Nationwide Buying Group Endorses Custom Retailing Day at EHX

High profile group joins TWICE, PARA, Deborah Smith Group as sponsor of event

Framingham, MA - February 22, 2006 - Nationwide, one of the country's largest buying groups, has thrown its support behind Custom Retailing Day, which will be held in conjunction with Electronic House Expo (EHX) on Thursday, March 30, 2006 in Orlando, Florida.

As part of their participation, Jeannette Howe, Executive Director of Specialty Electronics Direct, a Division of the Nationwide Marketing Group, will be hosting a special breakfast presentation "Are You Ready to Join a Buying Group?" on Thursday, March 30 from 7:45 - 8:45 am. Howe will provide attendees with insight on the profit opportunities, inventory solutions, and marketing initiatives that can help custom electronics companies prosper and grow. To register for the free continental breakfast presentation, please RSVP with your complete contact information, including company name, phone number, email address and how many people will be attending to or call 949/369 -6402.

The breakfast is in addition to the existing line up of sessions targeted toward custom retailers:
• Opening Keynote: Creating and Selling the New CE Experience by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

• Make More Money Selling HD Audio

• Get Clients Now! Fill the Pipeline with New Business Every 90 Days

• A Ten Point Profit Strategy for Your Custom Retail Business

• Custom Retailing Connections Reception

Custom Retailing Day is being directed by the Deborah Smith Group, and also has the support of TWICE and PARA.

"EHX has seen more and more custom dealers looking for advice and information on operating showrooms and retail stores in conjunction with installation operations. To answer that need, we have developed this solid day of programming, with some of the industry's most sought -after minds," stated John Galante, vice president, EH Events & Education. "We are looking forward to delivering great information and advice and helping dealers make the connections they need."

The seventh annual Electronic House Expo conference runs from Tuesday, March 28 - Saturday, April 1, with exhibits on Thursday, March 30 - Saturday, April 1. In addition to Custom Retailing Day, the EHX conference program will feature 60+ conference sessions, 8 boot camps, nearly 100 free manufacturer training courses, and a number of other special presentations. The exhibit floor will include 350+ manufacturers and distributors of custom electronics products for the home.

Registration for Custom Retailing Day is now open at or by calling 800.315.1581. Passes are $195 prior to the early deadline of March 3, 2006.

About EHX
Electronic House Expo, a Tradeshow Week magazine Fastest 50 event for three years running, is the fastest growing trade event of the $13 billion custom electronics industry. Held twice annually and sponsored by CEA's TechHome Division, the EHX trade show floor and conference program provide an invaluable forum for information exchange, education and new product demonstrations from leading manufacturers and service providers across the entire custom electronics spectrum of home networking, automation, entertainment, and security.

About EH Events & Education
EH Events & Education, a division of EH Publishing, Inc.(, develops and produces world -class expositions and conferences for the technology and construction industries. The EH Events & Education portfolio includes: Electronic House Expos (EHX) Spring & Fall, the TecHome Builder Conference and Expo (TBX), and Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX). EHX Fall was named the fastest growing show in America by Tradeshow Week magazine in 2003, and both EHX Spring and Fall were named among the fastest 50 growing tradeshows by Tradeshow Week magazine in 2004 and 2005.

About CEA
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $122 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

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