Niles Audio announced last month that it has named Electronic Stockroom its new distributor for the West Coast.
Capitol Sales Co. announced last week that it has reached a deal to distribution products in all 50 states from Niles Audio. The arrangement went into effect Dec. 1.
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.
For Ron Meyerowitz, principal of South Plainfield, N.J.-based custom installer-oriented rep firm/distributor Audio Associates, his “Ticket to Success” Dealer Expo was a big success of its own. The two-day buying fair, which attracted 300 of his clients, provided “a way to give my dealers good input, training, breakfast, lunch and dinner and a happy hour,” he said. Audio Associates’ expo, the fourth annual edition, was held at Newark Airport’s Sheraton on April 10 and 11. It capped the company’s recent move into a new 20,000-square-foot facility from its former location in Piscataway, N.J. Besides combining both his distribution and rep businesses under one roof,
President O. Perry Clay of Sharp Electronics Corp. retired, effective December 31. He had been with Sharp for 17 years, having left Westinghouse Electric Corp. where he served for 23 years. He will continue to serve Sharp as an advisor to the chairman for an agreed period to assure a seamless transition. Sharp has not yet announced who will replace Clay. The company also named Bob Scaglione vice president of marketing of the company's consumer electronics group. Scaglione joined Sharp in 1989 as a sales manager for audio/visual products. Dr. Herbert Wörner will hand the reins of CEO and president of BSH Bosch
At the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association's '99 Expo, home networking was a definite undercurrent theme, apparent with the Home of Electronic Lifestyles exhibit. Several companies are providing options for networking home computer systems, entertainment systems and, in some cases, both. • 3Com teamed up with Microsoft to announce three home networking products. The HomeConnect Home Network Ethernet Kit is capable of speeds up to 100Mbps and links household computers, allowing for customized file, Internet and peripheral sharing. By the end of 1999, a standard 10Mbps phone line version will also be available and an 11Mbps wireless version is expected by Q2 of 2000. •