Buying group Azione Unlimited signed seven new dealers, including well-known companies Stereo Exchange and cyberManor, in the fourth quarter of this year.
cyberManor, the Los Gatos, CA, firm owned by Residential Systems columnist Gordon van Zuiden, follows a “best of breed” integration philosophy.
van Zuiden says he is already seeing the value of membership. “Joining Azione in the latter part of 2017, we have already enjoyed the benefits of being part of the group,” he noted. “cyberManor is building a new pre-wire showroom, and Azione’s vendors have agreed to support us in this effort. The employee handbook and the templates Azione provides are both needed and a great assistance in this effort. We are looking forward to our first Azione membership conference in Philadelphia next year to meet with our fellow members. We’re especially anticipating the great keynotes that Azione has built a reputation for delivering at their events.”
Dallas, TX-based Evolve Technologies entices consumers to “Enjoy more. Think less.” Placing the focus on user-friendly home technology systems, owner Joshua Allred and the Evolve team seek to employ Azione’s first-of-its-kind marketing tools to better convey the technology experience to consumers.
Front Row Audio Video, in Lawrence, KS, has been providing home theater, home automation, and AV systems design and installation since 2005. Owner Patrick Cain looks forward to further aligning with Azione brands as it continues to provide exemplary service and creative solutions.
Amarillo, TX-based Sound by Design Inc. specializes in home theater, home automation, lighting fixture control, and security systems. Carrying top Azione brands, the company looks to benefit from the networking opportunities and volume pricing offered to Azione members.
Founded in 1984 by David Wasserman, New York City’s Stereo Exchange is one of New York’s oldest and most highly regarded audio, video, and home theater retailers. The multi-award-winning AV firm looks forward to exchanging ideas with Azione members as it faces the challenges of a highly competitive region.
System 7, led by owner Gerry Lynch in Boston, MA, is comprised of licensed architects, “tech gurus”, and project managers. They’re partnering with Azione vendors to create their unique technology systems, which utilize best practices and processes from the architecture industry.
With an emphasis on the smart home technology experience, Tech Automation Inc. of Troy, MI, designs and installs audio, video, lighting, and control systems in any size home. Owners Sean Hawley and Michael Perry seek to grow their firm by taking advantage of Azione’s marketing initiatives, special pricing, and networking opportunities.
“What do you get when you add high profile companies with superb principals to an organization? You get stronger and smarter,” said Azione Unlimited president Richard Glikes. “With Dave Wasserman of Stereo Exchange, Gordon van Zuiden of cyberManor, and Gerry Lynch of System 7, you have three of the best minds in the business. Combine that with young bright dealers eager to grow, like Tech Automation, Front Row Audio Video, Evolve Technologies, and Sound by Design and one begins to understand the power of an integrator-based group all pulling in the same direction. Azione Unlimited is focused on building the best team of vendors and dealers with being ‘Perfect Partners’ as the ultimate goal.”