AVAD Southern California and AVAD Northwest Awarded by Lutron Electronics

Value-Added Home Technology Distributor Receives Top Sales Honors from Custom Lighting Control Manufacturer

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - August 26, 2004 - AVAD LLC, America's leading distributor of custom electronic systems for the home, was awarded by Lutron Electronics for outstanding sales in 2003 and 2004. AVAD Southern California / MarketPro Distributing was given the "Platinum Distributor" award, and AVAD Northwest / Selltech Ltd. received the "Shooting Star" award. Each award reinforces AVAD's commitment to providing electronic systems contractors the products, service, and support needed to achieve success in the custom installation industry.

"We are very proud to be recognized by Lutron Electronics as its 'Platinum Distributor' for 2003," said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD Southern California / MarketPro Distributing. "Lutron's controlled lighting systems are a great complement to the other home entertainment and convenience technologies we offer. Our dealers and their customers have been extremely pleased with Lutron's performance and reliability and we look forward to introducing many more customers to the benefits of quality custom lights."

"Being named Lutron's 'Shooting Star' distributor is a remarkable honor," said Teresa Gallo, president of AVAD Northwest / Selltech Ltd. "Each of us has worked hard to achieve our current level of success and Lutron's easy and innovative lighting controls have helped us tremendously. As Lutron continues to lead innovation in home lighting products, we'll provide our dealers with those new technologies as well as the training to help their customers better enjoy their homes."

"AVAD has proven to be an invaluable partner in supporting dealers' efforts to give homeowners more beautiful and comfortable homes with our cutting -edge lighting controls," said Jeff Zemanek, national sales manager of residential systems at Lutron. "AVAD Southern California and AVAD Northwest stand out as Lutron technology distributors with their commitment to strengthening the entire custom installation industry. Lutron shares that goal in producing easy -to -use, high -performance lighting controls. We're proud to partner with AVAD in offering dealers a great range of products and reliable service. Lutron extends its congratulations to AVAD Southern California and AVAD Northwest. The Lutron team anticipates a long and beneficial relationship with each of these terrific distributors."

AVAD Southern California / MarketPro was named "Platinum Distributor" for having the largest single location Lutron sales of any AVAD Distributor in 2003. The company was also the strongest distributor in general of RadioRA products. This is the first time a home theater distributor rather than an electrical distributor of standard dimmers has ever received this award.

Selltech, Ltd. was named "Shooting Star" distributor for its astounding growth rate. After outstanding sales in 2003, Selltech Ltd. grew its Lutron business in the first half of 2004 to over 250% of its 2003 numbers.

About Lutron Electronics

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, is the world's leading designer and manufacturer of lighting controls, lighting control systems, and shading solutions for residential and commercial applications.
Visit www.lutron.com or call 1 -877 -258 -8766 for more information.


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 26 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 9000+ 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 Atlantic Technology, 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, Terk, 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) 922 -AVAD or info@avad.com.

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