Screen Innovations Bolsters Screen and Shade Business with Appointment of Kim Parker as COO 

Kim ParkerFormer Snap One executive Kim Parker implements new sales, marketing, and R&D strategies to leverage SI’s screen and shade presence throughout residential and commercial AV and window covering channels. 

AUSTIN, TX (May 18, 2022) — There’s no question, the demand for motorized window coverings and projection screens is skyrocketing. Still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers continue to seek ways to make their home and work environments more entertaining, productive, and comfortable. Smart, stylish shades and screens hold the key. Market analysts are bullish on the trend, too; Global Industry Analysts Inc. forecasts the global blinds and shades market to reach $11.8 Billion by 2026 and a report by MarketWatch anticipates the global projection screen market to rise at a considerable rate (2% CAGR) between 2021 and 2025.

Screen Innovations is taking decisive and deliberate steps to grab a slice of this pie, most recently with the appointment of Kim Parker as SI’s new COO. Formerly Snap One Vice President of Sales, Specialty Channels, Parker has the skills and passion to strengthen and advance SI’s screen and shade business with dynamic sales and marketing, product development, and service and support initiatives. Drawing from more than twenty-five years of experience building and implementing successful business plans for a wide range of companies within the custom integration industry, Parker will spearhead programs focused on building a larger presence for SI within AV, systems integration, window covering, and other residential and commercial channels. 

From our beginnings as a garage start-up in Austin, Texas, we’ve established ourselves as a premier manufacturer of technologically advanced, design-forward screen and shade solutions in the systems integration community. It’s time to press forward, expanding opportunities and scale for our dealers,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “The projection screen and window covering markets continue to grow at record rates; we feel have the right products and ideas to make a huge impact, and now, with Kim leading the charge, we have the right person in place to bring our screen and shade visions to fruition.” 

Kim Parker Reaffirms SI as a Trend-Setter in Shade and Screen
A self-proclaimed fan of SI for years, Parker has kept a close eye on the company’s progression during his 13-year tenure at Control4 and Snap One. “I was blown away by SI’s Black Diamond screen material the first time I witnessed it while touring the manufacturing facility years ago, and even encouraged our dealers to check it out,” Parker enthuses. “As SI evolved into shades, I saw a remarkable business opportunity and felt compelled to help them scale their business model to meet the incredible market demand, just as I had with Control4, Snap One, and other companies in the past. 

“SI is already known as the irrefutable trendsetter in the projection screen industry, and they’re on the same trajectory for shade. I’m thrilled to be on board to accelerate that momentum by expanding SI’s sales channels into new markets, improving our product development and manufacturing processes, refining our marketing strategies, and strengthening our dealer support.”

As SI’s new COO, Parker will be involved in every facet of the SI business, from product development, sales, and marketing to dealer support, training, and education. “Our success hinges directly on our dealers’ successes,” Parker continues. “It’s a key tenant of SI that involves an entire chain of deliverables that we’ll be addressing— even down to purchase orders and documentation— we’ll be making it simpler, more streamlined, and more accessible as part of our overall business-building objective.”

With Parker at the helm, SI is poised to build and broaden its shade and screen business through problem-solving, aesthetically appealing products, extensive training and education, and opportunities to work collaboratively with architects, designers, and window covering specialists. “Kim understands that SI is only as successful as its dealers, and is committed to providing them with all the tools necessary to make shade a bigger, more profitable part of their business,” Gustafson says. 

For more information about SI’s growing portfolio of shade solutions visit https://www.screeninnovations.com/shade/overview/. Information about SI’s innovative projection screen materials and motorized cassettes can be found at https://www.screeninnovations.com/screen/overview/.

About Screen Innovations
Innovative shades & projection screens, making life beautiful, convenient & fun
Dedicated to developing the most innovative and design-forward projection screens, window covering, and outdoor shading and screen solutions for home and corporate environments, Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds every product it sells in its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Always putting the customer first, SI listens, learns, and delivers a wide variety of design-forward products, services, and online tools. Committed to doing its part to limit the company’s impact on the environment, SI follows LEAN manufacturing principles and monitors production processes closely to minimize waste wherever possible. For more information about SI please visit screeninnovations.com and follow the company on social media platforms Facebook @screen innovations, Twitter @SIScreens, Instagram @siscreens, and LinkedIN screen-innovations.

