AVAD Supports Education at CEDIA EXPO 2003

Several AVAD associates are instructing technical training and business courses at the tradeshow, and the company is sponsoring manufacturer product training to benefit its dealer base.


FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - August 28, 2003 - AVAD, LLC, has settled details for its contribution to the educational program at CEDIA Expo 2003. Several AVAD associates are instructing technical training and business courses at the tradeshow, and the company is sponsoring manufacturer product training to benefit its dealer base. Helping to build and support CEDIA's educational function is part of AVAD's ongoing effort to position dealers and installers of custom home systems as the most knowledgeable authorities on the industry's technology and its installation.

"One of AVAD's top priorities is promoting absolute expertise in the work of all proponents of custom home electronics," said Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD. "That's why we at AVAD are committed to being in the front lines of CEDIA Expo education when it comes to shaping the future of this industry. We'll cover some basics of the business channel, then dig deeper into the concepts and details that are going to make a difference in the attendees' professional application."

Joe Piccirilli is slated to teach two courses at this year's CEDIA Expo. The first, "Vitalizing the Technician/Customer Interface" focuses on the impact customer relations has over the entire sales process, as well as communication between the installation and sales teams of the same company. The course is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd from 10 -11:30 am in room 104; and Thursday, September 4th from 4 -5:30 pm in room 162. Mr. Piccirilli will also lead "Selling Pre -Designed Packaged Systems" to demonstrate how a company can offer custom installed quality systems without compromising its nature. The class runs Wednesday, September 3 from 2 -3:30 pm in room 102, and Thursday, September 4th from 10 -11:30 am in room 104.

AVAD's D2B project manager, Frank White is leading two courses at CEDIA Expo 2003. "RF 101: RF Essentials & Theory" addresses basic management of quality signals from the time they enter a house until they are processed. The course is on Friday, September 5th from 12 -1:30 pm in room 206; and Saturday September 6th from 10 -11:30 am in room 162. "RF Signal Management & Trouble -Shooting," which covers antenna theory, multiple satellite platforms, HDTV, and CATV management is scheduled for Friday, September 5th from 2 -3:30 pm in room 206, and Saturday, September 6th from 2 -3:30 pm in room 162.

AVAD's public relations manager, Coleen Sterns, will head two courses. The first: "101 Ways to Enhance Your Image," introduces integrated marketing communications and how it distinguishes the benefits of one company from the next. The course runs Wednesday, September 3 from 10 -11:30 am in room 147; and Thursday from 4 - 5:30PM in room 103. The second is called "Marketing Through Promotional Events" and covers every step of putting together publicity events to increase awareness and demand for custom installation. The course is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4 from 4 -5:30 pm in room 103.

AVAD is also sponsoring Philips product training on the Pronto series of home system control touchpanels and remotes. A "Basics of Pronto" course will introduce the entire product series and the basics of programming its capabilities. The class takes place twice on Thursday, September 4th from 8 -10 am in the Council room of the downtown Westin Hotel, and 10 -noon in the Caucus room at the Westin. An "Advanced Pronto" course for detailed Pronto customization is scheduled for Thursday, September 4th at 4 -7 pm in the Westin's Cabinet room, and Friday, September 5th from 5 -8 pm in the Westin's Chamber room. The Westin Hotel is within short walking distance of the Indiana Convention Center/RCA Dome.

About CEDIA

CEDIA is a global trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has approximately 2,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's web site at www.cedia.org.

About AVAD

AVAD is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. What makes AVAD unique is its in -depth inventory of the most prestigious name brand products in nearly every discipline necessary to provide a complete home solution. From life safety and lighting controls to home theater and distributed audio/video, AVAD has it all in stock at each of their 19 locations nationally.

AVAD, LLC, founded in 1998 as a specialized network of distributors, provides the system integrator the opportunity to make more profit by providing complete design and integration assistance, technical training, the ability to enter into new types of businesses such as security and central vacuum. AVAD offers coast -to -coast delivery within 24 hours or pick -up at one of its convenient nationwide locations. Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Augat, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, Commscope, H -P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Fujitsu, GE/Interlogix - ITI, Sentrol and Kalatel Security Systems, Harman Kardon, Leviton, Lutron, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Mitsubishi, NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, ScreenPlay by Infocus, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, and more.

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at www.avad.com or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 484 -3221 or info@avad.com.

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