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AVAD, Ingram To Present Dealer Toolkit At InfoComm

LOS ANGELES — AVAD and parent company Ingram Micro will present what it claimed is the industry’s largest comprehensive toolkit for commercial installation professionals at its InfoComm 2014 booth (C8716), June 18-20, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The exhibit will offer a toolkit for real-world commercial technology applications — showcasing a full continuum of hardware, software, content management and support solutions — to help dealers master digital signage, quick-service restaurants (QSR) and the industry’s most popular vertical channels.

AVAD will highlight its expertise in the commercial marketplace by giving InfoComm guests a wide array of themed product-demonstration areas that are applicable to dealers’ needs. The booth’s information stations will provide functioning models of QSR, health care, medical, education, unified communication, digital signage applications and other common commercial business categories to present a cohesive dealer toolkit.

As InfoComm attendees walk through the booth, they will also discover resources from among AVAD’s catalog of 90-plus brands and learn about the complementary design and collaboration services provided by the AVAD System Design Group.

AVAD will also offer substantial promotions and giveaways to new and existing customers. Visitors to AVAD and Ingram Micro’s booth on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be treated to complimentary beverages and a variety of giveaways from major brands.

In other AVAD news, the distributor hosted an open house at its new Nashville branch on May 7 to highlight a larger showroom and more streamlined ordering process as well as offer one-day promotions from a dozen major brands and other exclusive benefits for area integrators.

The festivities included an award ceremony for three top area dealers “in recognition of exemplary sales and integration,” the distributor said.

Additions to AVAD Nashville at the new location include new product displays featuring the latest solutions from dealer-preferred brands and a new conference room that offers a private entrance for high profile customer meetings and additional office space for dealers to use.

Jon Zabel, North American sales director for AVAD, attended the event to present three awards to top area dealers acknowledging their achievements for the year.

Jacob Abbott of Visual Concepts received the Phoenix Award for most improved sales, Hailey Williamson and Brad Moss of Williamson Moss Design received the Top Gun Award for highest sales in 2013 and Philip Brown of Crosswaves Systems Integration won the Firestarter Award, which recognizes the top new dealer for 2014.

Volutone Signs Several Suppliers

SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. — Volutone Distributing, a member of the PowerHouse Alliance, has recently partnered with ccGEN2 by URC, DSC, LG Commercial, Nest, Qolsys and Sonos.

“With such convergence in technology, we needed to continue to build a product mix to support a more sophisticated integrator — a dealer that could at one time be neatly categorized as A/V, security, networking or commercial, may now cross boundaries into one or more. We are extremely fortunate to have these incredible new additions to better serve our dealers’ evolving needs,” said Trevor Hansen, VP, in a statement announcing the agreements.

Volutone is a family-owned and -operated full-line distributor offering seven self-shop will-call locations in both Southern California and Southern Nevada. The distributor also provides free shipping and delivery services, a dealer-incentive program, trainings and a full-service website.

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