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AVAD Tapped to Sponsor 2007

America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics chosen to host
CEDIA training and certification events across the United States

Van Nuys, Calif. — September 14, 2006 — In keeping with its corporate mission of educating electronic systems contractors nationwide, AVAD, America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, is teaming up with the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) to provide a full year of CEDIA education and certification opportunities in 2007. AVAD was asked by CEDIA to host the courses because of AVAD’s long-held commitment to dealer and installer education, ample locations across the United States and high-tech classroom facilities.

Sponsored by AVAD, the training events include several two-day Electronic System Designer Boot Camp Workshops, several 1-day Intensive Home Theater Acoustics Workshops and many CEDIA Installer I and Installer II certification reviews.

“AVAD is committed to providing education to installers,” said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. “In 2006, AVAD offered over 450 online and classroom trainings to our integrators in cities across the United States and we expect to surpass that number for 2007. Additionally, we’re also dedicated to supporting CEDIA educational and certification classes — as evident from the large variety and number of CEDIA events sponsored by AVAD in the coming year.”

The Installer Level I, Installer Level II and Designer credentials are awarded for a 36 month period. Being CEDIA-Certified strengthens a dealer’s professional credibility and ability to provide the quality services today’s customers expect. AVAD has long been a supporter of encouraging the company’s large dealer base to become CEDIA-certified.

CEDIA Electronic Systems Designer Boot Camp

April 10-11, 2007 AVAD Atlanta, Ga. Exam: April 12
May 15-16, 2007 AVAD Dallas, Texas Exam: May 17
October 4-5, 2007 AVAD Van Nuys, Calif. Exam: October 6

CEDIA Anthony Grimani’s Intensive Home Theater Acoustics Workshop

July 11, 2007 AVAD Elk Grove Village, Ill.
December 5, 2007 AVAD San Jose, Calif.

CEDIA Installer I and Installer II Review and Certification Exams

January 16 AVAD Irvine, Calif. Installer I
January 18-19 AVAD Westminster, Colo. Installer II
January 25-26 AVAD St. Louis, Mo. Installer II
February 5 AVAD Tampa, Fla. Installer I
March 6 AVAD Livermore, Calif. Installer I
March 8 AVAD San Diego, Calif. Installer I
June 21 -22 AVAD Scottsdale, Ariz. Installer II
July 9-10 AVAD Elk Grove Village, Ill. Installer II
August 7-8 AVAD Westbury, N.Y. Installer II
October 2 AVAD Beaverton, Ore. Installer I
October 23 AVAD Orlando, Fla. Installer I
October 25 AVAD Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Installer I
October 30-31 AVAD Philadelphia, Pa. Installer II
November 1-2 AVAD Gaithersburg, Md. Installer II
December 4 AVAD Van Nuys, Calif. Installer I
December 6 AVAD San Jose, Calif. Installer I

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 31 + 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 9,000+ dealer corps with homebuilders across the United States to outfit new homes with in-demand, cutting-edge electronic systems.

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AVAD is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evident by AVAD University’s over 450 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year.

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


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 electronic systems contractors 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

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