AVAD Joins NCHI, Strengthens Commitment to Builders

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - November 17, 2003 - AVAD, America's leading distributor of custom home technology, announced it has joined the National Council of the Housing Industry. This special standing committee of the National Association of Home Builders consists of over 90 building industry suppliers, as well as related building industry trade associations. AVAD joins the group as part of its effort to uphold the highest possible product and service standards.

"Joining the NCHI is our latest step toward preparing AVAD's ability to bring builders nationwide the level of service that has been so beneficial for its dealers," said Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD. "With the launch of the Dealer To Builder (D2B) program, AVAD plans to work directly with organizations that support the building industry. As a member of the NCHI, AVAD will work toward addressing the challenges facing those builders who want to strengthen their professional capabilities - -in satisfying the growing demands for home technology from the ground level."

As a member of the NCHI, AVAD will be part of a collective effort to provide builders a resource for advocacy, education, and networking. AVAD will directly communicate with NAHB members, to target the projects that are mutually beneficial for NCHI and builder members. One of the ways the NCHI accomplishes this is by sponsoring educational programs to improve marketing and communication skills, and to provide a better understanding of the building industry. Council members also gain access to information services that keep them current on the state of homebuilding across the United States, as well as on pending regulatory activities critical to industry welfare.

About NCHI
The National Council of the Housing Industry (NCHI) is a special standing committee of NAHB, which gives leading building suppliers and service providers the opportunity to participate in NAHB activities, affect housing issues, and gain direct access to NAHB members.

Founded in 1964, NCHI consists of more than 90 distinguished building industry suppliers, as well as related building industry trade associations. These members are proven industry leaders with solid reputations for reliable service and innovative products. As members of NCHI, they set themselves apart from other manufacturers and service organizations by committing to the highest possible product and service standards.

Active in NAHB at all levels, including councils and committees; NCHI members serve as a unique problem -solving resource on a variety of issues. Members work closely with NAHB`s senior officers - - the key decision makers for national housing policy - - to ensure that the interests of suppliers are properly conveyed and considered during policy development activities.

NCHI members are a driving force at NAHB`s annual International Builders` Show; they occupy more than 45 percent of the total exhibit space and display the latest in building materials and technology.

For more information on the National Council of the Housing Industry - The Supplier 100, or to join, contact Barbara McMurray, Staff Vice President at 800 -368 -5242 x 8243 or bmcmurray@nahb.com.

About AVAD
AVAD LLC is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. What makes AVAD unique is its in -depth inventory of the most prestigious name brand products in nearly every discipline necessary to provide a complete home solution. From home theater and lighting controls to distributed audio/video and central vacuum, AVAD has it all in stock at each of its 21 locations nationwide.

AVAD LLC, founded in 1998 as a specialized network of distributors, provides the system integrator with a great opportunity to make more profit by providing complete design and integration assistance, technical training, education and certification programs such as CEDIA's Level I Installer Certification, plus the ability to enter into new types of businesses like central vacuum. AVAD offers coast -to -coast delivery within 24 hours or pick -up at one of its convenient nationwide locations.

Building around installer's needs, AVAD continually expands its service offerings. The Dealer to Builder Program, D2B is a clear example of AVAD's dealer commitment. This initiative creates a common channel to link dealers and builders in bringing homeowners across the nation the best in home technology. With D2B, AVAD reinforces individual businesses and the entire custom installation channel by putting highly qualified technicians at the forefront of industry expansion.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H -P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Mitsubishi, NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, ScreenPlay by InFocus, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, VisionArt and more.

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at www.avad.com or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 484 -3221 or info@avad.com.

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