Stephen DeFuria, Top Audio Executive & Friend to Many, Dies

  Stephen DeFuria, a top specialty audio industry sales executive uniquely conversant in both high-end AND more mainstream audio, died early Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer. DeFuria was 61-years old and passed away at home with his family … Continue reading

Millson Custom Solutions Goes From Crawl to Jog in Just One Year

Millson Custom Solutions Celebrates Its First Birthday Most new start-up companies like Millson Custom Solutions (MCS) choose to develop a new product concept and spend their first year setting up distribution, making sure internal systems operate smoothly as sales begin … Continue reading

Dysfunctional CEDIA Board Cited in Resignation Letter

We reported to you last month that, in an unexpected development best described as surprising, two members of CEDIA’s Board of Directors – Bob Brown and Richard Millson – abruptly resigned their positions within 24-hours of each other. We learned … Continue reading

Two Directors Abruptly Resign CEDIA Board of Directors in Apparent Sign of Turmoil

BREAKING NEWS Two members of the Board of Directors of CEDIA have abruptly resigned within 24-hours of each other in what appears to be a sign of turmoil roiling the organization’s Board, multiple sources told us. According to reports, Richard … Continue reading

Tons of Turmoil at Thiel; Is There Yet Another New CEO?

Tipped off by a source, we have learned that the turmoil at Thiel Audio continues, as yet another wave of executives have arrived and departed – leaving the company ostensibly leaderless and seemingly adrift in the market. The revolving executive … 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

Thiel Audio: DeFuria & Brown are Out; Is the Other Shoe Dropping?

BREAKING NEWS Our inquiry started innocently enough. Last week, we received an emailed press release that contained this headline: “VANA Ltd. Appoints Stephen DeFuria as Director of Sales, East.” Now we generally receive dozens of press releases every day – … Continue reading

Kathy Gornik: Why I Sold Thiel…

*Strata-gee.com EXCLUSIVE* Much has been written on the changes at Lexington, KY-based Thiel Audio Products Company (Thiel) in the wake of its purchase by a group of Tennessee investors that we first reported last November. Shortly after their acquisition, strata-gee.com … Continue reading

Thiel Audio’s Bob Brown Sees ‘Lots of Opportunity’

Although things often move slowly in the world of high end audio – models stay in the line for years, product testing goes on for months, policies are practically carved in stone – upscale loudspeaker manufacturer Thiel Audio is undergoing … Continue reading