Pinebook, N.J. - Custom distributor AVAD celebrated the opening of its Pinebrook, N.J., facility July 23 by inviting residential and commercial installers to a "Vend-o-palooza" trade show. Attendees sat in on business and product training seminars and viewed products displayed by more than 40 vendors, including Sharp, Samsung, Marantz, Onkyo, B&K, Parasound, Artison, Sirius XM and NetStreams. Vendor representatives included VPs, national sales managers, and regional personnel. Other executives turning out for the event included AVAD marketing executive VP Wally Whinna, Parasound president Richard Schram, and AVAD merchandising VP Rick Wigen. Yankee second-baseman Robinson Cano also turned out to autograph trading cards and pose for pictures with attendees, courtesy of Sharp. AVAD recently branched out into commercial installation products and will add security products in August.