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HTSA Preps for 20th Anniversary

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HTSA Preps for 20th Anniversary with Dynamic Event Lineup

 Marking two decades of success as a cooperative association, the Home Technology Specialists of America celebrate with a year-long schedule of strategic events, tradeshows, and conferences.

 Barrington, IL – July 16, 2015 – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), released today its 2015-2016 calendar of events, which will also mark a significant 20th anniversary milestone for the organization.

At its foundation, HTSA is a cooperative association that leverages the strengths of a unified team of leading home technology professionals and premium vendors to increase buying power. But today, HTSA is much more than that. Over the last two decades, HTSA has evolved from what many would consider a conventional buying group, into an aggressive, innovative marketing engine and trusted business development partner.

“We are changing the perception of what it means to be a buying group,” said Bob Hana, Managing Director for HTSA. “For us, the last 20 years have been about adaptation and innovation. We’ve challenged ourselves to be better and work smarter, resulting in our ability to deliver premium products and unparalleled service to consumers across the country.”

Relationships are just the beginning; HTSA strives to continually add-value, increase education initiatives and arm its members and vendor partners with cutting edge tools that not only cultivate business across the channel, but allow for deeper consumer awareness and adoption. Evolving from traditional A/V and home theater specialists, HTSA members have embraced and become the leading authority on a variety of connected home elements including control and automation, security, climate, networking and more. Additionally, in a monumental move to deliver seamless smart home integration and service, HTSA recently announced a game-changing strategic alliance with Nationwide Marketing Group – further solidifying the group’s leadership in the connected home space.

“This year is as much about honoring our anniversary as it is about celebrating the future,” added Hana. “This is an exciting time for HTSA, the channel and technology consumers. We are eager to kick-off a historic year with an active, energetic schedule of events.”

2015 – 2016 HTSA Schedule of Events

In addition to the 20th Anniversary Spring Conference, hosted at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Puerto Rico, HTSA has also determined the dates and locations for upcoming summits, receptions, and tradeshows; many which will feature a united front, highlighting the group’s strategic alliance with Nationwide Marketing Group:

  • Nationwide PrimeTime!; August 2-5, 2015

The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

HTSA executive members will join Nationwide Marketing Group and HTSN for their next installment of “Prepare for Share” which will explore unique market opportunities and more.

  • CE Pro Summit; August 17-19, 2015

Gaylord National Resort, Washington DC

This will mark the first official collaborative outing for the strategic alliance, featuring executive members from both HTSA and HTSN (Home Technology Specialists of Nationwide) in attendance at Booth #222.

  • 2015 HTSA Fall Conference; September 15 – 17, 2015

Sofitel Water Tower Hotel, Chicago, IL

As a powerful launch to the fall season and the official kick-off of HTSA’s 20th Anniversary, the Fall Conference will feature a customizable schedule, offering 15+ talk tracks and trainings for all attendees to choose from as well as the crowd favorite, HTSA VendorFest.  

  • CEDIA EXPO 2015; October 14 – 17, 2015

Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, Dallas, TX

CEDIA Expo attendees are invited to visit the strategic alliance for a cooperative HTSA & HTSN exhibit located in Booth 6203.

  • Annual HTSA CEDIA Cocktail Reception; Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Gilley’s, 1135 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, TX from 5:30 – 8:00pm

Welcoming members from HTSN (Nationwide Marketing Group), home tech pros will continue their collaboration, engagement and networking in the heart of Dallas.

  • CES 2016; January 6 – 9, 2016

LVCC, Las Vegas, NV

Both HTSA and HTSN will be onsite, walking the CES show floor, and holding a small networking cocktail reception.

  • HTSA 20th Anniversary Spring Conference; April 4 – 9, 2016

Ritz Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Members: April 4 –7 with optional special events April 8 & 9

Vendors/Media: April 5–7 with optional special events April 8 &9

Interested in attending? HTSA will offer up additional details on the group’s events page. Specifically, registration for the 2015 HTSA Fall Conference is now open to HTSA members and vendors; for initial agenda highlights and to register please click here.

To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America and member benefits, please visit www.htsa.com.

About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

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HTSA Spring Conference Recap

HTSA Spring Conference Features New Interactive Format, Showcases 45+ Leading CE Brands Over 7.5k Square Feet

Home tech pros descend on Nashville to talk market evolution, business development, operation fundamentals, trade partnerships and more.

