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Atlona(R) Unveils New Home Collection Consumer Product Line at 2012 International CES

Atlona(R) Debuts Retail-Ready Audio/Video Connectivity Products Family

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 6, 2012 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced the Atlona Home Collection, an all-new family of audio/video connectivity products and accessories designed to provide consumers with the freedom and flexibility they need to connect and enjoy their electronics. With digital content in homes taking many forms and coming from a variety of devices, the new Atlona Home Collection offers the solutions retailers need to help consumers connect, share, and experience their media across multiple rooms, sources, and formats. more

SENSIO Announces Creation of Dedicated 3D Video on Demand Service: 3DGO!

MONTREAL — Jan. 5, 2012 — SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO) (TSX.V: SIO) today announced the launch of a 3D Video on Demand (VoD) store: 3DGO!, a unique product to boost consumer 3D adoption. With 3DGO!, consumers across the U.S. will benefit from a complete and user-friendly 3D solution to access and view high-quality 3D titles in the SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D format. Available in spring 2012, 3DGO! will offer a wide variety of dedicated 3D content, ranging from blockbuster studio titles to must-see documentaries, to consumers whose 3DTVs support SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D technology.

3DGO! uses the SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D award-winning technology, providing the highest image quality amongst frame compatible formats. After installing the application on a connected 3DTV, consumers will simply need to select the 3DGO! service to immediately start enjoying 3D content. The transactional model will offer consumers access to a wide 3D library, which SENSIO commits to continue to develop. Neither subscription nor additional equipment is required.

“We committed ourselves to bringing added value to our SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D clients and to keeping them one step ahead,” said Nicholas Routhier, SENSIO President and CEO. “We know customers want more 3D content and easy/convenient access to it. This is exactly why we are launching 3DGO!. For the first time, consumers will get easy access to the largest on-demand 3D dedicated library directly from their 3DTVs. 3DGO! is the simplest way to make good use of any 3DTV.”

SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D is a unique frame-compatible technology for high-fidelity stereoscopic signal processing and is easily integrated into display products. Developed and refined by SENSIO for more than a decade, and deployed in the field for seven years, this mature technology has been trusted by the biggest names in content creation for pioneering and commercializing live 3D events in cinemas around the world, as well as for high-profile console games and DVD movies.

Further information about SENSIO and its technologies is available at www.sensio.tv.

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About SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO): SENSIO Technologies Inc. (www.sensio.tv) has been leading the floor in bringing 3D video to the consumer since 1999. Its vision, expertise, and state-of-the-art solutions, based on diversified stereoscopic image-processing technologies, have been trusted by some of the biggest names in the media and entertainment industries to power numerous industry firsts, initiate new business models, and generate immediate revenue with a distinctive 3D offering.

SENSIO enables its clients to deliver the best possible 3D experience for the end-user through a broad portfolio of products, including its flagship, award-winning technology, SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D. Through SENSIO solutions, consumers can access — with effortless interaction and complete peace of mind — 3D content of superior quality to common frame-compatible formats distributed over existing infrastructure (cable, satellite, or over IP) and displayed using any existing digital equipment (cinema, home cinema, TV, game consoles, or PC). SENSIO is listed on the Toronto TSX Venture Exchange.

SENSIO(R) is a registered trademark of SENSIO Technologies Inc.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the company’s expectations with regard to future events. Actual events could differ significantly from those anticipated in this document.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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SENSIO Nominated as Finalist for TV Innovation Awards

IMS Research has recognized SENSIO(R) Autodetect V2.0 as a top technology in the 3DTV field; winners to be announced at the 2012 International CES

MONTREAL — Jan. 5, 2012 — SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO) (TSX.V: SIO) is proud to announce that the company has been nominated as finalist in the 3DTV category of the TV Innovation Awards presented by IMS Research (http://www.imsconferences.com/index.php/tvawards2012), for its SENSIO(R) Autodetect V2.0 technology. Winners will be announced at the IMS Research Cocktail Party, held on Jan. 9 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino during the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas.

