Note from Jon Robbins, Executive Director HTSA
If you want to go far, go together.
I love to read daily quotes. A cherished favorite of mine is an ancient African thought, attributable to not one person in particular – “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
It is simple, yet so completely describes the very existence of Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA). Formed in 1996 by a group of passionate consumer electronics retailers, HTSA was created to have a “voice” in the channel and to serve as a thought-leadership group. The guiding principal was to aid dealers in understanding best practices from like-minded individuals across the nation as the A/V and entertainment business evolved from retail only to a hybrid of one focused on the custom installation business. And, HTSA was built from the start as the ONLY member owned group in the industry. Today, this remains a guiding strength.
Over the years, we have seen a dramatic evolution of business models and technologies. But the core idea of why HTSA was formed remained relevant and strong – to provide an exceptional educational and information sharing vehicle in this unique electronics space. Unwavering, our members continued to share and grow with brethren as the group sailed new and uncharted waters. We adopted leading-edge resources that no other group in our channel has ever delivered.
Today, twenty years later, many of these same philosophies are in place and have been adapted to best suit the times and our passion for performance. Continuous education, being supportive of the success of fellow members and performing together as one has enabled HTSA to thrive and grow into a unique Trade Consortium that delivers far more than financial benefits. With our best-in-class vendor and service provider partners, we foster the “win-win” mentality.
I look forward to the next 20 years with great anticipation of new technologies and success as the best Trade Consortium in the business. I invite those willing to “go together” united in passion, performance and winning mentality – to see what we’re all about and join us on our adventure.