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SnapAV Recruits Colin Clark for Business Unit Manager Role; To Manage Several Brands Including Further Expansion of Episode Speakers Line

Charlotte, NC – March 5, 2012 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has recruited Colin Clark for the role of Business Unit Manager.

Clark will manage several SnapAV brands including the further expansion of the Episode Speaker line, reporting directly to SnapAV CEO Jay Faison.

Clark’s vast career includes executive level product development and manufacturing operations roles with Niles Audio Corporation, and most recently The AVC Group.

“I am extremely excited to join the SnapAV team,” says Clark. “Snap has made a dynamic impact on the CI industry, providing everything that really matters to its customers: outstanding support, best-in-class service, and most importantly, exceptional products! It’s a winning combination that I am proud to become a part of.”

Clark possesses both a J.D. and M.B.A. from Florida International University, and a B.B.A. from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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SnapAV’s New Episode Soundbars and LCRs Boast Superior Sound, Installation Conveniences and Lifetime Warranty

Episodes New OnWall LCRs

Episode's New OnWall LCRs

Charlotte, NC – February 6, 2012 – Episode Speakers (www.episodespeakers.com) –- the audio brand of custom solutions manufacturer SnapAV — is now shipping its first Soundbars and On-Wall LCRs. Shown for the first time at 2011 CEDIA EXPO, the models are the newest additions to an already robust 2nd generation lineup of home theater and 2-channel loudspeakers (presently totaling 73 models – many critically acclaimed), that have steadily come to market these past 24 months.

Containing 3-front-channels-in-1 for positioning underneath the flat panel TV in entertainment room and bedroom settings, the Episode 300 Series Soundbars are available in 30- and 40-inch widths at $499 and $599 MSRP respectively. For use as either individual front channel or surround sound speakers, also new are Episode 300 Series On-Wall LCRs for medium and large-sized TVs at $199 and $299 MSRP respectively. more

SnapAV Nabs Former Niles Audio Tech Support Manager John Hamilton; Aims to Double Size of Tech Support Dept. and Implement Advanced Support

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has hired John Hamilton as Tech Support Manager.

Hamilton’s career spans product development, sales and training management positions with both consumer electronics manufacturers and systems integration companies. During his 11-year tenure as Niles Audio Corporation’s Tech Support Manager, Hamilton established himself as an industry leader.

In his new role, Hamilton will be charged with the task of doubling the size of SnapAV’s technical support team these next 12 months. He will also handle the development of informational documents including FAQS and technical support bulletins.

”I’m looking forward to taking an already spectacular team to the next level,” says Hamilton. “This is especially crucial given SnapAV’s massive growth and expansion into such categories as media distribution and surveillance, to name few. I see great things in the future and look forward to a long, rewarding career with SnapAV.”

Last year CE Pro Magazine awarded SnapAV’s tech support team with its 2011 Gold Quest for Quality Award.

About SnapAV: Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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SnapAV Shelters Surveillance DVR Customers from Worldwide Hard Drive Shortage Caused by Thailand Flooding; Acquires Hard Drive Stockpile during Early Stages of Crisis; Vows “No Dealer Surcharges”

Charlotte, NC – November 29, 2011 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 solutions for the custom and commercial AV channels in the US and Canada, has procured a stockpile of hard drives at premium costs in anticipation of the world-wide shortage caused by the recent Thailand flooding.

SnapAV uses the hard drives in its surveillance DVRs. According to SnapAV Marketing Vice President Adam Levy, even though the company paid prices higher than usual for the drives, it is committed to not imposing any surcharges on its DVRs.

“In bringing our surveillance line to market this past summer, we collaborated extensively with our Dealer Council to make certain that the products and pricing were where they (dealers) needed them to be. We will maintain that pricing so that dealers can carry on business as usual – unaffected by these fluctuations in the supply chain,” says Levy.

SnapAV’s expanding Wirepath surveillance line-up currently consists of 8 cameras (dome and bullet styles at 4 levels of performance), and 4 Digital Video Recorders (2 platforms: basic and advanced) with free supporting iPad, iPhone and Android Apps.

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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SnapAV Doubles Size of Charlotte, NC Operations and Opens Dallas, TX Distribution Center

Charlotte, NC – This month SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has relocated to a new corporate office and warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina – doubling the size of its previous Charlotte operations. The company also announced the grand opening of a Dallas, TX distribution center – its 3rd US distribution hub to date. The moves provide over 200,000 square feet of combined warehouse space. more

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SnapAV Enters Surveillance Category with Cameras, DVRs and iPhone / Android Apps; Entire Lineup Supported by Double Money-Back Guarantee

Charlotte, NC – August 4, 2011 – SnapAV (www.snapav.com), a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has entered the surveillance category.

