Crestron took the training for its DigitalMedia analog-to-digital solution suite to the dealers in attendance at Sapphire Marketing’s annual New York City Road Show April 26 and 27, marking the midpoint in a 50-venue tour that began in the Midwest in late March and will conclude in late May in the Southwest.
The power and connectivity products provider Tripp Lite announced late last week that it has acquired the rival firm Keyspan. The brands will be united under the Tripp Lite name. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. “We share similar target markets as well as channel loyalty and product quality philosophies,” Tripp Lite’s executive vice president, Keelin Wyman, said as part of the announcement. “This acquisition will ensure that Keyspan customers benefit from Tripp Lite’s manufacturing excellence, broad distribution channel and trusted reputation for providing reliable products worldwide.” What’s your opinion of this deal? Talk about it in the Dealerscope forums.
The power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite said last week that it is introducing a pair of new surge suppressors, the SWIVEL6 and HTSWIVEL6. Both products feature six rotatable outlets, which swivel, and also include support for coaxial and telephone/modem ports. The products serve to, Tripp Lite said, “to protect audio/video components from damaging surges and line noise.” No pricing information was released for either product. For more information on Tripp Lite products, visit the company’s Web site at www.tripplite.com/products/suppressors/suppressors-model-series.cfm
Distributor The Advantage Group (TAG) said that Smart Tech Wholesale, a division of manufacturer’s rep Future Sales Group, has formally joined the organization as its Northwest representative. Future Sales Group, founded in 1979 and located in Redmond, Wash., expanded into rep distribution in 1995. It represents Centralite, Cineak, Genesis Cable by Honeywell, Fusion Research, FutureSmart by Honeywell, Labor Saving Devices, Monitor Audio, PDR Mounts, Richard Gray’s Power Company, Runco, Sonos, SpeakerCraft, Stewart Filmscreen, Vidikron and Visual Sports Systems, among others. TAG handles lines like Ethereal, NEC, Olevia, Pinnacle and Tripp Lite. “We are thrilled about this partnership,” said TAG Executive Director David Weisman. “Smart
BBE Sound Inc., a developer of sound technologies for the professional audio and consumer electronic markets, announce three appointments in its licensing division. Yoshi Asahi, is promoted to vice president technology, licensing division; James Lucas has joins as vice president marketing, licensing division and Chris Locke joins as communications director. Maxell Corporation of America named Blake Parton its new accessories product manager. Prior to joining Maxell, Parton was sales manager for Osem USA, a wholesale food products company and also was a marketing executive for a health care provider. He began his marketing and sales career as an account manager for Procter and Gamble and
Media server and iQ system provider ReQuest, Inc. has signed a deal with Tripp Lite to retain their power protection services. Integrated drivers will allow for ReQuest’s systems to communicate with Tripp Lite’s Internet-compatible power protection. Installers will thus be able to check or reset power products remotely. ReQuest founder Steven Vasquez explains the benefit of the partnership, “When you consider the fact that our S.Series audio servers, for example, can store up to 8,000 CDs worth of music, the importance of power protection becomes obvious.” Tripp Lite A/V product manager Dennis Mariasis says that integrated power protection, “provides installers
Professional audio/video installers/integrators can now hook up with Tripp Lite to provide power protection for their projects. The Tripp Lite Power Partner Program equips members with sales and marketing materials, training and other exclusive perks. The program launch coincides with the recent introduction of a new line of Tripp Lite limited-distribution power protection products. Says Tripp Lite Executive Vice President Jim Folk, “The Power Partner Program gives A/V professionals the training and support they need to sell and install Tripp Lite power protection effectively.”