Corbin, Ky.

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BrandSource said Friday that Andy Kersey has been elected its new chairman of the board. The manager of Hamlin & Kersey Home Center & Audio-Video Systems in Corbin, Ky., Kersey has been associated with BrandSource for 20 years.

A brief survey of specialty dealers and custom integrators populating the food and drink stations at the welcome reception for Brand Source’s 2008 Summit and Buying Fair, being held through March 19 at Dallas’ Hilton Anatole Hotel, revealed a hopeful business attitude despite the effects of an economy in the doldrums. Speaking for Brand Source’s Home Entertainment Source (HES) membership, Jim Ristow, HES executive vice president, says that if pre-registration for the event is any indication, this year’s show will be the largest ever. “HES member attendance is up 75 percent over 2007, and floor space square footage is up 40 percent,” he

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