Capitol Enlists Kory Lightner to Support Special Markets Channel
Mr. Lightner Returns to Capitol to Grow Business for Resellers Through Creative Bundling and Cost-Efficient Programs
EAGAN, MN, October 2, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for premium incentive resellers as well as residential and light commercial systems, announced today that electronics distribution stalwart Kory Lightner returned to the company as an Account Executive – Special Markets.
Mr. Lightner returns to Capitol following positions with Acoustix Audio Video, Edina MN, and Aramark Refreshment services.
In his new role, Mr. Lightner will support current and prospective customers in the Special Markets channel through creative bundling and other sales programs unique to the marketplace.
“Capitol has a deep understanding of the Special Markets channel and the resellers who drive it,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Account executives like Kory understand how to best create packages and incentive programs that will drive sales for clients while building business for resellers.”
Capitol Appoints A/V Veteran Jacki Montgomery as a Technical Sales & Design Specialist
Jacki Montgomery Brings Extensive Channel Experience to Distributor’s Sales and Support Team
EAGAN, MN, September 24, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, today announced that Jacki Montgomery joined the Capitol team as a Technical Sales & Design Specialist following 18 years as owner and president of Carroll, IA-based Sound and Service, Inc., an audio/visual specialty dealer originally founded in 1977 by her mother Pat. “With business growing and new vendors coming on board all the time, we are always on the lookout for specialists who not only know how to sell, but who have a deep understanding of our customers’ business from the inside out,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Jacki brings years of experience on the front line. She knows exactly what our customers experience day in and day out, and is in the best position to help them thrive in a changing market.”
An audio/video specialist who literally grew up in the business, Ms. Montgomery brings a lifetime of professional experience to her new role. When her mother, the store’s founder, passed in 2000, Ms. Montgomery assumed the helm of the family business and successfully led it into the 21st century. Under her guidance, Sound and Service grew to become a leader in specialty audio/video for the home.
"As a Capitol customer for over 25 years, I valued the depth of both project and product knowledge,” said Ms. Montgomery. “The sales team works with customers to provide outstanding solutions for any size business. The company culture is exciting, motivating and supportive, in addition to the other important elements in any organization's makeup success: vision, strategy, marketing, financials, and knowledge. I am delighted to join the team.”
Capitol Adds LeakSmart to its Selection of High-Performance Networked Products for the Home
LeakSmart Brings Advanced Leak and Flood Protection By Shutting Off Water Mains within Five Seconds
EAGAN, MN, September 13, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, now offers the complete line of LeakSmart products to its customers throughout the U.S.
LeakSmart is revered as the world’s most intelligent and reliable leak and flood protection system for the home. The company is on a mission to protect every home and family from catastrophic water damage caused by devastating leaks and floods. To that end, when LeakSmart senses a leak, it shuts off the water main in less than five seconds, protecting homeowners from devastating water damage and notifying them via the LeakSmart app. Homeowners simply place LeakSmart sensors in basements, garages, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and around HVAC units for whole house protection.
“LeakSmart provides the best imaginable protection from water damage, but its value to the custom professional is much deeper,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Custom professionals and plumbers are in the enviable position of being the most qualified experts to install such a high-performance system, especially when homeowners need to upgrade their network to meet the demands of these and other connected products under their roof.”
Recently, the company introduced LeakSmart Snap, a shut-off valve control that installs without tools or the need to cut into the main water supply. Homeowners can extend protection during power and WiFi outages with the new LeakSmart Hub 3.0, with built-in WiFi and a battery back-up Zigbee system hub that works even when the internet and power is down.
Capitol Signs on as Gold Sponsor of Lutron PRO Event at CEDIA 2018
Program to Push Custom Pros to “Think Different” with the Input from Industry Leaders
EAGAN, MN, August 27, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, announced today that is it is a Gold Sponsor of the 2nd Annual Lutron PRO Event at CEDIA 2018.
Scheduled to be held on Friday, September 7, 7:15 AM at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Grand Ballroom 5 – 9, the panel discussion will be a deep dive into the ways and means for custom professionals to capitalize on recent growth in the smart home category. Panelists will include JJ Canon, Digital Delight; Shalom Illouz, Powerful Systems, and representatives from Logitech and Sonos.
“Time and again, our friends at Lutron illustrate their commitment to supporting our customers through programs that present industry leaders discussing and sometimes debating the most relevant trends affecting our business today, and in the near future,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “We applaud their work and are only too happy to lend our name to the program.”
