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You, too, can be a member of the Consumer Electronics Association. Well, sort of. The Arlington-based trade group began signing up individual "Tech Enthusiast" members yesterday. Where CEA's regular dues start at $750 a year and require active participation in the industry, "Tech Enthusiast" membership costs $49 a year ($29 for the first 2,000 to sign up) and demands the ability to click through an online form. The first thousand TE members get an extra reward: an invitation to a "special celebration" the last day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today released this year's edition of Five Technology Trends to Watch, an annual publication that examines five prominent technology trends expected to influence the consumer electronics (CE) industry in the year ahead. CEA released the publication at a panel discussion at CEA's Industry Forum in San Francisco, Calif.

The Consumer Electronics Association this week will host an event with former Massachusetts Gov. and presidential candidate Mitt Romney

FEBRUARY Hueberger Leaves PRO, Workman Moves in PRO Group President/COO/Executive Director Roger Hueberger announces that he will be leaving the buying group after serving for 11 years. According to the PRO Group and Hueberger, a failure to come to agreeable terms on a new contract was cited as the reason for his departure. “I loved my 11 years at PRO, but both parties couldn’t agree on terms,” says Hueberger, noting that talks over his contract have been rocky for several months. “This wasn’t a big surprise; this started last summer.” Hueberger was made director of PRO Group in 1994, and in 1996 was

Hueberger Leaves PRO, Workman Moves in PRO Group President/COO/Executive Director Roger Hueberger announces that he will be leaving the buying group after serving for 11 years. According to the PRO Group and Hueberger, a failure to come to agreeable terms on a new contract was cited as the reason for his departure. “I loved my 11 years at PRO, but both parties couldn’t agree on terms,” says Hueberger, noting that talks over his contract have been rocky for several months. “This wasn’t a big surprise; this started last summer.” Hueberger was made director of PRO Group in 1994, and in 1996 was promoted to chief operating officer.

By David Dritsas Despite a tumultuous economic year, the national consumer electronics buying group Nationwide reported growth and stability, as well as new members and service initiatives, including a major advance into B2C e-commerce. Nationwide added seven new retailers to its ranks, including TV & Appliance, Inc. in Tyler Texas, Appliance City in New York, RTA International of California, Wallace Appliance in Huntsville Alabama, Texas Appliance and Builder Supply in Arlington, and Hahn Appliance Center in Oklahoma. Combined the retailers add $500 million in sales, according to Robert Weisner, one of three directors at Nationwide. The group's BrandsDirect division also was able add 400 storefronts

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