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Diana Ross wasn’t the only star at Monster Cables’ annual Retail Awards ceremony at this year’s CES. Dozens of the industry’s top retailers also shared the spotlight as Head Monster Noel Lee honored them for exceptional sales of Monster products during these difficult times.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Minneapolis, promoted Bradley Bremer to the newly created position of vice president of retail operations. Since joining ARCA in 2000 until his promotion, Bremer served as retail operations manager for the company’s retail division, ApplianceSmart. Bremer’s responsible for directing all aspects of ARCA’s retail division, including the management of sales, marketing and operations for the company’s ApplianceSmart stores. Bremer also oversees the planning and development of new ApplianceSmart stores, programs and services. In the past, Bremer has held sales and management positions with Sears Brand Central and Montgomery Ward. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Bremer

For close to 50 years, the name Cerwin-Vega has been synonymous with excellence in every area of the audio experience. This reputation has been established by Pro Audio professionals, Hi-Fi enthusiasts and Mobile Audio fans that recognize the high performance value which is Cerwin-Vega. Dedicated to the pursuit of achieving ultimate realism in the reproduction of the live performance in the home. In 1954 Gene Czerwinski, then a brilliant young aerospace engineer, founded Cerwin-Vega. Why start a loudspeaker company? First and foremost a music fan, Gene’s goal was to reproduce the live musical experience. His design philosophy was based on high efficiency drivers,

By Janet Pinkerton Check your hurricane fatigue at the door: The impact of Monday's Hurricane Wilma is huge, as Florida retailers and their communities remain hamstrung by power outages and gas shortages. Wilma was a Category 3 hurricane that hit an area covering nearly 22,000 square miles, by Florida Power & Light's estimates. So far, the death toll holds at 7. The Florida Insurance Council pegged preliminary damage estimates to range from $6 billion to $10 billion. An estimated 5 million people were initially without power, thanks to Wilma. Florida Power & Light has restored more than 541,000 out of 3.2 million of its customers initially without

By David Dritsas With an increase in volume of approximately 300 percent increase in volume and 25 new storefronts in 2004, dealer members of the NATM buying group have reason to feel good about 2005. At the group?s annual meeting Hollywood, Fla., NATM president/executive director, William Trawick spoke about it's dealers successes and challenges in the current CE retail climate. "Everyone of our retailers opened stores last year," says Trawick, adding later, "Probably by the end of this year we'll make up what we lost from losing h.h.gregg and American TV." Though NATM's number of members has decreased in years, the group has made up ground

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