Chris Mauzy

With the demise of Circuit City, other retailers have begun jockeying for position to move into markets vacated by the nation's second-largest CE retailer. Zip Express Installation is planning to pick up some of the slack left by the company's firedog divison.

Zip Express Installation this week announced its first-ever in-store retail partnership, a teaming with Office Depot. Zip Express will provide TV installation services to both in-store and online customers of the chain.

Zip Express Installation announced last week that it has signed up a pair of resellers- CompUSA.com and TigerDirect.com- through which it will provide installation services. The deal is through SYX Services, a film affiliated with both resellers.

President and CEO, Zip Express Installation Age: 34 Education: On-the-job training as an installer in Denver, Colo. “I’d put street smarts up against book smarts every day,” Mauzy said. Career History: If you haven’t yet heard of Zip Express Installation, you just might in the coming months. Mauzy is looking to make his six-month-old TV/home audio/computer installation company as familiar a household name as Fed Ex or UPS. “We basically sell productized services,” he said. “We are planning roll-outs with major retailers right now.” He started working in CE as a teenager, intalling car stereos in a rough neighborhood of Denver.

If you haven’t yet heard of Zip Express Installation, prepare yourself: the nationwide PR blitz is coming. Chris Mauzy, the President and CEO of this 6-month-old company, is looking to make his TV/home audio/computer installation company as familiar a household name as Fed Ex or UPS. “We basically sell productized services,” explains Mauzy. “We are planning roll-outs with major retailers right now.” The vision of becoming the Firedog or Geek Squad of the low-voltage world is somthing Mauzy has been dreaming up for years. He started working in CE as a teenager, intalling car stereos in a rough neighborhood of

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