Home Entertainment Source (HES) announced the addition of Savant, plus eight other new manufacturer partners.
HES has added Planar/Runco, TK Living, SIM2, Lutron, Vutec, Salez Toolz, Cinemacoustic Solutions, and Zvox.
“Q1 was very productive for us. Not only did we add Savant, one of the hottest names in home automation right now, we joined forces with eight more top-notch brands that we are very proud to be associated with,” said Andy Orozco, director of communications for HES. “The clout behind these brands cannot be underestimated; these manufacturers are the best in the business and will allow dealers to offer more complete solutions to their customers.”
“Savant has already enjoyed tremendous success with a large number of HES member dealers prior to implementing a formal agreement with the group,” said Jim Carroll, executive vice president of Savant Systems. “Both HES and Savant management recognized that an official program would bring additional visibility and focus to the Savant brand, increasing support amongst member dealers.”
New video offerings include Planar/Runco, Vutec, and SIM2—three well-respected brands that enhance HES’s already impressive video lineup. “We are thrilled that Runco is a part of the HES organization. This membership enhances our relationships with HES dealers, and we’re excited to equip these dealers with innovative, high-performing, and profitable video solutions,” said Adam Schmidt, vice president, Channel Sales of Planar Systems.
Zvox, maker of slim and stylish home theater speakers, brings its audio expertise to the fold, while TK Living and Cinemacoustic Solutions help independent retailers provide turnkey solutions for home theater, including high-end media furniture, accessories, acoustic fabric, accessories and precision acoustic paneling. Lutron also became an HES vendor partner, giving HES members access to the some of the best lighting systems for the whole home and home theater on the market. And finally, Salez Toolz software gives the independent retailer easy quoting capabilities, which allows them to dynamically create and adjust quotes on the fly using intuitive and customizable software.
“We are adding more and more new members, new programs, and new manufacturers and are excited to continue to grow and offer our members the most comprehensive programs, products, and support available from any consumer-electronics buying group,” said Jim Ristow, EVP of HES.