AVAD D2B Program Builds Momentum

Van Nuys, Calif. – October 18, 2006 – Only four years into its creation, AVAD’s innovative Dealer-to-Builder Program (D2B), which links builders with electronic system contractors to install home entertainment systems in dwellings across the United States, has proven to be an overwhelming success, with more than 7,500 projects in place, coast-to-coast.

Florida led the nation with over 4,000 D2B projects. Idaho came in second with 2,000 D2B projects and California coming in third, with 400 D2B projects. Notable projects include 1,000 D2B Homes in the South, and over 400 in Southern California, 2,000 in Boise, Idaho, 150 in Wisconsin and over 400 multi-dwelling units in Detroit.

AVAD established its D2B Program to bring builders, home buyers and Electronic Systems Contractors (ESCs) together to meet the exploding consumer demand for home entertainment systems, electronics and other lifestyle amenities. The program strives to simplify the installation of such systems so they are easy to use, reliable and profitable for the builder and convenient for the homeowner.

The program makes it easier for builders to access dozens of home electronic brands at competitive pricing. AVAD’s Electronic System Contractors can install the whole gamut of home entertainment and electronic systems, including Home Theater, Whole-House Music, Lighting Control, Structured Wiring, Central Vacuum, Telephone Systems and Home Networking.

AVAD D2B Electronic System Contractors are carefully screened and selected for capabilities and skills that will allow them to meet the demands of the building market. They are provided extensive D2B training and education, in addition to classes offered via AVAD University, which conducts more than 450 online and classroom training events each year. All of AVAD’s Electronic Systems Contractors receive certification in systems integration – ensuring that the company’s installers and integrators are the most knowledgeable and highly trained professionals in the industry.

Integrators and builders who are a part of the AVAD’s D2B program also receive the benefit of receiving marketing support materials and sales training that help both the integrator and builder fully communicate the benefits of new home technology systems to potential buyers.

Armed with the training, expertise and access to the best brands on the market, AVAD’s D2B program ensures that homebuilders receive cost-effective, performance-enhancing design and integration. The program also allows builders to differentiate their homes with technology, so they stand out among the masses, which is crucial in today’s challenging real estate market.

“Our builder-partners know they can count on us not only for timely fulfillment, but for expertise, as well,” said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. “The combination of good execution with the most highly trained systems integration professionals in the industry is the foundation of D2B’s success.”

Currently, AVAD serves more than 9,000 dealers in 37 distribution centers throughout the United States. Several nationally known homebuilders are already partnering with AVAD Electronic Systems Contractors, including DR Horton, Kolter Communities, Lennar Homes, Centex Homes, GL Homes and John Wieland homes.