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AVAD Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Wally Whinna, to Retire

Van Nuys, Calif. – October 12, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, has announced Wally Whinna will retire from his position of Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the end of 2009.

Whinna is one of the original founders of AVAD, serving on the distributor’s Executive Committee and as Vice President of Marketing since its inception in 1997. Over the course of his tenure with AVAD, Whinna has been integral in developing AVAD from a simple concept to the custom electronics industry’s leading distributor with 28 North American locations, hundreds of vendor partners and thousands of dealers. more

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AVAD Promotes Cynthia Menna to Senior Manager, Business Development

Van Nuys, Calif. – October 6, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced the promotion of Cynthia Menna to the position of Senior Manager, Business Development. In her new role, Menna, who previously managed AVAD’s D2B program and held the title of Territory Sales Manager (Michigan, Ohio), will work with AVAD executives to identify, develop, manage and facilitate the growth of new product categories, service offerings and solution sets.

As part of her responsibilities, Menna will report directly to AVAD Vice President and General Manager Jim Annes, and work with AVAD’s executive team and its partners on areas of expanded product offerings and opportunities to support AVAD’s existing categories. Through the research, development and implementation of focused internal and external training and dealer support programs, she will also strengthen AVAD’s position as the custom installers’ primary source for knowledge on current more

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AVAD Strengthens Marketing and Training Programs with the Appointment of Steve Honig

Steve Honig has been named Senior Marketing and Training Manager at AVADVan Nuys, Calif. – October 1, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced an addition to its management team with the appointment of Steve Honig to Senior Marketing and Training Manager. Honig brings 35 years of experience in sales, training and management—15 of which were are the custom electronics industry. more

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Niles Ships Second Generation iPod® Solutions

MIAMI, Fla. – September 28, 2009 – Niles Audio Corporation, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today announced that it is now shipping the IntelliControl ICS IM-iCARD2 iPod Integration Module, plus two new iWARE connectivity solutions for iPod: the SmartDock2 Docking Station and the ES2 Wall Mount Extender System.

These three new products provide compatibility with all the latest iPod devices, supporting Apple’s new iPod charging circuitry. Niles is proud to announce that the IntelliControl ICS IM-iCARD2, the SmartDock2, and the ES2 are fully compatible with all new-generation iPods. In addition to this enhanced functionality, the two new iWARE products, the SmartDock2 and the ES2, are now fully compatible with the ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver. System designers and installers now have the opportunity to specify complete iPod solutions for this popular whole-house audio system. more

Niles CAT-5 HDMI Baluns Win CustomRetailer Exc!te Award

MIAMI, Fla. – September 23, 2009 – Niles Audio Corporation, The First Name in Custom Installation®, has announced its CAT-5 HDMI Baluns have been named the recipient of a 2009 Exc!te Award by CustomRetailer magazine. Niles CAT-5 HDMI Baluns provide system integrators with a reliable and repeatable connectivity solution for extending high definition sources throughout the home using cost-effective and easy-to-install CAT-5 or CAT-6 cable. Available in both wall-mount and component model versions, the new baluns feature a flexible design architecture to ensure a professional, cosmetically appealing installation.

Niles’ HDMI baluns convert high-definition audio and video signals to a balanced circuit topology so the signals can be transmitted over long runs of low-cost CAT-5 or CAT-6 cable. Operating in pairs, a system requires a transmitter balun and a receiver balun, with the transmitter located near the source component and the receiver near a flat-panel display. One more

AVAD Expands Outdoor TV Product Offering Through Partnership with SunBriteTV

Van Nuys, Calif. – September 21, 2009 – AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced it has entered into a distribution agreement, effective immediately, with Southern California based SunBriteTV, the innovator and leader in all-weather outdoor TV technology. Attendees to CEDIA Expo 2009, held Sept. 9-13 in Atlanta, Ga., had the opportunity to demo SunBriteTV products as part of AVAD’s “One Call Does it All? presentation at the show. more

Firefly Design Group Introduces New Online Portal for Streamlined Interaction with Custom Installers

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – August 27, 2009 – Firefly Design Group, a premier engineering and marketing firm in the custom electronics industry, has launched a new online portal used to increase the efficiency of communication and project management with custom installation professionals. Accessible from any location and available at no charge to Firefly Design Group clients, the Firefly Design Group Portal, designed in partnership with designecentral, provides an easy-to-use central dashboard where custom installers can easily order services, organize project materials, upload documentation and project specifications, and receive communications and materials from Firefly Design Group.

“As Firefly Design Group has continued to evolve, we realized that in order to truly serve the documentation and project management needs of the custom installer, we have to streamline the communication process,? said Ron Callis, president and founder of Firefly Design Group. “In addition to offering a central platform where installers can more

Bedrock Learning Offers Industry-Certified Courses through david

Holland, Mich. – August 26, 2009 – Bedrock Learning, a globally recognized leader in residential technology training and business support products, has announced it is now offering online training courses and business materials through david (Digital Audio Video Integration Distributors). Bedrock Learning will present attendees to CEDIA Expo 2009 with more information on the courses offered through david, as well as additional information on its full offering of educational materials, in booth #1630 on the expo floor.

Bedrock Learning’s courses, including materials for audio, video, home theater, lighting control, home networking, project management and more, provide a comprehensive overview of residential technologies essential for integrators, technicians and sales staff. In addition to providing the convenience of online training, Bedrock Learning’s courses are a cost-effective way for individuals and companies to improve career and business prospects and validate knowledge and understanding.

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AVAD to Distribute Home Automation and Security Products from HAI

Van Nuys, Calif. – August 21, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced it has entered in a distribution agreement with Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), a leading manufacturer of integrated security and home automation products. Through the partnership, AVAD dealers will now have access to HAI products, including a full range of home automation products and accessories designed to accommodate any lifestyle and budget. AVAD will feature new products from HAI as part of its “One Call Does it All? demo at booth #1765 at CEDIA Expo 2009, held September 10-13 in Atlanta, Ga.

The HAI line of home automation products now offered by AVAD includes the easy-to-install HAI OmniTouch 5.7, a 5.7 inch color touch screen, offering one-touch control of security systems, temperature, lighting, entertainment systems and more. AVAD dealers will also be able to offer their clients more

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Niles Audio to hold Dealer Events at CEDIA 09

Niles Audio Corporation, The First Name in Custom Installation®, has announced plans to hold a series of interactive and educational dealer events, including a Business Dynamics Seminar featuring leading economic analyst, Alan Beaulieu, at CEDIA Expo 2009. Dealers attending CEDIA Expo 2009 are also able to participate in a series of Town Hall Meetings where they have the opportunity to engage with and provide feedback directly to Frank Sterns, president of Niles. Additionally, Niles plans include training seminars, which provide attendees with the knowledge to design, install and program Niles ZR-6 MultiZone and IntelliControl ICS systems. Dealers are invited to register for each of the events at the Niles CEDIA 2009 Web site, www.nilesaudio.com/cedia09.php, or at the Niles’ Concierge Booth #1761 on the expo floor.

“Niles is committed to adding value and maintaining strong relationships with its dealers,” said Frank Sterns, president of Niles. “In addition more

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