The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) has added California integrator AudioVisions to the organization. Based in Lake Forest, CA, AudioVisions has four locations throughout the state.
AudioVisions is part of a wave of new dealers in the process of joining the organization since executive director Jon Robbins rejoined the group that he helped launch 20 years ago. Robbins replaces former managing director Bob Hana, who has left the group to focus his energies on a private charity he separately founded.
In addition to naming a new executive director, HTSA also recently announced a new board of directors. The combination of these changes in strategic management and oversight has instilled a new sense of momentum in the group that AudioVisions cited as a reason for joining HTSA.
"First and foremost, what attracted us to HTSA was the quality of their members," said Mark Hoffenberg, co-founder of AudioVisions. "We desire to work collaboratively with the best companies and the brightest leaders in the industry, and many of them are in HTSA. But equally important, we believe that HTSA is in the midst of a powerful resurgence and we wanted to be a part of that."
Launched in 1989 by co-founders Mark Hoffenberg and Bob Walpert, AudioVisions went on to create various business systems and processes that influenced the then-nascent custom integration industry. AudioVisions also created integration-specific software that ultimately was adopted by a significant percentage of custom installers and integrators throughout the industry.
In 2005, AudioVisions was acquired by Best Buy, but was run as a separate entity. Hoffenberg remained president of AudioVisions, continuing to run day-to-day operations, while simultaneously serving as a vice president within Best Buys' Services organization. In 2014, the management team of AudioVisions re-acquired the company from Best Buy and is now a wholly owned independent integration business.
We are extremely pleased to welcome AudioVisions into the HTSA family," said Robbins. "Mark and his team have a high standard of professionalism and like all HTSA members are able to effortlessly step customers up to high-performance products. HTSA is strengthened by the addition of AudioVisions, as AudioVisions will be strengthened by participating in the sharing of best practices with other HTSA members."