Barrington, IL – April 30, 2015 – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), convened in Nashville, Tennessee last week for a multi-day series of breakout sessions and custom discussion tracks aimed at increasing efficiencies, enhancing peer-to-peer collaboration and encouraging best practice sharing.

Within the redesigned format, members were empowered to build their own schedules and choose amongst a diverse roster of 16 different expert-lead sessions. Facilitators from member companies, manufacturers, HTSA Authorized Service Providers and 3rd party resources guided each discussion, which included an overview of applicable market research, statistics and trends as well as testimonials and idea exchange amongst participants. Tracks were built around the topics that matter most to Member businesses, ranging from business initiatives such as hiring and retaining the right people; labor utilization; reaching the trades; and leveraging a design/build contractor business model to tech-specific education including networks; control solutions; performance theater and audio; and developments in security.

“HTSA has always prided itself on arming our members with the tools, knowledge and resources they need to not only succeed, but to truly grow and flourish,” said Bob Hana, HTSA Managing Director. “This year we decided to shake things up, give the Members the opportunity to pick their own tracks and attend the sessions they felt would make a true impact on their business. The response has been even better than expected.”

To kick off General Session, Hana addressed a room of more than 220 guests comprised of members, HTSA vendor partners and channel media, where he set the tone not only for the event but for the year, “HTSA is leading the way with action, not just talk,” he said. “Now is the time to think big and think together.” With that, Hana next announced the monumental alliance HTSA is embarking on with Nationwide Marketing Group.

The conference also included its trademark State of the Union as well as a keynote address from Jeffery Sears, CEO of PIRCH, who used his vast experience creating memorable customer experiences to inspire attendees to deliver the same.

VendorFest Grows

One staple that not only graced the conference agenda but also expanded in size and scope was the annual HTSA VendorFest. Featuring 45+ brands, representing the latest and greatest consumer electronics products and applications, VendorFest was hosted in the Hilton Downtown’s 7.5k sq. ft. ballroom. Alongside product demos and brunch was the trademark HTSA “VendorFest Prize” board, featuring 30 prizes, all donated by vendors. The HTSA-sponsored Grand Prize, awarded to Joseph Akhtarzad of Video & Audio Center, included $1,000 in cash handed out on the spot and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2016 HTSA Spring Conference, being held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Additionally, HTSA Authorized Service Provider, 435 Digital donated an Apple Watch which was won by John Selby of Stereo One.

The conference also introduced a cooperative Member Mentor Program and welcomed new members, Hoyt Stereo of Jacksonville and ResCom Integration of Grand Rapids, as HTSA continues to grow its membership of class-leading technology integrators and specialty retailers.

To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America, please visit www.htsa.com.

About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

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HTSA Launches New Member Mentor Program

HTSA Launches New Member Mentor Program  

HTSA leverages existing members’ knowledge and experience to create a mentor program that will ensure success for its vendors and membership.

Nashville, TN – HTSA 2015 Spring Conference – April 23, 2015 at 9:00am EST – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), always dedicated to the mutual success of its vendors and members, has announced the industry’s first mentor program, pairing HTSA Vendor partners and HTSA members, with the goal of mutual support and business development.

Focused on ensuring growth for HTSA authorized vendors and members, HTSA is providing additional resources to help arm them with new product and industry knowledge. With the HTSA Member Mentor program, both new and existing members may receive invaluable advice from others who have exhibited business savvy techniques and experienced success with select brands.

The group of members selected as mentors will impart advice on everything from sales tactics and display tips to profitability strategies for new products and vendors to those peers who wish to receive it. Through the program’s implementation, all HTSA members will be brought up to speed on in-demand products and services enabling them to better serve their customers and guarantee success within the group.

Additionally, three to five HTSA members are assigned to each brand across the program and will act as the manufacturer’s personal “dealer council.” Throughout the collaborative process, they will work together to improve information flow, join webinars and trainings that members co-host and give meaningful feedback.

“As we continue to grow and embrace new categories we want to do everything we can to empower our members and vendors and ensure their mutual success,” said Bob Hana, Managing Director of HTSA. “The HTSA membership as a whole is an extremely supportive environment, and we believe this program will foster new relationships between members and vendors, in addition to creating a uniform skill set that will better serve our customers.”

