Azione Unlimited Appoints Séura CEO and SurgeX Sales Director to Serve on the Board

Gretchen Gilbertson and Jimmy Paschke join Azione board to represent the membership and help guide the group’s future

As the terms of two esteemed board members expired in March, Azione Unlimited announces the appointment of two new members. Effective April 1st, Gretchen Gilbertson, CEO of Séura and Jimmy Paschke, director of residential sales for SurgeX replace Jason Sloan of Dana Innovations and George Walter of Rayva. Sloan and Walter have held board positions since 2011.

Azione’s unique — and mutually beneficial — business model strategically positions dealers and vendors as equal members. As such, both are represented equally on the Azione board, which is comprised of five vendor members and five dealer members.

“It’s an honor to be elected to serve on the board of a visionary organization dedicated to strengthening relationships among custom retailers, integrators, and manufacturers,” says Gretchen Gilbertson. “Azione has adopted a refreshing philosophy to be different. I’ve valued its unique approach to solving problems together and commitment to driving profitable growth for all its members. I’m eager to work together with the board and management team to deliver on Azione’s compelling mission, and I hope to bring a passionate commitment and insightful perspective to the team.”

Jimmy Paschke shares a similar sentiment, saying “I’m proud to serve on the board of such a prestigious organization, singularly devoted to the growth of the CI industry and the success of its dealers and manufacturers. I look forward to strengthening relationships with Azione dealers and connecting with our membership at a deeper level to educate and inspire the Azione member community.”

Responsible for helping guide the future of the group, the Azione board is appointed by the membership, and each appointee serves a 3-year term.

 “Jason Sloan and George Walter were talented board members, integral to Azione Unlimited’s growth and accomplishments over the past seven years and they deserve all our thanks. It’s been an honor to have them on our board,” says Azione President Richard Glikes. “As we enter a new chapter, it’s exciting to have Gretchen Gilbertson and Jimmy Paschke join the board as the next stalwart stewards of Azione’s success.”   

About Azione Unlimited
Azione Unlimited, the education and buying group for integrators, is a consortium of like-minded custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors. The organization helps its members achieve greater levels of prosperity, technical acumen, and sophistication in running their businesses and serving customers. Founded by industry veteran Richard Glikes and headquartered in Chester Springs, PA, the organization is celebrating its sixth year. In addition to two high-energy, information-packed conferences per year, Azione provides its members with a host of benefits, from product discounts to educational middle management meetings, and marketing tools. Learn more at AzioneUnlimited.com. Follow on social media: Twitter @AzioneUnlimited or Facebook.com/AzioneUnlimited.

D-Tools Adds Domotz Integration, Extends System Integration Process from Initial Client Engagement Through Ongoing Service Management

Integration saves time and money, boosts profits, and delivers superior customer service

 D-Tools, Inc. the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, and Domotz, a leading provider of remote network monitoring and management software, today announced the two platforms are now more tightly integrated and that beneficial enhancements are available for immediate use. Now, systems integrators, technology managers, and IT professionals will be able to seamlessly implement the Domotz Pro™ platform to facilitate the monitoring and maintenance of systems designed in D-Tools System Integrator (SI) – bridging the gap between system design and on-going service and support.

As the AV and IT industries continue to converge, both are experiencing a rapid increase in the implementation of service-first business models and the adoption of RSM (remote systems management) technologies. To harness the power of these opportunities, integration firms, systems designers, technology managers, and IT professionals are utilizing D-Tools for estimation, design and project management capabilities, and Domotz for remote monitoring and management capabilities. Now that the two are integrated, ongoing service and monitoring can be planned for from the outset of every client engagement through on-going service management – saving time and money, optimizing budgets or boosting profits, and delivering superior customer service.

Those interested in learning more about the new D-Tools and Domotz integration should visit http://d-tools.com/domotz-integration/. To learn more about Domotz and the company’s award-winning remote network monitoring and management platform, visit https://www.domotz.com.

Additional information on the D-Tools System Integrator platform can be obtained by signing up for a free personal tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by visiting http://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About Domotz

Founded in 2014, Domotz develops remote network management, monitoring and tech support systems for integration companies, IT professionals and hardware manufacturers. The award-winning Domotz Pro platform is powering client care in 90+ countries and is used by leading integration companies such as Best Buy’s Magnolia… A rapidly growing player in the smart home space, Domotz has established partnerships with a number of leading hardware manufacturers, service providers, and integration companies. For more information about Domotz solutions visit www.domotz.com 

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Azione Unlimited and Perfect Partners Prepare for ‘Philosophically Phocused in Philadelphia’ Spring Conference

 

Buying group members express excitement for experience rooms, panel discussions, and after-hours networking events

 

Azione Unlimited gears up for its ‘Philosophically Phocused in Philadelphia’ Spring Conference announcing a leading roster of panelists, including Google Home, Sonos, and Josh.ai; engaging Experience Rooms; and extensive networking opportunities between the organization’s “Perfect Partners.” 

