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For Immediate Release
December 20, 2007
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THE EDGE DISTRIBUTORS GROUP “KICKS IT UP A NOTCH” FOR 2008 AND BEYOND

President Mike Hench Voted-in for Another 2-Year Term; Brett Neiderman Appointed Vice President; Fills National Footprint with Addition of Two New Regional Members: Dorrance Supply Company in the Midwest; Radio and TV Equipment, Inc. in the Upper Midwest

Seattle, WA – December 20, 2007 – The EDGE Distributors Group -- a rapidly growing service-oriented group of 15 independently owned regional distributors catering primarily to custom install and residential systems integrators -- today announced that Mike Hench has been voted president for another two-year term with Brett Neiderman appointed as vice president for the next two-years as well. The EDGE Group also signed Dorrance Supply Company as the Group’s newest Midwest distributor and Radio and TV Equipment, Inc. in the upper Midwest.

Leadership of The EDGE Distributors Group
The EDGE Group has voted Mike Hench president for another two-year term beginning 2008. Hench served as president in 2006 and 2007 and as vice president from 2002 - 2005. Hench is principal of Florida-based custom install products distribution company Electronics Source and representative firm LP Hench Company. Electronics Source joined The EDGE Distributors Group in 2001. Hench has been in the consumer electronics business since 1980.

The EDGE Group has also appointed co-founder and former vice president Brett Neiderman as vice president for two years beginning 2008. Neiderman is principal of Pennsylvania-based custom install products distribution company Tech Source Distributors and sales representative firm NuTech Group. Neiderman replaces Woody Taylor, who served two-years as vice president. Taylor is a principal of the Dallas-based Dobbs Stanford Corporation sales representative firm and Electronic Lane distributors.

“It is an honor to have Mike Hench continue on as President for another two-year term. Over the last six years, Mike has been extensively involved in the strategic planning and management of The EDGE Distributors Group, and in many ways it has been his vision and direction that elevated The EDGE Group to its current level,” says Katye McGregor, director for The EDGE Group.

McGregor furthered, “I am equally proud to welcome Brett Neiderman back to the Board of Directors. Over the last few years, I have had the pleasure of working with him on several key initiatives, where he provided valuable insight and direction. He brings a well-seasoned perspective that perfectly complements this position, which will help shape the future of EDGE in new and exciting ways.”

“Both Mike and Brett bring individual expertise and diverse backgrounds that will only serve to strengthen the Board’s ability to represent our members and expand EDGE’s offering of first-class products and services to the ever-changing Custom Install channel. With the new Board in place we are poised to take advantage of every opportunity we see in the marketplace. Looking forward, our goal is to establish realistic growth initiatives, identify and pursue strategic partnerships while further-improving our foundation for the Group's long-term prosperity.”

“Naturally, I want to thank Woody Taylor for his service to the Group and all of its partners. He has been a valuable asset to the management of EDGE and I am eager to tap him for other strategic projects in the future,” added McGregor.

Dorrance Supply Company
Dorrance Supply Company will be representing The EDGE Distributor Group’s product lines in Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Dorrance Supply Co. was incorporated in 1941 and distributes electronics and appliances throughout six states in the Midwest, with four warehouses located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan. The company’s contact information is: Dorrance Supply Company / 1140 Hubbard Road / Youngstown,
OH 44505 / Phone: 330.746.6533 / Fax: 330.746.6536

Hench says, “Dorrance Supply Co. brings a new dimension to The EDGE Group. Our members will benefit from Dorrance Supply Co.'s experience selling innovative appliance and TV products; Dorrance Supply Co. will benefit from our experience selling custom integration components. This merging of core competencies will serve The EDGE Group well, as convergence and the connected home continue to become a reality for more and more consumers.”

Dorrance Supply Co. principal John Dorrance says, “We are pleased to announce our affiliation with the highly regarded EDGE Distributors Group, an association dedicated exclusively to servicing the needs of the custom installation dealer. We view this as an excellent opportunity for our company to focus on this growing segment of the market, as it is our goal to become a one-source solution for the custom installation dealers in our marketing area.”

Radio and TV Equipment, Inc.
Radio & TV Equipment, Inc. (RTE) will be representing The EDGE Distributor Group’s product lines in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and western Wisconsin. RTE is a wholesale electronics distributor located in Fargo, ND that began as a radio supply store in 1921. Today, led by president Bruce Holtan, RTE sells custom home integration, computer peripherals, and 12-volt products to audio/video retailers, home integrators, and VARS in the upper-Midwest.
The company’s contact information is Radio and TV Equipment, Inc. / 3317 Fiechtner Drive / Fargo, ND 58103 / Phone: 701.232.8993 / Fax: 701.232.0502 / Internet: rteinc.net

“We are thrilled about the union between RTE and The EDGE Group. This is the link we need to take our company to the next level in the custom home installation market,” says Holtan. “We look forward to offering these innovative lines to our customer base.”

Hench added, ”We are very excited that RTE has joined The EDGE Group. In addition to filling out our national footprint, RTE brings experience in a relatively new area to the group, having spent many years selling computer / IT products in addition to consumer electronics. As with new member Dorrance Supply Co., The EDGE Group once again gains knowledge of an important related field while giving RTE a head start into the Custom Integration market.”

About The EDGE Distributors Group
Founded in 1999, The EDGE Distributors Group™ consists of 15 independently owned regional distributors that primarily serve the premium U.S. custom installation market and select retailers. EDGE partners sell and support products aimed at residential value-added installers and specialty retailers. They encourage growth by their members and customers alike by carefully evaluating, then bringing to market the finest installation products available — emphasizing those that are reliable, innovative, exciting and profitable. EDGE members also highly value personal attention, and no custom integrator is ever treated as just a number. Product lines EDGE distributes and supports include Channel Vision™, DLO, Furman Sound, Gefen, ICM/F-Conn Industries, NEC, NuVision™, Peerless Industries®, Pinnacle Speakers, Planar, Planet Waves, Sanus Systems, Sheer Wire, Xantech and ViewSonic®.
Contact Information: The EDGE Distributors Group 17837 1st Avenue S#7 / Seattle, WA 98148 / Phone: 866.396.6531 / Fax: 888.651.9941 / Internet: edgegroup.org

 

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