, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Bermuda and Montenegro, so there is a breadth of architecture and regional stylistic influence that permeates my work across the globe. The one constant, no matter what location, is that if a client desires modern technologies, they want them to be unobtrusive and so easy to use that there is no learning involved. Technology adds value to a living environment when it makes traditional activities simpler and more intuitive. All of the electronics in the new design studio exemplify this mindset by providing enhanced comfort and usability in every type of space.”

The system was designed, specified and supplied by Indigo Distribution, the leading custom electronics distributor in Ireland. Several of the design spaces feature Niles in-ceiling and in-wall speakers that seamlessly blend into the décor with fully paintable magnetically-attached grilles, allowing the studio to present an ultra-premium sonic experience that is heard, but not seen. In one area that includes a high-definition TV, Sunfire’s audiophile bookshelf speakers are used to envelop the guests in a 5.1 surround soundscape that rivals the power and clarity of a commercial movie theater. The design offices, which are located on the second floor, also feature Sunfire speakers for listening to music during work.

The ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System consolidates control of the design studio’s three TVs and multiple audio zones, which can be simply accessed and adjusted through two in-wall ELAN LCD touchscreens, two ELAN HR2 wand-style remotes with touchscreens, or the g!Mobile app for Android, iOS, PCs and Mac computers. In the spring of 2013, Kris Turnbull Studios will add Niles outdoor speakers that are designed to look like landscape lighting to complete the building’s audio system.

The award-winning Kris Turnbull Studios has grown to 16 employees in just six years and its work has been profiled in several major design and lifestyle publications. The company recently expanded beyond interior design with the addition of in-house architects and interior architects who provide creative input and technical designs, creating a full-service home design agency that can see a project through from conception to furnishing. For more information about Kris Turnbull Studios and to view a gallery of its work, please visit www.kristurnbull.com.

Photo 1: From left to right: Simon Spears of ELAN Home Systems, Kris Turnbull and Matthew Booth of Indigo Distribution.

Photo 2: The new Kris Turnbull Studios Design Center includes several areas that feature HDTVs and hi-fi home theater speakers and subwoofers from Sunfire and Niles.

Photo 3: The new Kris Turnbull Studios Design Center launch party on February 9, 2013 drew more than 250 guests.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the CORE® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Event Safety Takes On New Urgency For Attendees Of Event Live Expo 2013

Municipalities hosting large-scale indoor and outdoor live events have often required event organizers to prepare comprehensive Event Safety Plans that include specific engineering drawings that address the riggings of stages and roof structures, high wind action plans and comprehensive insurance policies. Those plan may now also be required by insurance providers before approving coverage, according to a prediction made last week at Event Live Expo 2013 by Scott Carroll, Executive Vice President and Program Director of Take1 Entertainment Insurance.

At a heavily attended seminar entitled “Insurance for Major Events: What You Need To Know,” Carroll warned live event producers and organizers to get ready for a new era of greater municipal oversight and new requirements. “Municipalities do not want to be in the news for hosting a live event that goes terribly wrong because of accident, tragedy, or weather and they are putting a greater onus of responsibility on the shoulders of event producers and, in turn, their insurance providers to show that they are ready for almost any contingency,” Carroll said.

Exactly how much more involved and complicated will it get, Carroll asked the audience? “It’s quite possible insurance companies will now begin to look for engineering reports, particularly for events taking place out of doors. They may want to see specifics that address the riggings of stages and roof structures, as well as an action plan in the event of high winds. They may also want to see operations plans, management plans and structural engineering reports.”

The bottom line, according to Carroll? “Gone are the days when the insurance sections of venue contracts are glossed over and rarely enforced. We are entering a new age of intense oversight and greater requirements.”

As a result of both, Carroll predicted, insurance capacity in larger limits is going to become increasingly difficult to obtain from one or even two carriers. “Now it is going to require several carriers to provide limits of $20-million or more. This is the new reality facing the entire entertainment industry in general and the live event industry in particular.”

Carroll urged seminar attendees to take a close hard look at their current insurance coverage and the insurance companies providing those coverages. “It doesn’t hurt to discuss with your insurance providers the kind of claims that can arise from the recent spate of tragedies in South Africa (Linkin Park concert scaffolding collapse), Canada (Radiohead concert stage collapse), Brazil (Santa Maria nightclub fire), and the United States (Indiana State Fair Sugarland stage collapse). These discussions may help you to better understand how they might react and respond on your behalf if tragedy strikes and possibly point out gaps that may exist within your current insurance program. After all, it’s always easier to discuss potential claims with insurance carriers before they actually happen.”

About U.S. Risk Insurance Group
U. S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc. is a specialty lines underwriting manager and wholesale broker headquartered in Dallas. Operating 12 domestic and international branches, it offers a broad range of products and services through its affiliate companies, which include U.S. Risk Underwriters, U.S. Risk Brokers, Lighthouse Underwriters, LLC, Professional Claims Managers, Omnisure Consulting Group, Oxford Insurance Brokers, Ltd. (London), Goss Reinsurance Brokers, LLC, and NovaPro Risk Solutions, LP. Its entertainment division, Take1, has served as the official endorsed insurance provider for the last 15 years INFOCOMM, the leading association of A/V communications industry professionals.

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