SVS Hires Director of Global Sales

SVS logoSVS, a brand that markets its line of speakers and subwoofers both direct-to-consumers and through retailers, announced today that it has hired Walter R. Schofield as its new Director of Global Sales. The company says the appointment is effective immediately.

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Despite Revenue Decline, JVC Kenwood Cuts Losses as Restructuring Takes Hold

JVC Kenwood logoJVC Kenwood Corp., the troubled consolidation of two struggling Japanese brands, seems to have turned a corner despite reporting fiscal Q2 and first half revenue declines and continuing losses. The company, which in January surprised many by announcing its decision to withdraw from the consumer electronics business to focus on B-to-B business, announced with pride that – although still showing a loss – the company has seen solid improvement in profits with dramatically reduced losses.

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Do You REALLY Know What Kind of Behavior Your Customers Expect of You?

Marketing Charts logoA new survey from Cohn & Wolfe – and discussed on – suggests a possible sea change in the expectations of your customers as to the behavior of your company. We’ve seen some other similar surveys…and if you haven’t gotten clued in to this yet – well read on, the results may surprise you…

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Dow Electronics to Sell Harmony Remote Nationwide

DOW Electronics logoWe have learned that DOW Electronics, a Florida-based satellite and electronics distributor, is adding Logitech’s Harmony remote control line to its expanding custom integration (CI) assortment. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, we are told that the company will be distributing the line on a national basis.

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Mel Gross, Iconic Pacific NW Sales Rep, Passes Away


Michael & Mel Gross

Multiple media outlets – including – last week published several stories about the passing of Crestron founder George Feldstein, someone who impacted the industry nationally. But we have learned about the passing of another iconic figure in electronics – if on a more regional basis. Mel Gross, one of the industry’s more colorful characters, and a leading sales representative in the Pacific Northwest territory, passed away at the end of last month.

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Audio Control Puts You in Control of Long-Run HDMI Installations

AudioControl LogoAudio Control announced this week the availability of its new high performance HDBaseT extenders that allow installers and integrators the ability to safely and successfully run HDMI signals over long distances reliably. The company has been in the audio/video extender (baluns) business for some time now, with these new models – the HDBT-S1 and HDBT-R1 – pushing the performance edge.

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Further Turmoil at Nortek – Nemchev is Out


Denise Nemchev

Denise Nemchev

Multiple sources are reporting – and we have confirmed – yet another management shake-up at Nortek, Inc…Denise Nemchev has abruptly left the company. Nemchev was brought in as Nortek’s Vice President of Business Transformation in April 2013. In August of this year, and in the wake of the dismissal of Sean Burke as head of the Technology Solutions Segment, Nemchev was promoted to President of the AV Tech segment.

Now, about 90-days later, she too is gone.

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Yamaha’s Fiscal First Half Results are Mixed

Yamaha logoYamaha Corporation released the results for its fiscal first semester or first half of the fiscal year 2015 (April 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014) with results generally positive, but mixed. Overall consolidated sales increased 4.4% to ¥206.4 billion ($1.9 billion) as compared to ¥197.7 billion ($1.8 billion) in the same period last year. But of some concern is the fact that only one of its four major business segments showed an increase in operating profits – and two of the four lost money during the period.

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Spring Deck Partners with Azione Unlimited Buying Group

Spring Deck Azione UnlimitedSpring Deck LLC, a start-up company that offers a new sales presentation solution for integrators, announced this week that it has cut an exclusive partnership deal with Azione Unlimited, a national buying group of dealers and integrators. According to Spring Deck, the deal makes its app and service instantly available Azione members…and at a specially discounted price.

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Integration Industry Mourns the Passing of Crestron’s Founder

Crestron logoWe learned this week that the Chairman and Founder of Crestron, Mr. George Feldstein, passed away after a long illness. The news hit many in the custom integration industry particularly hard, as Mr. Feldstein is widely credited with helping not just build a company…but with also fueling the growth of the entire industry.

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