AVAD Central/ALLNET, Inc. Adds New Location

Value-added home technology distributor establishes Minnesota branch to increase service level to dealers in Minneapolis and St. Paul

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - May 7, 2004 - AVAD LLC, America's leading distributor of integrated home technology solutions, announced the addition of a new location in Edina, Minnesota in response to dealer needs near Minneapolis and St. Paul. The new location will extend the services of AVAD Central's current branches in order to provide more immediate service to a customer base that has consistently grown during the last year and a half. The new facility will open its doors for business on May 10.


"We've experienced a terrific growth in demand in the AVAD Central territory, and it's clear our dealers are ready for a boost in support near Minnesota's metropolitan areas," said Wally Whinna, president of AVAD Central/ALLNET, Inc. "We've helped increase the success of many custom installers in AVAD Central's region; we're very excited about providing those opportunities to even more through the Minnesota branch. In just the first 90 days we have nine trainings scheduled. Plus, the new branch will give dealers fast access to brands like Samsung, InFocus ScreenPlay, Sharp, Fujitsu, and PROconnect Wire, which will help them better manage their installations."

"Custom installers across the United States are becoming increasingly aware of how much there is to gain from AVAD's services," said Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD. "Our dealers in Minnesota are clearly among those who are boosting their growth through our detailed product catalog of trusted brand names, in -depth training, and just -in -time delivery. Each of us at AVAD is thrilled to see so many installers joining us in raising the bar for service in our quickly growing industry."

AVAD Central's Edina, Minnesota location is a 7,600 square foot building containing showroom space, an active will call area, a substantial warehouse, and training facilities.

Peter Warda will act as branch operations manager, drawing from his extensive background as an installer and systems programmer to ensure dealers are advantaged with maximum product availability and in -depth technical support.
As branch sales manager, John Hogan will be involved in organizing continuing education and product training programs, as well as the marketing efforts for the Edina branch. His experience in both residential and commercial custom installation will provide a wide range of dealers the specific support needed to increase their professional capabilities and offer customers a richer set of services.

About AVAD

AVAD, LLC is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. Its in -depth technology offering of the most trusted names and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more for just -in -time delivery from each of its 21 locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA's Installer Level I Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers' businesses and profits.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links members of its 8000+ dealer corps with homebuilders across the United States to outfit new homes with in -demand, cutting -edge electronic systems.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H -P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, InFocus ScreenPlay, Samsung, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, VisionArt, Universal Remote Control, 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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