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AVAD Sponsors 2005 CEDIA Regional Education

Ft. Lauderdale, FL — March 22, 2005 — AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom electronic home systems, is pleased to announce its support of CEDIA 2005 Regional Education. In keeping with its corporate mission of educating and training its dealer corps, AVAD is glad to partner with CEDIA in backing regional training and certification.

Since its inception, AVAD has been a strong advocate of education and certification that strengthens a dealer’s professional credibility and ability to provide the quality of services today’s customers expect. With the establishment of AVAD University, AVAD dealers have convenient and localized access to numerous training opportunities. AVAD U offers convenient on-site manufacturer training sessions through all AVAD locations nationwide. In addition, CEDIA Installer Level I and Installer Level II preparation courses and examinations are offered through AVAD’s twenty six locations. Understanding the needs of its dealers, AVAD also offers online manufacturer product training through its web seminar courses.

“We are very proud to be a contributor to CEDIA Regional Education,” said Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD LLC. “CEDIA training has become a benchmark in our industry, and as homebuyers become more and more knowledgeable about home technology, reliable installers need to satisfy their demand. In fact, manufacturer training and CEDIA Certification are mandatory for electronic systems contractors who join our Dealer to Builder (D2B) program. D2B has been designed to match professional custom installation specialists with homebuilders nationwide to fill the demand of technology in new homes.`

CEDIA has put together a comprehensive and powerful 2005 CEDIA University Regional Education program, which offers attendees the finest selection of highly rated CEDIA courses, comprehensive manufacturer product training, and CEDIA Certification review and exams. Manufacturer training is available in static and active product training sessions. During Static Manufacturer Product Training, manufacturers offer focused training on their product and their product alone, while during Active Product Training several manufacturers come together to offer hands-on training combined with one or more dynamic, active systems. Static and Active Manufacturer Training Sessions are free and count toward CEDIA Certification CEU credits.

The following AVAD partners are offering manufacturer product training sessions at the CEDIA Regionals: Atlantic Technology, Fujitsu General America, Lutron, NetStreams, Panamax, Philips and Polk Audio.

CEDIA University Regional 2005 Locations:

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15-19)
Crowne Plaza San Francisco -Mid Peninsula
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, California 94404

STAMFORD (May 14-18)
Stamford Marriott
Two Stamford Forum
Stamford, Connecticut 06901

CEDIA is also offering Regional Education in Mexico and Canada:

CEDIA Mexico Regional
March 4–6, 2005
Queretero, Mexico

CEDIA Canada Regional
June 3-7, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

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For a complete list of 2005 CEDIA Regional Education seminars, courses, certification and exam schedules, manufacturer product training sessions, and registration information, please visit http://www.cedia.net/education/regional_education.php.

About CEDIA

CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,000 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. CEDIA members include Residential Electronics Systems Professionals who have emerged as the “fourth contractor” in the building and remodeling industries alongside electrical, plumbing and HVAC professionals. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s Web site at www.cedia.org.

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
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 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 www.avad.com or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 922-AVAD or joep@avad.com.

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