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AVAD Declares October 2006 to be National Grand Opening Month

Leading Home Electronics Distributor Celebrates Expansion to 36 Distribution Centers Nationwide

Van Nuys, Calif. — October 4, 2006 — AVAD, America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, has declared October 2006 to be National Grand Opening month. The company, which currently comprises 36 distribution centers nationwide, will be celebrating the openings of new distribution centers in Austin, Tampa, Raleigh, Chicago, Richmond, Philadelphia, San Jose and Las Vegas.

To celebrate the openings, AVAD invites all dealers and potential dealers to the National AVAD Open House and Barbecue on Friday, October 13. The barbecues, long known to be an AVAD tradition, will be held that day at all AVAD locations, new and old, from coast to coast. On this day, any AVAD dealer who visits an AVAD location on October 13 will receive 5 percent off their entire purchase — including plasmas, LCDs, receivers, speakers, furniture, televisions, wires and clearance items.

Also as part of the celebration, AVAD will offer a “Come Grow with AVAD” incentive for dealers, taking 5 percent off all brands or categories within targeted brands that dealers have never purchased before. The discount will apply for the entire month of October. For example, if a dealer has never purchased Panasonic products from AVAD, they will receive 5 percent off all Panasonic orders for the entire month of October.

Moreover, if the dealer has purchased Marantz products, for example, but never a Marantz projector, that dealer will additionally enjoy a 5 percent discount for all Marantz projectors ordered during the month of October.

“Our goal is to encourage our dealers to expand their offerings to include new lines and new products within those lines,” said Bob Gartland, President of AVAD. “The breadth and depth of support that AVAD can provide across dozens of categories is unmatched anywhere in the industry. This promotion allows us to prove it, while simultaneously expanding our dealers’ profitability.”

AVAD’s distribution centers aren’t just warehouses and shipping centers: AVAD routinely uses their regional centers to conduct advanced training seminars for area custom electronics dealers and installers through AVAD University. All locations feature state-of-the-art education and training centers. AVAD University has conducted more than 450 advanced training events over the last year.

“Top-tier training and dealer support has always been part and parcel of the AVAD vision,” Gartland added. “By expanding AVAD’s number of distribution centers, we’re providing more and better local support to our valued dealers than ever before. Their expertise is a testament to our company as a whole.”

In Brief: Release Summary

· AVAD has declared October 2006 to be National Grand Opening Month.

· AVAD will be celebrating the openings of new distribution centers Austin, Tampa, Raleigh, Chicago, Richmond, Philadelphia, San Jose and Las Vegas.

· AVAD invites all dealers and potential dealers to the National AVAD Open House and Barbecue on Friday, Oct. 13.

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· Any AVAD dealer who visits an AVAD location on Oct. 13 will receive 5 percent off their entire purchase.

· As part of the celebration, AVAD will offer a “Come Grow with AVAD” incentive, taking 5 percent off all brands or categories within targeted brands that dealers have never purchased before for the entire month of October.

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 36 locations nationwide.

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. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA’s Installer Level I and Level II Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers’ bottom line.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links members of its 9,000+ 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, Coleman Cable, H-P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D-Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Gefen, Goo Systems, Harman Kardon, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, Niles Audio, Niveus Media, OmniMount, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RTI, Samsung, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, Terk, Toshiba, Universal Electronics, Universal Remote Control, 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 and its services, visit its website at www.avad.com.

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