HTSA Honors Top Vendors of 2013

Embodying product excellence, innovation, and dedication to the custom integration channel, GoldenEar Technology's Sandy Gross recognized with 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barrington, IL - October 29, 2013 - The HomeTechnology Specialists of America (HTSA) is proud to announce the winners of their 2013 HTSA Vendor Awards. The annual HTSA Vendor Awards honor those who have demonstrated commitment to member growth through the development of cutting-edge products and technologies, exemplary business practices, and unyielding service and support for HTSA members.

"Each year the HTSA Vendor Awards provide us with the opportunity to recognize those who have had an overwhelming impact on the success and business growth of our members," said Bob Hana, managing director of HTSA. "From successful new products and applications to collaborative marketing support, it is with the help from manufacturer partners that our specialty dealers and custom integrators can continue to effectively sell, serve and educate today's consumer, while broadening the reach of connected home technology."

This year HTSA announced the return of one of its most coveted honors, the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded to Sandy Gross, founder and president of GoldenEar Technology. Gross has dedicated his life to the creation of high performance, award-winning loudspeakers, arming not just HTSA members but the entire custom integration community with dependable, affordable audio solutions consumers can rely on.

"Sandy has been an incredible driving force across our industry," said Hana. "His commitment to his craft has resulted in a wealth of products and applications our members have utilized to further grow their businesses. Furthermore, his support for HTSA has not gone unnoticed. He and his team have been actively involved in cooperative marketing campaigns and driving new opportunities that benefit HTSA members."

HTSA is also proud to name Control4 as its Vendor of the Year for 2013. From continued support in the areas of lead generation and technical training to collaboration across digital marketing and advertising campaigns, Control4 has invested their time and resources into programs that directly impact individual member business, while helping to spread awareness of the possibilities afforded by custom, smart home technology.

"Control4 has worked hard to uncover new areas for growth and development that greatly impact HTSA members," said Hana. "By forming authentic, deep relationships with each retailer and integrator, Control4 has helped evolve the way our manufacturer partners and members work together, paving the way for stronger, more sustained business growth."

URC was presented with the Most Supportive Vendor of the Year Award for offering superior technical support, industry knowledge, and marketing best practices; while Noah Kaplan, co-founder and president of Leon Speakers, was honored with the Innovator of the Year award for his inspired product, sales and marketing contributions.

The following vendors were also recognized at the HTSA Fall 2012 Conference specifically for their distinguished technical innovation:

*Lenbrook - Technology Innovation, BlueSound

*Savant Systems - Technology Innovation, SmartView Video Tiling

*Paradigm - Best Audio Product, Soundtrack System

*SONY - Best Video Product, SONY XBR65-X850A

*Lutron - Best Integration Product, Triathlon Shades

Additionally, the HTSA recognizes one individual that has greatly exceeded their role within the organization, providing immeasurable support, fresh business ideas and promoting a collaborative spirit amongst members and vendors with the HTSA Person of the Year Award. Ari Supran, CEO of Dana Innovations is this year's recipient.

"The entire Dana Innovations family, and Ari in particular, embrace and believe in the spirit of HTSA, while supporting our mission to educate consumers and expand the reach of custom home technology," said Hana. "Ari has proven his dedication ten-fold, with a willingness to always lend a hand, contribute resources, and out-of-the-box ideas that get our organization thinking."

For photos from the HTSA 2013 Awards Ceremony, please visit the HTSA Facebook Page.

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