AtlasIED Appoints BP Marketing Group to Serve Dealers in the Midwest U.S.

Premier manufacturers’ representative firm to offer comprehensive audio solutions, product training, and unmatched levels of customer service and support

Phoenix, AZ – (January 7, 2019) – AtlasIED has appointed Minneapolis, MN-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm BP Marketing Group to represent AtlasIED’s lines of commercial audio solutions in the Midwest region. A global electronics manufacturer providing comprehensive audio solutions for commercial business environments, AtlasIED will work closely with BP Marketing to provide dealers with the service, support, and product choices today’s commercial integrators need to stay competitive.

Since 2002, BP Marketing Group has been helping connect manufacturers, dealers, designers, and end-users in a variety of verticals. BP provides state-of-the-art AV and IT systems to the corporate, government, education, healthcare, house of worship, retail, hospitality, and large venue markets. BP’s territories include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

BP Marketing strives to help its customers maximize their business potential, offering solutions built upon 100 years of combined experience in the Pro AV and IT industries. With an emphasis on building partnerships, BP marketing cultivates relationships through the supply chain to the benefit of manufacturers, dealers, and end-users, alike.

AtlasIED delivers a powerful combination of product breadth and depth that is unique to the industry. While the AtlasIED product line serves numerous market and verticals, it also provides solutions that are specialized and specific to the given application 


As part of this new alliance, AtlasIED will be included in BP Marketing sponsors the Technology Showcase Tour (TST), a fleet of state-of-the-art technology vehicles that bring the latest products and solutions to the AV and IT communities. Along with other training initiatives and marketing efforts, the TST will give Midwestern U.S.-based dealers an opportunity to experience AtlasIED’s ever-expanding product lines firsthand.

“BP Marketing has long recognized AtlasIED as an industry leader in the commercial AV & IT markets. The company’s strong leadership, experienced Sales & Technical teams and a commitment to innovation are proven, making them [AtlasIED] an ideal partner, “says Steve Garber, Principal of BP Marketing. “BP Marketing and AtlasIED share a common goal of providing exceptional levels of service & support to our territory channels, delivering quality products to the market, and also the much-needed resources to help design solutions while continuing to support and educate the dealer channel. 

“Our comprehensive line of audio products is the perfect complement to BP Marketing’s premier commercial lineup, helping integrators deliver complete technology solutions in nearly any environment,” says AtlasIED Vice President of Sales Michael Peveler. “We’re excited to partner with the BP team for the Midwest region and pleased to provide dealers there the opportunity to see and experience the AtlasIED lineup firsthand during the Technology Showcase Tour. This is just one of many strategic moves we’re making. AtlasIED is a brand you’ll be hearing a lot more about as 2019 gets further underway — be ready!”

Those interested in learning more about AtlasIED should contact Michael Peveler, Vice President of Sales, AtlasIED by Emailing Michael.peveler@atlasied.com. To learn more about BP Marketing, visit www.bpmarketinggroup.com.

About AtlasIED

A global electronics manufacturer providing comprehensive audio solutions for commercial, corporate, educational, healthcare, retail, transportation, and government environments, AtlasIED brings together the legacy, engineering skills, and legendary service of Atlas Sound and Innovative Electronics Design. Offering industry-leading mass notification, life safety, VoIP, background music, paging, and sound-masking systems, AtlasIED delivers product lines that span wide and deep, with more than 2,000 innovative audio solutions for businesses of every size. Combined, Atlas Sound and IED products have been installed in more than one million businesses over the past 80+ years.

With nine locations and a network of manufacturer representatives and distributors around the world to provide superior support to dealers and customers, AtlasIED’s customer service is an industry benchmark that competitors strive to match. AtlasIED is family-owned, with manufacturing operations in the United States that hold an ISO9001:2008 Quality Standards Certification to ensure consistently high-quality products, service, and support.

