B&H Photo Pays $3.2M to Settle Federal Charges

DOL and B&H Photo logosBREAKING NEWS

Just over a year ago, we told you about the Federal government bringing charges against popular retailer B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., better known as B&H Photo Video, alleging discrimination, bias, and harassment of workers at its Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse. Filed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the action by the government told a seamy tale of material mistreatment of certain employees at the company, a Federal contractor subject to specific rules governing treatment of workers.

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RTI Appoints Returning Clint Forberg Central Regional Biz Manager

RTI logoControl and home automation manufacturer RTI announced this week that former employee Clint Forberg is returning to the company as its Central U.S. Regional Business Manager. Earlier in his career, Forberg did a nine year stint at RTI as Director of Training and Eastern U.S. Sales Manager.

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They’re Back – Amazon to Present a CEDIA 2017 Keynote

Photo from Amazon Keynote

CEDIA 2016 – Charlie Kindel of Amazon Alexa tells integrators that Amazon wants to work with them.

CEDIA announced today that like last year, Amazon will offer a sponsored keynote presentation at the upcoming CEDIA 2017 show in San Diego. The Amazon keynote will take place on Thursday, September 7, from 2:00PM – 3:00PM in the San Diego Convention Center Ballroom 20A.

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Huge Management Transition at Lenbrook; End of an Era

Lenbrook logoLenbrook International announced this week a major transition in their management team in what it said was a carefully thought-out “succession plan.” Lenbrook, parent company to the Bluesound, NAD, and PSB brands, will restructure their senior management team in the wake of a form of retirement of two of its most prominent leaders – Lenbrook Americas President & CEO Dean Miller; and Chief Brand Officer John Banks. It is not an overstatement to call this the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.

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Dana Innovations Appoints 2 Regional Sales Managers; Both Ex-B&W


Dana Innovations logoDana Innovations announced this morning that it has appointed two new regional sales managers – Marc Schnoll and Dan Dusek. Both Schnoll and Dusek come to Dana Innovations from Bowers & Wilkins.

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Sales Schism – Multiple B&W Regional Managers Resign


B&W logoMultiple sources have confirmed to us that several B&W regional managers have resigned from their positions with the company this week. In a move that one source indicated has been coming since the moment the company terminated President Doug Henderson, the regional managers all turned in their voluntary resignations in the same week.

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Allnet Distributing Moves into Minnesota

Allnet logoChicago, IL-based Allnet Distributing announced recently that it is opening an all-new location in Minneapolis, MN in September. It is the fourth warehouse location, as the custom integration-focused distributor continues to expand its reach throughout the Midwest geographic region.

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Savant Acquires Artison. The Question is…Why?

Savant logoSavant Systems announced this week that it has purchased Artison, a specialty audio manufacturer of speaker systems. The company said that “Artison has earned a reputation for delivering…solutions that merge elegant, unobtrusive aesthetics with exceptionally detailed sound quality…” Is this a bold new strategy for Savant? Or just a reaction to the Control4/Triad acquisition?

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Bad Heir Day – Prosecuters Demand 12-Years of Hard Time for Billionaire Samsung Heir

Samsung's Vice Chairman LeeSouth Korea is buzzing at the news that prosecutors have demanded no less than a 12-year prison term for Samsung’s billionaire heir, Jay Y. Lee. Lee is accused of attempting to solidify his total control of the massive company through a sketchy scheme that included bribing the South Korean President, Park Geun-hye.

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Don’t Like Exposed Wi-Fi Antennas? Access Networks Hides Them

Access networks logoAccess Networks announced on Wednesday a new way to hide wireless access points and wireless network range extenders throughout a home for those who, unlike some of us, do not appreciate looking at the antennas and flashing lights typical of these products. Their solution? A wireless access point enclosure with a magnetically retained, paintable cover.

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