Vidikron Awards Dealers
June 5, 2008

Vidikron this week announced that it had taken its top dealers and sales rep for 2007 on a six-day trip to Costa Rica in mid-May, at which it held its annual gala awards dinner. The company’s sales rep Achievement Award winners included Big Apple Audio, C&E Marketing, Creative Marketing MK Marketing, Momentum Group, and The Nutech Group, as well as Dave Rybski and Associates, which earned the Rep Wildcard Award. On the dealer side, Achievement Award winners included Acoustic Evolution, Admit One, Inc., Advanced Premises Systems, Ambassador Enterprises, Inc., Atlantic Company, Audio One, Bethesda Systems, Digital Home Systems, Digital Media Innovations, LLC,

Matt Christensen
June 1, 2008

Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Planar Systems Age: 39 Education: BS, University of Iowa; MBA, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo. Career History: Christensen worked for the family business, Business Media Inc., which is something “you’re in without even knowing you’re in it.” Breaks from school meant working in the business, which began with computer supplies and then shifted to A/V equipment. After college, Christensen took a turn in an opposite direction, working for 10 years in hospitality. He was involved in management consulting with the Culinary Institute of America, running restaurants’ food and beverage departments. He also did management consulting for several restaurants in New

Runco Dealer Roundtable: Luxury Strategies Fit All Markets
March 28, 2008

Most of the discussion at Runco’s Mexico Getaway in Los Cabos, Mexico, has centered around the luxury market. That all makes sense, given Runco’s line of high-end projectors and flat-panel TVs. But many of the marketing and sales strategies batted around during the meetings can also be adopted by specialty and general CE retailers, as well as vendors, serving the middle of the market. Here’s a quick look at some of ideas logged during a feedback session between dealers and Runco execs. When asked what constitutes luxury customer service the dealers said it must be better and quicker than everyone else, it must

New Products Unveiled at EHX
March 17, 2008

EHX Expo was held last week in Orlando, and all sorts of major brands introduced new products. Below is a roundup; to see photos of them all, see this slideshow at our sister site, Leon Horizon 414-LCR-X-A For the first time at EHX Spring 2008, Leon showed the newest addition to its Leon Horizon Series: the high-fidelity Leon Horizon 414-LCR-X-A. Designed by request of Leon’s top dealers to accommodate multiple environments, the Horizon 414-LCR-X-A offers consumers a powerful, compact speaker suited for listening in small theater settings. Combining left, center, and right channels in one sleek cabinet, the Horizon 414-LCR-X-A is styled

Planar on Runco and Vidikron
January 18, 2008

Scott Hix, vice president and general manager of Planar, Home Theater Division, talks to CustomRetailer Editor-in-Chief Maureen Jenson about making the most of acquiring Runco and Vidikron. Produced by The CE Channel at CES. For more video from the CE Channel, click here.

TAG Adds Northwest Member
July 24, 2007

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

Vidikron VP-6500VHD 65-inch Plasma Display
March 21, 2007

This high definition 1080p plasma provides 1920 x 1080 resolution and is one of the first plasma displays to achieve THX certification, according to the company. It features 16-bit digital video processing, and an advanced outboard VHD controller/processor providing a pure digital signal path from input to output via HDMI connections. It is also compatible with all ATSC HD resolutions, including 1080p 24, 30 and 60 frame rates. For higher altitude viewing, Vidikron also offers the VP-6500VHDa edition featuring high altitude plasma performance to over 9,000 feet above sea level. The VP-6500VHD comes in a pewter, brushed anodized aluminum frame. An anodized black plasma

Vidikron Names Dealer of the Year
January 28, 2005

At its annual corporate awards dinner in Las Vegas, video display manufacturer Vidikron named several award-winners, including Sales Representative of the Year and Dealer of the Year for 2004. C&E Marketing, based in Miami, Florida won the honor of Sales Representative of the Year, while Florida-based Sound Image of Orlando, Inc., was announced as Dealer of the Year. The awards ceremony is held every year in conjunction with the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of the most widely attended events in consumer technology. "We're very proud to have onboard such an elite rep and dealer force to support

Industry Leaders on the Move at Samsung, Runco
March 26, 2003

By Joe Paone 3/25/02 — Two major manufacturers announced new appointments to top positions today. Samsung promoted Peter Weedfald to senior vice president of strategic marketing. According to the company, Weedfald now leads all strategic branding and marketing directions for all SEA operations and Samsung North American affiliates, while continuing to drive Samsung's North American e-commerce and interactive media initiatives. Weedfald joined the company in October 2001 as vice president of marketing communications and new media, and has distinguished himself well by spearheading Samsung's North American advertising and branding campaign in 2002, a national interactive network of 375 top-rated Web sites featuring Samsung ads

The CES Report - Video Display Trends
February 1, 2003

By Joe Paone With no major breakthroughs in video this year, CES attendees witnessed a burgeoning new world of flat, high-definition-capable displays. LCDs, plasmas, flat screens and cutting-edge rear projection systems like DLP were everywhere. One hitch: intimidating price tags. And integrated HDTV tuners, with a few exceptions, are still missing. But among some of the dominant trends and themes in Sin City, perhaps the most momentous was the recently announced cable-CE industry agreement, through which (all involved parties hope) digital cable-ready displays with integrated HDTV/cable tuners will be delivered in the next nine to 18 months. One by-product of that