Barrington, Ill. — The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) presented its 2013 HTSA Vendor Awards to those who have demonstrated commitment to member growth through the development of cutting-edge products and technologies, exemplary business practices, and unyielding service and support for HTSA members.
“Each year the HTSA Vendor Awards provide us with the opportunity to recognize those who have had an overwhelming impact on the success and business growth of our members,” said Bob Hana, managing director of HTSA.
This year HTSA announced the return of one of its most coveted honors, the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded to Sandy Gross, founder and president of GoldenEar Technology.
"Sandy has been an incredible driving force across our industry," said Hana. "His commitment to his craft has resulted in a wealth of products and applications our members have utilized to further grow their businesses. Furthermore, his support for HTSA has not gone unnoticed. He and his team have been actively involved in cooperative marketing campaigns and driving new opportunities that benefit HTSA members."
HTSA named Control4 as its Vendor of the Year for 2013. “Control4 has worked hard to uncover new areas for growth and development that greatly impact HTSA members," said Hana. "By forming authentic, deep relationships with each retailer and integrator, Control4 has helped evolve the way our manufacturer partners and members work together, paving the way for stronger, more sustained business growth.”
URC was presented with the Most Supportive Vendor of the Year Award for offering superior technical support, industry knowledge, and marketing best practices; while Noah Kaplan, co-founder and president of Leon Speakers, was honored with the Innovator of the Year Award for his inspired product, sales and marketing contributions.
The following vendors were also recognized at the HTSA Fall Conference for technical innovation:
- Lenbrook - Technology Innovation, BlueSound
- Savant Systems - Technology Innovation, SmartView Video Tiling
- Paradigm - Best Audio Product, Soundtrack System
- Sony - Best Video Product, Sony XBR65-X850A
- Lutron - Best Integration Product, Triathlon Shades
Additionally, the HTSA said it recognizes one individual who has greatly exceeded their role within the organization, providing immeasurable support, fresh business ideas and promoting a collaborative spirit amongst members and vendors with the HTSA Person of the Year Award. Ari Supran, CEO of Dana Innovations, is this year's recipient.