“As the TV industry evolves to a true on-demand experience, with users able to access extensive libraries of content to be viewed at a time and place and on the device of their choosing, many new challenges and opportunities are presented,” said IMS Research President Ian Weightman. “The goal of the TV Innovation Awards is to recognize the most forward-thinking companies who are creating products and services that are driving this new TV paradigm.”

“SENSIO(R) Autodetect is the only commercially available technology to provide automatic format detection for all of the most popular stereoscopic 3D formats, and we’re pleased that this unique capability has been recognized by the IMS Research judging panel,” said Nicholas Routhier, SENSIO President and CEO. “The TV Innovation Awards have honoured some of the industry’s best-known companies, and we are pleased that SENSIO is considered among today’s leaders in bringing critical 3D technology to market and a richer viewing experience to consumers.”

SENSIO(R) Autodetect was designed to improve the stereoscopic 3D experience of the end user, taking the technical headache out of enjoying the medium. The technology automatically detects, with superior reliability, all the most commonly used frame-compatible stereo-3D video formats (SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D, Side-by-Side, Top-and-Bottom) or a 2D signal. Integrating smoothly into consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers’ products and operating seamlessly with the SENSIO(R) 3D Decoder, SENSIO(R) Autodetect eliminates issues associated with configuration of input and output formats.

SENSIO(R) Autodetect can distinguish the nature of content provided by many platforms, including video-on-demand (VOD), pay-per-view (PPV), programmed broadcasts, IP streaming and downloads, packaged media, and stereoscopic 3D (S3D) console games. Integrated into CE equipment capable of decoding 3D signals, it functions perfectly with legacy equipment (HDMI 1.3 and lower) because it is not reliant on flags or metadata. With this technology, consumers can be sure that the proper image conversion is applied to the detected signal and that the 2D/3D format always matches the content. Viewers don’t need to know in advance which format they will be watching, and there is no need to navigate through on-screen menus to select the appropriate output.

More information about SENSIO and its technologies is available at www.sensio.tv.

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About SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO): SENSIO Technologies Inc. (www.sensio.tv) has been leading the floor in bringing 3D video to the consumer since 1999. Its vision, expertise, and state-of-the-art solutions, based on diversified stereoscopic image-processing technologies, have been trusted by some of the biggest names in the media and entertainment industries to power numerous industry firsts, initiate new business models, and generate immediate revenue with a distinctive 3D offering.

SENSIO enables its clients to deliver the best possible 3D experience for the end-user through a broad portfolio of products, including its flagship, award-winning technology, SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D. Through SENSIO solutions, consumers can access — with effortless interaction and complete peace of mind — 3D content of superior quality to common frame-compatible formats distributed over existing infrastructure (cable, satellite, or over IP) and displayed using any existing digital equipment (cinema, home cinema, TV, game consoles, or PC). SENSIO is listed on the Toronto TSX Venture Exchange.

SENSIO(R) is a registered trademark of SENSIO Technologies Inc.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the company’s expectations with regard to future events. Actual events could differ significantly from those anticipated in this document.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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BenQ to Showcase the Ultimate in Entertainment at the 2012 International CES

Because Enjoyment Matters, BenQ Will Highlight Latest 3D-Ready Home Cinema Projectors, Mini Projectors, and Gaming Monitors

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 4, 2012 — At the 2012 International CES, BenQ America Corp. will present the latest developments in its family of leading-edge projectors and gaming monitors — all geared toward providing the ultimate in entertainment for home cinema viewers and gamers alike.

