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AVAD Ohio Named Fujitsus Distributor of the Year

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL — January 28, 2004 — AVAD Ohio/S.C. Distributors, Inc. was given Fujitsu General America’s 2003 Distributor of the Year award at CES 2004 for its commitment to excellence in achieving top sales. In exemplifying an innovative approach to business, SCD reached top sales for Fujitsu’s premium video displays, reaffirming business standards that have established AVAD as the preeminent home entertainment and lifestyle solutions provider to electronic systems contractors nationwide.

“Being named Fujitsu’s 2003 Distributor of the Year is the result of the combined efforts of a group of dedicated individuals,” said Greg Grasso, president of AVAD Ohio/SCD. “Fujitsu’s world-class support as a consistent supplier of the highest quality plasma display devices combined with our team’s hard work led to our achievement during the year. Given the size of our territory and the economic conditions that existed in 2003, we are honored to receive this award.”

Mike Gleason, director of sales for Fujitsu General America, Inc. noted: “In 2003, AVAD had a great year with Fujitsu General America and experienced a large increase over 2002. AVAD Ohio was the shining example of this growth. They performed 28% over plan and had a 110% increase over 2002.” Gleason added, “Over the past 4 years, the relationship with the AVAD team has been an integral part of our success. Our managed distribution strategy could not have succeeded without the dedication of the AVAD Group.”

“AVAD’s distribution partnership with Fujitsu has constantly grown in the years since established,” said Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD. “Fujitu’s home theater products are one of those reliable assets with which AVAD gained momentum, and in turn came to lead the flourishing connected home industry. As our work with Fujitsu enters 2004, we anticipate using the company’s cutting-edge technology in continuing to provide our dealers and their customers the exciting experience they’ve come to expect from AVAD and Fujitsu.”

About Fujitsu General America

Fujitsu General America is a subsidiary of Fujitsu General Limited, headquartered in Kawasaki, Japan. Founded in 1936, Fujitsu General is the worldwide leader in the development of plasma display monitors and has been the front-runner in the commercialization of plasma display technology.

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About AVAD

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 21 locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA’s Installer Level I Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers’ businesses and profits.

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 Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H-P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D-Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, 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.

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For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 484-3221 or

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