By Jeremy J. Glowacki March 19, 2015
The custom install channel is right in the middle of buying group season. ProSource took place at the beginning of March, HTSA will be held in Nashville in mid April, and I just returned from the well-attended Spring Soiree in Nashville, hosted by Azione Unlimited, a buying group that seems to be hitting its stride.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki March 05, 2015
The ProSource Summit buying group meeting kicked off in unique fashion this week at Marriot’s World Center in Orlando. The business message? Each individual within a company adds value that others in that group don’t provide. It also proved an effective way to engage the audience in the morning presentations and set the tone for the conference.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki February 11, 2015
Admittedly I’m biased about this, but you really need to register for CEDIA’s Business Xchange Conference today. Until I volunteered to serve on the planning committee for this first-time event, I had no idea how much time, energy, and passion went into such an endeavor.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki December 09, 2014
Whether you’re a Twitter pro or have been looking for the perfect opportunity to stick your toe in the social media pool, check out Control4’s first #SmartHomeChat on Wednesday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. EST.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki November 17, 2014
We learned last Thursday that RTI had replaced 12-year veteran
VP of sales and marketing Pete Baker with Scott Kelley, a former senior manager at 3M and Bose’s medical device, bio-medical, and engineered materials division. By the end of the week, I had spoken with both Baker and Kelley, learning a bit more about their respective plans moving forward.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki November 05, 2014
There was a great moment during my behind-the-scenes tour of Crestron’s Rockleigh, NJ, headquarters back in 2009
, when company founder (and president and CEO at the time) George Feldstein joined our small tour group in the company’s cavernous R&D facility to demonstrate his latest pet project.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki October 16, 2014
I was surprised (and pleased) to read a counter-argument to the long-held contention that home theaters do not increase the re-sale value of a home, in the New York Times' article "Would a Home Theatre Increase the Value of My Home?"
By Jeremy J. Glowacki October 08, 2014
The Nortek subsidiary announced on Friday
that its president Bill Pollock would be retiring from the company at year’s end to clear the way for his successor, Joe Roberts. When I spoke with Roberts to learn more about this news, he acknowledged that Core Brands had taken its “eye off the ball” at times over the past three years, but that its mission to “delight our customers with exceptional service, innovative products, and best dealer programs” would continue to drive “every single department” as he inherits the leadership mantle in January.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki September 16, 2014
Last week at CEDIA EXPO, positive energy was clearly in abundance for the first time in many years as integrators road the wave of a rebounding housing market, manufacturers showed more product innovation after banks freed up more development dollars, and Denver served its final year as our favorite EXPO host city. The only “good-news, bad-news” story that I observed during the show involved Control4’s acquisition of software house Extra Vegetables’ and the adverse affect that business deal had on URC dealers.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki September 03, 2014
When Jeremy Burkhardt returns to CEDIA EXPO next week as co-owner of audio start-up Origin Acoustics, he knows that he will have a lot to prove. During an exclusive interview last month in Austin, TX, the former SpeakerCraft CEO made it clear that he wants the industry to look at Origin Acoustics as a truly innovative audio manufacturer, with products designed from scratch to rethink the old architectural loudspeaker design paradigm. And although physical hardware was not yet ready for display with just over a month to go until CEDIA EXPO, photographs and design drawings hinted at the innovative thinking that has gone into the company’s initial line of 60 products.