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DBL Raises Over $215,000 for Charity
May 30, 2006

DBL Distributing’s sixth annual Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner Gala, held early this month, generated proceeds of more than $215,000 for charities in its home area of Phoenix. Receiving $100,000 each will be The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Phoenix and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. The remaining $15,000-plus will be distributed to other charities in the area. The annual event has raised over $750,000 to date.

Cimax/VIG: AMX Suit “Frivolous,” “Obvious Smear Tactic”
May 15, 2006

The rhetoric intensified in a legal dispute between AMX and former partners in the multi-dwelling unit (MDU) space, as the accused parties vehemently denied any wrongdoing and fired their own allegations back at AMX. A week and half ago, AMX sued rival Crestron’s newly exclusive MDU partners, Cimax USA and Vertical Integration Group (VIG), among other parties, for racketeering, conspiracy, fraud and theft of trade secrets. The federal lawsuit claims “interference with AMX business and breaches of fiduciary duties.” AMX filed suit “based on various fraudulent acts and to enjoin the defendants from disclosing AMX trade secrets,” the company said. The suit is the end result

CEA Lends a Guiding Hand
June 1, 2005

New standards and guidelines for multi-room audio, connectivity and amplifiers By Ron Goldberg As CE products and technologies continue to grow more complex, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has been running at breakneck pace to maintain a semblance of order and unity. While its most visible information and training efforts have been aimed at the consumer side, vital technical standards and guidelines are being created for the industry's back end. Some of CEA's latest endeavors are of particular interest to custom installers and C-tailers, and another new initiative that's just getting off the ground will soon make its mark. COLOR CODING STANDARD

Hot for Teacher
April 1, 2005

Bedrock Learning moves into the custom install sector By Mike Llewellyn Incorporated in late 2004, Bedrock Learning is very much a newbie in the custom installation field. The training company, which focuses on the foundations of residential systems installation, is the product of a collaboration between CEDIA member and home automation industry veteran Helen Heneveld and a veteran from the educational publishing field named Gareth Hancock. Heneveld has been doing installations for 15 years, and is a member of the Consumer Electronics Association's TechHome board, as well as that organization's Education Subcommittee. Hancock, who has done his time at McGraw-Hill and has focused especially

The Head of the Class CEDIA's University Program Introduces Tra
March 1, 2005

As part of its strategy to define itself as the touchstone of custom installation training and certifications, the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) has announced the development and implementation of a Electronic Systems Technician (EST) core curriculum. Couched within the "CEDIA University" program (what the association calls "an institution of learning that provides facilities for teaching and education and furthers the knowledge and professional skills of members and students"), the new core curriculum is designed to connect CEDIA membership with custom installation experts. CEDIA University is currently building the first 30 courses, and expects to have the entire curriculum in place for

EHX Show Considers Custom Retailer
February 8, 2005

Digital entertainment and tech style converge with traditional connected home topics, such as home automation, home networking and multi-room audio/video, to headline the Electronic House Expo (EHX) Spring 2005 conference program. The EHX Spring 2005 conference and expo, produced by EH Events and Education and sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) TechHome division, will be held February 22 through 26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. "EHX keeps its 8,000-plus attendees up to date with the latest trends, strategies and analysis of our rapidly evolving industry," explains Karen Chupka, vice president events and conferences at CEA. "EHX

Petra Industries Evolves With Its Market
January 1, 2005

These days, starting a business often involves incorporating concepts like "exit strategies" and "acceptable losses" into the very foundation of the company—often before it even begins to function. Risks are assessed and profits are projected on tight schedules with little flexibility or room for error. The company's actual mission sometimes seems to be only of secondary concern, and this unflinching, often harsh formula has led to the rapid creation and destruction of many businesses—frequently within their first year of operation. But things were a little different 18 years ago. In the late '80s, it was still possible to build a company from the ground