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Sony Selects Capitol, Volutone As Regional Distributors

NEW YORK – Sony Electronics has picked Capitol and Volutone for its premium home A/V products, including 4K Ultra HD TVs, to sell to select specialty A/V dealers and custom installers. Volutone said it will sell those accounts in the Southern California and Nevada regions.

Haier Inks Almo As National Distributor Of A/V Lines

PHILADELPHIA — Haier America has selected Almo as the exclusive national distributor for its A/Vfocused digital products group. The pact expands the companies’ major appliance relationship to include Haier’s lineup of 24-inch through 65-inch LED TVs. The new inventory is expected to hit Almo distribution centers in mid-August.

Haier’s TVs feature 1080p, 120Hz displays and built-in 2.1 “sound chamber” audio systems, while select models offer ultra-thin frames and MHL ports that accept the Roku Streaming Stick.

Catalyst AV To Carry APC Line

BURLINGTON, MASS. – Catalyst AV, the 11-member distribution network that serves over 15,000 integrators in the U.S., has entered into an agreement to distribute APC by Schneider Electric’s full suite of surge protectors, power conditioners and battery backup solutions.

Quantum Networks Adds BearExtender Wi-Fi Boosters

NEW YORK – Quantum Networks, an Inc. 500 distributor and e-tailer based here, has added the Bear- Extender line of Wi-Fi boosters and range extenders for Macs and PCs to its assortment.

“We are thrilled to bring BearExtender’s innovative products to Quantum,” said president Jonathan Goldman. “BearExtender makes some of the fastest and longest range Wi-Fi upgrades, and our extensive distribution capabilities will help keep up with growing consumer demand.”

BearExtender began in 2009 helping students at the University of California, Berkeley better connect to the on-campus Wi-Fi network, called “AirBears,” which lead to the company’s name.

New Age Promotes Kirkendall

CARSON, CALIF. — CE, IT and gaming distributor New Age Electronics has promoted VP Eric Kirkendall to senior sales VP.

Kirkendall joined the Synnex division 13 years ago as sales director, was named senior director in 2006, and was promoted to VP in 2008.

During his tenure he consolidated seven sales teams into one channel sales group, led the creation and development of New Age’s e-commerce sales division, and directed sales integration activities following the company’s acquisition by Synnex.

“Eric’s hard work and consistent leadership have been key factors in New Age Electronics’ success,” said New Age president Fred Towns. “This well-deserved promotion demonstrates Eric’s ability to deliver beyond goals set and be consistently successful.”


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