AVAD Expands Presence in Canada with New Calgary Facility

VAD, LLC, the industry's leading distributor of custom home electronics, has expanded its presence in Canada with the opening of its Calgary facility -its second Canadian location.

Distributor of Custom Home Electronics' Second Canadian Location

Opens May 5th in Calgary

Van Nuys, Calif. - May 5, 2008 - AVAD, LLC, the industry's leading distributor of custom home electronics, has expanded its presence in Canada with the opening of its Calgary facility -its second Canadian location. Scheduled to open Monday, May 5th, the new Calgary facility will bring AVAD's unique blend of best brands, in -depth training and superior service to western Canadian custom installers and retailers.

AVAD's 21,362 square -foot Calgary location will include approximately 4,680 square feet of showroom space. It will house a classroom training facility, multiple display areas, a dedicated theater room to display AVAD's latest technologies and products and ample warehouse space -all advantages that make up AVAD's trademark service. The Calgary facility is located at Bay 12, 7115 48th Street SE in Calgary, Alberta. Dealers are invited to visit the location beginning Monday, May 5th.

The new Calgary location marks AVAD's second undertaking in Canada. AVAD's Toronto facility, located at 205 Courtneypark Drive West, Suite 103 in Mississauga, Ontario, was recently unveiled in January.

"We are very excited to announce the opening of AVAD's Calgary location," said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. "Expanding AVAD's reach to western Canadian dealers illustrates our commitment to serving Canadian customers with our unique business model that includes the best brands, regular dealer training and facilities that help our customers grow their businesses."

AVAD's new location brings the industry's most respected and recognized brands, in -depth product and category training, the widest selection in various disciplines (audio, video, lighting controls, home automation and more) and an expert sales staff to give live integration, system design, application and technical support to western Canada.

An additional benefit of AVAD's new Calgary facility is the accessibility it will provide to dealers. Local dealers will have a convenient pick -up area, while AVAD will ship products to dealers in the western Canadian markets from the new location.

Spearheading AVAD's venture into Canada, Deena Ghazarian, project director for AVAD -Canada, has lead the company's market entry and execution. She is focused on building strong B2B relationships with dealers, while affording vendors the ability to expand their presence in the Canadian marketplace.
A four -year member of the AVAD team, Merlin Love will oversee the debut of the Calgary facility as branch manager of the Calgary location.

As sales manager for Canada, Scot Kerek will be the primary sales contact for the company in the Canadian marketplace. He will also work in selecting AVAD's business partners.

For more information, visit www.avadcanada.ca.

In Brief: Release Summary
• AVAD has expanded its presence in Canada with the opening of its Calgary facility -its second Canadian location.
• Scheduled to open Monday, May 5th, the new Calgary facility will bring AVAD's unique blend of best brands, in -depth training and superior service to western Canadian custom installers and retailers.
• AVAD's 21,362 square -foot Calgary location will include approximately 4,680 square feet of showroom space. It will house a classroom training facility, multiple display areas, a dedicated theater room to display AVAD's latest technologies and products and ample warehouse space -all advantages that make up AVAD's trademark service.
• AVAD's new location will bring the industry's most respected and recognized brands, in -depth product and category training, the widest selection in various disciplines and an expert sales staff to give live integration, system design, application and technical support into western Canada.

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 brands and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home electronic systems solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more. AVAD also provides just -in -time delivery from each of its 37 US locations and new Toronto and Calgary facilities.

AVAD is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evidenced by AVAD University's over 450 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year.

By partnering with CEDIA for key industry training courses such as Installer Level I and II Certification, Designer Boot Camps and Home Theater Workshops, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to the betterment of the industry and the dealer's bottom line.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links highly -trained and qualified members of its 14,000+ 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: Acme Brackets, APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon ChannelPlus, Chief, Coleman Cable, H -P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Draper, Dymo/RhinoPRO, Encore!, Escient, Fujitsu, Gefen, Goo Systems -Visual Reality, Inc., Harman Kardon, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Labor Saving Devices, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Midlite, MuxLab, NetStreams, Niles Audio, OmniMount, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Optoma, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RTI, Rockustics, Samsung, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, Terk, Toshiba, Universal Remote Control, Velodyne 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, visit www.avad.com.

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