Atlanta, GA – Chris Gilray, president and CEO of southeastern sales rep firm Aim High Audio and its sister company AHA Distributing, reports his companies’ 3rd annual Big Show was again a huge success.
The event – which took place March 24th and 25th at the Marriott Atlanta Northwest at Galleria hotel — had 73 participating manufacturers, featured Origin Acoustics’ Jeremy Burkhardt as keynote, and provided 5 training programs per day. Courses offered included 5 Things You Need to Know About HDMI Before Installing 4K; Putting Pizzazz & Profit in Projection; Wi-Fi Best Practices; an ISF Video Calibration Crash Course and Where Do All the Speakers Go?
“Across the two days we had an attendance of 567 dealers!” exclaims Gilray. “Further, our trainings were filled beyond capacity, indicating a real thirst among dealers to learn about today’s complex technologies,” said Gilray.
“The Big Show has been an incredible tool for me in a few ways,” says Gil Foreman of Sight and Sound in Hattiesburg, MS. “First, I’m able to sit down with manufacturers and pick their brains. I have seen real results come from this. I’ve also taken two clients to the past two shows which proved hugely profitable. One client went from $16K budget on a theater room to spending just over $200K! He arrived at this on his own from strictly the demos doing the selling. I sat and watched as his eyes opened and an ear-to-ear grin came across his face while listening. The Show is also truly a fun time to mingle with others that have the same passions and problems I face from owning a high-end custom AV shop. I would advise anyone to attend.”
“Each year the Big Show gets bigger and better,” said Steve Mowery of Neal Electric, Inc., in McDonough, Georgia. “In addition to all the latest products from the best vendors, Jeremy Burkhardt was the finest keynote speaker I’ve ever heard – a pioneer in the audio industry and a great American dream story. To be one of the original customers of Aim High Audio — and to see them grow these past few years — is also an awesome testament to small businesses.”
In March of this year, AHA Distributing was appointed as Catalyst AV Distribution Network’s southeastern states partner. In such, the company picked-up APC, Catalyst Wire & Cable, ClearView CCTV, Dropcam, EnGenius, IC Realtime, Nest, Rapid Mounts, TiVo, Vanco and Vivitek, all of which it rolled-out to dealers at the Big Show.
Other participating exhibitors included Autonomics, Alarm Controls, Atlas Sound, B.E.S Tools, BDI, Denon, Boston Acoustics, D-Tools, Draper, Dynaudio, Datacom, Definitive Technology, DSC, E-Line, Ethereal, Golden State Instruments, HEOS, Hegel, iRoom, Intrasonic, Inakustik, Impact Lighting, Induction Dynamics, Just Add Power, Kimber Kable, Leon Speakers, Legand / OnQ / Nuvo,Marantz, MartinLogan, Middle Atlantic, Omni-Mount, Peerless-AV, Platinum Tools, Origin Acoustics, Octave, ON Controls, Parasound, PRO Audio Technology, Relidy Pro, Rockustics, Russound, Screen Innovations, Speco, Soundtube, Secret Sound, Solid Drive, Soundsphere, Seura, Springdeck, Supply Stream, Telguard, T+A, Tranformative Engineering, UPG, Wilson Electronics, Wolf Cinema, Zigen and ZK Access.
$30,000 Worth of Prizes
Grand prizes included Autonomics MMS-2A Music Server ($2,500 MSRP); Screen Innovations 100-inch Black Diamond Zero Edge screen ($2,500 MSRP); Vanco 4×4 HDMI Matrix Kit ($2,000 MSRP); Draper 92-inch Profile Screen with TecVision ($1,200 MSRP); Leon Classic Series 3 Channel Soundbar ($1,200 MSRP); Middle Atlantic UPS ($500 MSPR); Parasound zDAC ($500 MSRP); Martin Logan Motion 4 Speakers ($450 MSRP) and a HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker ($400 MSRP). Other gifts included a Springdeck Company License, Wilson Electronics Demo Kit, multiple HDMI extender sets, mounts, gift cards, cash and more.
About AHA Distributing
AHA is a relationship-based distribution company serving residential and commercial system integrators and retailers across a six-state area in the Southeast. In 2015, AHA became a member of the Catalyst AV network, covering Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas. AHA Distributing, 2197 Canton Road, Suite 202; Marietta, Georgia, 30066. Phone: 770.628.0221. Website: www.ahadistributing.com
About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S via its 18-locations. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 16,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com