HTSA Recognizes Top Vendors of 2012

Exemplifying excellence in both product development and customer service, Lutron is named HTSA 2012 Vendor of the Year. 

Chester Springs, PA – October 24, 2012 – The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is proud to announce the winners of their 2012 HTSA Vendor Awards. The annual HTSA Vendor Awards recognize those who have demonstrated dedication to member growth through the development of cutting-edge products and technologies, superior business practices, and overwhelming service and support for HTSA members.

“The HTSA Vendor Awards recognize those who have gone above and beyond to support the success and business growth of our members,” said Bob Hana, Managing Director of HTSA. “It is with the help of these manufacturers that specialty dealers and custom integrators can continue to effectively sell and serve today’s consumer, while providing dependable solutions that meet the growing needs of the connected home.”

HTSA is proud to name Lutron as its Vendor of the Year for 2012. From customized lead generation programs to cooperative marketing campaigns that help HTSA members find new customers in their unique markets, Lutron has invested their time and resources into programs that directly impact individual member business.

“Lutron has worked hard to drive new opportunities that both benefit and support HTSA members,” said Hana. “By forming authentic relationships with each retailer and integrator, Lutron has helped paved the way for successful collaboration and sustained business growth.”

Dana Innovations was presented with the Most Supportive Vendor of the Year Award for offering superior technical support, industry knowledge, and marketing best practices; while Epson was awarded Custom Vendor of the Year for their inspired product, sales and marketing contributions. The following vendors were also recognized at the HTSA Fall 2012 Conference specifically for their distinguished technical innovation.

Technology Innovation Awards:

  • Paradigm – Signature Series SUB 2
  • SONY – 4K Home Theater Projector
  • Runco / Planar – Clarity™ Matrix Video Wall
  • Sonance – SLS High-Out Speakers
  • Samsung – 75” ES9000 Smart TV
  • Stewart Filmscreen – Director’s Choice

Additionally, the HTSA recognizes one individual that has greatly exceeded their role within the organization, providing unwavering support, fresh ideas and promoting a collaborative spirit amongst both members and vendors with the HTSA Person of the Year Award. Kathleen Thomas, Vice President of Domestic Sales at AudioQuest is this year’s recipient.

“Audioquest and Kathleen in particular completely understand and embrace the spirit of HTSA, its meaning to the marketplace and the power of its members who continually share and support one another,” said Hana. “Kathleen has shown her dedication and personal willingness, always ready to cooperate in helping us achieve our mission as well as contributing unique ideas and resources. Bottom line, she gets it and actually does something about it.”

Closing out the HTSA Fall 2012 Conference was the opportunity to thank current HTSA President, Jon Robbins of Hifi House, for his overwhelming contributions and dedication to the organization.

“Jon has supplied invaluable creative vision and guidance in all aspects of HTSA’s marketing efforts, network and lead generation programs,” added Hana. “Under his direction, the HTSA Board has helped generate unlimited support for each and every member. From sharing collective ideas and resources to discussing effective sales and marketing best practices, Jon has helped forge new, long-lasting relationships among our vendors and members.”

Effective, January 2013, Joe Barrett of Barrett’s Technology Solutions will assume the role of Board President.

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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. 

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HTSA Technology Innovation Award presented to Paradigm Speaker for the Sub 2 – received by Bob McConnell (center)


HTSA Technology Innovations Award presented to Sony Electronics for the Home Theater 4K Projector – received by Kevin O’Loughlin (center left) & Jeff Elden (center right)


HTSA Technology Innovation Award to Runco/Planar for their Video Matrix Wall – received by Greg Caves (left)


HTSA Technology Innovations Award presented to Sonance for their Hi Output Lanscape – recieved by Jason Sloan


HTSA Technology Innovation Award presented to Samsung Electronics – received by Stephen Hrubec (center)


HTSA Technology Innovation Award presented to Stewart Filmscreen for Director’s Choice – received by Jim Groover (center)

TSA Person on the Year for 2012 was presented to Kathleen Thomas of Audioquest.


HTSA Most Supportive Vendor for 2012 was presented to Dana Innovations – the award was received by Jason Sloan

HTSA Custom Vendor of the Year was presented to Epson America – received by Charlie Boornazian (center)


HTSA Vendor of the Year was presented to Lutron Electronics – received by Michael Smith


Joe Barrett accepting the presidency for 2013 of the HTSA Board


Jon Robbins – Hifi House & outgoing President of the HTSA Board for 2012 (left,) and Joe Barrett (right) of Barrett’s Technology Solutions, incoming 2013 President, share a toast


Jon Robbins of Hifi House (left) opens his thank you gift for his service as 2012 HTSA Board President.

“Thanks for standing TALL for HTSA Jon!”

Jon Robbins (center) of Hifi House shows off his gift.

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