Visitors to BenQ’s suite will experience the latest breakthrough in home entertainment when the company unveils its first 3D full-HD home cinema projector: the W7000. The world’s first projector to be accredited with the TÜV Rheinland 3D Full-HD Certification, the W7000 is powered by DLP Link(TM) to deliver ultra-smooth 1080p full-HD 3D images to both eyes, crosstalk-free. Combined with 50,000:1 high contrast ratio, 2,000 ANSI lumen high brightness, Rec. 709 color gamut, BrilliantColor(TM) performance, VIDI(TM) lighting technology, and the latest HDMI 1.4a connectivity, the W7000 allows users to enjoy brilliantly rendered 3D movies, live sports, and video games automatically without additional setup.

Also at the 2012 International CES, BenQ will launch the next generation of its popular mini projector, the BenQ Joybee GP2. Building on the success of its GP1 predecessor, the Joybee GP2 Projector features the same elegant black and white housing while adding a number of enhancements. Just a few of these enhancements include: an intuitive user interface, 720p HD-ready video capability, short-throw projection, an integrated iPhone(R)/iPod(R) dock, an optional three-hour battery pack, 2GB of on-board memory storage, and a multitude of connectivity options for personal devices and various multimedia formats. With simple plug-and-play operation and 200 ANSI lumen brightness, the palm-sized GP2 Projector allows users to share HD-quality presentations, videos, photos, and games on a brilliant 160-inch cinematic display.

As every gamer knows, “Gaming is in the Details.” So, BenQ is pleased to introduce two new 120 Hz, 3D first-person shooter (FPS) monitors at CES: the XL2420T and XL2420TX. Offering the ultimate FPS gaming experience, the new XL Series monitors were co-developed by prominent Counter-Strike legends Emil “HeatoN” Christensen, Abdisamad “SpawN” Mohamed, Tommy “Potti” Ingemarsson, Christer “fisker” Eriksson, and Michael “ahl” Korduner, as well as UMX_Xanver from ZOWIE GEAR, an innovative manufacturer of high-end professional gaming gear. Through this collaboration, the XL Series models not only hold the fundamental key to FPS gaming success, but also possess exclusive features meticulously thought out to provide FPS gamers with the ultimate sense of ease and control. Some unique features include Black eQualizer color engine technology to allow gamers to brighten the image display without over-exposing white levels and a stylish S Switch controller to allow users to switch swiftly between customized display settings for gaming and entertainment.

“CES attendees who visit our suite will get a firsthand look at some of today’s most leading-edge innovations in home cinema 3D-ready projection and gaming monitors — a real testament to our philosophy that ‘Enjoyment Matters,’” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “For instance, our new BenQ Joybee GP2 mini projector incorporates features and benefits that mobile consumers value, offering a unique combination of performance and flexibility and giving users a fun way to present, share, and entertain.”

BenQ’s entertainment solutions for any application will be on display in Hilton Suite 28-105 at the 2012 International CES. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.com.

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About BenQ America Corp.
BenQ America Corp. is a leading-edge digital display technology company supplying superior-quality projectors and gaming monitors. BenQ America Corp. offers compelling 3D solutions from big screens to desktops. Today BenQ ranks as the world’s No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multifaceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology, and mobile technology. BenQ offers an unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projectors, LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital cameras, eBook readers, mobile Internet devices, storage devices, and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group comprises companies that operate independently while sharing resources and leveraging synergies among them. The BenQ Group companies include BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (in the top three of the world’s manufacturers of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Software Co., BenQ Hospital, BrightView Corp., Cando Co. Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Darwin Precisions, Ltd., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., SiPix Imaging, Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., BenQ Medical Technology Corporation, and Wellypower Corp.

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DNF Controls Announces New On-Set Playback Control Application for Live Productions

Application Built on DNF’s Flex Control Network(R) Eliminates Need for TD Assistance in Handling On-Set Displays

SYLMAR, Calif. — Jan. 3, 2012 — DNF Controls today announced the On-Set Playback Control Application built on the Flex Control Network(R), DNF’s modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers that solve all manner of operational control problems and set a new standard of excellence for operational efficiency and profitability. The On-Set Playback Control Application is a specific combination of Flex Control equipment that allows a single technical director (TD) to operate simultaneous and timed events for on-set displays and transitions at the touch of a button, without the need for a back-up TD or complex custom programming. The new application was developed specifically for managing on-set displays during live productions — especially non-linear productions or breaking news — in which a second “TD assist” might be required and/or talent interacts with video and graphics.