SnapAV’s Wirepath Surveillance line-up consists of 8 cameras (dome and bullet styles at 4 levels of performance)and 3 Digital Video Recorders (2 platforms: basic and advanced) with a free supporting iPhone App (an Android App is on the way). Most of the Wirepath Surveillance products are shipping now.

According to SnapAV Marketing VP Adam Levy, the company spent more time getting input from dealers about surveillance than any other category it has undertaken. Through surveys and collaborative efforts with its Dealer Council, SnapAV learned that presently 89 percent if its dealers use surveillance products, with nearly 60 percent having a surveillance project at least
4 times each year.

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New SnapAV Website Offers Easier Shopping Experience, Improved Support

Charlotte, NC – June 1, 2011 – SnapAV (www.snapav.com), a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has replaced its US website with a new one. Enhancements include improved layout and navigation, and the implementation of Live Chat for immediate communication with SnapAV product specialists.

“SnapAV’s commitment to constantly improving our website is a big part of what makes us so popular with dealers,? says SnapAV Marketing VP Adam Levy. “With this update, it’s even easier for dealers to access product info, order and get on with their day. The buzz from dealers is that SnapAV continues to make the traditional manufacturer / rep / distributor model seem antiquated.?

?We’ve always strived to keep our website at the cutting edge of the industry,? furthers Levy. “The new site is not only about immediate more

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ihiji Takes Remote Monitoring and Support To Next Level With Control4 Home Automation Systems and ZigBee Device Monitoring Capability; Easy Integration, Offers Extended Visibility into Home Networks

Austin, TX – April 5, 2011 – ihiji, creator of the award-winning remote monitoring and support system invision, today announced that it now offers feature-rich compatibility with Control4® home automation systems and ZigBee devices. ihiji invision enables integrators to reduce servicing costs and increase system reliability while simultaneously empowering dealers to earn recurring revenue through the implementation of service contracts.

“Dealers will now be able to monitor many aspects of Control4 installations with ihiji invision, including ZigBee devices,? said ihiji president and co-founder Stuart Rench. “This represents a significant opportunity for all Control4 and ihiji dealers. They can now approach new or existing clients with a proactive remote monitoring and support solution that integrates easily and ensures improved system reliability and performance through extended device visibility.?

invision is a cloud-based remote monitoring and support system that enables 24/7 two-way communication with control, entertainment, network, HVAC lighting more

Oasis Home Theatre Seating Clarifies Benefits of Relationship with Irwin Seating Co., Steps-up Marketing Efforts and Offers Free Consultative Service for Entertainment Room Seating Selection and Layout

Mississauga, Ontario – Oasis Home Theatre Seating, since its inception in 2006 by former Irwin Seating Company home theater executive Rose Pefhany, markets its own brand of entertainment furniture and is the sole distributor of Irwin’s home theater chairs (US and Canada).

Pefhany wants dealers to know that the Irwin products that were so popular for nearly two decades — prior to the seating giant ceasing its home theater products marketing efforts several years ago — remain available today from Oasis. This includes Irwin’s Quinta, Ambassador and Performance VIP TheatreRockers and Springfield, Davies, Marquee, Sports and Outdoor models.

Oasis builds and sells the luxurious, award-winning Performance VIP and Ambassador loungers (formerly Irwin models that Pefhany had a hand in designing during her employ with manufacturer Irwin), as well as the Quinta and new Sterling loungers.

Oasis has recently launched a website – pointing www.oasishtseating.com and more

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A.T. Film Screen Co. Seymour-Screen Excellence Appoints Independent Sale Rep Firms; Also Currently Interviewing Reps for Open N.A. Territories

Ames, IA – Acoustically transparent projection screen company Seymour-Screen Excellence, which made its market debut at the 2010 CEDIA Expo, continues to progress in the market. Today the company announced the appointment of its first independent sales rep firms.

Appointed are:
· The Meyer Group – Illinois / Wisconsin
· Ace Marketing, Acoustic Solutions – Mid-Atlantic
· Value Added Marketing – New England
· JB Marketing Associates – Upstate New York

“We are empowering dealers to own – and be hailed for — the video portion of the home theater sale again; to super-size the projection screen for the most compelling experience possible. With our videophile quality woven fabric, dealers can do just that – tuck the front speakers into the wall, freeing the area for a larger screen,? says Managing Director Chris Seymour.

SSE is currently interviewing rep firms for the remaining open North America territories (including Canada). Interested reps should contact Chris Seymour at 515.268.3369 or email at chris@s-se.us. more

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