About Ted

A sales and marketing specialist - primarily in the technology industry - I've experienced a sort of "circle of life" in business. I've been a mass merchant retailer, a specialty retailer, a specialty manufacturer, a large volume manufacturer, a distributor, and even represented sales representatives. Now the owner of a marketing company that works with a variety of businesses on improving their strategic marketing and business development - I analyze issues from all angles to develop holistic solutions.

High-End Faces A Matter of Survival in Pandemic’s Wake; Here’s What We Should Do Now

In This GUEST POST, Bill Leebens Takes You on a Journey from ‘Me’ to ‘We’ & Proposes a New Industry Association A few months ago, I unexpectedly became unemployed. There had been occasions in my career when it was clear … Continue reading

Crestron’s Partnership Universe Expands Creating New Experiences for Users

Launches HomeTime Integrated Home Conferencing WFH Solution No doubt about it, Crestron is on a roll. They have recently had a series of announcements – not of the ho-hum type, but of the more meaningful, perhaps industry-changing type. Now we … Continue reading

And BAM! Just Like That, Savant Acquires GE Lighting to Become a Major Lighting Supplier

WSJ Says Deal Valued at Around $250M On Wednesday, we learned that Savant Systems Inc. (Savant), has acquired the lighting business from none other than the mighty GE. Terms of the transaction were not released, but the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

Sandy Gross Steps Down from GoldenEar; Reflects on His Illustrious 50-Year Career

GoldenEar founder Sandy Gross Telling me, “I’m just taking some time to do those things I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Sandy Gross, renowned² founder of three major speaker brands (Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, GoldenEar Technology), has … Continue reading

Integrators Rejoice! Peace Chimes are Ringing – Crestron & Lutron are Working Together

OK…I don’t want to overstate this, but over the last few years, integration industry giants Crestron and Lutron have been…shall we say…a little competitive with each other. Maybe not directly so, but certainly there have been skirmishes over several lines … Continue reading

Shocking 30+% Drop in Housing Construction Starts; But a Turnaround May Be Lurking

Existing Home Sales Decline as Well I’ve been saying for a while now that really, really tough economic data was coming. Even though it was obvious to many of us that the economy was crashing – thanks to COVID-19 – … Continue reading

Sound United and HTSA Partner to Expand Market Availability of Top Audio Brands

Sound United LLC, the parent company to brands such as Denon, Marantz, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Classé, and Boston Acoustics, announced on Tuesday that they have joined forces with Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), a leading trade consortium of … Continue reading

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, A Popular High-End Event in October, is Canceled

The Gaylord Rockies Resort where the now-canceled RMAF 2020 was to take place [Click to enlarge] On Tuesday, promoters of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest – a well respected and popular event for the high-end specialty audio segment – announced … Continue reading

With Original Event Canceled, IFA Now Says It Will Hold a New Live, In-Person Show in September

Promoter Says It Is Putting ‘Health and Safety First’ Saying they are putting “Health and Safety first,” IFA announces they have received the appropriate government approvals to hold a live, in-person trade show event in Berlin this coming September. The … Continue reading