AVAD Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Wally Whinna, to Retire

AVAD Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Wally Whinna, to Retire

AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, has announced Wally Whinna will retire from his position of Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the end of 2009.

Whinna is one of the original founders of AVAD, serving on the distributor’s Executive Committee and as Vice President of Marketing since its inception in 1997. Over the course of his tenure with AVAD, Whinna has been integral in developing AVAD from a simple concept to the custom electronics industry’s leading distributor with 28 North American locations, hundreds of vendor partners and thousands of dealers.

“Without question, AVAD would not be in the leading position it is today without the services of Wally,” said Vice President and General Manager of AVAD, Jim Annes. “Wally’s valuable insight into sales and marketing strategies combined with his understanding of how to connect directly with dealers by understanding their specific needs has helped to develop AVAD into a trusted resource within the industry. Wally has built a strong sales and marketing team at AVAD, and is a trusted advisor to me personally. We cannot thank Wally enough for his years of commitment and dedication in helping AVAD to succeed.”

Under his direction, AVAD has implemented numerous initiatives designed to better serve its dealers, including the AVAD Advisor, AVAD’s bi-monthly, all-inclusive, electronic newsletter featuring tips and product information. Whinna has also been responsible for the development of AVAD’s highly-successful Vend-O-Palooza tour, a series of one-day events connecting area dealers with leading manufacturers in an interactive forum at local AVAD branches.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of the AVAD family,” said Whinna. “From day one, AVAD has been committed to serving the needs of the custom installation community and over the years, I have seen this company grow from simply a distributor of products into a valued partner for our dealers and their businesses. With the talented management team AVAD has in place, I’m confident this company will continue to serve the custom installation market like no other and look forward to seeing the continued success of AVAD.”

Whinna has been a member of CEDIA for 20 years, and a principal of Tandem Marketing, a manufacturer’s representative that represents companies in specialty audio and custom installation projects, for over 30 years.

Recognized for his insight and contributions to the industry, he serves on the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Home Audio Division Board and most recently was honored with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from lighting control manufacturer and AVAD partner, Lutron Electronics.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com.

Talking Points

  • AVAD has announced Wally Whinna will retire from his position of Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the end of 2009.
  • Whinna is one of the original founders of AVAD, serving on the distributor’s Executive Committee and as Vice President of Marketing since its inception in 1997.
  • Under his direction, AVAD has implemented numerous initiatives designed to better serve its dealers, including the AVAD Advisor and Vend-O-Palooza.

About AVAD LLC

AVAD LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro Inc., is the most complete custom electronics provider in North America. Offering customers the most trusted brands, AVAD stocks complete systems solutions for home theater, home automation, pro AV, lighting controls, security, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, HVAC and more. Further, the company is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evidenced by AVAD University’s over 450 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year. AVAD ensures just-in-time delivery from each of its 28 North American facilities.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include: AKG, APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, B&K Components, Bogen, Bose, Carlon ChannelPlus, Chief, COPS Monitoring, Crown International, Denon Pro, DSC, Dirt Devil, Draper, Dymo/RhinoPRO, Exceptional Innovation/Life|ware, Gefen, Global Cache, HAI, iPort, ITC, JBL Pro, JDSU, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Labor Saving Devices, Lutron, Marantz, MartinLogan, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Midlite, MuxLab, NetStreams, Niles Audio, OmniMount, Onkyo, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Optoma, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Panasonic Professional, Peerless, Philips Pronto, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RepairMaster, RTI, Rockustics, Samsung, Samsung Professional, Satellite USA, Sharp, SharpVision, SunBriteTV, Terk, Toshiba, Universal Remote Control, Velodyne and more.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com.

Company Contact:

Wally Whinna, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
AVAD
Tel: 224-366-5201
Email: wally.whinna@avad.com
Web: http://www.avad.com

Media Contact:

Scott Moody, PR Account Supervisor
Marketing Matters
Tel: 954-925-1511
Email: scott@marketingmatters.net
Web: http://marketingmatters.net

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