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Windows 9 Unveiling Set For September

Microsoft will unveil the next version of Windows, and the first of the Satya Nadella era, in late September.

Windows 9 will make its debut at a tentatively scheduled press event Sept. 30, Microsoft sources told The Verge.

The release is codenamed "Threshold." The company is expected to show key features while releasing a technical preview.

NATM Names Satoren Executive Director

Stephen Silver

NATM Buying Corp. announced Thursday that Gerald "Jerry" Satoren has been named its executive director.

Satoren succeeds Bill Trawick, who is retiring. The hiring of Satoren, formerly of Thomson Consumer Electronics, Toshiba, and DSI Systems, follows a nationwide search.

“To be asked to represent a group of the largest and finest retailers in America is an opportunity for which I am most honored and grateful,” Satoren said in a statement.
“I look forward to providing the leadership to help our members continue on the path of prosperous growth and to ensure that the NATM brand continues to be synonymous with only the biggest and the best.”
 NATM members include Abt Electronics & Appliances, ABC Warehouse, BrandsMart USA, Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City, Curacao, Electronic Express, Nebraska Furniture Mart, P.C. Richard & Son, RC Willey Home Furnishings, and Video Only.

hhgregg, Colts Continue Stadium Partnership

hhgregg has continued its sponsorship with its hometown team, the Indianapolis Colts, for a second season.

The relationship includes the Endless Blitz game app, which fans can play against other fans inside and outside the stadium starting at 8 a.m. on game days.

“Through our partnership with the Indianapolis Colts, we’re helping to bring fans a fun, interactive experience on home game days,”  Jeffrey Pearson, hhgregg’s senior vice president, marketing, said in a statement. “Engaging in our local community is important to us, and our longstanding relationship with the Colts organization is an integral part of that community involvement for hhgregg.”

See Endless Blitz here.

ADL Awards Event Set For November

The Anti-Defamation League will host its own event for the consumer electronics industry on November 8, according to a save-the-date sent this week.

The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. Mike Fasulo of Sony will receive the Torch of Liberty award, Murray Huppin of Huppins/OneCall will receive the American Heritage Award and John T. Whiteof BrandSource/AVB will receive the S. David Feir Humanitarian Award.

Registration is open at the ADL Consumer Tech page.

Women in CE Breakfast at CEDIA Expo Set For Sept. 12

The Women in Consumer Electronics (Women in CE) organization will hold its annual CEDIA Expo breakfast on a new day, Friday, Sept. 12. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m.  Denver Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 4. 

This year's event will feature a panel discussion on Work-Life Balance: A Juggling Act, moderated by Samantha Smith, executive vice president of North America for Etail Eye. Also included on the panel are  Deena Ghazarian, senior vice president of global sales and finance at Monster Products, Inc; Lauren Theobald, marketing communications manager at SANUS/Milestone AV; Nasrin Thierer, founder and CEO at Revenew; and Simon Wehr, director of marketing at Dana Innovations.

“CEDIA EXPO 2014 is a staple in our annual event calendar and we look forward to connecting with so many of our friends at this year’s show,”  Carol Campbell, founder of Women in CE and publisher of Technology Integrator, said as part of the announcement.

 “Work-life balance is a concept we all struggle with throughout our entire careers. We have assembled an extraordinary group of industry leaders to address this topic and I’m certain we will all come away inspired and energized following our session.”

Tickets are available now, at $25 for members and $35 for non-members; they can be purchased at womenince.org.