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Independent Thinking Podcast

86: Catching Up with CEDIA at Their First In-Person PrimeTime

86: Catching Up with CEDIA at Their First In-Person PrimeTime

Robert Keeler, senior director of sales, sponsorships and partnerships for CEDIA, reflects on his first few days at PrimeTime in Nashville — the association’s first face-to-face opportunity with Nationwide members since the partnership with HTSN was announced earlier this year.

85: Looking at Laser TV Trends with Hisense

85: Looking at Laser TV Trends with Hisense

The push to get bigger screen sizes into consumers’ homes has been a big boon for the laser TV (and projector) market. And as more consumers looked to boost their at-home entertainment experience recently, that trend has only accelerated. We sat down with Ken Welty, director of laser TV for Hisense USA, to dive deeper into the space.

84: Helping Retailers Tackle Labor Challenges with Installation Nation

84: Helping Retailers Tackle Labor Challenges with Installation Nation

There’s been no shortage of talk about the ongoing labor challenges impacting nearly every industry. A new partnership with Installation Nation aims to help Nationwide’s retailers address their delivery and installation needs. We sat down with President and CEO Jacob Anderson to talk about the partnership and more.

82: A Deep Dive Into the HTSN Member Report

82: A Deep Dive Into the HTSN Member Report

During PrimeTime in Nashville, the Home Technology Specialists Nationwide group will drop its first-ever HTSN Member Report. Ahead of the release of the report, we sat down with HTSN Director Hank Alexander to preview some of the findings.

81: CEDIA Expo Organizer Chats on First Show Back In-Person

81: CEDIA Expo Organizer Chats on First Show Back In-Person

Jason McGraw, Group Vice President of CEDIA Expo and KBIS for Emerald Expositions, spares a few moments from his packed schedule to chat about the work being done to prepare for the first in-person CEDIA Expo in two years. The show is set for September 1-3 in Indy.

80: The Good Word on TV Trends with TCL’s Product Evangelist

80: The Good Word on TV Trends with TCL’s Product Evangelist

Bruce Walker has always been passionate about TV technology, going back to his time working in independent retail. Today, he gets to talk about display advancements as the Product Evangelist for TCL. Bruce dives into new and upcoming product, TV trends and more.

79: The Evolution of Brad’s Home Entertainment

79: The Evolution of Brad’s Home Entertainment

Out of the (literal) ashes from a fire that destroyed everything before his company turned two years old, Brad Elbrader has grown Brad’s Home Entertainment into an all-around thriving business — one he says he could’ve never dreamed up nearly 25 years ago.

77: Sound Designs on Its Booming Custom Install Business

77: Sound Designs on Its Booming Custom Install Business

Like other home-renovation segments, custom integrators have experienced a significant boost in business during the pandemic months. Bryan Koutsky, president and co-owner of Sound Designs in Mequon, Wisconsin, shoots on how they’ve been keeping up, their plans to expand, the role their new website has played in it all, and more.

76: Uncovering and Discussing the Van Vreede’s Advantages

76: Uncovering and Discussing the Van Vreede’s Advantages

Van Vreede’s General Manager Scott Brynjulfson spends some time talking about what separates his business from his competitors, including their service and delivery departments, a commitment to keeping employees happy, and their continual evolution and adoption of digital services.

75: Nationwide Returns to the Road with Regional Member Meetings

75: Nationwide Returns to the Road with Regional Member Meetings

Nationwide Marketing Group’s Content Director Doug Marsh was one of just four individuals who had the opportunity to attend each of the group’s four Regional Member Meetings in late-May and early-June. He recaps his experience for us on the latest episode of the Independent Thinking Podcast.

74: Turning “Prime Day” Into a Win for the Independent Retail Channel

74: Turning “Prime Day” Into a Win for the Independent Retail Channel

Ahead of one of the biggest e-commerce days of the year, NMG’s VP of Shopper Marketing Amanda Evans joined us to talk about the opportunity for independent retailers to turn the messaging around in their favor. 

72: Serving Their Community Is What Drives Advantage Appliance

72: Serving Their Community Is What Drives Advantage Appliance

Co-owner Mark Braun founded Advantage Appliance in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1993, and since Day 1, his mission has been to serve his community with the best deals, best service, and by giving back. He shared his story and the role Nationwide Marketing Group has played in his success.

71: Covering Wireless Audio and Retail Trends with WiSA

71: Covering Wireless Audio and Retail Trends with WiSA

Tony Ostrom, president of the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, jumps on the Independent Thinking Podcast to talk about the latest trends in wireless audio, the work of the association, their retail initiatives and more.

70: Bobcat Home Furnishings Shares Its Growth Story

70: Bobcat Home Furnishings Shares Its Growth Story

From an idea on the back of a napkin, to a startup business run out of the back of a truck, to a massive presence in a 32,000-square-foot Boseman, Montana-based location — all in just 13 years. Alonzo Antonucci, owner of Bobcat Home Furnishings Company, shares his story.

68: Tackling the Chipset Shortage and Other Supply Chain Challenges in Consumer Electronics

68: Tackling the Chipset Shortage and Other Supply Chain Challenges in Consumer Electronics

Nationwide Marketing Group Vice President of Consumer Electronics Lee McDonald addresses a wide range of topics on the latest podcast, including the ongoing chipset shortage, tech trends the pandemic pushed and more.