The On-Set Playback Control Application eliminates the need for a second operator and additional equipment, while at the same time increasing production value. The application provides simple, push-button random access to clips and graphics for non-scripted events while controlling up to 24 different machines and allowing talent to interact with sophisticated on-set transitions.

“The advent of HD and flat-panel displays has brought more images to the set, adding another layer of complexity to the playout a technical director has to manage,” said Dan Fogel, CTO of DNF Controls. “This application is highly targeted at efficient workflow and relieving the burden on the TD so that quality remains high consistently without the expense of extra personnel. Now a single TD can control everything the audience will see in real time without imposing impossible-to-synchronize button pushes.”

The On-Set Playback Control Application consists of a CP20 event-based, cue-marking, VTR-style control panel and up to six DC20 device controllers, depending on the number of channels or devices to be controlled. The result is an integrated, standalone tactile, sophisticated, cost-effective backup and manual playout control system always at hand.

The On-Set Playback Control Application is based on the Flex Control Network, DNF’s flagship technology that encompasses DNF’s more than 20 years of experience providing “must work,” mission-critical control systems for broadcast and production operations. The Flex Control platform consists of device controllers with 25 drivers and interface solutions that combine with a full range of control panels to create applications for solving even the most complex control problems while using existing IP infrastructure as the backbone. With its tactile control surfaces, browser-based interfaces for ease of use and deployment, and simple push-button operation using “event to action” logic for sophisticated, automated control, Flex Control delivers unparalleled centralized and distributed control over machinery and workflows.

More information on DNF Controls solutions is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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About DNF Controls
Headquartered in Sylmar, Calif., DNF Controls is a leading provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for the broadcast, audio/video production, post-production, and graphics markets. By partnering with industry-leading manufacturers and customers, DNF provides innovative, reliable, precise, and easy-to-use products for point-to-point control as well as facility-wide multipoint control applications. Its flagship technology, the Flex Control Network(R), is a modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers that solve all manner of operational control problems, setting a new standard of excellence for operational efficiency, profitability, and reliability. DNF Controls’ customers include major U.S. and international broadcast and cable networks, television stations and production facilities, mobile production trucks, stadiums, and arenas. More information is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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Revolabs Closes Sixth Consecutive Year of Record Revenues

Company Adds 8,000 More Square Feet of R&D Space to Headquarters

SUDBURY, Mass. — Jan. 3, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that the close of 2011 marks six consecutive years of year-over-year revenue growth for the company, with 2011 revenue growing nearly 30 percent above 2010 results. Revolabs attributes its ongoing success to new customer adoption of its products both domestically and internationally, continued expansion into its current customer base, and the demonstrated value of its family of wireless audio systems for unified communications. To keep pace with its rapid growth and expanding product family, Revolabs has expanded its Sudbury, Mass., headquarters by 8,000 square feet for additional engineering offices and test facilities.

“It’s an exciting time for Revolabs, as we continue to expand our operations worldwide and provide more great audio solutions to our existing customer base. In a slow economy, and at a time when most companies are being conservative, we are looking to continue our phenomenal growth through the creation and delivery of even more unique solutions for our unified communication customers,” said Martin Bodley, CEO of Revolabs. “To accomplish this, we are expanding all areas of our company, most notably our R&D and sales organizations, as well as our headquarters facilities.”

Included in Revolabs’ extensive customer base are half of America’s Fortune 500 companies and nearly three quarters of the Fortune 100 companies. In addition to customers in North America, Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia, Revolabs has experienced dramatic international growth over the past year, expanding its distribution network in Japan, India, the Middle East, Russia, China, and Turkey. Currently, Revolabs products are sold in 50 countries through more than 850 resellers.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio systems with products such as the new Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, which provides superior performance for video and audio conference calls, public address systems, and more. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1.800.326.1088 or by visiting www.revolabs.com.