Azione welcomes members to the Sheraton Society Hill in historic Philadelphia from April 23rd – 25th.  With an in-depth focus on business philosophies and new technologies such as voice control and artificial intelligence, over 250 attendees will have numerous opportunities to collect insights, share ideas and make connections to help increase profitability and achieve even greater success in 2018 and beyond.

Exploring Emerging Technologies in ‘Experience Rooms’

The Spring Conference introduces Experience Rooms, interactive spaces providing immense opportunities to connect with Azione vendors and try out products, seeing and hearing features, performance, as well as technologies. Vendor members are working together to present 12 unique Experience Rooms, designed to educate and inspire, including representatives from new Azione partners AtlonaAudioQuestJames LoudspeakerSmartCareLyngdorf AudioSonos and Google Home. Dealers will rotate to every room in groups of 12, providing deeper engagement and more meaningful supplier relationships.​

“The industry is shifting to an ‘experience-first’ philosophy, leveraging new and emerging technologies to showcase how today’s products change the way we work, play, and live. Azione Experience Rooms reflect this philosophy, putting our vendors’ products directly in the hands of those who integrate them, giving dealers actionable takeaways about specific brands and their offerings, along with the chance to connect with the manufacturers in a relevant setting,” says Richard Glikes, President of Azione Unlimited, the audio-video industry’s only education and buying group whose equal membership is comprised of custom installers, home technology professionals, and manufacturers.

Learning Opportunities on the Industry’s Hottest Topics’

Jeremy Glowacki, NewBay Media Content Director and Residential Systems Editor, and Jason Knott, Senior Editor for Security Sales & Integration and CE Pro magazines, will moderate educational panel discussions, including: 

How Will Voice Recognition and Artificial Intelligence Change the Custom Install Business?

This panel brings together new vendor members Google Home and Sonos, along with Josh.ai for a discussion led by Knott. Daniel Clarkson, Business Development for Google Assistant, Andrew Vloyanetes, VP of sales for Sonos, and Alex Capecelatro, Josh.ai co-founder and CEO, will discuss what smart home integrators should know about the latest advancements that change the way we interact with technology—and how technology interacts with us.

How Architects, Interior Designers, and Lighting Designers Interface with the

​ Audio Video Integrator and Each Other​

Moderated by Glowacki and featuring Tim Lucci of Peter Zimmerman Architects; Rafael Novoa of Rafael Novoa Interior Design and Jennette Kollman lead lighting designer for Wolfers, this panel will focus on how these three key trades—architecture, interior design, and lighting design—interface with audio-video integrators and each other. 

Presentations and Workshops Explore Critical Business & Technology Topics

Dealer presentations and workshops, as well as small group meetings, provide Azione members a unique opportunity to learn from their peers to better understand, resolve, or prevent the more pressing challenges faced in the field today.  

Dealer presentations will tackle topics including:

·    Digital cinema and content for the high-end residential application

·    Showroom experience with your co-operative vendor base

·    Buying your real estate

Dealer workshops presented by industry experts will discuss:

·    Measuring and analyzing key performance indicators

·    Making the most of your marketing budget

·    Generating recurring monthly revenue

·    Successfully entering the lighting market

Vendors and dealers will meet over a variety of small group meeting discussions, such as:

·    How to sell performance

·    What’s new in commercial and how to get involved

·    Creating the right vendor mix/matrix

·    How to grow from $1.5 to $4M

 

Discovering Philadelphia’s History, Culture & Fun

Azione evening events are always designed with fun, relaxation, and connection in mind. On Monday, attendees will enjoy cocktails and dinner at The Olde Bar, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ restaurant housed in Philadelphia’s landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s setting. Tuesday brings dinner and music at Philly’s renowned World Café Live. AfroBear, a local soul-ternative rock band opens the evening; followed by main act Hack Monet, a band led by Dealer Member Luke Germain. A post-dinner Azione Jam Session is planned, in appreciation of our industry’s many talented musicians

Taking place right in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old Historic District, the conference is situated right in our nation’s’ most historic square mile, home to The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the new Museum of the American Revolution, the National Constitution Center and many more sites. Members will have free time to take a walking tour together or explore these iconic sites on their own.

“Philadelphia is city brimming with fascinating history and a vibrant culture,” says Glikes. “We can’t wait to welcome our members to an energized spring meeting full of education, networking, philosophical discussions, and activities, altogether offering much opportunity to instill deeper camaraderie.”

