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Richard Gray’s Power Co. Promotes New President

Rick Komendera will handle day-to-day operations, as co-founder Dick McCarthy moves into advisory role as CEO.

New Orleans, LA–Richard Grays Power Company (RGPC) has promoted Rick Komendera to president. Komendera, who joined RGPC in 2003, will take over for RGPC co-founder Dick McCarthy, who will continue an active advisory role as CEO, with Komendera handling day-to-day operations.

I look at how much power management has grown since RGPC pioneered the category and it really validates what our company has been saying for so many years, Komendera said. We have an unbelievable group of dealers who provide all the support we need and Im looking forward to the challenges of this new leadership role at RGPC.

RGPC has been manufacturing power management solutions since 1998, when inspired audiophiles McCarthy and Richard Gray tinkered with various ways to improve the sound of their music systems. The term power management barely existed at this time, and RGPC was one of the first companies to deliver products designed specifically for high-performance A/V equipment. After securing Patents on their Parallel Power Delivery system, a grassroots effort ensued, resulting in more than 500 independent retailers spread throughout 40 countries.

Its been a remarkable ride for me with RGPC, and Im proud of the advances RGPC and the industry have made in the power management category while under our enthusiastic leadership,” McCarthy said. “In nearly 10 years as president, weve remained strong, focused and innovative despite overcoming dramatic market changes. With the power management category poised to accelerate its growth, its time for me to step back, relax and think big pictureand I can think of no better person than Rick Komendera, who has been a huge asset to our organization since he arrived, to do more of the heavy lifting for RGPC going forward.

Over the past year, RGPC has expanded its product line to include sub-$200 accessories such as the RGPC TV Guard for coax surge protection and the RGPC Eliminator, another coax device that fixes annoying ground loops. On the ultra-high-end, RGPC recently launched the $29,500 RGPC PowerVault, a whole-house device offering UPS/surge protection, patented parallel delivery and long duration back-up power to an entire installation.