Van Nuys, Calif.
AVAD, a distributor of custom electronics, completed the first round of its 2011 Opportunity Tour events to good reviews and has set its schedule for the next round.
AVAD's Opportunity Tour is a series of one-night-only events, held at select AVAD branches, that introduces dealers to new solutions, the distributor said. Each event throughout the Opportunity Tour includes a short networking reception at 4 p.m. followed by product breakout sessions. The evening concludes with a dinner buffet and Q&A session.
The remaining Tour schedule will visit several AVAD branches throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Here is the next round of one-day meetings:
Thursday, Oct. 20 -
San Jose, Calif.; Edina, Minn; Pine Brook, N.J.
Tuesday, Oct. 25
- Bellevue, Wash.; Centennial, Colo.; Woburn, Mass.
Wednesday, Oct. 26 -
Thursday, Oct. 27
- Scottsdale, Ariz; Chesterfield, Mo; Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Wednesday, Nov. 9
- Gaithersburg, Md.
AVAD, a subsidiary of Ingram Micro, said that seating space for the events is limited. Register online at
The initial leg of the tour was held at various AVAD branches from Oct. 11-13, drawing numerous dealers who were able to experience six new products from leading manufacturers Bose, Sharp, Optoma and Lutron.
"This event was a really great opportunity to get direct interaction with the manufacturers," said Chad Carlson of A Universal Connection in Deerfield, Fla., in an AVAD statement. "In addition to learning more about these new products and business opportunities, we get to voice our opinions and concerns directly to the reps who can help us with our business."
"I really liked that the events were well organized and held at a time that made it convenient for us without disrupting our business," said Hector Yanez of Fort Lauderdale's HY-FY Audio & Video. "I learned a lot of things that I can take back immediately and use to help grow our business."