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Inside ‘Train the Trainer’

CEDIA recently hosted a “Train the Trainer” class for the CEDIA Outreach Instructor program (COI), which enables trained members to teach courses on a...


Resi Talks: Experience Counts

Residential Systems sat down with Monika Hill, project manager/system designer for Fusion Media Systems of Kirkwood, MO, to find out about the state of...


Winning Bids

With the host of excellent tools available today, you can have your company copasetic in no time, leaving you free to do what you...


The Lost Art of Qualifying

Recently, while I was researching the growing sales of analog turntables, vinyl records, and analog two-channel systems, an integrator told me that he had...


Relationship Building

For our new series of interviews with home technology professionals, Residential Systems reached out to Matt May, president of KMR Audio Visual of Fulshear,...


The Profit Paradox

The “third rail” of the consumer electronics and custom integration industry–a subject so hot that you’ll get burned if you touch it– is the...


Hands-On Education

As in any technical trade, continuing education is critical to maintaining a workforce of trusted advisors for end-user clients.


Running a 21st Century Operation

I’ve heard a handful of businesses in our industry talk about competitors poaching their talent–a situation that leaves owners frustrated, to say the very...


Custom Career Paths

What did you want to be when you were young? An astronaut? A firefighter? I think it’s safe to say almost no one grew...


Catering to Customers

Getting a fresh look at your shop isn’t as hard as you think. Is it worth it? Actually, you can’t afford not to do...


The Rise of the Brand Portal

Over the last five years or so, most large suppliers and many smaller ones developed special websites–known as portals–where dealers can research products and...


Inside CINEAK’s Showroom

Life is lived large in Los Angeles. From Beverly Hills to Manhattan Beach, to the glamorous star-studded Hollywood Hills, it is a film-industry town...

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