From Custom Retailer: Ken Smith Elected CEDIA President
September 25, 2006

CEDIA yesterday elected a new president, executive committee and board of directors. Ken Smith, founder and president of Custom Electronics in Falmouth, Maine, is CEDIA’s new president. Smith has previously served as secretary and later vice president of the CEDIA Executive Committee, dean of CEDIA University Business College and of the Vision and Excellence Track, and chair of EXPO Education, the CEDIA Education Council Chair and the Membership Council. He is a past CEDIA/HA Pro Dealer of the Year award recipient. Smith rode a bicycle from Maine to Denver prior to CEDIA EXPO to raise money and awareness for cancer research and awareness. His

CE Cyclists to Descend upon CEDIA, Raise Cancer Research Money
August 3, 2006

A group of cyclists in the consumer electronics industry going by the moniker CE Express plan to bike 2,200 miles from Augusta, Maine to this year’s CEDIA show in Denver, Colo. In doing so, they hope to raise $1 million for cancer research. Ken Smith, president of Custom Electronics and vice-president of CEDIA, will lead the charge, with sponsored bikers joining the tour as it goes along. The expedition, which begins August 19 and ends with a celebration at CEDIA September 10, is sponsored by Niles Audio Corporation and Speakercraft, who are contributing executives as well as dollars. Niles

HTSA Meets in St. Louis
July 26, 2006

The Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA) buying group conducted its fifth annual Custom Manager’s Meeting in St. Louis over the weekend. The three-day event drew 57 heads of custom departments from the group’s membership. Presentations were delivered by Joe Zanola (“Hiring methods to capture great employees”), Crestron’s Craig Gulley (“Why and how to get in the lighting business”) and SpeakerCraft’s Dave Donald (“How to hire, motivate, and keep teammates for life”). Attendees participated in roundtable discussions on project management, tracking billable hours, rewarding installers and attracting builders and architects. Members who delivered presentations included Ed Condiracci of Electronic Design Group, who discussed “rip outs,” Chris

People on the Move
July 14, 2006

Myron & Davis hires Bob Goodman for national sales manager position. Goodman’s previous industry experience includes senior management roles with Harman Consumer Group, AuraSound, Sherwood America, Soundstream Technologies, HitchCam and Massive Audio. At Myron & Davis, he will focus on creating quality product lines directly through relationships with the company’s customers and manufacturer’s representatives. SpeakerCraft appoints Jim Scatena north east regional sales manager. He brings with him selling experience in the industry from working at a nationally recognized high-end custom retail firm, where he helped to develop the business into a Top 100 custom installation firm for 2004 and 2005. SpeakerCraft looks to Scatena to

People on the Move
June 2, 2006

SpeakerCraft expanded its marketing department the promotion of Heather Rodiques to Marketing Project Manager. Rodriques joined SpeakerCraft as an Administrative Assistant supporting the President, Jeremy Burkhardt and the Vice President of Marketing, Dave Donald. In her new position, Rodiques will be responsible for tactical execution of several marketing programs, as well as implementing special events and integrator relations. Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), home entertainment control technology company, announced the hiring of Kris Haggstrom as their International Sales Manager. Haggstrom was brought in to lead the forward march on increasing RTI’s international sales efforts. He will investigate, identify, select, integrate and train additional regional distribution partners.

Industry Rountable
February 1, 2006

Dealerscope's editorial advisory board sounds off about consumer electronics retail. By David Dritsas "It's looking like COMDEX more everyday," joked members of Dealerscope's Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), referring to the size and spectacle of this year's CES. But everyone agreed the show offered a lot of great, new technology. This year the Dealerscope editorial staff met with EAB and other members of the industry at the Las Vegas Hilton to discuss topics affecting the industry. One of the biggest issues discussed was the question of how to educate the customer, and the resulting challenges the retailer faces in training its sales staff to sell to an increasingly

Post-CEDIA Report
October 1, 2005

From iPod to Virtual Surround, the custom market continues to see change By the Staff At this years 2005 CEDIA Expo, held in early September at the Indianapolis Convention Center and RCA Dome, Indianapolis, the usual suspects were all in attendance—in-wall speakers, high-end audio/video receivers, home control touch-panels and enough cable to cross the Atlantic Ocean. But several trends at the show revealed an undercurrent in the industry which is increasingly reflecting consumer buying patterns, particularly those gravitating towards digital audio and simplified design. While custom home theater may still be the king of CEDIA, it is clear that even customer intallers cannot ignore

The Expansion of Audio Compression
September 1, 2005

How the iPod juggernaut and peripheral categories can help your audio business By Nancy Klosek It's a strange situation for purveyors of home audio gear, both on the retail and supplier sides of the fence. Who would have thought that a mere two years ago a small-footprint audio portable selling at around $300—and made by a computer manufacturer, no less, would wield so much influence over America's music consumption that it would stimulate the invention of a raft of peripherals costing, in some cases, more than the source component itself? Apple's iPod has done that—and more. While by no means the only compressed-music player

HTSA Names Award Winners
December 28, 2004

Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA) is announced the annual winners of the HTSA vendor awards for 2004. Every year, HTSA recognizes outstanding vendors and individuals in six categories. The HTSA Vendor of the Year for 2004 is SpeakerCraft. The Most Profitable Vendor is Monster Cable. The Most Supportive Vendor is Sharp Electronics. The Best Product for 2004 is the Mitsubishi WD65725. The Custom Product of the Year is Crestron's TPMC-10. The Man of the Year is Max Wasinger of Mitsubishi. The awards will be formally be presented at the HTSA Cocktail Party at CES on January 5, 2005

New Products
September 1, 2004

Products from CEDIA Paradigm Servo-15 v.2 subwoofer. Available now in cherry, sycamore, rosenut and black ash for $2,200 SRP. The company updates its servo subwoofer with this model, making it louder and deeper. It has three times the RMS power output of the original Servo-15, is able to reproduce 121 dB without distortion and is accurate to 10 Hz. It uses a proprietary 15-inch high-excursion bass drive and claims two inches of peak-to-peak cone travel promoting deep bass. Call (905) 632-0180 or visit www.paradigm.com. Runco CW-50XA 50-inch high-altitude plasma display. Available now for $12,995 SRP. Designed for high-altitude installations, this plasma offers