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HTSA Introduces New Board of Directors

Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA) has elected new officers to its board of directors for 2010, including Leon Shaw as president, Bob Gullo as vice president. Rounding out the new positions is Brad Whitehead, principal of Paragon Technology Group, who won a board seat.
Leon Shaw, New HTSA President

Shaw is chairman and founder of Audio Advice in Raleigh, North Carolina and Gullo is founder and president of Electronics Design Group in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Returning board members are Jon Robbins of HiFi House in Philadelphia, Chuck Abbott of Abbott’s Technology Design Group in Las Vegas, Brian Hudkins of Gramophone Ltd., Joe Barrett of Barrett’s Home Theater

“Every year our new president brings fresh ideas that take our group forward with a unique and different perspective. Leon Shaw is an astute high-end audio maven,” HTSA executive director Richard Glikes, stated. “Unlike most businesses in our industry Leon’s company, Audio Advice, has been growing. He has outlined his visions for the group, which include enhanced communication with members, the desire to implement a single software platform for all, and increased web presence for the group and its members. We welcome the challenges.”

The new board members represent three of the most successful members of HTSA.

Shaw’s Audio Advice is a 31-year-old AV custom retailer with locations in Raleigh and Charlotte. The company was awarded best specialty AV dealer in the country by TWICE Magazine in 2008.

“I’m looking forward to taking on the role of president for 2010,” Shaw said. “The support of the group has been very important to the growth of my business. It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to have a voice in the decisions we’ll be making during this important time in the history of HTSA and all of its members.”

Gullo founded Electronics Design Group in 1987. Considered by its peers and industry experts as one of the top residential system integrators in the country, EDG continues to design innovative systems using the latest software and control system technology to bring its clients simple and easy-to-use solutions. EDG is a one-stop solutions provider in the high-end residential marketplace. Bob Gullo will succeed Leon Shaw as president in 2011.

Whitehead’s Paragon Technology Group is a young company that quickly established itself as the leader in custom electronic system design in its market. This year marked 13 years since Paragon’s doors opened, and 10 years in the business of whole-home systems integration. He is responsible for operations and finance and oversees Paragon’s residential electronic system implementations. Prior to Paragon, Whitehead worked in management consulting and private equity focused on the technology sector.

The new board will take their positions starting January 1, 2010.