Learn more at www.atlasied.com. Follow AtlasIED on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

Azione Unlimited Gives Dealers Unique Education Opportunities and Beyond in 2019

Azione Unlimted emphasizes emerging categories such as lighting fixtures in 2019, allowing members to work more closely with designers and architects, as well as new educational meetings and factory tours

Chester Springs, PA – (December 20, 2018) – In today’s highly competitive home technology industry, delivering solutions that excite the customer while retaining margins is crucial. That’s why Azione Unlimited, in its ‘Lucky 7th’ year, is announcing a lineup of unique educational experiences, with an emphasis on key categories like lighting fixtures, providing dealer members the resources they need to deliver results and garner profits. These include:

Savant-USAI Lighting Training for Azione Unlimited Members
Savant and USAI Lighting will host Azione members at the “NYC Lighting Experience & Training,” January 9-10, 2019 at the Savant Experience Center in Soho, New York. The two-day event gives Azione members exclusive access to education on the energy industry as an emerging product category, fixtures, Savant control, system architecture and design, and the competitive landscape, as well as offers hands-on demos, products intros, and extensive networking opportunities for industry experts.

“We are committed to the lighting fixture category for 2019 and beyond because it’s important for the homeowner and it’s also profitable for our members,” says Richard Glikes, President of Azione Unlimited, the only buying group in which vendor and dealer members are equal. “We have exclusive training and programs for 2019 that will help our members capitalize on this emerging home tech category.”

More than 20 Azione dealer members have signed up for the January training thus far. As a result, a second training has been added for March 6-7, 2019.

Azione Insights Help Members Differentiate in Lighting
Azione’s 2019 Lighting Initiative builds upon momentum the group initiated in 2018. Ann Schiffer’s Inspiring Insights talk at Azione’s fall conference, the Donnée in Denver, for example, focused on Circadian lighting and how it relates to wellness. Azione Unlimited members are likewise embracing the category and enhancing their offerings with lighting fixtures and related services and support.

“I can’t speak enough about how successful and easy it has been for us to add lighting control and design to our menu of services,” said Luke Germain, President of Tune Street.  “If you are on the fence as a technology company, jump in with both feet. It will bring you closer to your architect and designer friends and help you become an intelligent voice on all projects.”   

Azione Unlimited member, Kasted and its sister company DPDG understand that the interaction between light and architecture is a fundamental aspect of any design and that a good lighting design helps to communicate the identity of a space and shapes an individual’s perception of the environment. In fact, Kasted by DPDG is not only an integration firm but an architectural lighting firm and wholesale lighting fixture distributor.

Azione 2019 Events, Tours, and Education
Events like Azione’s upcoming “Fulgent Fling” Spring 2019 Conference in Florida, April 3–5, 2019, and contests like the upcoming 2019 Brand Adoption, Growth & Engagement Contest are encouraging Azione members to grow and move into new categories like lighting fixtures, and rewarding members that do.

In 2019, Azione is expanding on the success of its complimentary Key Leaders meeting by offering three separate Key Leaders meetings, each designed with a specific manager in mind, including system designers (February), operations (July), and sales managers (July).

In addition, several Azione vendor factory tour opportunities are in the works, including an exclusive tour and experience of Barco’s Belgium Campus, prior to ISE Amsterdam. While at the Spring conference, dealers are invited for a tour of JL Audio and IC Realtime’s headquarters, as well as AudioControl, during the Azione Fall Conference. Additional visits with vendor members like James Loudspeakers are in the planning stages.

Azione Advisory Board Guides the Group’s Future
Azione’s education and other initiatives are part of short and long-term plans for the organization, developed by Glikes and the Azione Advisory Board. Elected and equally representing membership with four dealer and four vendor members, the Advisory Board brings an outstanding lineup of leaders to the table to conceptualize, guide, and execute major Azione initiatives. Last month’s Board retreat in Dallas, TX, succeeded in a significant task: refreshing the vision, pillars, and mission of Azione Unlimited, reflecting the group’s evolution over the past seven years.

“The Board is a synergy of the best minds in our industry and together with Richard [Glikes], we developed the new vision of ‘Help Grow Profitable Businesses’ and the pillars of Community, Education, Purchasing Power and Business Guidance, which will be the guiding force of Azione’s conferences and programs moving forward,” said Tim Bigoness, Azione Advisory Board member and CMO of D-Tools.

The new Azione mission statement is as follows:

Be the definitive organization serving the Custom Integrator Industry that helps members grow their business through a combination of education, purchasing power, and business guidance while providing a platform for like-minded integrators and vendors to share ideas and best practices that will benefit all. And to have fun while doing so.

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 hosts 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.

