Federal Criminal Charges Brought Against Former Vann’s CEO Manlove

Prosecutor’s Plea Deal with Co-Conspirator Appears to Have Fallen Through George Leslie Manlove, former CEO of Missoula, Montana-based Vann’s, Inc. has been arraigned on federal criminal charges brought against him by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Labor. The charges, … Continue reading

New HTSA Board of Directors Selected

A new board of directors has been selected by the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), one of the leading retail buying groups in the U.S. This new board, along with the recently announced new managing director (Jon Robbins), represents … Continue reading

Bluesound Scores Deal for National Placement in Magnolia Design Centers

BREAKING NEWS Bluesound, a division of Lenbrook America, has cut a deal with Best Buy that will result in a national roll-out of the company’s line of high-quality digital multi-room music systems through Best Buy’s Magnolia Design Center locations. The … Continue reading

Taking Integration to a Whole New Level; Millson to Launch CinemaFrame at CEDIA Expo

Strata-gee EXCLUSIVE Well-respected custom integrator Richard Millson, founder of Vancouver, BC-based Millson Technologies, has some 25-years of experience in high-end residential AV and automation systems installation. Many of these installations were in luxury high-rise condominium developments, trendy boutique hotels, and … Continue reading

Rosewater Installs Energy Hub in Integrator Showroom

UPDATE – See correction below story Rosewater Energy Group announced this week that it completed the first installation of their residential energy hub in the showroom of South Florida integrator Boca Theater and Automation in Boca Raton, Florida. The installation … Continue reading

Reps – Hire Them? Or Fire Them?

GUEST POST Manufacturers in the CE industry have bantered this question about since the industry began. Should we establish factory direct sales teams or use independent sale representatives? Or maybe a hybrid of both? Varied levels of success and failure … Continue reading

Sporting Goods Retailer Cabela’s Tells Customers to Disconnect from Tech

Company Seeks to ‘Rally Against…Over-Connectivity’ Cabela’s Inc., the world’s largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor goods, announced last week that it is partnering with country music star Justin Moore to launch a campaign to encourage their customers … Continue reading

SupplyStream Says Its All About the Search

SupplyStream, the industry product-line aggregator that offers dealers and integrators a web platform with cross-vendor consistency in product and pricing information, announced today that it has upgraded its search function based on feedback from current users. The company also says … Continue reading