Crestron announced last week that it has brought on Steve Samson, a former vice president of systems design for Tweeter, as its new director of business and market development. A 20-year industry veteran, Samson will deal with strategic partners, strategic markets and the company's Integrated Partner Program.
Crestron last week announced that it has appointed Keith Kennedy its product marketing manager for the Adagio home entertainment product line. Kennedy, who will be based in the company's Rockleigh, N.J., headquarters, comes to Crestron from Niles Audio Corp.
Sooloos, a manufacturer of premium networked home entertainment systems, announced the fall shipment of a host of new hardware offerings that will apply its user interface to the viewing of both HD and SD video and photos. Additionally, the company unveiled major software updates that will enable Sooloos-based management and experience of online content, which is customarily locked in the user’s computer environment, from within the living room/home entertainment environment. “Today, Sooloos grows from the world’s finest music management and enjoyment platform to the world’s finest networked home entertainment platform,” said Rob Darling, vice president of strategy. “Sooloos now leads the CE industry
What makes a new technology a hit or a miss? A good idea, great execution and wisdom, or dumb-like timing of the right introduction that can generate the hits? Anything else and you can miss. Dealers whose business is to keep up with the unending parade and fast pace of new entertainment and life-enhancing gadgetry make judgments every day about whether to carry or ignore new tech offerings, learn all they can about the few chosen products and then figure out how to market and sell them. Dealerscope recently spoke with some very keen judges of the good, the bad and the ugly
“Here’s what to say to customers: ‘I can make your home more efficient.’ Progressive dealers and installers are speaking this language, and they’re the ones customers are migrating toward.” -Ken Vanemon, Marketing Rep for Crestron
Director of Sales, Wilshire Home Entertainment, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Age: 36 Career History: Litt has been involved in the manufacturing and dealer sides of the retail and custom installation markets for more than 14 years. He owned and operated Custom Systems Technologies, a home integrator in Austin, Texas, for 12 years, sold the company and took a job as national sales manager at Monster Cable for about two years. Last year, he became director of sales at Wilshire Home Entertainment. Greatest Business Achievements: Besides starting up and running his own company, Litt sat on CEDIA’s board of directors, served as a member of