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Capitol and Wilson Electronics Partner to Educate Custom Pros on Business Opportunities in Cellular Amps

Featured webinar will focus on business opportunities, technologies, short-term market goals, and more

EAGAN, MN, May 22, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, announced that it will join forces with Wilson Electronics on Tuesday, June 4, 10 AM EST/9 AM CST, to present a timely webinar on how custom professionals can build business by adding cellular improvements to their menu of specialties and services.

Hosted by Capitol’s Technology Sales Specialist, Chris Scanlan, and featuring Brac Jenkins, National Sales Manager, Wilson Electronics, the webinar “What Are You Doing to Fix Your Client’s Cell Signal?” will focus on current and upcoming developments in technologies that improve cellular signals in homes and commercial facilities.

Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO, said: “Custom professionals typically offer a selection of cellular amplifiers and similar products, but the market is exploding in such a way that there is a need to understand exactly how new products can increase profitability by offering demonstrable improvements in cellular reception, in any sized facility.”

Over the course of the detailed webinar, Mr. Scanlan and Mr. Jenkins will focus on topical subjects, including causes of cellular connectivity problems, where cellular amplifiers fit in a custom pro’s arsenal of services, opportunities for building profitability, a solution overview, and much more.

By partnering with Wilson Electronics, Capitol will bring its customers an information-packed webinar featuring the leader in cellular amplifiers for home, retail, and corporate environments. For example, Wilson’s new WilsonPro Pro 1100, a recently introduced professional-grade cell signal amplifier, which offers continuous connectivity in up to a 35,000 square feet coverage area—never overloading or shutting down due to a strong outside cell signal.

For greater control and usability, the Pro 1100 utilizes a color LCD touch screen, allowing users to troubleshoot, assess performance, adjust the outside antenna, and turn bands on and off. Its modern, intuitive design makes for easier antenna connection and wall-mount installation.

Added Mr. Hayes: “Capitol’s commitment to education and training is one of the most important benefits of doing business with us. We feel it is important to bring greater understanding of lucrative technologies to everyone in the market. We hope that all custom installation pros in the residential and light commercial channels join us for a deep dive into one of the most relevant profit opportunities in the market.”

Capitol and Wilson Electronics Partner to Educate Custom Pros on Business Opportunities in Cellular Amps

 

Capitol to Present Two AVR-centric Webinars Via Facebook Live Stream

Pioneer Elite and Onkyo to Be Featured in Company’s Double Feature Live Stream Debut

EAGAN, MN, March 26, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, is going to present back-to-back new product training webinars live on Facebook, April 23rd. These trainings will be on the new Onkyo and Pioneer receivers that include features and benefits for the custom installation market. Both sessions will be presented by Rolf Hawkins, International Sales Trainer, Onkyo USA Corp.

“We’re proud to offer Capitol’s customers two critical sessions that speak directly to custom professionals via Facebook’s live stream feature,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “These sessions will focus on new high-performance AVR models from two of the leading brands in the business, and we want to make sure that both presentations reach the maximum number of participants without them having to leave their office.”

Beginning at 10:30 AM CST, Mr. Hawkins will present an overview of Onkyo’s 2019 receiver lineup, as well as a review of Onkyo favorites MCA1120 and PCA1120, both of which are designed for the custom installation channel. Among the most important features of the new products is compatibility with Sonos and Apple AirPlay2, and a Zone2 DAC at lower price points. The new CI models also include dual HDMI outputs for video, virtual height channels, and are certified IMAX Enhanced.

The second session, beginning at 10:45 AM CST, will cover the Pioneer/Elite 2019 receiver lineup, with important features similar to those of the Onkyo models.

To join either session, participants only need to “Like” Capitol’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CapitolSalesCo/. Then, on April 23rd, simply log in to Facebook and look for the Capitol LIVE streaming webinar link at the top of Capitol’s page or near Facebook Stories.

Following the live sessions, they will be available on the company’s Facebook page and YouTube channel in the Webinar playlist: https://bit.ly/2HRousG,

Capitol to Present Two AVR-centric Webinars Via Facebook Live Stream

 

Capitol to Feature a Bevy of Connected Home and Entertainment Products at Nationwide PrimeTime

From Security to Lighting Controls and Entertainment, a Robust Network is at the Heart of In-demand Technologies

EAGAN, MN, February 6, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, will roll into Nationwide PrimeTime, February 10 – 13 in Las Vegas, NV, with a massive selection of Connected Home and A/V gear that represents the most lucrative product categories in the consumer electronics and custom integration channels.

