AVAD Southwest Opens New Houston Distribution Center

Value-Added Home Technology Distributor Establishes Second Texas Branch to Better Service its Increasing Dealer Base

Houston, TX - July 13, 2004 - AVAD LLC, America's leading distributor of custom electronic systems for the home, announced the addition of a new location in Houston, Texas. The distribution center was opened to address the needs of a growing base of custom electronic system contractors in the AVAD Southwest territory. The branch is currently operational, but its staff will host a grand opening celebration in early August.


"Our new Houston distribution center is outfitted with all the features that have made each AVAD location across the country a success," said Chuck Williams, president of AVAD Southwest. "Dealers in the Houston area now have convenient access to AVAD's complete service package. We're making available to designers and installers the products they want from the most trusted brands in each category, plus our expert product training is now more accessible than ever. We're proud of this step forward, and we look forward to many more - -while building on existing dealer relationships and developing new ones."

"Custom home technology dealers in Houston have been demanding the services that AVAD is known for, and now we can fully support them," said Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD. "The challenges facing today's custom installers continually evolve - -with the introduction of new technology and the changing requests of tech -savvy homeowners. With the Houston branch, the AVAD Southwest team is ready to help more installers solve those challenges, and to shift with the trends to build and maintain lasting success."

The new branch covers 16,000 square feet, including a show room to display new products and highlight special offers, and 10,000 square feet of warehouse space to ensure availability of the most popular new items. There's also room for AVAD's training program, including manufacturer -led product training, Dealer to Builder (D2B) program certification, and CEDIA Installer Level I preparation and testing. And with a new call center to provide technical support from installation to application, the Houston team is equipped to handle the demands of industry veterans and newcomers seeking the competitive edge within the custom installation field.

About AVAD LLC.

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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