To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America and member benefits, please visit www.htsa.com.

About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

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Caster Communications 401-792-7080

Kelly Ahern kahern@castercomm.com

Kalyn Schieffer kalyn@castercomm.com

HTSA and Nationwide Marketing Group Form Game Changing Strategic Alliance

HTSA and Nationwide Marketing Group Form First-Ever Game Changing CE Strategic Alliance for the Future

In a world where everything is becoming connected, leading CE buying groups partner to deliver a true smart home experience for today’s technology consumer.

Nashville, TN – HTSA 2015 Spring Conference – April 22, 2015 at 9:00am EST –

Together the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) and Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) announced today the formation of a strategic alliance, effective immediately. The alliance allows both independent organizations to maximize and leverage their individual strengths, while working cooperatively to increase member benefits, bolster vendor relationships and amplify synergies in marketing, demand generation and other services. In an unprecedented move, this alliance not only presents new business opportunities for the members and vendors, but also forms the CE industry’s single largest buying and marketing collaboration, specifically dedicated to home technology specialty retailers and system integrators.

Part of this strategic alliance and new direction is the restructuring of NMG’s Specialty Electronics Nationwide (SEN) group into the new Home Technology Specialists of Nationwide (HTSN), with membership consisting of specialty AV retailers and system integrators. In conjunction with the announcement of the new partnership, the group has also revealed the HTSN logo, a symbolization of the strategic alliance and the opportunity it presents to drive the connected home business.

“HTSA has always been a thought leader and trailblazer when it comes to taking progressive actions that enable our membership to grow and flourish,” said Bob Hana, HTSA Managing Director. “Our agility has allowed HTSA specialty retailers and integrators to adapt quicker than others to market dynamics, which includes today’s connected home movement. We see immense opportunity here to offer a more complete, connected home solution spanning everything from home entertainment, security and control to comfort, convenience and connected appliances. Together with Nationwide Marketing Group, we are uniquely aligned to address the evolving needs of the CE industry and a new class of tech-hungry consumers.”

Tom Hickman, Senior VP Electronics at Nationwide said, “It’s rare to find such a unique opportunity in which members from both organizations are able to leverage the strengths of the other in order to capture the most available share in this space. These complimenting benefits showcase just how powerful this alliance will be for our retailers.”

Along with bringing heightened focus and energy to the home technology space, this innovative alliance also empowers both organizations with added benefits and resources. For HTSN, the alliance helps to extend relationships with like-minded business owners who are marketing connected solutions, while also granting the HTSA membership access to best in class marketing tools and services, including NMG’s exclusive HD electronic signage system for digital content and HD Commercials, customized marketing materials, and a dedicated web service team to generate a bigger digital footprint for these members. Professional-grade resources will pave the way for enhanced service and support, expertly tailored for the connected world, ranging from mobile-friendly training apps to live-streaming support technology.

“With 69% of consumers expected to own a connected home device by 2019, who better to manage today’s connected home and connected appliances than a professional, knowledgeable home technology specialist?” added Hana. “HTSA and HSTN will now represent the future of smart home product delivery, support and service. This alliance is a forward-thinking plan of action proving that we don’t rest on our laurels.”

About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook. To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America and member benefits, please visit www.htsa.com.

About Nationwide Marketing Group

Nationwide Marketing Group works beside thousands of appliance, furniture, electronics, specialty electronics, custom installation and rent to own dealers helping them grow their businesses and their bottom lines. With over 3,800 members operating more than 11,000 storefronts and $15 billion in combined annual sales, Nationwide is North America’s largest buying and marketing organization. Industry veterans, heading Nationwide’s seven regional divisions, work to provide independent dealers with personalized service and local programming in every market they serve. More information is available at www.nationwidegroup.org.

For questions regarding HTSA, contact Bob Hana. For questions regarding HTSN, contact Hank Alexander with Nationwide Marketing Group.

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HTSA Grows Membership, Welcomes Hoyt Stereo and Rescom Integration

Home Technology Specialists of America Grows Membership, Welcomes Hoyt Stereo and ResCom Integration

National buying group adds seasoned specialty retailer and system integrators, further expanding its network of home technology professionals.