To be held at the Venetian/Palazzo and Sands Expo, Nationwide PrimeTime brings the electronics lead manufacturers and distributors under one roof for three days of extensive hands-on training and product demonstrations. Additionally, Capitol dealers are invited to stop by the booth for cash-back offers that are only applicable on orders written at the show.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find another forum that matches the depth of education and exposure to innovation that you find at Nationwide PrimeTime events,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Membership in the Nationwide Marketing Group is one of the most vital investments for dealers.”

Capitol’s booth, #833, will be packed with leading manufacturers’ star attractions. Included in the mix will be Lutron’s Caseta Lamp Starter Kit, featuring a plug-in lamp dimmer and Pico remote control.

Also, in the spotlight will be Onkyo’s 7.2-channel 4K Network Receiver, the ultimate networked home entertainment AVR that works with Google Assistant. Model TXNR585 features 170W/ch at 6 Ohms (80W at 8), 5.2.2 channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. In addition, it is HDR10 and Dolby Vision compatible, and Chromecast and DTS Play-Fi ready.

Capitol to Feature a Bevy of Connected Home and Entertainment Products at Nationwide PrimeTime

 

Capitol Debuts New Logo in Rebranding Campaign

New Logo Represents Capitol’s Commitment to Evolving with its Customers

EAGAN, MN, January 21, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, unveiled a new logo that is the focal point of a rebranding campaign that was launched on January 2, 2019.

The new logo features the company name with their iconic “play” button in Capitol Teal within the “O” of the company name.

“Capitol is in the midst of a rebranding effort, driven in no small part by our Marketing Manager & Graphic Artist, Megan Larson,” commented Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “From our website, collateral and eFlyers to our customers, Megan is creating an updated, unified appearance for all things Capitol, which of course begins with a new logo that features a fresh appearance while still being recognizable to our longtime clients.”

 

The new logo is now part of all of the company’s communications, website, and social media pages, and will be incorporated into event signage, show displays, and any venue where Capitol has a presence.

“The design of our new logo communicates who we are today and captures many of our core values,” said Ms. Larson. “Our refreshed look symbolizes our expertise of the products we sell and the simplicity of working with us.”

Capitol Debuts New Logo in Rebranding Campaign

 

Capitol to Scour CES for New and Upcoming Smart Home, A/V Products

- Company Views CES as an Opportunity to Explore Business-Building Opportunities for Years to Come -

EAGAN, MN, December 14, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, will use the occasion of CES 2019 to explore new and upcoming connected home, audio, and video products from industry leaders and newcomers alike.

“CES remains the premier showcase for technologies that will have the biggest impact on the consumer electronics market,” commented Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “Each year, we unleash several senior members of our team to dig deep and explore how burgeoning technologies will affect product development over the next several years.”

In 2019, Mr. Hayes sees the IoT only growing in importance, as evidenced by the number of exhibitors staking a claim under the Smart Home banner.

“More than 900 companies are billed as specialists in Smart Home, featuring a massive selection of products that tie home management, entertainment, security, and HVAC together under one wireless umbrella,” said Mr. Hayes. “With the number of ‘smart speaker’ users growing every day, the industry is stepping up with a deluge of products that are designed to enhance and simplify consumers’ lives, and we’re going to determine which technologies will give our customers the most effective arsenal for building profits through 2019.”

“More than 900 companies are billed as specialists in Smart Home, featuring a massive selection of products that tie home management, entertainment, security, and HVAC together under one wireless umbrella,” said Mr. Hayes. “With the number of ‘smart speaker’ users growing every day, the industry is stepping up with a deluge of products that are designed to enhance and simplify consumers’ lives, and we’re going to determine which technologies will give our customers the most effective arsenal for building profits through 2019.”

“Sony’s exhibit is like a show in itself,” said Mr. Hayes.

Capitol to Scour CES for New and Upcoming Smart Home, A/V Products

 

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 Appoints A/V Veteran Jacki Montgomery as a Technical Sales & Design Specialist

 

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 Adds LeakSmart to its Selection of High-Performance Networked Products for the Home