Steve Hayes

SnapAV announced Monday that it will have a significant presence at the EHX Expo next month, with both a 50-foot trailer and the presence of its new vice president of dealer profitability, Steve Hayes, delivering a keynote address.

SnapAV announced last week that it has named Steve Hayes its new vice president of dealer profitability. Hayes, a former International CEDIA president, comes to the company from SpeakerCraft, where he was executive vice president of sales.

Elan takes a chance at hosting its own dealer conference By David Dritsas Elan Home Systems wagered that it could host a two-day conference for its network of dealers, hoping that many of them would make a trip off the beaten path to Lexington, Ky., home to horse racing, bourbon and Elan's corporate headquarters. The bet paid off in spades, as approximately 380 people attended, beating the company's most optimistic expectations. The population ranged from owners to salespeople to technicians. "I was hoping for 150," said Cat Fowler, director of marketing for Elan, "but by the the end I was unfortunately turning people

The Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) tapped noted installer David "Fishman" Rivera to provide fabrication training for installers at each of MERA's Mobile Education Tour events. Two events occured in Hartford, Conn, and in Lisle/Naperville, Ill. last month. The next and final event is scheduled for Oct. 28th in Orlando, Fla. For more information, call MERA at (800) 949-6372. The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) elected its executive committee for 2001-2002: CEDIA President Jeff Hoover of Audio Advisors; Vice President Ray Lepper of Home Media Stores; Treasurer Mitchell Klein of Media Systems; Secretary Andy Willcox of Pro Line Integrated Systems; and

Robert Minkhorst will end his 30-year career at Philips on December 31, when he is slated to resign as chief executive officer of Philips Consumer Electronics North America. At press time, Philips had not appointed a successor. Darrel Issa has been elected to Congress. Issa is the chairman of the Board of the Consumer Electronics Association and president and CEO of Directed Electronics. He took his seat in the House of Representatives representing the 48th congressional district in California. Issa, a Republican, won with 61 percent of the vote.…Jim Minarik is the new president and CEO of Directed Electronics, Inc. Minarik is currently the

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