Distributor Ui Supplies' Trade Show Draws 300
PowerHouse Alliance member Ui Supplies, which distributes consumer and specialty electronics within the Metro New York/Tristate area, drew more than 300 dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and other industry affiliates to its annual trade show July 26.
The event was held at the company’s new headquarters/flagship warehouse and training facility in Plainview, N.Y., which also houses offices and a self-shop location for Ui Supplies.
The BBQ Bash and Trade Show provided attendees a venue to network and share industry knowledge and trends, receive one-day-only discounts, and learn about the hottest new products through a series of interactive demos.
“We are over the moon about the turnout,” said Matthew Weil, CEO of Ui Supplies, regarding the support for the event, held for the first time in its six-year history at the new facility. “The support was over the top from both our customers and vendors.”
Interactive demos included a theater room with HEOS audio zones and JVC versus Sony projector shootout, a Dolby Atmos room featuring Fortress seating, Yamaha components, KEF speakers and LG’s 77-inch OLED Wallpaper TV. Peerless-AV displayed an interactive digital kiosk, and other demos included WyreStorm, BrightSign and LG ThinQ. The PowerHouse Alliance’s new A2V line of products was also featured throughout the Ui Supplies kitchen. And a Vanco “man cave” decked out with a ping pong table, video game area, and full Vanco brands was set up for the event. The Vanco cave resonated so well with attendees that Ui Supplies decided to keep it up and running at the facility after the event.
“This year we represented over 60 audio, video, security and home control manufacturers at the event in Long Island and dealers were absolutely loving the vendor interaction and quantity and quality of new product demonstrations,” said Alan Malowitz, Ui Supplies executive vice president.
Raffle prizes included Yankees tickets, a Hikvision IP Camera, the LG Wallpaper TV and more. Ui Supplies customers also took part in on-site training sessions including Cleerline Fiber termination lessons from Eric Bodley, Sonnen renewable energy storage training, and a session on how to expand into the lighting sector.
“Ui Supplies did a fantastic job renovating the new Plainview location… Their attention to detail in all aspects of their business including every single dealer purchase is second to none,” said Dennis Holzer, executive director of the PowerHouse Alliance.