By TWICE Staff On Jul 18 2011 - 12:01am
HTSA Adds 60th Member
BOZEMAN, MONT. –
Custom installer and systems
integrator Studio AV, here, has joined the Home
Technology Specialists of America (HTSA). The sixyear-
old business, which also maintains offices in Missoula,
Mont., and Jackson, Wyo., becomes the buying
group’s 60th member.
HTSA executive director Richard Glikes called
Studio AV “a natural choice” for the group due to its
design and installation services for residential and
professional environments, and its “design/build solutions
that balance innovative technology with utility
He added that the group is “working diligently to fill
in states where there are currently no HTSA members,”
and expects to announce a 61st member shortly.
World Wide Stereo
Hosts Earth, Wind & Fire
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA. –
A/V specialty dealer World Wide Stereo welcomed
members of Earth, Wind & Fire to its Montgomeryville
showroom this month courtesy of Monster Cable.
More than 300 customers and other guests attended
the meet-and-greet, which included a wine tasting,
in-store specials and a preview of the band’s new inear
Gratitude headphones by Monster. World Wide
owner/founder Bob Cole also moderated an hourlong
chat with band members Phillip Bailey and Ralph
Johnson about the group, its 40-year history and the
future of music and CE.
“These guys are true audiophiles, they are brilliant
musicians, and are passionate and steadfast in their
belief that the sound is still important,” said Cole.
World Wide Stereo was one of only three retail
stops on the Monster-sponsored tour.
Tweeter Workers Win
Court Decision Over Backpay
WILMINGTON, DE. –
A federal bankruptcy court
here has determined that Tweeter failed to give its
employees adequate notice before shutting down the
business in violation of the Worker Adjustment and
Retraining Notification Act (WARN), and that majority
owner Schultze Asset Management is liable for back
pay and benefits.
Tweeter, the first and only national A/V specialty
chain, filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and liquidated
soon after. Schultze plans to appeal the court’s decision
in the nearly three-year-old labor case.
Former Best Buy CEO and vice chairman
Brad Anderson has joined the advisory board of Aisle-
Buyer, a mobile shopping and
self-checkout platform. In his
new role, Anderson will provide
strategic guidance on market
dynamics, strategy and product
vision, the company said.
“Mobile devices are changing
the retail paradigm as they
unify the shopping experience
across all selling channels,”
Anderson said in a statement.
“Consumers armed with smartphones have access
to the world’s prices, product information and reviews
at all times, and AisleBuyer has developed a
multichannel commerce platform that enables retailers
to reach customers through this new medium.”
Anderson, a 35-year veteran of Best Buy, served
as its CEO from 2002 to 2009 and stepped down as
vice chairman last year. He is currently a member of
General Mills’ board of directors.
ANAHEIM, CALIF. —
BrandSource’s services arm
and the Professional Service Association (PSA) have
formed a new partnership that will enable their members
to share in a wide assortment of programs and
benefits. The offerings include standards-based technical
training and certification for the buying group’s
servicing dealers, and insurance programs for PSA.
BrandSource Service provides a large portfolio of
business services including referrals, extended-service
policies, and insurance to help members operate
a successful service business. PSA, formed in 1989,
provides educational training for the appliance service
industry and collaborates with top vocational and
trade schools to help prepare graduates for a career in
the appliance service field, and offers the only internationally
accredited certification program for appliance