NEAR Adds Rep Firms, Canadian Distributor and CE Marketing Pros to Sales and Marketing Team

NEAR, a manufacturer of premium outdoor loudspeakers announces the appointment of 10 key independent rep firms for USA field sales/service, a Canadian distributor, and CE Marketing Pros as a press relations and marketing consultant for the brand.

Gardiner, ME, July 24, 2014 - Today NEAR, a division of Bogen Communications, Inc. ("NEAR"), a manufacturer of premium outdoor loudspeakers for residential use, announced the appointment of 10 key independent rep firms for USA field sales/service, a Canadian distributor, and CE Marketing Pros as a press relations and marketing consultant for the brand.


After being purchased by Bogen Communications, Inc. in 1997, NEAR focused its efforts on the commercial market. Earlier this year, NEAR re-entered the residential market with an all-new premium product line as well as a new sales and marketing team experienced in residential channels. The new product line, which includes bracket-mount and in-ground full range models, an in-ground subwoofer and a purpose-designed power amplifier, started shipping to specialist integrators in May.

NEAR Director of Sales Hank Finke carefully assembled a core group of sales representative firms with deep ties to the custom integrator community including:
New England - P.D. Lazarus & Company
Metro NY - Bach Sales
Southeast - AVR
Florida- Michael Chafee Enterprises
IN/KY - St. Peters Sales Agency, Inc.
AZ/NV/NM - Current Marketing
SoCal - CalWest Marketing
NoCal - Media Delivery Strategies
MN/ND/SD/ WI - Network Sales
CO/WY/UT/MT/S.E. Idaho - Scowcroft & Associates
Canada distribution - Erikson Consumer

CE Marketing Pros (CEMP) is a marketing agency founded by Paul DiComo and Al Ballard, former marketing executives with Polk Audio and Definitive Technology. CEMP will represent the NEAR brand with the editorial press, manage NEAR's social media outreach and provide general marketing consulting.

CEMP is the latest addition to NEAR's sales and marketing team that includes Jeff Kussard Consulting, Hank Finke and Cynthia "Cindy" Peters. Kussard is a CEDIA Fellow and four-time CEDIA board member with over 35 years of experience in live and studio sound engineering, contracting, residential custom integration, professional audio and commercial sound. His background includes executive positions with Capitol Sales, Russound and Harman International.

Industry veteran Hank Finke was added to the NEAR team as Director of Sales in April of this year. Cindy Peters, Bogen's recently appointed Vice President of Marketing & Product Development, has over 25 years of experience in CE professional and consumer audio sales and marketing with LG Electronics and Altec Lansing.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have assembled such a strong, multi-talented team," said NEAR Founder and Division General Manager William "Bill" Kieltyka. "The experience, success and marketing skills these people bring to the table are well known throughout the trade. Our channel partners can expect first-class marketing and products from NEAR to support their own sales and marketing efforts."

As founder of New England Audio Resource, Kieltyka developed the NEAR product line, which is carried on today as a division of Bogen Communications, Inc. NEAR's original AEL Series outdoor speakers gained a reputation for audiophile sound quality combined with a rugged build-quality capable of standing up to the harshest weather conditions, including atop New Hampshire's Mt. Washington (reputed to have the worst weather in North America).

About NEAR
Founded in 1988 and acquired by Bogen Communications, Inc. in 1997, NEAR continues under the creative and business leadership of founder Bill Kieltyka. Bill's passion for advancing high-quality music reproduction and its reputation as the leader in the creation of speakers for use under the most extreme conditions are foundational to the NEAR mission. NEAR creates and markets audiophile grade speakers for year round use, under extreme conditions, at all latitudes of our planet. NEAR is headquartered at 8 ABJ Drive, Gardiner, ME 04345 and is a division of Bogen Communications, Inc. with corporate offices at 50 Spring Street in Ramsey, NJ 07446.

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