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Atlona Introduces AtlonaAdvantage Global Partner Support and Exclusive Premier Club Programs

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 2, 2012 — To fulfill the business needs of its dealers and distributors, respond to their daily challenges, and deliver new opportunities to help them build on their success, Atlona(R) today introduced the AtlonaAdvantage Global Partner Support Program. In addition, for select partners, Atlona is taking dealer support to an entirely new level with the exclusive AtlonaAdvantage Premier Club Program. more

MOOV and Sunset+Vine Take Chyron HyperX3 to the Races

MOOV and Sunset+Vine Take Chyron HyperX3 to the Races

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Chyron CABSAT 2012 Show Preview

ABSAT 2012 Chyron Exhibiting With Salam Media Cast Stand S2-C21
Chyron 5 Hub Drive Melville, NY 11747 USA

Chyron Contact: Allyson Patanella Marketing/PR Coordinator Tel: +1 (631) 845-2102 Email: apatanella@chyron.com Website: www.chyron.com

Agency Contact: Sarah Schraad Wall Street Communications Tel: +1 (303) 567-4048 Email: sarah@wallstcom.com

Company Overview: As the pioneer of graphics as a service for all digital video media, Chyron (NASDAQ: CHYR) continues to define the world of digital and broadcast graphics with Web, mobile, HD, 3D, and newsroom integration solutions. Winner of numerous awards, including two Emmy(R) Awards, Chyron has proved itself as the undisputed leader in the industry with advanced graphics offerings that include Chyron’s Axis World Graphics online content creation software and order management system, on-air graphics systems, clip servers, channel branding, and graphics asset management solutions. More information about Chyron products and services is available on the company websites: www.chyron.com and www.axisgraphics.tv. The company’s investor relations information is at www.chyron.com via the “Investors” link.

Chyron Products at CABSAT 2012:

BlueNet(TM) Graphics Creation and Playout This year at CABSAT 2012, Chyron will demonstrate BlueNet(TM), a comprehensive solution that fully addresses broadcasters’ requirements for streamlined end-to-end graphics workflows. BlueNet leverages Chyron’s acclaimed suite of graphics tools for ordering and graphics asset management, collaborative graphics creation, and real-time playout. Integration with Axis World Graphics, Chyron’s cutting-edge cloud-based services offering, extends the power of BlueNet workflows to speed even the most sophisticated graphics to air.

BlueNet minimizes the cycle time from creation to air, ensuring very fast news and sports workflows. Order management tools allow producer-driven content to move smoothly into a rundown, and management tools and easily accessible templates enable instant and efficient collaboration in preparing graphics.

Channel Box² Branding and Promo System Chyron also will showcase its newly enhanced Channel Box². Channel Box² is a next-generation channel branding system that features 2D/3D design with a complete data acquisition toolset for all branding applications. Built on Chyron’s Lyric technology, Channel Box² allows users to access any data — RSS feeds, traffic, financial, weather, elections, tickers, promos, snipes, and more — and publish it on-air anywhere, anytime.

New Channel Box² software (v. 4.5) introduces a playlist sequencer that allows single traffic log events to play out multiple Channel Box² scenes. By automating these processes and reducing the operator workload, the Channel Box² streamlines the workflow and saves the broadcaster valuable time in creating quality broadcast graphics.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Chyron/ChannelBox.zip Caption: Chyron Channel Box² Branding and Promo System

Axis World Graphics Axis World Graphics is the world’s only cloud-based graphics creation system designed specifically for broadcasters. Axis World Graphics simplifies, streamlines, and facilitates the graphics creation process, enabling artists, reporters, production assistants, and news producers to create broadcast-quality graphics using their own graphics package. Combining award-winning technology and functionality, proven integration, and point-and-click customization, Axis World Graphics allows users to create templates in Chyron’s award-winning Lyric PRO 8 software, further streamlining integration within the broadcaster’s existing workflow or within Chyron’s BlueNet(TM) workflow.