Nashville, TN – HTSA 2015 Spring Conference – April, 21, 2015 at 9:00am EST – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) are pleased to welcome new members, Hoyt Stereo and ResCom Integration. Offering a deep commitment to the evolving home technology market, both companies possess a wealth of experience in designing and installing scalable electronics systems spanning audio, video, automation and more.

Boasting 69 years of successful business, the Hoyt brand is stronger than ever. With a Jacksonville-based retail presence, Hoyt Stereo is focused on performance systems and integration and over the years has expanded its repertoire to include all manner of electronic control systems such as home automation, surveillance and security systems, and energy conservation through lighting, shade, and climate control. The team at Hoyt strives to set itself apart by nurturing close working relationships with each and every client. Hoyt customers place their trust in the company’s experience and knowledge to create an immersive and dependable experience involving the finest selection of products and solutions from the world’s most innovative manufacturers.

“We’re excited to join the HTSA community and look forward to building new relationships with member organizations and individuals, while also strengthening partnerships with our vendors,” said Steven Goode, President of Hoyt Stereo. “We look forward to both learning and contributing to the exchange of experiences as we all work together to grow our businesses and the industry as a whole.”

Joining the HTSA family alongside Hoyt Stereo is the Grand Rapids-based ResCom Integration. A division of ResCom Electric, the firm has been in business for 16 years with market coverage predominately in Grand Rapids, west to Lake Michigan and the Southwest Michigan area. The integration business, which compliments their electrical contractor business, has been growing steady while embracing the growing connected home category and complementary emerging technologies. ResCom Integration’s current list of CE vendors aligns nicely with HTSA, boasting established relationships with HTSA Authorized Vendors such as Control4, Sonance, Liberty AV and IC Realtime, just to name a few.

“We at ResCom are thrilled to become a member of HTSA,” said Rich Conklin, General Manger of ResCom Integration. “We have always admired HTSA’s professionalism, product associations and marketing prowess; now to be a part of this organization, is very exciting for us.”

“We are thrilled to welcome both Hoyt Stereo and ResCom Integration; both have a proven track record for success, including years of experience selling and servicing the home technologies that matter most,” said Bob Hana, Managing Director of HTSA. “Each company is already uniquely aligned with a variety of HTSA Authorized Vendors and more importantly willing to align their support of other lines with HTSA vendors, making their induction into the group all the more powerful. We are eager to get to work, leverage synergies amongst ourselves and continue to lead the way with service and support across the CE channel.”

To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America and member benefits, please visit www.htsa.com.

About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

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Caster Communications 401-792-7080

Kelly Ahern kahern@castercomm.com

Kayln Schieffer, kayln@castercomm.com

HTSA Sponsors First-Ever Technology Forum

HTSA Sponsors First-Ever Technology Forum

Arming Members with cutting-edge technical training and business best practices, HTSA hosts exclusive three-day event featuring 3rd party experts and key CE vendors.

Barrington, IL – March 17, 2015 – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) announced today the launch of the organization’s premier skills-driven event, the 2015 HTSA Technology Forum. Taking place from Tuesday, June 23rd, through Thursday, June 25th in Chicago, IL, attendees will embark on an instructional and collaborative process, focused on experience-sharing, bolstering technical knowledge and improving business operations.

For years, HTSA has built up a reputation for significantly supporting Member businesses across a variety of verticals, offering a range of value-added services including cooperative marketing, social media and PR support, SEO, content development and web design. With the ever-changing technology landscape the need for enhanced, timely product and service training has become a critical element for CI and specialty retailer businesses. HTSA is dedicated to delivering the resources and instruction that Members need now to proactively grow their bottom line.

“We see the Technology Forum as a huge opportunity for our Members to convene with the best and brightest thought leaders available, helping to strengthen their technical chops and business functions,” said Bob Hana, HTSA Managing Director. “We’ve gathered an insanely talented group of professionals, each an expert in their craft, who will educate on a number of topics ranging from ‘managing project managers’ to ‘tech tips for upgrading legacy systems’ – we are excited to share this knowledge with our Members and in turn have them share theirs with us.”

