Runco International Celebrated Success in the Sun at Annual 2005 Mexico Getaway

Runco's Honored Tradition Brought Together Dealers, Reps, Press, and Runco Staff to Develop Strategies, Experience New Products, And Relax On the Sand

UNION CITY, CA - April 13, 2005 - Runco International's guests gathered with Runco staff in Cabo San Lucas for the company's Annual Mexico Getaway. The event brings together Runco's extended business family -and actual family members -in a laid -back environment to celebrate the defining achievements of 2004 and plan for success in 2005. This was the tenth year for the six -day Getaway, which aims to mix business with pleasure and great family fun in one of the most anticipated events among Runco's family and associates.

"The Mexico Getaway lets everyone relax and have fun while taking care of business," said Sam Runco, the company's founder and CEO. "It's good for all of us to get together outside of our usual setting to look at what strategies are working for everyone, and focus on common goals for the future. I'm very proud of establishing the Getaway, and returning to it each year is one of the best ways I can think of to reward ourselves for the hard work we put in all year long."

The theme at this year's Getaway was "Raising the Bar," and it showed in everything from new product demonstrations to roundtable discussions and press meetings. Bob Hana, president of Runco, expressed the company's aim to 'listen more and talk less,' when it pertains to bringing dealer relationships to the next level: "Our dealers are often first to experience many of the changes in the custom home theater market, so it's critical that we absorb their input and use it to strengthen our support of their work." He continued, "2004 was a record year, and programs like our new Runco Academy training have generated lots of terrific feedback from our dealers. The atmosphere at the Runco Mexico Getaway lets us focus on the tools that help us all work better together, and at the same time allows us to enjoy quality time with family and friends."

Everyone who came to the Runco Mexican Getaway was encouraged to bring their families. Activities over the week included the "Famous" Talent Show, Runco Golf Tournament, Movie Night by the Pool, Beach Potato Sack Race, Egg -Toss, and the highly anticipated Belly flop Contest. Each let participants rekindle some long -standing friendly rivalries, and opened the door for new ones to be born.

On the final night of the Getaway, Runco held a Gala Award Dinner to honor the performance of its top sellers over 2004. Awards were given out for the following firms and categories:

Chairman's Club (single location over $500K/year):
Robert's Home Audio & Video (Los Angeles, CA)

International Distributor of the Year:
Expert Group, Inc. (Moscow, Russia)

New Dealer of the Year:
The Home Theater Store & Design Center (San Diego, CA)

Dealer of the Year, Single Location:
Robert's Home Audio & Video (Los Angeles, CA)

Dealer of the Year 2 -5 Locations:
Thul Electronics (Avon, CO)

Dealer of the Year More than 5 Locations:
Harvey Electronics (New York, NY)

Top Canadian Dealer:
Smart Home Systems (Belgrade, MT)

Outstanding Sales Achievements:
Single Location
Genesis Audio & Video (Irvine, CA)

Single Location
Aurant (Salt Lake City, UT)

Single Location
Elite Custom A/V Installation (Montclair, CA)

Single Location
The Little Guys (Glenwood, IL)

Single Location
Future Home (Los Angeles, CA)

Single Location
Audio Command Systems, Inc. (Westbury, NY)

Single Location
Electronics Design Group (Piscataway, NJ)

2 -5 Locations
Definitive Audio (Seattle, WA)

2 -5 Locations
Listen Up Audio/Video (Denver, CO)

2 -5 Locations
Advanced Audio Design (Sarasota, FL)

Increase Over Prior Year, Single Location:
AVIR, Inc. (Palm Desert, CA)
NuSystems, Inc. (Gardnerville, NV)
Evolution Home Theater (Duluth, GA)
Automation Arts, Inc. (Middleton, WI)
Dyer Electronics (Austin, TX)

Wildcard Winners:
World Wide Stereo (Hatfield, PA)
DSI Entertainment Systems (Studio City, CA)
Sound By Singer (New York, NY)
Home Entertainment Expo (Sudbury, MA)
Audio Visions (Cleveland, OH)
Audio One (Miami, FL)

Top Plasma Salesperson:
Rob Pierangeli, Thul Electronics (Avon, CO)

Top Projector Salesperson:
Leif Pehrson, Robert's Home Audio Video
(Los Angeles, CA)

Sales Floor Contest Winners:
Danny Moreno, Aurant (Salt Lake City, UT)
Brett Nutter, Elite Custom A/V Installation (Montclair, CA)

About Runco International, Inc.

Founded in 1987 and currently headquartered in Union City, California, Runco International, Inc is a market leader in state -of -the -art projection systems, flat -panel plasma monitors, video processors and other components for the consumer market. Runco's innovations have won numerous awards and citations from the world press. Runco was the first company to introduce and market a line doubler with a multi -frequency projector in 1990 and also introduced the first multiple -aspect -ratio controller, the ARC -IV, to the Home Theater market. Recently, both of these features have become essential for the new digital high definition capable televisions. For more information on Runco International, Inc. visit the web at

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