The program, which is free with CEDIA Expo registration and includes breakfast followed by a formal presentation, panel discussion, and prize giveaway, is open to all show attendees. Prizes include Lutron, Sonos, and Logitech packages. In addition, Lutron will allow each sponsor’s customer to purchase one (1) RA2 Select Starter Kit for $250 from their Lutron distributor.
For further information, visit: https://bit.ly/2M1NCR0.
Capitol Appoints Megan Larson to Newly Created Marketing Manager & Graphic Artist Position
Ms. Larson Brings Deep Background in Branding and Market Outreach to Her Role at Capitol
EAGAN, MN, August 27, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, announced today that Megan Larson was appointed Marketing Manager & Graphic Artist. Cheryl Johnson, who until recently held the title of Vice President of Marketing, is now Capitol’s E-commerce and Website Manager, overseeing all web content, communication with web developers, and related responsibilities.
In her new role, Ms. Larson, who brings more than 10 years of experience in all facets of marketing and graphic design to her new role, will oversee an evolution of the Capitol brand through updates of all marketing, branding, and social media outreach.
“Megan’s extensive background covers all the bases, with a track record of one proven success after another,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “The depth of her professional experience is matched only by her interpersonal skills. She ‘gets’ people from the moment she meets them.”
Prior to joining Capitol, Ms. Larson drove marketing and branding efforts for Creekridge Capital, a healthcare IT-financed vendor finance company that was subsequently acquired by Hitachi Capital America, forming Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services. During her combined seven years of experience with the two brands, Ms. Larson not only developed the Creekridge brand from the ground up, but she also developed, administered, and monitored the latter brand’s website, social media presence, and its full breadth of marketing materials.
“I’ve always been attracted to small, successful companies with the potential to grow exponentially larger,” said Ms. Larson. “Beginning with my first interview, I felt perfectly in sync with Capitol’s commitment to its customers, and its objectives for gaining additional market share in their space.”
Russound to Feature New MBX-PRE and MCX-AMP Streaming Audio Solutions At Capitol’s CEDIA Expo 2018 Display
New Compact Streaming Audio Models Offer Numerous Streaming Options and Maximum Flexibility
EAGAN, MN, August 13, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, will feature two new Russound products in its CEDIA Expo 2018 booth, #4715, September 4 – 8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
Originally previewed at the 2017 CEDIA Expo, the MBX-AMP and MBX-PRE are single-box solutions that are easy to install and configure as a streaming audio system for residential installations, while access to SiriusXM for Business makes it a smart and reliable solution in light commercial projects. Russound designed the MBX-AMP to be a decentralized, amplified streaming solution for installers who want to offer the most up-to-date streaming media options to their clients. The MBX-PRE is similar to the MBX-AMP, minus the amplifier section.
“Few companies are as in tune with custom specialists’ needs as Russound,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Nearly every model in their arsenal is based on dealer feedback, which is especially true of the new MBX models. Their simplicity and flexibility make them the perfect add-on for any job that requires a simple, smart streaming solution.”
The MBX-AMP is a 50 WPC zone amplifier is a unique solution designed to allow sharing of any multiroom audio speakers with a local TV. Its Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet connections allow for quick, reliable installation, and the addition of Tidal and Deezer to Russound’s current streaming assortment makes a compelling combination of services.
The companion MBX-PRE is a preamplifier version of MBX-AMP, designed to work with any brand of amplifier or receiver. Both models feature built-in support for high resolution audio, Bluetooth, Chromecast on board, Apple AirPlay, and voice control via Amazon Alexa, and includes TIDAL, Deezer, and much more.
Both the MBX-PRE and MBX-AMP will ship in late Q4.
“This year, we’re showing two of our most important new models at the Capitol booth because they know how to communicate the features and benefits to custom professionals scouting for the most practical products at the show,” said Charlie Porritt, CEO, Russound. “The MBX-PRE and MBX-AMP are two of our most highly anticipated products of the year, and we’re proud to partner with Capitol for their debut.”
TCL TVs to Be on Display in the Capitol Booth at CEDIA 2018
Capitol to be the Exclusive Expo Site for TCL’s Premium 65” 6-Series Model
EAGAN, MN, August 7, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, is partnering with TCL®, one of the world’s largest and America’s fastest-growing television brands, at the upcoming CEDIA Expo 2018, Sept. 4 – 8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
One of TCL’s most popular models will be featured in Capitol’s booth #4715, which will be the exclusive display of TCL televisions at the expo. The 65” 6-Series 4K UHD TCL Roku TV™ with Dolby Vision™ HDR is considered to be the custom professional’s best friend for its innovation and over-the-top value.
