Mike Allen

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

The noted Washington journalist Mike Allen, who authors the daily Playbook column for The Politico, will be the keynote speaker at the CEA Industry Forum next month

“You are in the greatest position going forward than ever, as independents. This time, for us, is phenomenal. It says to our suppliers that the be-all and end-all is not the box store. The prevailing belief today that bigger is better will break down.” So said Brand Source CEO Bob Lawrence in the group’s 2008 Summit General Session yesterday, exhorting dealer members in attendance to “never give up, never back down, never lose faith” in the face of market challenges. He pointed out that a market landscape where the likes of Home Depot and Lowe’s are suffering the backlash of slower housing starts and

ASSOCIATED VOLUME BUYERS/BRAND SOURCE 100 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 250 Anaheim, Calif. 92805 Phone: (714) 502-9620 Fax: (714) 502-9627 Web site: www.brandsource.com Bob Lawrence, CEO Mark Pardini, President Jeff Tracy, Vice President Skip Ignaczak, Vice President Andy Kersey, Vice President Kathy Maloney, Comptroller Mike Allen, Executive Vice President, Furniture Bob Donaldson, Executive Vice President, Marketing Jim Ristow, Executive Vice President, Electronics John White, Executive Vice President, Appliances Total Members: 4,500 Storefronts: 7,500 Annual Sales Volume: $11 Billion Regions: 15 Divisions: 8 ∙ Brand Source ∙ Home Entertainment Source

ASSOCIATED VOLUME BUYERS/BRAND SOURCE 100 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 250 Anaheim, Calif. 92805 Phone: (714) 502-9620 Fax: (714) 502-9627 Web site: www.brandsource.com Bob Lawrence, CEO Mark Pardini, President Jeff Tracy, Vice President Skip Ignaczak, Vice President Bill Pleasants, Sr., Vice President Kathy Maloney, Comptroller Mike Allen, General Manager, Furniture Bob Donaldson, General Manager, Marketing Jim Ristow, General Manager, Electronics John White, General Manager, Appliances Members: 4,000 Annual Sales Volume: $11 Billion Storefronts: 5,000 Regions: 17 Divisions: 8 Sleep Source Home Entertainment Source Gourmet Source Outdoor Source Brand Source Flooring Gallery Marta TRIB Mega Key Suppliers — Electronics:

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