Azione Introduces ‘Inspiring Insights’ Speakers Series at The Donnée in Denver

Nine speakers offer transformative talks on a range of topics from risk-taking and attaining success, to blockchain and the future of AI

Chester Springs, PA – (October 3, 2018) – Azione Unlimited announces its first-ever “Inspiring Insights” speaker series, to take place at next week’s fall member conference, The Donnée in Denver. Designed to help attendees grow their businesses, stay ahead of trends, and learn new and valuable insights into the nature of success, the Inspiring Insights features nine different 15-minute talks on a breadth of topics.

“We have some incredible presenters taking the stage in Denver next week, speaking about a whole range of transformative ideas that our members will find valuable and applicable to their businesses and beyond,” says Richard Glikes, President of Azione Unlimited, which just reached its milestone of 200+ dealer members.

Highlights of Azione’s Inspiring Insights talks include:

Transform Your Dreams into Reality
Jason Romero, Speaker & Author
Telling his story of being the first and only blind person to run across America, Jason teaches audiences how to adapt and innovate in the pursuit of a dream, the failure cycle, and his four tenets of mental strength that he uses to succeed in life and business.

The Future of AI in the Smart Home
Alex Capecelatro, Founder and CEO, Josh.ai
The potential of AI and voice control goes far beyond controlling the home. During this talk, Alex will explore AI in the home and what to expect in the future.

Perfect Light
Ann Schiffers, Senior Vice President, USAI Lighting
It is indisputable that light has been central to human existence. In this talk, Ann explores how our sleep-wake cycle is critical to performance, health, and overall life experience.

Blockchain in the CI Channel
Jeremy Glowacki, Executive Editor, Residential Tech Today
Blockchain is a dense subject, even for the biggest propeller heads in the technology business. But, given that most experts say it will play a role in “every industry,” Jeremy shares how it may affect businesses in the future.

Leap, Then Look!
Eric Higgs, Founder & Director, LumaStream
The greatest risk of all is doing nothing. Eric shares stories of extraordinary risks and their value.

Greed Is Good
Eric Thies, Founder & CEO, DSI Luxury Technology
In this talk, Eric focuses on ending the love affair with technology and focusing on what matters.

The Digital Canvas: Where Technology Meets Architecture & Design
Tim Sinnaeve, Managing Director, Barco Residential
The custom integration industry has long shown an interest in building bridges to the architectural and design communities. In this talk, Tim will share how we can better engage with these communities, which are the key to our industry’s full potential.

Rethinking How You Sell to Your Next Customer
Tim Costello, Chairman & CEO, Builder Homesite Inc.
We work so hard packaging our sales into logical, compelling packages only to be disappointed time and time again. Tim talks about how we are all wired to make bad decisions, but as sellers, we have the ability to make that work to our benefit.

Finding and Keeping Your Talent
Kathleen Brenk, VP Human Resources, TruStile Doors
The middle-skill worker shortage. How did this happen? Kathleen explores an issue affecting the AV industry and how we need to start thinking differently to find untapped talent.

In addition to the Inspiring Insights series, Azione’s fall conference will feature the group’s renowned small group sessions, one-on-one meetings, networking opportunities, and team-building exercises as a valuable experience for members to learn, network, socialize, and re-energize their businesses. The Donnée in Denver is already fully booked and will bring together 250+ Azione members, comprised of custom integration firms, manufacturers, and vendors.

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, the organization hosts 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.

 

 

KMB Travels: Our Recs for San Diego Restaurants & Must-Dos During CEDIA 2018!

Did you know KMB hails from San Diego? This is our hood, people! Here are KMB’s recs for our fave San Diego restaurants, plus entertainment and escape spots to beat the chaos of the CEDIA show floor. 

Breakfast Republic (Liberty Station) (Formerly MCRD)
Filled with arts, eats, and shops, Liberty Station has become one of our go-to’s now that the original Naval Base and Marine Corp Recruiting Depot has been completely overhauled and repurposed. We are particularly fond of Breakfast Republic, where you can enjoy the most important meal and power up for your CEDIA agenda. Try the breakfast Mac-n-Cheese! Open from 7am–3pm, it also has 20 beers on tap. Delish.

The LOT Movies & Dining 
Also at Liberty Station, The LOT is great for all of the many movie and dining fans that CEDIA inevitably attracts. It’s one of those new theaters with a restaurant and bar, all with the great AV (not to mention incredibly comfy seats by Fortress Seating). A high-energy social hub for craft coffee, artisan pastries, elevated cuisine, premium spirits, and sophisticated wines.