“Custom professionals turn to TCL every time they need a foolproof video solution for home theaters of nearly every size,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “It makes perfect sense, considering how a line like the 6-Series combines a wide mix of outstanding picture performance with Roku, and a brushed metal design that matches any décor.”
Elevating the home entertainment experience, the 6-Series has already garnered industry accolades and praise from top-tier media outlets including CNET (Editor’s Choice), Digital Trends (Editor’s Choice), New York Times’ The Wirecutter (Best TV), PC Magazine (Editor’s Choice), USA Today‘s Reviewed.com (Editor’s Choice), and Tom’s Guide (Editor’s Choice) among others. TCL’s 6-Series is the successor to 2017’s highly-lauded P6-Series and strengthens its reputation for picture performance with advanced technology including Dolby Vision HDR and increased Contrast Control Zones™ along with vibrant wide color powered by TCL’s NBP Photon™ technology, a new iPQ Engine™ for controlled and precise color reproduction, and HDR Pro Gamma™ for impactful HDR performance in any environment. In addition to its innovative design aesthetic with a bold, brushed metal finish, TCL’s new 6-Series boasts the latest version of the Roku® OS, which is simple to set up and incredibly easy to use. The inviting home screen displays all inputs and lets users choose from more than 5,000 streaming channels providing access to 500,000+ movies and TV episodes.
“Our premium TCL TVs are perfect for the CEDIA audience and we are thrilled to return to the world’s premier showcase for home technology with our new, award-winning 6-Series TCL Roku TV. As America’s fastest-growing TV brand, it’s important for us to be here with Capitol and showcase the products behind our explosive growth in the U.S. market,” said Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL. “We continue to revolutionize the home entertainment experience with our innovative 6-Series model, which offers best-in-class picture quality with leading technology like Dolby Vision HDR and easy access to more content than other smart TVs with the popular Roku OS, all wrapped in a sleek, modern cabinet that will look great in any living room, even when powered off.”
Capitol Lowers Prices on Three Leading Peerless-AV® UltraView™ Outdoor TVs
UltraView™ is the Ultimate 4K Display Solution for Outdoor Theaters
EAGAN, MN, July 9, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, today announced lower prices on three of Peerless-AV’s top-performing outdoor televisions.
The three models – UV652 (65”), UV552 (55”), and UV492 (49”) – are part of Peerless-AV’s UltraView™ UHD Outdoor TV series, acclaimed for its maintenance-free, year-round reliability, making it a favorite among custom installation professionals who require all-season outdoor entertainment solutions.
“Every year, our customers install higher numbers of outdoor entertainment systems,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “A big, bright display is the heart of any high-performance outdoor theater, and none have a better reputation for performance and reliability than UltraView UHD models from Peerless-AV.”
Peerless-AV’s UltraView series is comprised of products that are specifically designed for dependability in all types of weather, and temperatures ranging from -22°F to 122°F. Among their many benefits are exceptional color and video quality from any viewing angles, direct sunlight readability, and DC power ports for safe storage and power for small video equipment, including consumer-grade Blu-ray players and streaming devices.
Added Mr. Hayes: “There may not be a shortage of outdoor TVs available to custom pros, but only a select few offer value and dependability like UltraView models.”
More than 100 Custom Pros Join Capitol for a Day-Long Open House and Training Sessions
Forty Technology Leaders Presented Extensive Training and Product Displays Over the Course of the 10 1/2-hour Program
EAGAN, MN, June 27, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for light commercial and residential systems as well as premium incentive resellers, continued to reinforce its commitment to customer education and service when it hosted more than 100 custom integration and consumer electronics professionals at its day-long Dealer Training and Open House on Thursday, June 14th, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.
On hand for the extensive training and product displays presented by 40 participating companies, including such blue-chip brands as JBL Pro, Denon, Polk Audio, KEF, Luxul, Onkyo, RTI, Sanus, Sony, Niles, Russound, TechLogix, August Home, Nest, and Key Digital, were integration specialists from throughout the Midwest who took advantage of the 10 1/2-hour program.
“We were all knocked out by the tremendous interest expressed by dealers in our part of the world,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “It was a strong turnout by any measure, let alone our inaugural day-long program. It goes to show that the savviest custom pros are always hungry for training that gives them a clear competitive edge.”
Clint Forberg, RTI’s Regional Business Manager – Central, commented on how the format gave participants to accomplish more than attend training a series of training sessions.
