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AVAD Begins Vendopalooza Tour In San Jose, Calif.


AVAD, a leading distributor of custom electronics, took dealers in San Jose, Calif., and the surrounding areas to a special Vendopalooza event at the city’s Club Auto Sport venue on Wednesday, March 14. It took place at Club Auto Sport, a facility featuring luxury car condos, a vital business community and an event center.

Other Vendopalooza events scheduled are April 12 in Houston and May 15 in Pine Brook, N.J. For more info on AVAD and upcoming events, visit



Panasonic Session Added To Capitol Learning Institute


A Panasonic training session has been added to the 2012 Capitol Learning Institute (CLI) Expo, scheduled for April 29-30 in Bloomington, Minn., which is being run by Capitol, a CE distributor for residential systems and light commercial contractors. The Panasonic training session — one of two being offered by the manufacturer during the 2012 CLI Expo — will feature sales and marketing tips applicable across the company’s entire CE line.

The 2012 CLI Expo will be held on April 29-30 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minn., which is located 10 minutes from the St. Paul/Minneapolis International.

Ingram Micro CE Signs Calrad Electronics


Ingram Micro’s consumer electronics division (IMCE) has signed a distribution deal with Calrad Electronics to supply more than 100 custom-installation accessories, including their best-selling RCA Digital Audio Balun. The introduction of Calrad Electronics product line provides a strong partnership that significantly strengthens the IMCE custom home automation line, the distributor said.

Products are currently available through IMCE’s website at


or by contacting a sales associate at (800) 733-6766. IMCE’s sales and service professionals are available to process orders from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MST, Monday through Friday.

Stampede Begins Big Book of AV Tour In Orlando, Philadelphia


Stampede, the distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flatpanel displays, kicked off its 2012 Big Book of AV Tour this month with a program at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., and in Philadelphia.

The 2012 Tour, featuring products, seminars and special events, will also visit Las Vegas on April 16, Dallas on May 9, and Chicago on May 22. For more information, visit



Wave Adds Baton Rouge Branch, Giving It Seven


Wave Electronics, a member of the Powerhouse Alliance distributor organization, has opened its seventh branch, here, which will feature video conferencing to sales staff in New Orleans, who have served many of these same customers.

The new Wave Baton Rouge is located at 14141 Airline Rd. Bldg 3 Suite J, Baton Rouge, LA, 70817. To launch the Baton Rouge grand opening, Wave Electronics will be hosting a grandopening expo in Baton Rouge on May 3 at the Lod Cook Conference Center and Cook Hotel on the LSU campus. In excess of 35 brands will be represented by booths/displays with prize giveaways throughout the day. For more information, call (713) 466-9283.


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