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Readers of this publication are well aware of the economic, social, political and environmental factors at play in shaping the character of the custom installation discipline in the American market—and of how changes both subtle and violent demand a delicate balance of well-considered pre-planning and rapid reaction, depending on what can and cannot be predicted. The best custom integrators plot their strategies based on personal experience, what they read about in the trades and over the Web, and what they hear during buying group and other peer networking opportunities at industry shows. What they may not know is that there is a

The sixth annual week-long Home Theater Cruise, which took place this year in the Caribbean, unites home theater enthusiasts, manufacturers and technology experts for debate, discussion and fun. This year, the cruise’s farewell party and live auction benefited the Elf Foundation, a non-profit charity that “brings the magic of music and film to sick children,” to the delightful tune of more than $75,000. The contributors included Runco International, Yamaha Electronics, Stewart Filmscreen, Monster Cable, Primare, Triad, Microsoft, Sencore, Equi-Tech, Imaging Science Foundation, Design Cinema Privee, VizionWare, Datacolor, Niles Audio, and Anchor’s Away Cruise Center. Included among the auction items were an evening with jazz vocalist Nicole

A 10,000-square-foot Miami showroom serves as the springboard for a growing international home automation business By Joe Paone Many C-tailers and custom installers operate boutique showrooms and home theater demo rooms. Some operate strictly on referrals. Not many operate a gigantic 10,000-square-foot home automation and design showroom like Homevision does. Situated in North Miami Beach, Fla., Homevision opened its doors in May, billing itself as "the world's largest and most unique showroom of technology and design." The facility is the brainchild of Jordi Verite, founder of Verite Distributors Group, which for 21 years has distributed consumer electronics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. On

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