Glikes Starting New Buying Group
Richard Glikes, who recent departed his position as executive director of HTSA, announced Thursday that he is establishing a new buying group called Azione Unlimited. The new group, which will become "fully operational" by early next year, will target midsize custom retailers and integrators, Glikes said in an email to reporters.
The group will be headquartered in West Chester, Pa.
Glikes listed four goals for the new buying group: Provide an ongoing dialogue and platforms on ideas, interaction and execution excellence; Create a cohesive national network of leading-edge entrepreneurs; Deliver exceptional profits to members to ensure their long-term success and foster focused support for vendor members and dealer members.
Azione plans to consist of 250 non-competing dealer members nationwide and 32 vendor members, Glikes said.
"We are not in competition with HTSA," Glikes said in the statement. "They have their niche and we have ours. We are looking for dealers who are not in a group or who find the programs, services, and marketing of their existing group lacking in substance.