NY/NJ Tech Summit – 2nd Verse Same as the 1st

Photo of entrance to Renaissance Hotel The NY/NJ Tech Summit rolled in to the Big Apple last week, almost exactly one year after its first iteration, which took place last year in the MetLife Stadium...a really unique venue. This year, I looked forward to it with great anticipation, interested to see if the Summit would begin to gain traction and what changes would take place as a result of the show being acquired by CEDIA.

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WAVE Founder Talks to Strata-gee About Acquisition

'No One Lost Their Job Except Me!'

Photo of Gary WermuthGary Wermuth, founder of WAVE Electronics in Houston, TX, spoke with Strata-gee about his company's recent acquisition by Kingswood Capital, which also owns AVAD and plans to merge the two operations. The deal, announced last week and the cause of substantial buzz around the industry, has actually been in the works since April and he was clearly pleased to have the deal done and behind him.

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Does the WAVE/AVAD Deal Signal a New Era in Distribution?

Photo of WAVE's new Dania Beach locationAs we reported last week, the world learned that the private equity group that owns AVAD has made another deal, acquiring Houston, TX-based WAVE Electronics, another major custom integration distribution company. After an initial ripple of excitement over the deal, most of us went back to our daily lives - looking at this deal as nothing more than just another private equity acquisition. But there may be more here than meets the eye...

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Residential Systems: New Takes on Tech Training

Residential Systems logoWill you indulge me for a moment? I want to draw your attention to an article I wrote for Residential Systems titled New Takes on Tech Training. Regular Strata-gee readers are most likely aware of the fact that I also write for Residential Systems, and this article is one that I'm quite proud of.

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Melrose Talks of Disposing of Nortek

Are Elan, Speakercraft, Niles, Proficient, etc. In Play Again?

Nortek LogoMelrose PLC, owner of Nortek, including Nortek Security & Control, is openly talking to U.K. media about the likelihood of selling off Nortek - saying, in essence, their work is done, the turnaround is complete. This being the case, their thinking is that it is time to harvest their crop by selling off the company to reap their reward of profits.

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Emerald Expositions Reports Attendance Flat at CEDIA Expo 2018

CEDIA Expo 2018 crowdEmerald Expositions Events, Inc. (stock symbol: EEX) reported last week that attendance at CEDIA Expo 2018, the first Expo run totally by Emerald Expositions employees, had an attendance of "more than 20,000 home tech pros" or flat as compared to their announcement of "more than 20,000 home tech professionals" at the event last year.

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Krell VP of Sales Leaves Company

Krell Comments on Shackelford's Departure

Krell logoGordon Shackelford, Vice President of Sales for Krell over the last few troubled years, has left the company at the end of September. The public face of the company during what might be its most troubled times, Shackelford told me he needed a break after a period of great stress in his career, but he wishes Krell all the best and believes it is in the midst of a significant turnaround.

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Equity Owner of AVAD Doubles Down, Buys WAVE & Consolidates

WAVE Electronics logoKingswood Capital Management, LLC, a private equity company that describes itself as "an operationally-focused lower-middle market" PE company - and the current owner of AVAD - announced today that it has purchased Houston, TX-based custom integration distributor WAVE Electronics, Inc. and plans to merge it with AVAD to create one total entity. Their announcement says that with this move they "will create the single largest value-added distributor of high-end audio, video, security, and home automation solutions in the consumer electronics industry." Many thought they already were the largest distributor.

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Gibson Begins Leadership Makeover w/New CFO

Gibson's 2019 guitar lineupGibson Brands' Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings have continued to incessantly march forward, the gritty work of a large scale matter such as this occurring mostly in the background. However, occasionally a major factor emerges to be picked up by the media. One thing the new owners of Gibson made a fundamental part of this initiative, was to change  the organization's leadership. This week, we learned that the company will soon emerge from bankruptcy with a new chief financial officer (CFO) - announcing the appointment of Kimberly Mattoon for the role.

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Expo18: Savant Launches Microgrid for Macro Impact

A Significant New Revenue & Profit Opportunity for Integrators

Savant logoAs I mentioned in my CEDIA wrap-up post recently, Savant surprised me with an entirely new category they call microgrid. Created in partnership with sister company Racepoint Energy, a microgrid is sort of your own energy substation for your residential (or commercial) clients - giving them much greater control over their energy systems. And microgrid brings integrators a new significant revenue and profit opportunity addressing a category well beyond traditional "power protection."

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