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Sonance Making Changes Under New Management

3/22/2004 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Sonance is stripping the Architectural Audio brand from a series of products and replacing it with the Sonance brand under one of the first changes implemented since founders Scott Struthers and Geoff Spencer resumed day-to-day control of the company.

Last year, Sonance launched the lower priced custom-install brand and targeted it to tract-home builders. The brand was sold by Sonance's traditional dealers to the builders, but it was also open to nontraditional installers, such as security installers and electricians, through distributors.

As part of the change, the products will no longer be sold through distributors and will be available only to traditional Sonance dealers, who are custom A/V installers and systems integrators.

In another change, Sonance veteran Julie Hazard will return to the company, effective March 15, in the new position of sales relationship manager. She will act as a liaison between the company and its reps and dealers, will supervise the development and implementation of new sales strategies, and focus on enhancing relationships with its customers, Struthers said.

"She has an in-depth understanding of the company and its values," Struthers said. Before leaving Sonance in 2003, Hazard held several positions in sales and customer service, most recently as district sales manager.

The Architectural Audio strategy was the brainchild of CEO Chip Brown, who was put on paid administrative leave earlier this year by Struthers and Spencer, who are owners and board members. Struthers is now also president.

When they announced the management change, Struthers and Spencer said they returned to day-to-day management positions to strengthen the brand and dealer relations.