May 20, 2011 — SpeakerCraft, Monster, Lutron and D-Tools today announced a joint venture – the 2011 “Power of Four Summer Tour” – designed to provide custom electronics professionals with post-recession tips and techniques for changing and growing their businesses.
The free, four-city tour kicks off July 19th.
Each session includes a keynote presentation by Tim Costello, Chairman and CEO of both BDX, Inc. and of Builder Homesite. Interactive networking sessions and manufacturer presentations will include discussions with Jeremy Burkhardt, CEO of SpeakerCraft, Noel Lee, CEO of Monster, Jeff Zemanek, director of new business development at Lutron and Seth Rubenstein, international sales at D-Tools. The full-day sessions, which run 9am-5:30pm, are being offered free of charge.
“SpeakerCraft pioneered education not focused on product for this industry,” said Burkhardt. “To have amazing companies like Monster, Lutron and D-Tools join our education philosophy as a team is really rad. Dealers will make more profit and success by joining us.”
The Power of Four Summer Tour will focus on helping dealers cope with the “new normal.” Sessions will focus on identifying and taking advantage of some key opportunities for growth, including:
- Booming toward Retirement – There are 100 million baby boomers approaching retirement. What are the opportunities to help them enjoy it?
- The Green Home Movement – Energy costs are rising. How can you help homeowners control them?
- Selling to Gen Y and Minorities – Every demographic has their own special language. Learn how to effectively speak to them and respect their differences
- Expanding Horizons – There is new wealth in emerging countries. We’ll help you understand these new demographics and learn how to ride the next wave.
“We are psyched to work with this great group of manufacturers and take our message of efficiency and adaptability to dealers across the country,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Our industry continues to evolve and we as a group want to help ensure that our customers better understand what it is going to take to survive and thrive.”
“Taking care of the customer is at the core of what we do,” said Zemanek. “Helping dealers uncover new opportunities to reshape their businesses is a step in the right direction for everyone.”
The Power of Four Summer Tour includes four US dates:
- July 19 – Hyatt Regency DFW in Dallas, TX
- July 21 – Lutron Experience Center in Irvine, CA
- July 26 – Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck, NJ
- July 28 – Intercontinental at Doral in Miami, FL
Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Visit www.p4summertour.com to register, or for more information.
About SpeakerCraft (www.speakercraft.com)
SpeakerCraft, established in 1976, devoted itself for more than a decade to the design and development of architectural loudspeakers and became known as the prime OEM for many well-known, in-wall speaker brands in the field. In marketing its own brand, now one of the widest lines of architectural speakers and electronics in the industry, SpeakerCraft brings with it years of experience and a dedication to dealer satisfaction.
About Monster (www.monstercable.com)
Monster was founded by Head Monster Noel Lee with a commitment to creating products under the Monster Cable® brand to literally “make music sound better.” Today, Monster has grown and diversified to become the world’s leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions for high-performance audio, video, car audio, computer, console and computer gaming, as well as a leading innovator in the field of iPod®, iPhone™ and iPad™ accessories and professional audio and sound reinforcement. As part of its commitment to improving the music listening experience, Monster worked with Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine to create the Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ headphone line, including the Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphones. The company is also continuing to innovate with its own line of Monster brand headphones, including “Turbine Pro™ In-Ear Speakers™,” the first in-ear headphones geared for use by music professionals and audiophiles. Additionally, under its Monster Power® brand, the company is the leading manufacturer of high-performance AC power line conditioning and protection products for audio/video systems.
About Lutron Electronics (www.lutron.com)
Lutron Electronics, headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, designs and manufactures energy-saving lighting controls, automated window treatments and appliance modules for both residential and commercial applications. Its innovative, intuitive products can be used to control everything from a single light, to every light, shade and even stand-by power in a home or commercial building. Lutron products make any space more versatile, while enhancing ambiance, comfort and productivity. They also save energy and make light bulbs last longer, making them an eco-friendly addition to the home and workplace. Founded in 1961, Lutron estimates that the installed base of its products saves the nation nearly 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year. Lutron manufactures more than 16,000 energy-saving products, sold in more than 100 countries around the world.
About D-Tools, Inc. (www.dtools.com)
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 2,000 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is the recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence Award (2004, 2005, 2006), National Systems Contractors Association and Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award (2004, 2005) and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.
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Senior Residential Public Relations Manager
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.