HTSA Names Vendors Of The Year

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Chester Springs, Pa. - Panasonic took home top honors in

Home Technology Specialists of America

's (HTSA's) eighth annual Vendor of the Year awards.

The buying group for custom retailers and system integrators named Panasonic as Vendor of the Year, awarded its


1080p 3D-capable plasma TV Product of the Year, and saluted senior sales VP Jim Sanduski as Man of the Year.

Other winners included Lutron as Custom Vendor of the Year, Savant Systems for Highest Percentage Growth in 2010, AudioQuest as Most Profitable Vendor, and


as Most Supportive.

"Congratulations to all of the vendors that were honored with an award this year," said HTSA executive director Richard Glikes. "Our annual awards are selected by our members for their outstanding service, customer satisfaction and innovation. We would also like to thank our vendors for a great year. Business is improving, and we look forward to a prosperous 2011."

Panasonic copped the Vendor of the Year award for "hitting the ground running and delivering outstanding product margins," HTSA said. "The company went above and beyond to create a program that all could embrace, making them the deserving recipient."

The company's


"put HTSA members' clients in awe with its jaw-dropping picture quality, contrast, vibrant colors and overall size. This TV consistently receives excellent grades in product reviews, making it an easy choice for Product of the Year," HTSA said.

As for Sanduski, HTSA's Man of the Year "has combined his industry intelligence with a soothing demeanor that has allowed him to grow in his career and receive well-deserved recognition," the buying group noted.

Lutron Electronics

earned its Custom Vendor of the Year kudos for its ability to "consistently manufacture and integrate high-quality lighting systems. The cumulative effect of great training, bulletproof product, and serious in-field representation allowed this company to achieve our finest award in this category," HTSA said.

Savant earned its Highest Percentage Growth honors by growing its business with HTSA by a whopping 586 percent year-over-year. "More clients and members adopted the


-based platform and the success has been phenomenal," the group noted. "Savant achieved this growth through its exceptional service, training, and an innovative approach to providing the industry's only Apple-based home control and automation solution," which allows consumers to control their home electronics from their iPad or iPhone.


's high-margin, high- performance cables helped the company garner the Most Profitable Vendor award, while Sony's Most Supportive nod was given for an "incredibly diverse product line, a profound knowledge of the industry and a kind, gentle approach to customer service. Sony has worked to improve all aspects of its customer support, including tech-data delivery, management direction, and field service," HTSA said.


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