Attention! AVAD Hosts Six Designer Boot Camps

AVAD is the exclusive 2006 provider of Designer Boot Camps that teach contractors how to design electronics systems to maximize performance

Van Nuys, Calif. - July 28, 2006 - AVAD, LLC, America's leading distributor of custom home electronics products, today announced it will host six, two -day Designer Boot Camps at several AVAD locations nationwide from August through November. AVAD's sponsorship ensures that these vital courses are available throughout the United States - giving a wider audience of integrators and dealers the opportunity to improve their skill sets.


The six, two -day workshops will be held inside AVAD's high -tech classroom facilities. The boot camps are for technicians who design home integration systems and who are looking to take the next step in their careers. CEDIA Certified Instructor Todd B. Adams will lead each of the workshops, teaching attendees how to design their own complex residential electronics systems to maximize performance. Adams, a veteran speaker and systems designer, is president of DIpartner.com and author of three books on residential electronics system design.

2006 Designer Boot Camp Schedule:
• August 9 - 10 AVAD, Tampa, FL
• August 16 - 17 AVAD, Gaithersburg, MD
• September 16 - 17 CEDIA EXPO, Denver, CO
• October 3 - 4 CEDIA Training Facility, Indianapolis, IN
• October 16 - 17 AVAD, Austin, TX
• October 23 - 24 AVAD, San Jose, CA
• November 7 - 8 AVAD, Raleigh, NC
• November 13 - 14 AVAD, Avon, OH

Workshop topics include how to develop an engineering design philosophy, create a cable specification plan, generate a system design using block diagrams, lay out a system design on floor plans, create programming specifications and how to perform a project -needs analysis.

"We are excited to be the exclusive provider of this year's CEDIA designer boot camp workshops," said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. "The sponsorship was a natural fit for AVAD, as our company has long been the premier supplier of education to the custom installation specialist."

The two -day Designer Boot Camp costs $995. The cost of the workshop includes lunch, a course workbook with objectives and activities and a CD with case study files. Attendees will receive 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which go toward maintaining CEDIA Certification. To register for a Designer Boot Camp in your area, contact Erin Reynolds at (800) 669 -5329 ext 159 or ereynolds@cedia.org. Registration is also available at www.cedia.org/education.

In Brief: Release Summary

• AVAD, LLC, America's leading distributor of custom installation products, is the exclusive provider of six, two -day Designer Boot Camps in 2006.
• AVAD's sponsorship ensures that these vital courses are available throughout the United States - giving a wider audience of integrators and dealers the opportunity to improve their skill sets.
• The workshops, several of which will be held inside AVAD's high -tech classroom facilities, are for technicians who design home integration systems and are looking to take the next step in their careers.
• To register for a boot camp in your area, contact Erin Reynolds at (800) 669 -5329 ext 159 or ereynolds@cedia.org. Registration is also available at www.cedia.org/education.

About AVAD, LLC

AVAD, LLC, a wholly -owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, Inc., 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 31 + locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA's Installer Level I and Level II Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers' bottom line.

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.

AVAD is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evident by AVAD University's over 450 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year.
Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include: Acme Brackets, APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H -P Products/Dirt Devil, Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Gefen, Goo Systems, Harman Kardon, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, Niles Audio, Niveus Media, OmniMount, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RTI, Samsung, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, Terk, Toshiba, Universal Electronics, Universal Remote Control, and more.
In July 2005, AVAD was acquired by Ingram Micro, Inc., making its parent company the leading distributor for solution providers and custom integrators serving the fast -growing consumer electronics and home automation markets in the United States.

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit its website at www.avad.com.


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