Chester Springs, Pa. -
Panasonic took home top honors in Home Technology
Specialists of America's (HTSA's)
eighth annual Vendor of the Year awards.
The buying group for
custom retailers and system integrators named Panasonic as Vendor of the Year,
awarded its TC-P65VT25 1080p 3D-capable plasma TV Product of the
Year, and saluted senior sales VP Jim Sanduski as Man of the Year.
Other winners included
Lutron as Custom Vendor of the Year, Savant Systems for Highest Percentage
Growth in 2010, AudioQuest as Most Profitable Vendor, and Sony as Most Supportive.
"Congratulations to all
of the vendors that were honored with an award this year," said HTSA executive
director Richard Glikes. "Our annual awards are selected by our members for
their outstanding service, customer satisfaction and innovation. We would also
like to thank our vendors for a great year. Business is improving, and we look
forward to a prosperous 2011."
Panasonic copped the Vendor
of the Year award for "hitting the ground running and delivering outstanding
product margins," HTSA said. "The company went above and beyond to create a
program that all could embrace, making them the deserving recipient."
The company's TC-P65VT25 "put HTSA members' clients in awe with its
jaw-dropping picture quality, contrast, vibrant colors and overall size. This
TV consistently receives excellent grades in product reviews, making it an easy
choice for Product of the Year," HTSA said.
As for Sanduski, HTSA's
Man of the Year "has combined his industry intelligence with a soothing
demeanor that has allowed him to grow in his career and receive well-deserved
recognition," the buying group noted.
Lutron Electronics earned its Custom Vendor of the Year kudos
for its ability to "consistently manufacture and integrate high-quality
lighting systems. The cumulative effect of great training, bulletproof product,
and serious in-field representation allowed this company to achieve our finest
award in this category," HTSA said.
Savant earned its Highest
Percentage Growth honors by growing its business with HTSA by a whopping 586
percent year-over-year. "More clients and members adopted the Apple-based
platform and the success has been phenomenal," the group noted. "Savant
achieved this growth through its exceptional service, training, and an
innovative approach to providing the industry's only Apple-based home control
and automation solution," which allows consumers to control their home
electronics from their iPad or iPhone.
AudioQuest's high-margin, high- performance cables helped
the company garner the Most Profitable Vendor award, while Sony's Most
Supportive nod was given for an "incredibly diverse product line, a profound
knowledge of the industry and a kind, gentle approach to customer service. Sony
has worked to improve all aspects of its customer support, including tech-data
delivery, management direction, and field service," HTSA said.