Women’s Museum of California (Liberty Station)
Need a little culture in your CEDIA week? Check out the Women’s Museum of California while you’re at Liberty Station, where Katye’s sister heads up the events and design teams!

Rubio’s Coastal Grill
As cliché as it might sound for a native Californian to recommend a fish taco, it’s hard to beat one when you’re in America’s Finest City. If you’ve never tried a fish taco, this is the year to do it!

Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen and Bar
Stewart Filmscreen’s Shannon Townley introduced us to Puesto, very near the Convention Center. Good prices for fresh food and powerful drinks. (And you know you are gonna need one after day one!)


El Indio Mexican Restaurant
We’re huge fans of authentic Mexican food, and one of our favorites is close to downtown—El Indio Mexican Restaurant and tortilla factory. Insider tip: We often stop here before going back home in order to get a stash of fresh corn and flour tortillas. If you have access to a freezer the night before you depart, these tortillas freeze and travel well in a plastic bag (now outlawed in California).

Roberto’s Taco Shop
For an entirely different, very SoCal, authentic Mexican food experience known to many who grew up in the area (and perhaps had too much to drink on rare occasion), visit the Roberto’s empire. Really, honestly, any “-erto’s” is more than likely gonna be good. Try the rolled tacos and a carne asada or California burrito.

Bluewater Seafood Market and Grill
Like fish? Look no further than Bluewater Seafood Market and Grill, which happens to be next to El Indio. John Bennett says you have to have one of their fish sandwiches! Be careful, you might want to move to SD just for this sandwich. #Truth.

Point Loma Seafoods
Robert Keeler of Stewart Filmscreen agrees that this is the place to go for your daytime seafood eating needs, especially if you like a diverse—very diverse—seafood offering. They claim to be the “freshest thing in town,” and friends agree.

Little Italy
If authentic Italian food and atmospher is more your style, try Little Italy. We like both Solunto (the bakery!) and Sorrento (great pizza!)

Rustic Root
This place has incredible rustic American fare where traditional dishes are given a modern twist. Last year several companies and KMB got to know Rustic Root and became big fans. We’re going back and know others who are too. Like Shawn Tobin of CE Pro, whose bone-in ribeye was larger than his head. (This was proven. We saw the pictures.)

Raised by Wolves
We haven’t been here yet but friends tell us it’s a fun place to be. Yelp reviews suggest it might be a bit of a pain, so proceed with caution. We’re gonna check it out for a) the interior design (see below) and b) the fact that it’s a speakeasy. KMB loves to speak easy.

The Whiskey House
Whiskey lovers, rejoice. We’re told this place is the place to go while in SanDiego. Industry expert Robert Keeler of Stewart Filmscreen attests to the breadth of its offering, which tops 600 different kinds of whiskey.

Gelato Vero Cafe
Big fans of ice cream here at KMB. So we always try to stop at Gelato Vero Cafe for gelato. It’s just North of El Indio. Go for the gelato not the service.

In-N-Out Burger
Do you know about the secret menu? Look it up and be woefully cool when you order in front of your colleagues California’s most famous burger. For Katye, it’s animal style with crispy fries.

San Diego Surf Polo Club
Ever taken in a game of Polo? Just so happens there’s a world-class polo venue just north of San Diego in Del Mar, with games taking place both weekends, before and after CEDIA Expo. Even Better, there’s a tournament on the beach in front of the Del, which in and of itself is a sight to behold (see below).

Water Taxi

Rent a Boat
Want to hit the water? Rent a stand up paddle board, boat, or even a yacht and take to the seas (or just stay in the marina).

Coasterra
Upscale Baja-style seafood with menu items like Lobster and Black Bean Flautas, you can’t miss with this rec. We haven’t eaten here ourselves, but hear from our foodie friends it’s divine, and the views appear to be amazing!

Top of the Hyatt Bar
Home of the original Bombay Sapphire martini and 40 floors above the ground overlooking the harbor. You might see KMB peeps hanging here pre- or post-dinner during CEDIA week.

So Many Craft Beers, So Little Time
According to Beer Connoisseur, San Diego has earned props as one of the world’s top craft beer cities. And with more than 140 craft breweries in the area, there is plenty of hoppy delicious to keep your week interesting. Having reviewed over 500 craft beers. John has a few favorite breweries to share in this guest blog.

We hope you try (and love) some of our recommendations. Tell us what you thought of them in the comment section below. And see you in sunny Sandi!