AVAD Names Charles Thompson As D2B Trainer

Thompson Joins AVAD`s D2B Program as Trainer

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - October 20, 2003 - AVAD LLC, the custom home technology distributor, announced today the addition of Charles Thompson to the education team heading the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program. Thompson joins the training department as the home theater expert. His presentations will detail all aspects of creating a superbly functional, efficient home theater. AVAD's D2B program aims to expand the capabilities of a trained and certified dealer corps by joining them with the best builders in the United States, who are in great need of qualified system integrators.


"With so many new audio, video, display, programming, and DVD technologies on the horizon, it is imperative that CI professionals sustain their position at the forefront of home theater and whole -house entertainment systems," Thompson said. "D2B's education program will be the industry benchmark for CI skills and knowledge training, and I am honored to be a small part of that."

"We are glad to have Charles aboard for our D2B training and certification program," said Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD. "With over ten years in training experience, he is a perfect addition to the team. D2B is an ambitious initiative and I have full confidence that the group we've assembled to help guide it will fulfill each of the objectives we've outlined."

In addition to authoring the portion of the program that pertains to all items related to home theater, Thompson will be a component of the D2B presentation staff, which will travel to AVAD locations throughout the country to lead the initiative.

Dealers participating in the D2B certification process will be trained on all the technological disciplines in which today's competitive custom installers must be proficient. Addressing home theater, whole -house audio/video, structured wiring, lighting, central vacuum, telephony, and networking, certified dealers will be equipped to provide the lifestyle benefits increasingly demanded of new home builders. After covering program materials authored by Joe Piccirilli, Frank White, Darrel McComber, as well as the "AVAD Basic" segment led by Keith Davis, participating dealers will take a certification test to be matched up with the appropriate home builder in accordance to the installers' qualifications.

About AVAD
AVAD LLC 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 home theater and lighting controls to distributed audio/video and central vacuum, AVAD has it all in stock at each of its 21 locations nationwide.

AVAD LLC, founded in 1998 as a specialized network of distributors, provides the system integrator with a great opportunity to make more profit by providing complete design and integration assistance, technical training, education and certification programs such as CEDIA's Level I Installer Certification, plus the ability to enter into new types of businesses like central vacuum. AVAD offers coast -to -coast delivery within 24 hours or pick -up at one of its convenient nationwide locations.

Building around installer's needs, AVAD continually expands its service offerings. The Dealer to Builder Program, D2B is a clear example of AVAD's dealer commitment. This initiative creates a common channel to link dealers and builders in bringing homeowners across the nation the best in home technology. With D2B, AVAD reinforces individual businesses and the entire custom installation channel by putting highly qualified technicians at the forefront of industry expansion.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H -P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, 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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