Ryan McDaniel was elected to the Azione Unlimited Board of Directors at the end of August 2019, replacing Chris Smith of Cloud9 Smart in New York, New York. McDaniel has over 16 years of experience in the custom integration industry and has represented Azione Unlimited as President of One-Touch Automation in Indianapolis, Indiana since 2015.
"What this role means to me is that I now have an opportunity to give back to an organization that has provided me so much over the last few years," said McDaniel in a statement. "My business developed significantly since joining, and I owe that success to the bright minds in this group who helped me grow in the right direction. I'm thrilled that my position on the board can help members foster that same success."
McDaniel also serves as a member of The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis, is HTA Certified and a Savant Ambassador. One-Touch Automation was comprised of only two people when it was founded in 2006. McDaniel now employs 13 staff and has become an authority in his community, in the CI industry, and in the association.
"The most powerful aspect of Azione Unlimited is the sharing information," McDaniel said of his success with Azione Unlimited. "I'm very passionate about continuing conversation past the conferences, past the events, past our slack channel. My initial draw to the group was to learn from my peers, and it has only benefited my business. The more real connections I can help our members make, the more confident I become in their long-term success. That's what I'm most passionate about."
"Ryan has been a cornerstone of success for our organization and an inspiration to any aspiring dealer," said Richard Glikes, President of Azione Unlimited ion a statement. "He represents the core values of our group and is a remarkable illustration of what our members can achieve if they partner with our organization. We are pleased to have him on the board and proud of all he has accomplished."
The current Board of Directors includes -
- Tim Bigoness - D-Tools, CMO
- Ron Callis - One Firefly, CEO
- Gretchen Gilbertson - Seura, Co-Founder & CEO
- Jimmy Paschke - SurgeX, Director of Sales
- Frank Sterns - Sony, Vice-President
- Al Reinhard - AHT Global, Principal
- Eric Thies - DSI Luxury, President
- JW Anderson - The Integrated Home, President
- Travis Leo - Residential Systems, President
In addition to the Board of Directors news, Azione Unlimited also announced that with the addition of 10 dealers in Q3 of 2019 , including eight Canadian dealers since the July 1 expansion into Canada, the group’s buying power now commands over $750 million.
"We are experiencing a healthy level of year-over-year growth that continues to provide a scalable and profitable foundation for the group," said Glikes. "Achieving three-quarters of a billion dollars is a testament to our focus on being the only buying group with vendors as equal members. We cherish having vendors contribute on our board meetings, generate meaningful business partnerships, and develop future initiatives for the group. It’s humbling to start seven years ago at zero, making our $752 million in buying power a monumental achievement.”
Azione is a buying group of custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors across the U.S. and Canada. The organization currently has 214 members, and is headquartered in Chester Springs, PA. Azione provides education, training conferences, benefits and product discounts and more to its members each year.