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Latest Release of D-Tools System Integrator (SI) Software Helps Companies Expedite the Sales Process, Improve Efficiency, and Presents new Integrated Inventory Management Solutions

Latest Release of D-Tools System Integrator (SI) Software Helps Companies Expedite the Sales Process, Improve Efficiency, and Presents new Integrated Inventory Management Solutions

Version 18 of D-Tools’ award-winning SI solution enables sales teams to quickly quote large projects, and reduce inventory levels by actively selling and pulling items from stock through new inventory management integrations with Tracknicity and TRXio

CONCORD, CA and BARCELONA, SPAIN (May 2, 2022) — D-Tools, Inc., the leading provider of core business management software that improves financial results for thousands of system integrators worldwide, announced the availability of System Integrator (SI) version 18. Geared to meet the needs of electronic systems contractors, new capabilities and feature enhancements help companies save time, gain deeper insight into project processes, and improve operating efficiency throughout their business. D-Tools SI v18 will be on display at Integrated Systems Europe, Stand 2P300.

“D-Tools’ mission has always been to help our customers run more profitable businesses through software designed to replicate and expedite their workflow and best practices,” said Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. “The new capabilities in this release were developed in direct response to requests from our users and include significant improvements such as the ability to change product quantities on-the-fly directly in a quote, and manage inventory through advanced integrations with Tracknicity and TRXio. We look forward to helping our customers apply these productivity enhancements to their day-to-day workflow.”

SI v18 offers numerous timesaving and productivity advancements that benefit sales, project management, and service teams, including updates to sales and quoting management, projects, inventory tracking, tasks, service orders, and more. 

Enhancements to SI include:

Sales and Quoting Management

Quantity-based Quoting, ideal for security and structured cabling projects, improves application performance while allowing salespeople to develop a scope and budget for large projects in a fraction of time. Projects now support the ability to manage line items (products, labor, packages, and solutions) by quantity, making it easy to quickly price out a system without designing and assigning locations, systems, etc. Products/items now have a new Purchase Cost field, which improves multi-currency support by enabling users to accurately track the cost for an item in one currency and present the price for that item in a quote in different currency, regardless of currency conversion.

Improved Product Search
The new Find Usages feature is a great asset management tool that provides the ability to search across purchase orders and service orders to identify where products have been installed. This feature is particularly useful in situations where a product has been recalled, requires a firmware update, or is becoming obsolete and should be replaced.

Compare and Sync with Catalog feature for project and catalog items guarantees that project items are up to date and accurate. Simplifying updates to/from the catalog helps users discover and fix potential product issues such as price differences, products that not available in the catalog, unapproved/discontinued items, and other project errors.

Serial Numbers Search provides an historical record of an item’s location and usage on a project—such as on a purchase order receipt, in a task, or on a service order, based on its serial number— solving potential problems and saving time for project management and service teams. 

Inventory Tracking
New Tracknicity and TRXio integrations help integrators manage their inventory, which at the same time ensuring that inventory items, whether pulled from stock or order for a project, are efficiently, seamlessly, and accurately tracked from proposal through being purchased, received, staged, picked, delivered, installed, and serviced, thereby keeping projects on schedule while helping to reduce unnecessary and unwanted inventory buildup and avoid duplicate product purchases.

Scheduling
Summary Tasks and Summary Service Orders group a series of connected events (i.e., installation tasks, service requests) to facilitate resource planning, scheduling, and invoicing.

SI v18 also includes performance enhancements such as faster client report generation on large projects and improved project check-in speed when updating a project.

D-Tools SI v18 will be on display at Integrated Systems Europe, Stand 2P300.

For a more detailed list of enhancements in SI v18, visit https://www.d-tools.com/whats-new-in-system-integrator.

To sign up now for a free, personal online tour, visit http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/. A free 30-day trial of D-Tools can also be downloaded anytime at http://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of electronic systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an audio visual or security system integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and installation and field service management. Today, nearly 7,000 companies in over 90 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability.

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn

Media Contacts

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com 

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D-Tools Broadens its Line of Business Software Solutions to the European Market at Integrated Systems Europe 2022

D-Tools Broadens its Line of Business Software Solutions to the European Market at Integrated Systems Europe 2022

D-Tools announces the release of its award-winning SaaS platform, D-Tools Cloud, for the UK market, enabling UK integrators to expedite proposal generation and project throughput from any web-enabled device, while also demonstrating exciting new capabilities of its flagship System Integrator (SI) solution.

CONCORD, CA and BARCELONA, SPAIN (May 2, 2022) — D-Tools, Inc., the leading provider of core business management software that improves financial results for thousands of system integrators worldwide, will demonstrate its award-winning solutions at Integrated Systems Europe stand 2P300, May 10-13, in Barcelona. 

D-Tools introduces D-Tools Cloud to the UK market in partnership with Pulse Cinemas, a UK-based AV distributor that focuses on home cinema and immersive, engaging experiences for the residential market. Currently serving nearly 1,000 system integrators in North America, D-Tools Cloud is an easy-to-implement cloud-based platform that offers an alternative to system integrators in the region seeking ways to close more business faster and drive increased productivity from any web-enabled device. 