Key topics and trainings covered during the 2015 HTSA Technology Forum include, but are not limited to:

  • Networks

The integration, managing and maintaining of residential networks

  • Service & Security

Best practices in managing service and support systems; how to have a profitable security business

  • Project Management

Best tools and software; labor utilization and increasing profitability

  • Human Resources

How to recruit, train and retain technical resources

  • Business Operations

Best practices for improving efficiency and profitability; working with 3rd party service providers

  • Technical Issues

A review of today’s most challenging technical applications

All sessions will be led by 3rd party experts from their respective field, as well as select CE vendors who will offer additional technical training, guidance and resources.

Registration for the 2015 HTSA Technology Forum is now open and can be accessed here; information also been made available on the HTSA Events Page. Anticipating roughly 75-80 attendees, HTSA looks forward to welcoming Members and industry partners to Chicago this summer.

To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America and Member benefits, please visit www.htsa.com .

About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

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Caster Communications 401-792-7080

Kelly Ahern kahern@castercomm.com

Kalyn Schieffer kalyn@castercomm.com

HTSA Announces 2015 Schedule of Events

HTSA Announces 2015 Schedule of Events

Enhancing collaboration and dialogue among home technology specialists and vendor partners, HTSA charts this year’s events including seasonal conferences, an exclusive tech forum, and networking opportunities.

Barrington, IL – February 4, 2015 – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), released today its year-long calendar of events, which will kick off with the organization’s annual 2015 Spring Conference from Tuesday, April 21, through Thursday, April 23, at the Hilton Downtown, located in Nashville, Tennessee.

With sights set on continued evolution and increasing authority across the CE channel, HTSA will sponsor a host of dedicated events in which vendors, members, and authorized service providers can connect and network. From embracing cutting-edge marketing strategies to implementing new sales training, financial tools and more, HTSA is prepping members and vendors with the tools they need now for further personal and professional growth. This year will also include a brand new event, the HTSA Tech Forum, which will cater to today’s project manager; arming members with the latest tools, services and applications as well as providing a detailed look at emerging technology and installation trends.

“2014 was when things really started to click; the gears were grinding, wheels were moving and together as an organization we were all driving on the same road, headed toward the same destination,” said Bob Hana, Managing Director of HTSA. “The energy is still high. Our members are enthusiastic and eager, our vendors are supportive and committed. We are looking forward to a year of empowering events and continued success throughout 2015.”

2015 HTSA Schedule of Events

Alongside the 2015 HTSA Spring Conference, the group has also detailed out the dates and locations for upcoming summits and networking sessions:

  • 2015 Spring Conference; April 21 – 23, 2015

Hilton Downtown, Nashville, TN

*Member-only meeting kicks off on Monday, April 20 at 3:00pm

  • NEW: HTSA Tech Forum; June 2015, Dates TBA

Chicago, IL

  • 2015 Fall Conference; September 15 – 17, 2015

Sofitel Water Tower Hotel, Chicago, IL

  • CEDIA 2015 HTSA-Sponsored Events; Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Networking Cocktail Reception; 6:30 – 9:00pm

Gilley’s, 1135 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, TX

Additionally, HTSA will have feet on the street at a variety of industry-affiliated events including the New York City-based CE Week, CE Pro and TecHome Builder Summits. Throughout the year the group will also host numerous webinars ranging from marketing to vendor specific conversations.

Registration for the 2015 HTSA Spring Conference is now open to HTSA vendors and members; to register please click here.

To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America and member benefits, please visit www.htsa.com.

About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

Press Contact

Caster Communications 401-792-7080

Kelly Ahern kahern@castercomm.com

HTSA Welcomes New Member – Digital Home Systems

HTSA Welcomes New Member

 National buying group expands its reach, adding Digital Home Systems of Rye Brook, New York to its growing network of home technology professionals.

Barrington, IL – November 13, 2014 – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is pleased to welcome new Member, Digital Home Systems. Serving as a trusted resource for homeowners, and trade partners – including architects, builders and interior designers – Digital Home Systems offers a longstanding history of delighting clients with fully customized digital platforms that meet their home theater, whole home audio, security, surveillance and home automation needs, while also delivering a broad range of computer, communication and networking solutions.

