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AVAD Teams Up with Samsung for D2B Model Home Program

America’s Leading Distributor of Custom Home Electronics Partners with Samsung to Install LCD, Plasma and other Flat Panel TVs in Model Homes across the United States

Van Nuys, Calif. — December 04, 2006 — AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, announced today that the company has collaborated with Samsung to install $40,000 worth of LCD, Plasma and Rear-Projection Flat-Panel Televisions in model homes across the United States, as part of AVAD’s D2B (Dealer to Builder) Program, which links electronic system contractors (ESCs) with builders to meet the growing demand for home electronics and lifestyle amenities in new homes.

“We are thrilled to team up with Samsung,” said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. “Our relationship allows builders and consumers to experience Samsung’s latest innovations up close and personal, as only AVAD can provide.”

To best illustrate the benefits of home technology to prospective home buyers, the D2B Program installs a variety of home electronics and lifestyle amenities in the model homes of D2B Building Projects. This aids builders in the sales process and makes home technology an accessible amenity that can be chosen by consumers just like countertops, carpet or tile and easily repeated throughout the scope of a development.

“By working with AVAD, we can combine superior products with leadership in custom installation to provide consumers with some of the most sophisticated home theatre systems available,” said John Affriol Samsung Director of Sales. “Our relationship with AVAD is a clear example of Samsung’s commitment to the custom installation market.”

In addition to Samsung, other companies participating in AVAD D2B Model Home Building Projects include Dirt Devil, Bose and Lutron.

The D2B Program was established to bring builders, home buyers and Electronic Systems Contractors (ESCs) together to meet the exploding consumer demand for home entertainment systems, electronics and other lifestyle amenities. The program strives to simplify the installation of such systems so they are easy to use, reliable and profitable for the builder and convenient for the homeowner.

AVAD D2B Electronic System Contractors are carefully screened and selected for capabilities and skills that will allow them to meet the demands of the building market. They are provided extensive D2B training and education. All of AVAD’s Electronic Systems Contractors receive certification in systems integration — ensuring that the company’s installers and integrators are the most knowledgeable and highly trained professionals in the industry.

Armed with the training, expertise and access to the best brands on the market, AVAD’s D2B program ensures homebuilders receive cost-effective, performance-enhancing design and integration. The program also allows builders to differentiate their homes with technology, so they stand out among the masses — a crucial element in today’s challenging real estate market.

In Brief: Release Summary

· AVAD, America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, announces its collaboration with Samsung to install LCD, plasma and rear-projection televisions in D2B Model Homes across the U.S.

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· AVAD’s D2B Program links builders with electronic system contractors to install home entertainment systems in dwellings across the United States.

· To best illustrate the benefits of home technology to potential home buyers, the D2B Program installs a variety of home electronics and lifestyle amenities in model homes.

· In addition to Samsung, other companies participating in AVAD D2B Model Home Building Projects include Dirt Devil, Bose and Lutron.


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 brands and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home electronic systems solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more. AVAD also provides just-in-time delivery from each of its 37 locations nationwide.

AVAD is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evidenced by AVAD University’s over 450 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year. By partnering with CEDIA for key industry training courses such as Installer Level I and II Certification, Designer Boot Camps and Home Theater Workshops, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to the betterment of the industry and the dealer’s bottom line.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links highly-trained and qualified members of its 9,000+ 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, Goo System-Visual Reality, Inc., 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 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.

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About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics, information systems and home appliance products. The SEA organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc.

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About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5 billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 90 offices in 51 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs.

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