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Stampede Talks Trends At Vendor Summit

AMHERST, N.Y. — Stampede Presentation Products held its annual two-day Stampede Vendor Summit here this month to discuss new technology trends and report on its sales performance.

Asserting that the “age of interactivity” is now giving way to a new “age of hyperactivity” characterized by an always-fast, always-on Internet, attendees at the Summit heard that a new era of unprecedented opportunity was now unfolding — creating sales opportunities for dealers that were unimaginable a few short years ago, the distributor said.

“This shift is challenging our industry to stop using the terms ‘audio and video’ and start using the terms ‘see, hear and control’ in order to understand the business opportunities that this shift is creating,” noted Stampede president and COO Kevin Kelly.

To help empower its 11,000 dealers to take advantage of this seismic shift, the company has added new product lines and core platforms that traditional A/V products can attach to, and which contributed to a fifth year of record-breaking growth and a 46 percent increase in earnings, Kelly said.

The event featured a mix of one-on-one sales interactions between manufacturers and the Stampede sales team, presentations from InfoComm senior VP John Fuchs and PMA Analyst Rosemary Abowd, a vision of a future built around “The Internet of Things” by A/V futurist Midori Connolly, and a dealer panel discussion of business and technology trends hosted by Lindsey Adler of TWICE sister magazine Residential Systems and EH Publishing’s Craig MacCormack.