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Leigh Adams, 61

Alta Loma, Calif. — Leigh Adams, a former independent A/V specialty dealer and a founding member of the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) buying group, died last month.

He succumbed to a 10.5-year battle with cancer and would have turned 62 this summer.

For over two decades Adams helmed Leigh Adams Discount Sales Audio Video Big Screen in Ontario, Calif. Founded in 1980 as a self-described “mom-and-pop storefront,” he built the company into a $14 million business with 40 employees operating out of a single 9,000-square-foot showroom.

Along the way he helped forge Home Theater Specialists of America (later changed to Home Technologists), which represented independent A/V dealers and custom installers.

Adams sold his business to Ken Crane’s Home Entertainment in 2007 after falling ill.

Former Ken Crane’s principal Casey Crane described Adams as “a good friend, as well as a highly respected longtime CE retailer.”

He is survived by his wife Paula.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be made to the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.