The distribution consortium TAG- The Advantage Group said this week that it has added a new member: Houston-based Integral Marketing, which becomes the group’s Southwest member, effective immediately. Integral, which is run by Ken Kingdon, distributes offerings from Audiovox, Denon, Optoma, Panamax, Philips, and Sanyo, among many others. “Ken Kingdon has a dynamic business and brings to TAG many years experience serving CE integrators and dealers,” TAG’s executive director, David Weisman, said as part of the announcement. “We are delighted to welcome Integral Marketing as our newest member.” For more information on Integral Marketing, visit www.integralmktg.com What do you think about this
The California-based Home Entertainment Source announced this week that it has reached several new partnerships, including factory-direct programs with Anthem and Panamax/Furman. In addition, HES has added DVDO and Leviton to its Custom Warehouse program. In addition, HES announced the results of its recent board elections, in which Stuart Schuster of Marvin Electronics was elected the group’s new president. David Pidgeon of Starpower Home Entertainment Systems was also elected to a board seat, while former president Bob Cole of World Wide Stereo and five others will remain on the board, The division, which is part of Brand Source, will hold its Home
It provides a noise-free, code-compliant extension of Panamax filtration and protection to remotely located devices. A more attractive alternative to running extension cords, the Powerkit accommodates optional signal line modules with additional EMI/RFI noise filtration built into the outlet receptacles. Available now for $299.95. www.panamax.com
The California-based AC power provider Furman Sound announced Friday that it will be holding a training session during the InfoComm 2007 show on June 20 in Anaheim, Calif. The session will be hosted by Tom Holmes, a product specialist for Furman, and will be called “Dispelling the Myths of AC Power Management.” It is aimed at showing dealers and manufacturers the latest technology, and how to best use it for their benefit. The session is scheduled to last from 8 to 10 a.m. on June 20, in room Avila A at the Anaheim Hilton; Furman will also be at Booth 9111 at
Furman Promotes Benz Furman Sound has named John Benz its new marketing manager. Benz has served Furman for more than two years in the marketing department, and has previously owned his own marketing services company. Furman’s former marketing manager, Dave Dilitkanich, will remain with the company for six weeks to assist in transitioning the position to Benz. Dilitkanichwill then be leaving to pursue an MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. WorldGate Teams With Jemal WorldGate Communications, a provider of videophone products and related technology has contracted with Marvin Jemal and his team of marketing and sales professionals. Together, Jemal and WorldGate will
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. announced that Bill Brewster, vice president, Marketing for the company, has been appointed to the EDSF (The Electronic Document Systems Foundation) 2007 Board of Directors. A non-profit organization dedicated to the document management and communications marketplace, EDSF aims to build and support the industry leaders of tomorrow. As part of the organization’s board, Mr. Brewster will now take part in helping grow EDSF initiatives and work to increase the number of scholarships for students worldwide, and increase the number of colleges and universities that participate in the research grant/mentoring program. ESPA Chairman Chuck Wilson announced that Deb Rolfes has been selected as
Mention Internet Protocol (IP) to plenty of custom audio and video installers and you’ll likely solicit a slew of reactions, some of which may not be very kind. While IT professionals have long been hip to digital comeuppance, plenty of CE dealers aren’t necessarily ready to toss aside their speaker wire for what they see as nothing more than a glorified computer network. Whether one likes it or not, this difference of opinion nevertheless signals an important change in the industry compared to just a few short years ago, when the idea of IP-based home entertainment was considered far more theoretical than practical.
Furman Sound and Fender Musical Instruments Corp. have joined forces to create FMI Wholesale Division, which will distribute Furman AC power conditioning products to Fender customers. FMI Wholesale Vice President Jeff Moore says, “This partnership represents a very exciting and promising relationship for both our companies.” With this partnership, Fender adds Furman’s proprietary SMP+ technology, which marries noise suppression filters and voltage protection circuitry into one system, to its line of products.
The following exhibitors of the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Assocation's Expo '99 are offering high-tech solutions to connect and protect the newest consumer electronics. Monster Cable introduced a number of new cables and five Home Theater Reference PowerCenter models (HTS1000 CI, HTS2000 CI, HTS2500 CI, HTS3500 and HTS5000). The Power-Centers are aimed at professional install-ers and feature varying stages of Monster Clean Power filters, which reduce disturbances, such as image streaking, video snow and audio hum. Prices range from $179.95 to $599.95. The company's new cables are direct burial and plenum-rated versions of some of its previously released cables. Monster Standard S14 speaker cable (two- and