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AVAD To Distribute Expanding Toshiba Line of Digital Home Electronics

Leading Home Electronics Distributor Provides Value-Added Supply Chain Solutions, Greater Market Penetration and Dealer Services for Toshiba America, Inc.

Van Nuys, Calif. — Mar. 20, 2006 — AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, today announced a partnership with Toshiba America, Inc., one of the world’s fastest-growing brands, to distribute its highly-acclaimed line of Digital Home Entertainment products. The partnership allows Toshiba to gain access to the high-growth custom installation market, and strengthens AVAD’s continuing product portfolio expansion.

“We’re very excited to have a trusted name like Toshiba behind our efforts to better serve Electronic Systems Contractors nationwide,” said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. “This partnership is an example of the value-added benefits AVAD can provide its manufacturer partners. We know we can expand Toshiba’s leading brand position and growth in custom home electronics. For our dealers, Toshiba provides reliable products that guarantee customers the exciting home theater experience they aspire.”

AVAD will serve as a supply chain partner to Toshiba, creating a go-to market plan that focuses efforts locally to build brand presence among Electronic System Contractors across the U.S. In addition, AVAD will provide the brand’s dealers with product training, complete technical support, and fast and easy inventory access for more responsive customer service, improved turns, and higher profits.

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 names and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more for just-in-time delivery from each of its 29 locations nationwide. 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 8000+ 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, Harman Kardon, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, Key Digital, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, Niles Audio, 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 installers 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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