Founded in 1999 by Tom Manna, a lifetime musician, technology enthusiast and seasoned sales and marketing executive, Digital Home Systems has acquired a talented team of professionals and fellow techies with a high aptitude for craftsmanship. Established to meet the technology requirements of discerning clients that share the team’s passion for high aesthetic standards, Digital Home Systems has earned a reputation for providing sophisticated system designs that boast unparalleled levels of performance, simplicity and elegance. Together, in collaboration with the customer, Digital Home Systems creates custom-tailored environments through a five-step process consisting of comprehensive design and engineering plans, installation, meticulously crafting the digitally enhanced interior, turnkey activation as well as ongoing service and support. Additionally, access to best-in-class components from premier technology companies enables Digital Home Systems to offer a top-of-the-line, thoughtful product selection, resulting in seamless integration and a next-level customer experience.

“What truly sets us apart is the simple fact that we think of technology organically – not as an afterthought,” said Tom Manna, Founder and President of Digital Home Systems. “The ‘smart home’ is where lighting, temperature control, home appliance, security and entertainment systems connect, offering the ultimate in comfort, convenience and peace of mind. It’s no longer a dream, it’s a reality and we are pleased to bring this innovative technology to eager clients.”

Strengthening relationships across the HTSA network, Digital Home Systems is intimately aligned with a variety of core HTSA Vendors including Control4, Kaleidescape, Integra, Pakedge, Samsung, Sony and Sharp, among others.

“As the industry’s only Member-owned buying group we strive to align ourselves with those professionals who really excel in the CE space,” said Bob Hana, Managing Director of HTSA. “We are thrilled to join forces with Digital Home Systems; Tom and his crew have a proven track record for success in selling, installing and servicing the consumer electronics technologies that matter most. We welcome the company’s ideas and contributions; Tom’s enthusiasm will be a valued addition to our organization.”

To learn more about Digital Home Systems, please visit www.digitalhomesystems.com.

To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America and member benefits, please visit www.htsa.com.

 About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

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Caster Communications 401-792-7080

Kimberly Lancaster klancaster@castercomm.com

Kelly Ahern kahern@castercomm.com

HTSA Names Leon Shaw President of Board

Leon Shaw Named 2015 President of the HTSA Board of Directors

National buying group’s VP to assume Presidential board role in January.

Barrington, IL – November 10, 2014 – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is pleased to announce Leon Shaw, an accomplished industry veteran and current Vice President of the HTSA Board of Directors, has been selected to fulfill the role as 2015 President.

As a longtime home technology specialist, with deep roots in the audio marketplace, Shaw brings an incredible wealth of knowledge, expertise and creativity to the HTSA Board, which he will continue to deliver and execute on with his newfound leadership role. Shaw launched Audio Advice, the leading provider of home theater, home automation and specialty electronics in North Carolina, in 1978. Over the last 36 years, Shaw has evolved his brand and business from a stereo retailer to a premium resource boasting first-class technology solutions including high performance audio, home control, shading, lighting control, home security and networking. Additionally, Shaw has carved out a unique niche, catering to the audiophile, by offering a variety of high-fidelity audio products and services including computer audio, turntables and vinyl accessories, headphones, cabling, power sources and more.

“This is an exciting day for HTSA – for our Board, Members and Vendors,” said Bob Hana, HTSA Managing Director. “Leon’s dedication and decades of experience serving the residential technology community has not gone unnoticed; his enthusiasm and guidance have been an influential force since he first joined the Board of Directors. Leon has developed deep relationships with the rest of the Board, our membership and with HTSA Vendor partners, allowing him to add real value to conversations, strategies and evolving organization initiatives. We couldn’t be happier to see Leon stepping into this new role.”

Shaw’s 2015 appointment will not be the first time that he has lead the buying group; Shaw has been a member of the HTSA Board of Directors since 2006, he served as the board President in 2010.

“It’s been a pleasure serving as a member of the HTSA Board of Directors; I am looking forward to continuing to serve as President at the start of 2015,” Shaw added. “HTSA is comprised of true talent, knowledge and experience; together as an organization we are helping to increase awareness for home technology as well as empowering the skilled professionals who make up this network. I’m eager to see what this next year will bring.”

