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LiteTouch and Aprilaire Sign On as Latest Sponsors for ELAN TechWeek 2008

LEXINGTON, KY – ELAN Home Systems, a leading manufacturer of award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems, announced today that LiteTouch, a leading company in the home automation and lighting control industry, and Aprilaire, an industry leader in developing and manufacturing quality HVAC solutions and products, will join the Tech Week 2008 event. The announcement was made today by Paul Starkey, ELAN’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

LiteTouch and Aprilaire, join an already impressive group of Sponsors including Tech Week 2008’s VIP Headline Sponsors, Lutron and Middle Atlantic Products, as well as Media Sponsors, EH Publishing and Mendelsohn Media.

“It’s awesome to be able to welcome Tech Week veteran sponsor Aprilaire back to this year’s event as well as first-time Tech Week participant LiteTouch. Both companies’ participation, along with our Headline Sponsors’, Lutron and Middle Atlantic, will guarantee that this year’s event will prove to be the most dynamic technical learning experience we’ve offered to date,” stated Mr. Starkey.

“We greatly value the up-close and personal access to the country’s top Technicians and Installers that this remarkable event offers us, and look forward to it every time,” said Santino Piazza, Home Automation Sales Manager for Aprilaire. “Tech Week is the perfect setting to show how seamlessly our products work within the Whole House framework and the solid integration we have engineered with ELAN products.”

“Having participated with great success in ELAN’s TRIO event last year, we were eager to join Tech Week as a Sponsor. We see it as an opportunity to get one-on-one with these folks and really see what more we can be doing together,” said Angie Larson, VP of Sales and Marketing for LiteTouch. “We are thrilled to once again be a part of one of the industry’s most relevant events and to have the opportunity to further present our products to ELAN and its sister companies’ Dealers in such an exciting, focused environment.”

ELAN’s award-winning Tech Week has grown into the industry’s most elite educational event and, this year, will bring together more than 300 top ELAN, HomeLogic and Sunfire Dealers, VIA! Integration Partners and Media Representatives from May 13th through 16th at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, Kentucky. Undoubtedly the industry’s most intensive bi-annual technical training event, ELAN Tech Week has been specifically designed for the benefit of the companies’ Technicians, Installers, and Programmers.

Tech Week was uniquely developed to provide three different level of hands-on and classroom training. Each level will feature separate key points of focus pertaining to the individual attendee’s experience level in order to help optimize learning for all. Working directly with ELAN, HomeLogic, Sunfire and ELAN’s Sponsors and Integration Partners, attendees will learn about new products and technologies and provide feedback on them. As an added bonus, attendees will be eligible to receive six CEDIA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for successful completion of the three day training event.

As part of their Sponsorships, Aprilaire and LiteTouch will offer demonstrations on integration of their products with ELAN, HomeLogic and Sunfire products. This will provide Dealers with the opportunity to see how these manufacturers are working hand-in-hand with ELAN in order to simplify product integration and their installations. In addition, Sponsors will have the opportunity to meet with the Dealers one-on-one, be part of Tech Week marketing efforts, and participate in Installer discussions.

Tech Week adds to ELAN’s broad spectrum of industry-benchmark training offerings. Today, Dealers may choose exactly what is best for them from a wide array of multi-faceted options including ELAN’s West Coast trainings in Carlsbad, CA, ELAN and Sunfire University, weekly national in-field trainings, trade show trainings, distribution trainings, ELAN’s regular twice-monthly headquarter trainings, Marblehead MA HomeLogic training, and Tech Week. These options combined, create a powerful training lineup unlike any other specialty company in the business has to offer. Additionally, all programs offer certification, so that Dealers have the means to be the best they can be with ELAN.

For additional details regarding becoming a Tech Week VIP Sponsor, ELAN integration partners are invited to call Cindy Haley at 859 422-7175 or Cat Fowler, ELAN’s VP of Marketing, Inside Sales and Technical Services, at 859-422-7161. A very limited number of additional sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About Aprilaire:
Aprilaire humidifiers were introduced in 1954 as the first evaporative, flow-through-design humidifiers. Since then, the company has added the Aprilaire Automatic Humidifier, Aprilaire High Efficiency Air Cleaner, Aprilaire Zone Control System, Aprilaire Electronic Thermostats, Aprilaire Dehumidifiers and Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator to continue its dedication to both quality manufacturing and more breathable, more healthful air. Aprilaire’s commitment includes ongoing programs of testing, engineering, research, product refinement, and practical experience. As a leader in the HVAC industry, the company is able to work closely with industry associations like ARI and ASHRAE. These affiliations allow Aprilaire to remain on top of industry standards and testing procedures. As a result, the company is proud to give consumers its assurances of superior quality and selection for indoor air products that help them stay comfortable. These products are conveniently sold by local heating and air-conditioning contractors throughout North America. For additional information, please visit

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About LiteTouch, Inc.:
LiteTouch lighting control products offer real-world benefits, including convenience, security, time-savings, safety, energy conservation, and design aesthetics. “Experience Lighting Control,” an online tour detailing many of these benefits, is available at Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, LiteTouch’s products are available through an extensive network of representatives, authorized dealers and distributors.

About ELAN Home Systems:
ELAN Home Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems. Based in Lexington, KY, the company’s systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” experience. The company’s unique products provide complete lifestyle, feature-rich solutions, yet can be configured to fit the specific needs of every homeowner. ELAN products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit

ELAN is a trademark of ELAN Home Systems, LLC, Lexington, Kentucky. VIA! is a registered trademark of ELAN Home Systems, LLC. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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ELAN’s President and Chief Technology Officer, Bob Farinelli, is available for interviews and desk side briefings regarding Tech Week. He is also available to provide expert quotes and bylined articles upon request. To schedule an interview or discuss article options contact Steven Style at 212-465-1290 or

Press Contacts:
Cat Fowler
ELAN Home Systems
Lexington, KY
t) 859-269-7760
f) 859-268-2132

Steven Style
The Steven Style Group
New York, NY
t) 212-465-1290
f) 212-465-1299

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