Several new features have recently been introduced to the system, including fully integrated electronic order management, asset management, and integration with Final Cut Pro(R) video editing, all of which are designed for ease of use and maximum workflow efficiency. Axis World Graphics empowers broadcast production staff to access prebuilt templates that they can leverage for quick creation of graphics for multiple outlets, including websites, mobile devices, and print publications. Graphics creation that once took hours now takes minutes, saving time and money and enabling artists to concentrate on high-end design. The result is a fast return on investment, followed by substantial savings in operations.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Chyron/AxisWorld.zip Caption: Axis World Graphics

HyperX3.1 On-Air Graphics System The new HyperX3.1 will also be displayed at CABSAT 2012. This new release of Chyron’s flagship on-air graphics system supports even faster real-time rendering, in turn enabling broadcasters to take even more 3D graphics and animations to air quickly. Like its predecessor, the HyperX3.1 is ideal for demanding environments like live sports, news stations, and outside broadcast productions. This extremely fast, powerful, and easy-to-use platform features seamless creation-to-playout capability and real-time 2D/3D animation, and the system is 3D stereoscopic-ready.

The turnkey HyperX3.1 is scalable to two independent channels and incorporates optional DVEs, clips, and Chyron’s award-winning Lyric PRO 8 advanced creation and playout software.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Chyron/HyperX3.zip Caption: Chyron HyperX3.1 On-Air Graphics System

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Women in CE to Honor Five Outstanding Women at 2012 Legacy Awards Reception During International CES

Third Annual Reception To Highlight the Achievements of 2012 Recipients

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Dec. 20, 2011 — Women in Consumer Electronics (CE), an industry organization that promotes the advancement of women in the CE industry, today announced the recipients of its 2012 Legacy Awards. The five Legacy Award winners include Maureen C. Jenson, editor in chief of CustomRetailer magazine; Kristen Cook, executive vice president and managing director of BDSmktg; Denise Gibson, former U.S. president of BrightStar; Jeanette Howe, executive director of Specialty Electronics Nationwide; and Tricia Nystrom, senior merchant for Best Buy. The award recipients will be honored at a reception during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas at 8:00 p.m. on Jan. 10, preceded by a cocktail hour at 7:00 p.m.

“Once again, we’re very excited to be recognizing the contributions these outstanding women have made to consumer electronics. This year’s honorees represent a broad cross-section of our industry, underscoring the significant impact that women have made on the growth of consumer electronics,” said Carol Campbell, founder of Women in CE.

Maureen C. Jenson, Editor in Chief, CustomRetailer, TELL, and CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles(R)
Maureen C. Jenson is the editor in chief of the electronics custom-integration industry’s No. 1 business publication, CustomRetailer magazine. She is also the editor in chief of TELL (formerly E-Gear magazine) and CEDIA’s Electronic Lifestyles(R) magazine. During her many years in the CE industry, Jenson has served as editor in chief of Audio Video Interiors, Stereophile Guide to Home Theater, and Home Theater magazines. These three well-respected CE monthly publications helped to drive and bolster the industry to both the lay person and the electronics enthusiast. In addition, she was the co-host for two seasons of HGTV’s “That’s Home Entertainment” and has done countless TV and radio presentations explaining and promoting CE and its various product categories, and how seamlessly they can be integrated into the home environment. In 2011, Jenson was honored as a CEDIA Fellow and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from IPRO.

Kristen Cook, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, BDSmktg
Having risen through the ranks to her current position as executive vice president and managing director, Cook knows BDSmktg inside and out. Cook has been with the agency since 1985 in a variety of positions. She began her tenure with BDS in the field, working as a market manager before moving into operations, account management, business development, marketing, and then corporate strategy. Kristen’s current role is to lead corporate strategy, develop knowledge services, identify strategic partnerships, and act as lead on key accounts such as Walmart and Sam’s Club. Kristen has shared her extensive expertise at a variety of events, including the BDS Let’s Talk Retail™ thought-leadership seminars, CEA Wireless Webcasts, the PROMO Expo panel, and Experimental Marketing (as both moderator and speaker), and she has moderated multiple panels at CES.

