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has hired the first in a number of market development managers to build relationships between electronic systems contractors (ESCs) and local architects, builders and interior/lighting designers.
The first two managers, assigned to the Phoenix area, are A/V industry veterans John D'Angelo and Frank Clark, former owners of Invision Home Systems and Dream Home Entertainment, respectively. Both custom-installation enterprises were based in the Phoenix area.
Crestron plans to appoint market development managers in additional cities, a spokesperson said.
In Phoenix, the new managers are tasked with demonstrating "the value of integrated home technology and working more closely with the design community to build deeper relationships," the company said. The duo will "facilitate communication and collaboration between Crestron, integrators and designers to deliver the best solutions for home owners."
One of their first tasks will be to spearhead a partnership between Crestron and Scottsdale-based, interior design firm Est. Est. to create a state-of-the-art design center in Phoenix, Crestron said.
"The creation of new positions and addition of more resources demonstrates our commitment to the continued development of the residential market in Phoenix and nationally," said Crestron executive VP Randy Klein. "We are putting more resources in each market to support our local partners and pursuing new business opportunities with architects, builders and interior/lighting designers."