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Runco Honors Top Dealers of 2005 at Their Annual Mexico Getaway

The culmination of an unprecedented sales year is celebrated ocean side by Runco dealers, sales reps and staff as they participate in roundtables, preview new products and network with industry associates.

Union City, CA — May 1, 2006 — Runco International, Inc., the world leader in high-end video display and technology, held its annual Mexico Getaway in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Graciously hosted by Sam and Lori Runco at the Melia Cabo Real Resort, the Runco staff was joined by award-winning dealers, Runco sales representatives, members of the press, industry affiliates, and respective family members for a week-long event.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring our valued dealers, reps, staff, industry friends, and families together for this highly-anticipated event,” stated Sam Runco, founder and CEO of Runco International. “Building on the excitement and hard-work of our dealers, this Getaway is the celebration of our sales achievement as attained by the top 7% of our dealers and the people who continuously provide unwavering support for Runco.”

Runco also used the event to discuss trends in video, unveil new products and preview product demonstrations, as well as provide dealers and reps a sneak peek at what’s coming later in 2006 from the company. This year, one of the hot topics at the roundtables included Runco’s exclusive patent-pending CineWide technology which uses electronic processing to stretch a movie image vertically and an anamorphic lens to stretch it horizontally to fill a 2.35:1 screen to reproduce a picture in its original Super Widescreen Cinemascope format. Runco also held the first ever demo of 1080p with CineWide on the prototype Runco RS-1100 1080p single-chip DLP projector. They also showcased two additional 1080p projectors which are expected to be shipping by CEDIA.

On Saturday evening, April 23, Runco held its beach-side Gala Award Dinner. Honoring the top sales performances throughout 2005, award-winners were recognized in the following categories:

2005 Chairman’s Club (single location over $500K/year): Genesis Audio & Video (Irvine, CA)

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International Distributor of the Year: Gecko Inc. Ltd. (Surrey, UK)

New Dealer of the Year: Crescendo Designs (Southampton, NY)

Dealer of the Year, Single Location: Genesis Audio & Video (Irvine, CA)

Dealer of the Year 2-5 Locations: Definitive Audio (Seattle, WA)

Dealer of the Year More than 5 Locations: Harvey Electronics (New York, NY)

Top Canadian Dealer: Discreet Systems Design Inc. (Montreal, QC)

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Outstanding Sales Achievements:
Single Location The Home Theater Store & Design Center (San Diego, CA)
Single Location Elite Custom A/V Installation (Montclair, CA)
Single Location Aurant (Salt Lake City, UT)
Single Location The Little Guys (Glenwood, IL)
Single Location Future Home (Los Angeles, CA)
Single Location Overture (Wilmington, Delaware)
Single Location Electronics Design Group (Piscataway, NJ)
2-5 Locations World Wide Stereo (Montgomeryville, PA)
2-5 Locations Thul Electronics, Inc. (Avon, CO)
2-5 Locations Advanced Audio Design (Sarasota, FL)

Increase Over Prior Year, Single Location: Stuarts Audio Inc. (Westfield, NJ)
Starr Systems Design (Baltimore, MD)
Big Boss Productions (Henderson, NV)
Canadian Sound (Oakville, Ontario)

Regional Winners: Lights Camera Action (Ridgefield, CT)
NuSystems, Inc. (Gardenerville, NV)
Audio Advice (Raleigh, NC)
The Sound Room II, Inc. (Chesterfield, MO)
Premier Audio Inc. (Edmonton, AB, Canada)
M. Alan Associates (Cincinnati, OH)
Goosebumps (McMurray, PA)
Listen Up, (Denver, CO)

Mexican Standoff Single Location — Top 4: Hometronics – Ardent Marketing
Salem Sound Center Inc. – Future Sales Group
Cyber Sound & Security Inc. – MK Marketing
Sound by Singer – Big Apple Audio

Mexican Standoff Multiple Locations — Top 2: Audio One — C & E Marketing
Gramophone LTD — The Nutech Group

Now in its eleventh year, the 2006 Getaway provides a platform for dealers, press, and Runco representatives to engage in open roundtable discussions, share invaluable feedback and collaboratively strategize for the coming year. Followed by a Wine Tasting, Egg Toss/Potato Sack Race, Belly Flop Contest, Talent Show, and an Annual Golf Tournament all attendees are encouraged to participate in a plethora of family-fun activities that round out the daily schedule.

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All smiles, and with a warmth that truly reaches out, Sam concluded the events with this in his speech, “Every year we look at this event as a way to reward those who work so hard for Runco. But as great as it is to spend time with our dealers and reps, the Runco Getaway also allows us to spend time with their families. Every year Lori and I marvel at how the kids have grown, how these incredible friendships are formed, and how well everyone just gets along. This event has taken on a life of its own, and it is the participation from everyone here that makes it so special.”

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Founded in 1987 and currently headquartered in Union City, California, Runco International, Inc. is a market leader in state-of-the-art projection systems, flat-panel plasma monitors, video processors and other components for the consumer market. Runco’s innovations have won numerous awards and citations from the world press. Runco was the first company to introduce and market a line doubler with a multi-frequency projector in 1990 and also introduced the first multiple-aspect-ratio controller, the ARC-IV, to the Home Theater market. Recently, both of these features have become essential for the new digital high definition capable televisions.

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