HTSA Gains Two New Members
The membership of the Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA) buying group now stands at 59 with the addition of Elite Custom Audio Video of Montclair, Calif., and Tune Street of Great Barrington, Mass.
Elite shares its building with a specialty high-end truck and car customizing shop; Owner John Gilmore believes the customer crossover that results is good for both companies. Elite handles brands such as Runco, Integra, B&W and McIntosh; its showroom features a mix of theaters and vignettes.
Tune Street Owner John Conlin, in business since 1993, serves homes and businesses in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut. The firm employs 15 and handles brands such as McIntosh, B&W, Fujitsu and Crestron.
Both Elite and Tune Street opened up shop in 1993.
“We have added two Johns who each started their businesses in 1993 and both have the same business philosophy and target the same demographic customer,” said HTSA Executive Director Richard Glikes. “John Conlin of Tune Street went after the upper-crust customer with high-end brands and unrelenting focus on customer service. The John Gilmore mantra is, ‘We can do anything you can imagine and with great brands.’ ‘Doing anything’ includes John personally winning the ‘longest amp throw’ at CEDIA for three years in a row.”