Winston-Salem, N.C. — Nationwide Marketing Group has named industry veteran Jeannette Howe executive director of its newly created audio/video specialty division.
Before joining Nationwide, Howe was national membership manager for the Home Entertainment Source (HES) buying group. Howe also spent eight years as director of member services for the Professional Audio/Video Retailers Association (PARA). Prior to her work at PARA, Howe was the audio buyer for Magnolia Hi-Fi.
“I am excited to be playing a meaningful role in the creation, growth and future prosperity of the Nationwide A/V specialty division,” Howe said. “The burgeoning custom installation market is generating enormous opportunities, and Nationwide is clearly committed to supporting the specialist A/V class of trade.”
Nationwide president Ed Kelly said, “We welcome Jeannette as a key member of our management team. We know her industry experience, enthusiasm and energy will add great value to many of our existing Nationwide member companies and will help us attract new dealers who aspire to run more profitable businesses. Nationwide management is quite impressed with Jeannette’s knowledge of the specialty community, and we are thrilled to have her on board.”
Kelly called Howe “one of the consumer electronics industry’s leading and most widely respected professionals.”
Robert Weisner, Nationwide executive VP added, “Nationwide has several hundred dealers who are actively involved in audio/video home installation, and Jeannette will help our dealers grow this business segment and add to their electronic sales profitability.”
Nationwide has approximately 2,400 independent retailer members throughout the United States with more than 6,500 storefronts and $9 billion in annual sales.