Steve Bryant


Stan Brooks, a former big-city radio DJ and one of the most funny and personable guys you’re to likely meet in a CE store, has never forgotten his interaction with two women who walked into his Circuit City store the first months he was on a sales floor.

Las Vegas is not a town known for its morning life. The only people up before 9 a.m. are the ones who never made it to bed the night before. But early one morning this summer, nearly a hundred coffee-fueled independent retailers made their way past vacant blackjack tables in the Venetian Resort and gathered in a conference room for a breakfast meeting of the Nationwide Marketing Group’s specialty electronics division (SEN). After a welcome from the buying group’s director, Jeanette Howe, the members heard pitch after pitch from vendors, all with a similar message: if you want to make money this holiday season,

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