“‘We’re thrilled to be working alongside the D-Tools team to bring this innovative solution to integrators in the UK,” said Kapes Patel, Pulse Cinemas Technical Director. “D-Tools Cloud helps dealers deliver a “best-in-class” experience to their clients. Further, through our partnership, all of Pulse Cinemas’ product lines including dealer-specific pricing will be available to our dealers to ensure accuracy and expediency during the system design and estimating process.”

Customers attest that D-Tools Cloud delivers on the promise to reduce their proposal backlog by expediting the generation and throughput of proposals, allowing them to close business faster and focus on the next opportunity. The platform’s interactive, multimedia proposals and browser-based visual quoting create a collaborative experience with clients, leading to prompt e-sign approval and deposit, and higher close rates. In addition, D-Tools Cloud’s post-sales capabilities such as scheduling, project planning, task management, and time tracking help integrators ensure that jobs are delivered on-time and on-budget. 

D-Tools Cloud will officially be available in the UK by the end of Q2 2022.

D-Tools will also showcase several recent enhancements to its on-premises software solution, System Integrator version 18. Geared to meet the unique needs of electronic systems contractors, new capabilities help companies save time, gain deeper insight into project processes, and improve operating efficiency throughout their business.

Enhancements to SI include:

Sales and Quoting Management

Quantity-based Quoting, ideal for large-scale security and structured cabling projects, improves application performance while allowing salespeople to develop a scope and budget in a fraction of time. Items (i.e. products, labor, packages, and solutions) may now be entered by quantity, without the need to assign location and system type, making it easy to price out and modify system estimates on-the-fly.Products/items now have a new Purchase Cost field, which improves multi-currency support by enabling users to accurately track the cost for an item in one currency and present the price for that item in a quote in different currency, regardless of currency conversion.

Inventory Tracking
New Tracknicity and TRXio integrations help integrators manage their inventory, which at the same time ensures that inventory items, whether pulled from stock or order for a project, are efficiently, seamlessly, and accurately tracked from proposal through being purchased, received, staged, picked, delivered, installed, and serviced, thereby keeping projects on schedule while helping to reduce unnecessary and unwanted inventory buildup and avoid duplicate product purchases.

SI v18 also includes several additional performance enhancements to help boost productivity and achieve healthier bottom-line results.

To request a live demo on the show floor, email the team at sales@d-tools.com and stop by ISE booth 2P300. To learn more about D-Tools software offerings and sign up for free trials, visit www.d-tools.com.  

About D-Tools, Inc. 

D-Tools, Inc. is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and installation and service management. Today, nearly 7,000 companies in over 90 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operating efficiency and increased profitability. 

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

About Pulse Cinemas

Pulse Cinemas is the UK’s only distributor dedicated to home cinema installation, inspiring people to invest in beautiful and engaging cinema spaces since 2003. Our portfolio of exclusive, non-conflicting brands is uniquely handpicked to deliver the world’s most immersive, engaging and satisfying home theatre systems. We offer our network of home cinema installers unrivalled support services to ensure they can deliver a world class experience to their clientele. For more information visit www.pulsecinemas.com.

Media Contacts

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com 

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Leon Speakers Introduces Design-Friendly AV Solutions to ISE 2022 Attendees

Leon Speakers Introduces Design-Friendly AV Solutions to ISE 2022 Attendees

Leon Speakers inspires residential and commercial audiovisual integrators to explore new design-forward solutions that blend performance with modern style in residential and corporate settings.  

Ann Arbor, MI – Breaking barriers in the design and integration of technology into residential and commercial environments, Leon Speakers introduces to ISE 2022 attendees a broad range of functional and beautiful concealment solutions for everything from videoconferencing systems and high-def displays to custom loudspeakers. Leon’s ISE 2022 product debuts represent innovative solutions addressing the problems AV integrators often face when attempting to mesh audiovisual equipment with the design aesthetics of luxury residences and corporate spaces.

Engineered and designed to complement interior design without any compromise on performance, Leon’s portfolio of creative AV solutions sets a new standard for technology integration. With Leon’s ability to fully customize its AV solutions using unique finishes, materials, and even specially curated artwork, designing with Leon is more akin to selecting furnishings than traditional AV products; the options are virtually limitless. 

This year at ISE, Leon presents its tech integration solutions through its launch of key partnerships with Bose, Logitech, Sonos, Samsung, and other leading providers of residential and commercial equipment. By collaborating with third-party manufacturers, Leon offers turnkey solutions to simplify and streamline the deployment of a wide variety of high-design, high-performance audiovisual systems. 