The promotion of Shaw also marks a changing of the guard, as the current HTSA President of the Board, Joe Barrett will hand over the reins this coming January. Barrett has served the HSTA Membership well; helping to push key initiatives forward, providing endless education opportunities and encouraging both Members and Vendors to collaborate well and often. His service is greatly commended and the organization looks forward to having both he and members of Barrett’s Technology Solutions as constant contributors over the coming years.

To learn more about The Home Technology Specialists of America, please visit www.htsa.com.

 About Home Technology Specialists of America

Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

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Caster Communications 401-792-7080

Kelly Ahern kahern@castercomm.com

HTSA 2014 Vendor Awards

HTSA Honors Top Vendors of 2014

Showcasing innovation, drive and dedication to the custom integration channel, Dan Paulson of Paulson’s Audio Video and VIA’s Evan Marty recognized with first-ever Future Leaders Award.

Barrington, IL – October 23, 2014 – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is proud to announce the winners of their 2014 HTSA Vendor Awards. The annual awards honor those who have displayed commitment to growth through the development of industry-leading products and technologies, exemplary business practices, and unwavering support for both members and the channel.

“Each year we look forward to recognizing those Vendors who have gone above and beyond to empower Members with the support and resources needed to facilitate real growth throughout the year,” said Bob Hana, managing director of HTSA. “We’ve partnered with premium manufacturers who not only arm our specialty retailers and integrators with world-class solutions, but also work hard to collaborate on all aspects of Member business; including product training, marketing and lead generation. It’s through their ongoing support that our Members continue to thrive.”

New this year, HTSA established the Future Leaders Award, which recognizes business professionals within the organization who have pushed the limits, challenged traditional strategies and shown dedication to improving not only themselves but also their businesses. Both Dan Paulson of Paulson’s Audio Video and Evan Marty of VIA International took home this prestigious award. Dan has helped usher his family’s business into the digital era, adopting new marketing tactics and embracing the importance of SEO, SEM and social media. Working alongside HTSA Authorized Service Provider, Netsertive, Dan has helped Paulson’s harvest fresh business leads while increasing the company’s bottom line. Additionally, Evan, an industry veteran, plays an integral role in helping consumers understand the importance of the network. As the Director of IT and Technology for VIA International, Evan works to ensure that each VIA integrated system is reliable, easy to use, and delivers the maximum performance relative to each client’s budget.

“Both Dan and Evan have displayed their expertise and have proven to be extremely valuable components of the HTSA network,” said Hana. “Each has found new ways to deliver consistent results to their customers while continuing to drive their individual companies forward; both Dan and Evan are key people to watch as they will undoubtedly continue to impress.”

HTSA is also proud to name Sony as its Vendor of the Year for 2014. From their continued development of premium home electronics, to their commitment to improve the dealer and integrator experience, Sony has made this a landmark year for HTSA.

“Our partners at Sony have provided the entire organization with game-changing new products that have kept our sales and partnerships growing over the past year,” said Hana. “Their efforts to create and solidify new relationships with our specialty retailers and integrators has not gone unnoticed and we are anxiously awaiting to see what they have in store for 2015.”

Golden Ear Triton One was named Best Audio Product thanks to its highly dynamic sound quality and craftsmanship; while the Savant Smart Platform was named Best Integration Product.

The following vendors and service providers were also recognized at the HTSA Fall 2014 Conference, both for product-related achievements and for contributing and supporting HTSA at the highest levels:

  • Pakedge – Technology Innovation Award, W8 WAP
  • Future Automation – Technology Innovation Award, Motorized Mounts
  • SONY – Best Video Product, 4K Projectors
  • Harman Luxury Group – Most Profitable Vendor
  • Liberty AV Solutions – Most Supportive Vendor
  • Caster Communications, Inc. – Marketing Innovation Award

Each year HTSA concludes its awards celebration by recognizing one individual that has greatly exceeded their role within the organization, providing immeasurable support, fresh business ideas and promoting a collaborative spirit amongst members and vendors. Keith Haas of Integra was named HTSA’s 2014 Person of the Year.

To learn more about the Home Technology Specialists of America, please visit www.htsa.com.

About Home Technology Specialists of America
Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, who design, specify and install premier residential and commercial electronic systems. Ranging from home automation and media rooms to lighting control systems and multi-room audio, today’s digital living environments demand a specialist who helps connect the products in the home, at work or on the go, simply and correctly, while maximizing their performance. Join the conversation on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

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