“I spoke with many dealers at the Capitol Sales event, and each of them expressed that it was a worthwhile investment of time,” said Mr. Forberg. “Beyond the training opportunities, I noticed dealers networking with manufacturers and other dealers, sharing ideas and collaborating on system designs. The Capitol Sales team circulated the event, ensuring that every attendee had everything needed to get the most from their attendance.”
Capitol’s Open House and Dealer Training featured multiple training sessions alongside an extensive product and technology display area that highlighted the most lucrative trends in the custom installation market.
Rounding out the day were four big product giveaways. Nate Seitzer of Davco Technologies walked away with a 50” Haier TV; Mayer Electric’s Jim Morris (pictured left with Capitol’s Ken Jeffries) won a Pioneer MRX-3 wireless speaker; Gary Uecke of Lifestyle Electronics won a Pioneer Elite Network AVR; and Insight Pictures’ Kyle Halvorson, who received an Onkyo Network AVR.
Haier TVs Added to the Capitol Mix
Nine HD and UHD Haier TVs Bring a Wide Selection of Features and Benefits to Capitol’s Customers
EAGAN, MN, April 17, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for light commercial and residential systems as well as premium incentive resellers, announced today that it is now offering a selection of leading high performance, high value TVs from Haier America’s Digital Products Group.
The Haier Group offers a comprehensive array of innovative electronics and appliances for any size home or apartment, ranging from room air conditioners, compact refrigerators, and home wine cellars to HDTVs and full-scale kitchen and laundry appliances. Haier also promotes sustainability and a healthy planet with a number of energy-saving products that reduce energy bills at home and protect the environment.
Haier’s HD and UHD TVs are popular among consumers for their brilliant colors, sharp detail, and reliable performance over years of extensive use.
“Haier TVs are among the most popular in the market, and certainly one of the most requested by our customers,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “In particular, Haier’s UHD models achieve a level of performance and intuitive usability that we typically associate with higher priced products. With 4K sales increasing at a rapid pace, Haier TVs are poised to add to our customers’ profitability throughout the year.”
Among the nine Haier TV selections added to Capitol’s catalog is a 75” Smart 4K Ultra HD Slim TV (model 75UG6550G), which epitomizes the company’s commitment to designing large-screen TVs with maximum emphasis on value and reliability. Included in the feature-packed model are Google Chromecast for access to hundreds of streaming apps, a two-way sound chamber featuring two-way speakers enclosed in Haier’s sound chamber for enhanced sonics, and 120 full motion rate which minimizes lag time, even during high-impact action sequences. And in addition to Chromecast, Haier has entered into a global partnership with Google to utilize their SMART TV platform, which will not only give users access an incredible array of entertainment options but also allow them to expand into the Google smart home ecosystem with the Haier TV serving as its hub.
“Sales of 4K models are growing more rapidly than HD in the latter’s first few years,” added Mr. Hayes. “It’s no surprise that leading vendors such as Haier are stepping up with improved feature sets at reasonable price points that make it easy for consumers to upgrade to one of these stellar new models.”
Polk Power Comes to Capitol
Capitol Adds Polk Sound Bars, Subs, and Signature Series to Home Theater Audio Mix
EAGAN, MN, April 10, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, today announced that it now offers a selection of Polk Audio sound bars, wireless subwoofers, and Signature Series home theater speakers to its customers nationwide.
Polk Audio, a high-performance audio brand with a 40 plus-year legacy of sound engineering and design, is a leading brand in the market for affordable, feature-rich sound solutions. Capitol offers five Polk Audio sound bar/wireless sub systems, in addition to two stand-alone subwoofers. The company also offers Polk Audio’s popular Signature Series home theater speakers, which include tower, bookshelf, and center models.
“Since the beginning, Polk Audio has stood for exceptional performance at reasonable prices,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Their sound bars, in particular, are considered must-carry items by custom pros who sometimes need to cover a small room outside a larger whole-house installation. The sonic output of their sound bar-and-sub systems is light years ahead of what you expect from the category.”
A highlight of Capitol’s Polk Audio selection is the MagniFi Mini compact soundbar with wireless subwoofer. The MagniFi Mini delivers the big, room-filling home theater experience expected from a full-size sound bar in an ultra-compact design. Compatible with most TVs, it is easy to set up and features Polk’s VoiceAdjust™ and surround sound technologies, ensuring crystal clear dialogue and immersive surround sound—plus an included wireless subwoofer for deep bass impact that can be felt. Inputs include HDMI, ARC, optical, and 3.5mm jacks, and it includes both Bluetooth and WiFi compatibility (Google Chromecast).