Tonecase FIT Universal mounting system and Horizon Interactive FIT soundbar

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Featured at Stand #2P300 is Leon’s new Tonecase FIT Universal mounting system and Horizon Interactive FIT soundbar. Both products mount directly to a display and are built to integrate off-the-shelf teleconferencing equipment or soundbars. The Horizon Interactive FIT includes two channels of high-fidelity Leon speakers, and both products include a built-to-match grille that conceals the complementary equipment and blends seamlessly with the display.

Ente SoundTiles and Edge Media Frame

Leon also demonstrates at ISE 2022 the harmonious fusion of technology, design, and art via its Ente SoundTiles and Edge Media Frame products. The Ente SoundTile is a one-of-a-kind solution that disguises two channels of high-performance audio behind custom screen-printed artwork like that of Detroit artist Mike Han. The Edge Media Frame is a contemporary, custom-built and finished frame that mounts and blends a TV into any space.   

 

 

 

Where to See Leon Speakers

ISE 2022 attendees can see Leon’s new design-forward residential and commercial AV solutions at Stand #2P300. Additionally, systems integrators can learn more about Leon’s complete portfolio of innovative AV solutions at leonspeakers.com

About Leon Speakers

Leon brings a creative approach to the AV industry by designing and manufacturing customizable speakers and technology concealment solutions that enhance the sound and style of any space. For almost 25 years, it has been a leader in the conversation on merging design with technology, creating innovative products that serve both the residential and commercial markets. Learn more at leonspeakers.com or by following @leonspeakers on social media. 

Media Contacts

Press Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

Company Contact: Carolyn Ceccoli
Sales & Marketing Director at Leon Speakers
(734) 926-4092
cceccoli@leonspeakers.com 

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WALL-SMART Showcases Custom Mounts that Minimize the Visual Impact of Smart Home Devices

WALL-SMART Showcases Custom Mounts that Minimize the Visual Impact of Smart Home Devices

Designed and engineered to recess smart home devices within walls and ceilings, WALL-SMART’s extensive line of custom mounting hardware debuting at ISE 2022 makes technology disappear.  

BARCELONA, SPAIN; BUFFALO, NY (May 1, 2022)WALL-SMART, the leader in the design and manufacture of innovative mounting hardware, showcases at ISE 2022 solutions that beautifully recess keypads, touchscreens, surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi access points, voice assistants, and other home tech products into wall and ceiling surfaces. Developed to preserve the integrity of a home’s design and architecture, WALL-SMART’s wall mounts effectively turn smart home eyesores into hidden assets without any compromise in performance. 

ipad-mini-6-mount-wall-smartEach of WALL-SMART’s new wall and ceiling mounts is custom-designed, -engineered, and -fabricated for a precise fit and finish of a specific home tech product. This attention to detail ensures not only a seamless, completely flush appearance but also optimal convenience of use and quality of performance. Integrators can install smart devices discreetly into new construction and retrofit projects with confidence, knowing that the technology will blend in visually and function flawlessly. 

New Mounts Purpose-Built for Products from Leading Home Tech Manufacturers

Featured at ISE 2022 are several new additions to the WALL-SMART line, including wall mounts for Arc and Beam soundbars from Sonos. Designed to recess the soundbars flush with the wall surface, these new mounts give integrators an eye-pleasing alternative to standard soundbar placement. Also debuting at ISE 2022 are WALL-SMART’s wall mounts for the newest generation of the Apple iPad Mini and Lutron’s popular Pico keypad.

Joining the Sonos, iPad Mini, and Lutron Pico mounts at WALL-SMART’s ISE 2022 stand are products customized for recessing and flush mounting devices from leading home systems manufacturers, including a variety of keypads and touchscreens from ABB, Basalte, Black Nova, Clipsal, Control4, Crestron, Elan, Lutron, RTI, Savant, and URC; voice assistants from Josh.ai; Wi-Fi access points (APs) from Araknis and Ruckus, security cameras from IC Realtime, and iPad tablets from Apple.

Where to See WALL-SMART

ISE 2022 attendees can see WALL-SMART’s innovative design-forward mounting solutions at Stand #2M75. Additionally, systems integrators can learn more about WALL-SMART’s complete portfolio of innovative mounting hardware at www.wall-smart.com and view instructional installation videos at http://www.wall-smart.com. 

About WALL-SMART Ltd.

WALL-SMART is the leading designer and manufacturer of custom flush ceiling and wall mounts for high-end home electronic devices, including tablets, touch screens, Wi-Fi access points, security cameras, voice assistants, and more. Dedicated to providing cutting-edge, creative, and cost-effective concealment solutions for technology in new and existing homes, WALL-SMART inspires homes that are both technically advanced and exceptionally beautiful. A wide range of products, combined with simple installation, and fast, hassle-free shipping, poises WALL-SMART as a valuable smart home resource for home systems integrators, home builders and contractors, architects, and designers. 

For more information about WALL-SMART, please find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or more information, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

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