Denise Gibson, Former President, Brightstar U.S. and Former Director, Brightstar Corporation
Denise Gibson is a seasoned board member and senior executive with 30 years’ experience in CE design and manufacturing, logistics and supply chain, distribution, and retail services. She has successful board and operating experience in global public and private corporations and non-profit organizations. Gibson served as the former president of Brightstar U.S. and as a director of Brightstar Corp. from 2001 to 2011. Prior to joining Brightstar, she spent 17 years at Motorola. As vice president of North America Customer Technical Solutions, she managed the technical and engineering operations for Motorola’s cellular and messaging businesses. As vice president and general manager of U.S. Markets, she had profit and loss responsibility for the $2 billion U.S. cellular subscriber business. As director of product marketing and business operations, she was instrumental in launching Motorola’s StarTAC, one of the most successful products in wireless history. Prior to her tenure in the business units, she held management positions in human resources, staffing, and internal communications.

As a long time advocate for victims of domestic violence, Gibson founded a wireless industry-wide effort, CALL to PROTECT, which provides wireless phones to victims of abuse. She was honored with the CTIA Wireless Foundation’s Citizenship Award for her work on CALL to PROTECT and her advocacy in helping victims of domestic violence through the use of wireless technologies. She served on the board of Chicago’s Connections for Abused Women and Their Children.

Jeannette Howe, Executive Director, Specialty Electronics Nationwide (SEN)
As executive director of Specialty Electronics Nationwide, Jeannette Howe established the CE buying group for specialty home theater and custom installation dealers under the Nationwide Marketing Group umbrella in January 2006. SEN helps dealer members increase profits with group deals, money-saving programs, and better access to merchandise. Prior to SEN, Howe was the director of member services for PARA. There, she helped deliver training, strategic planning, and financial initiatives to PARA members across North America. In the early 1990s, Howe was the audio buyer at Magnolia Hi-Fi, where she managed the $30 million audio category. From 1985-1989 she worked at Tweeter Etc. in a variety of positions including audio buyer and store manager. At times in her Tweeter career, she was the only woman working in sales and/or management.

Tricia Nystrom, Senior Merchant, Audio, Best Buy
Tricia Nystrom has enjoyed a successful and varied career in the retail industry. Joining Best Buy in 2007, Tricia has taken on many different responsibilities, starting as a demand planning manager for the music category and working her way up to senior merchant for the audio category within Magnolia — Best Buy’s premium home entertainment brand. While with Magnolia, Tricia helped grow the brand and the audio category in a time when other retailers struggled. Most recently Tricia has rejoined the Best Buy brand as a senior merchant for audio, where her experiences within the retail industry and with Magnolia are sure to serve her well.

Beyond the busy life of a senior merchant, Tricia is extremely active in WOLF @ Best Buy, a network of thousands of employees who work with individuals, brands, stores, and communities to help Best Buy build strong women leaders and capture a greater share of the female CE market. She is also a member of the Best Buy Alumni Network and the Best Buy Employee Network. And if that weren’t enough, Tricia is the proud mother of twin girls.

Women in CE provides women in the CE industry with a community in which to share essential resources and connect with others who are focused on the same vision of empowerment, building networks, and supporting career opportunities. Member benefits include a mentoring program, online resources, and live events.

More information about the 2012 Legacy Awards Networking Reception and about Women in CE is available at http://www.womenince.org.

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About Women in CE
Women in CE is an interactive community created to provide women in the consumer electronics industry an environment promoting networking and professional growth through the development of relationships and new opportunities. Additional information about membership benefits and joining is available at www.WomenInCE.org.

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