About Azione Unlimited

Azione Unlimited, the education and buying group for integrators, is a consortium of like-minded custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors. The organization helps its members achieve greater levels of prosperity, technical acumen, and sophistication in running their businesses and serving customers. Founded by industry veteran Richard Glikes and headquartered in Chester Springs, PA, the organization is celebrating its sixth year. In addition to two high-energy, information-packed conferences per year, Azione provides its members with a host of benefits, from product discounts to educational middle management meetings, and marketing tools. Learn more at AzioneUnlimited.com. Follow on social media: Twitter @AzioneUnlimited or Facebook.com/AzioneUnlimited.

D-Tools to Demonstrate New Mobile Quote 2.0 App and Enhancements to the System Integrator Platform at ISC West 2018

System Integrator platform help attendees streamline operations, automate business processes, and grow profitably

CONCORD, CA — April 2018 — D-Tools, Inc. will be demonstrating the latest enhancements to its award-winning estimation, system design, and project management software platform – System Integrator (SI) – in booth 34051 during ISC West taking April 11 – 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

During ISC West, D-Tools’ will showcase enhancements to its world-class System Integrator (SI) software solution designed to help security integrators and technology managers improve operational efficiency and help their business grow profitably by bringing together estimation, system design, and project management into a singular, data-driven process. D-Tools SI delivers a complete end-to-end solution that enables data to flow seamlessly throughout the project lifecycle—from initial client contact through the ongoing post-installation service.

D-Tools will also demo its new Mobile Quote 2.0 iPad® companion app, which helps industry salespeople seamlessly generate a project scope and pricing estimate for client review and approval during the initial client meeting. D-Tools will also provide insight on tools and ideas that help attendees streamline operations, automate business processes, and grow profitably.

Generate Scope & Budget and More with New D-Tools Mobile Quote 2.0 App

Redesigned for a more intuitive, effective and visually impactful experience, D-Tools’ Mobile Quote 2.0 is a native iPad® app that makes it easy to walk prospective clients through available technology options while seamlessly generating a scope and budget for customer approval. The data collected is instantaneously transferred into D-Tools SI for further design development and project management. Leveraging D-Tools’ extensive product library and workflow concepts such as the specification of devices by location and system, Mobile Quote 2.0 allows salespeople to obtain signed approval of a project scope and budget, and even collect a design retainer, in the very first client meeting, thereby eliminating the competition as well as the need to waste valuable time on proposal revisions

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts

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

Google Home and Azione Unlimited Bring Voice Control Home

Google Home and Azione Unlimited Bring Voice Control Home

As the newest Azione vendor member, Google Home provides products, training, and support to dealers embracing the latest trends in artificial intelligence

Forming a terrific team within the CI Channel, Azione Unlimited is pleased to announce its newest vendor member, Google Home. Through its vendor membership, Google Home will provide products, training, and support to the organization’s 190 leading dealers. Azione is the audio-video industry’s only education and buying group whose equal membership is comprised of custom installers, home technology professionals, and manufacturers.

Three Voice Control Products, More Than One Million Possibilities
Initially, the Hardware and Sales Partnership division of Google, Inc. will offer three products to Azione members: Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max, all powered by the Google Assistant.

Delivering high-quality audio and voice-activated personal assistant services, the Google Home portfolio is well-suited for both custom integration and DIY projects, easily integrating with more than 1,500 smart home devices from over 225 brands. Users can access more than 1 million actions to help to organize households, tackle everyday tasks, and present entertainment in a whole new way. Features include searching via Google; Voice Match; playing music, including via Bluetooth; music streaming via Spotify, Pandora and other popular services; hands-free phone calls; and local business search.

Meet Google Home at the Azione Spring Conference
Representatives from Google Home will attend the 2018 Azione Spring Conference, Philosophically Phocused in Philadelphia, to be held April 23-25. They will introduce dealers to the new Google Home product line and program. Azione will also be featuring a speaker from Google’s Partnerships Development team at the conference, sharing thoughts on present and future trends in voice control, AI, and whole-home integration.

“Azione provides our vendor members access to established dealers whose thriving integration businesses provide exposure to affluent homeowners and early adopter technology enthusiasts,” says Azione Unlimited President Richard Glikes. “As our members embrace the latest voice control technologies, we are thrilled to have Google Home there with tools, resources, and profitable solutions to help dealers usher in the future of smart home interaction.”

About Azione Unlimited

Azione Unlimited, the education and buying group for integrators, is a consortium of like-minded custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors. The organization helps its members achieve greater levels of prosperity, technical acumen, and sophistication in running their businesses and serving customers. Founded by industry veteran Richard Glikes and headquartered in Chester Springs, PA, the organization is celebrating its sixth year. In addition to two high-energy, information-packed conferences per year, Azione provides its members with a host of benefits, from product discounts to educational middle management meetings, and marketing tools. Learn more at AzioneUnlimited.com. Follow on social media: Twitter @AzioneUnlimited or Facebook.com/AzioneUnlimited.