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HTSA Meeting Covers ‘Custom’ Challenges

Members of Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) recently gathered in Indianapolis for their ninth annual Custom Managers Meeting to foster idea sharing and relationship building. Forty-nine people attended the three-day event, including vendor sponsors and presentations from Furman, URC, and Dana Innovations.
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Members of Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) recently gathered in Indianapolis for their ninth annual Custom Managers Meeting to foster idea sharing and relationship building. Forty-nine people attended the three-day event, including vendor sponsors and presentations from Furman, URC, and Dana Innovations.

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Forty-nine people attended the three-day HTSA Custom Managers Meeting, which included vendor sponsors and presentations from Furman, URC, and Dana Innovations.


“This is our best meeting of the year, with bright leaders sharing thoughts and asking questions,” HTSA executive director Richard Glikes said. “It really stimulates you to participate in these conversations, then go back and implement cogent ideas.”

Members joined roundtable discussions on topics such as Installation Metrics and Creating Value for Low Voltage Contractors. Featured presenters included The Sound Room’s Andy Hauck, AV Lifestyle’s Zack Ormsby and Eric Gates, The Little Guys’ David Wexler, Audio Video Design’s Chris Saad, and Barretts Home Theater’s Brian Perreault.

Some of the most compelling presentations included HiFi House’s EJ Feulner, who elucidated about Differentiating with Networking, Dave Small of Ask the Advisors who spoke on Making Money of Service, and Cybersound’s Shawn Tenold who reviewed Energy Management and Monitoring.

The iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone took center stage with submissions from Suess Electronics’ George Webster and Audio Advice’s Kurt Sykes. Their presentations focused on integrating Apple-friendly devices into consumer lifestyles. Utilizing USB Digital to Analog converters and lossless recordings, along with airport wireless and other related technologies, their businesses can distribute music and control sources all around the house with products consumers are buying now and are comfortable using. Additionally, Gramophone’s Matt Lehr talked about how Apple products have been integrated into the business for the purpose of improving operational efficiencies.

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