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AVAD Networks Building Industry Professionals at CENTEX Homes SPEC 2005

Ft. Lauderdale, FL — April 8, 2005 — Pursuing its plan to expand its popular Dealer to Builder (D2B) network, AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom electronic home systems, is joining forces with Centex Homes, one of the nation’s most prestigious names in the building industry. Next month AVAD will participate in Centex Homes’ Spec 2005 trade event, an impressive assembly of hundreds of Centex Homes’ purchasing and estimating managers nationwide. The event will be held from April 25 to 29, 2005, at the grand Gaylord Texan Resort located on the shores of Lake Grapevine, just outside of Dallas, Texas.

Since its inception, AVAD has been a strong advocate of education and certification that will strengthen a dealer’s professional credibility and ability to provide the professional services. Quality training is one of the important pillars of AVAD’s D2B program. An extensive builders’ network is another one. “Centex has such a tremendous presence in so many homebuilding markets all across the country, a close association with them will greatly enhance the reach of our D2B program,” said Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD.

The Centex Homes Spec 2005 event is an annual gathering of more than 200 Centex Homes’ purchasing and estimating managers representing 550 neighborhoods, 90 metropolitan markets and up to 26 states of the union. Among the exhibitors are dozens of the leading home supplies manufacturers and professional installers.

Centex Homes is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, with operations in more than 90 markets all over the United States. Its brands include Fox & Jacobs Homes, Wayne Homes and Centex Destination Properties. Since its inception, Centex Homes has been consistently ranked among at the top 10 of the Professional Builder’s Giant 400 list. In 1998, Centex was named “Builder of the Year.” In 2003, Centex amassed closing value of $29.9 billion in home sales, an impressive increase of 22% over its 2002 numbers.

About AVAD, LLC.

AVAD, LLC 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 26 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’ businesses and profits.

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AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links members of its 9000+ 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 Aprilaire, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H-P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D-Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, Samsung, ScreenPlay by InFocus, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, VisionArt, Universal Remote Control, and more.

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 922-AVAD or

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