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HTSA Announces 2015 Award Winners

The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is thrilled to announce the winners of its 2015 HTSA Vendor Awards.

Most Supportive Vendor, Sony

The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is thrilled to announce the winners of its 2015 HTSA Vendor Awards. The members and vendors recognized this year made significant efforts to not only improve their product lines to keep pace with the changing tech landscape, but remained committed to the success of the overall HTSA organization.

“Throughout the year, our vendor partners provide the necessary guidance and resources to keep HTSA members leaders in their market, which is why we look forward to recognizing them every year with the awards,” said Bob Hana, managing director of HTSA. “From ground-breaking new products to training and marketing support, these manufacturers enable our retail and custom integrators to provide their clients with the best home technology experiences possible.”

Dana Innovations, parent company of Sonance, TRUFIG, and iPort, is the winner of the prestigious HTSA 2015 Vendor of the Year. Over the years, the team at Dana Innovations has never faltered in its support of HTSA; they continuously bring unique business ideas, training programs, and marketing support alongside their line of custom home products to the membership. Dana’s commitment to engineering products that combine best-in-class performance with architectural aesthetics has made them popular not only with custom installers but designers and end users as well.

“Dana Innovations has been one of our most committed and involved manufacturer partners for several years, and are always willing to lend a hand to any of our members or introduce fresh ideas and best practices to the group,” said Hana. “They have nurtured three diverse brands to lead the custom industry while bringing highly sought-after architects and interior designers into the fold.”

HTSA recognizes one person each year who has exceeded his or her role within the organization to provide fresh business ideas, support, and a collaborative spirit. This year Doug Henderson, president at B&W Group, has been named HTSA’s 2015 Man of the Year. Henderson continues to drive brand leadership for his company while investing time in the success of B&W dealers’ business as well.

“Doug’s perspective on how to listen to dealers has been a best practice from which all HTSA members and vendors have benefited,” said Hana. “He paves the way for business growth by inspiring dealers to really believe audio is cool, and it’s contagious. The consummate professional, he is incredibly passionate, and he uses that to impress the notion that we can always do better for our customers by being present in their needs.”

Sony, who won the HTSA award for Vendor of the Year in 2014, was named HTSA’s Most Supportive Vendor this year for its continued investment in the success of HTSA members and superior technical support. Sony developed a strong business relationship with HTSA members by encouraging and empowering their employees to understand what the specialty business is all about.

After introducing the Future Leaders Award category in 2014, HTSA named two up-and-coming recipients this year. Brian Perreault, general manager of Barrett’s Technology Solutions, and Carol Cornish, operations manager of Dallas Sight & Sound were honored for their dedication to improved business strategies, adoption of innovative marketing tactics, and commitment to customer service.

The following companies also received awards for their distinctive achievements:

· The Sound Room – Most Supportive Member, David Young
· Audioquest – Most Profitable Vendor
· Control4 – Best Integration Award
· Epson – Video Product of the Year, LS1000
· CinemaTech – Custom Product of the Year, custom seating solutions
· Paradigm – Audio Product of the Year, Prestige 95F
· Technology Innovation Awards: LG – OLED; IC Realtime – 4K recorders; Seura – Storm Displays; ihiji – remote network management