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AHA Distributing Acquires Electronics Source Distributors, Expands Presence in Florida

Southeast Catalyst AV Distributors Group Member AHA Distributing Takes On South Florida, Caribbean Markets Through Acquisition of Electronics Source Distributors

On February 1st AHA Commences Business at Electronics Source, located in Boynton Beach

AHA to host March 29th open house event featuring 15 leading manufacturers, giveaways, aggressive promotions and refreshments

Boynton Beach, FL – February 1, 2016 –Southeast Catalyst AV Distributors Group member AHA Distributing — with locations in Atlanta, Tampa and Charlotte – has acquired fellow Catalyst AV Distributors Group member Electronics Source Distributors, a CEDIA channel solutions-specialized distributor based in Boynton Beach, Florida.  By way of the deal, AHA expands its reach to South Florida and Caribbean markets and gains a fuller portfolio of heritage CEDIA channel brands that can be delivered same-day / next-day throughout Florida.

Electronics Source is located minutes from Interstate-95 at 2037 High Ridge Road in Boynton Beach.  Effective February 1st operations begin as that of AHA Distributing. Electronics Source inside sales managers Mark Johnson and Paul Lacourse are continuing on with AHA Distributing. The Boynton Beach phone number 561.687.7737 remains the same.  Johnson can be emailed at [email protected] and Lacourse at [email protected].

(Pictured left to rightl: AHA Boynton’s sales managers Mark Johnson and Paul Lacourse joined by Chris & Toni Gilray.)

AHA is hosting an Open House Event on March 29th that features 15 exhibiting manufacturers, product giveaways, aggressive promotions and refreshments. Admission is free.

All the lines that Electronics Source offered to its Florida / Caribbean markets remain fully available from the Boynton Beach location.  In addition, AHA brings Boston Acoustics, Definitive Technology, Denon, Ethereal, Just Add Power, Key Digital, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Origin Acoustics, Parasound, Platinum Tools, Seura, Speco, Transformative Engineering, Vivitek and Wilson Electronics.

Similarly, through the acquisition, Electronics Source’s lines are now available at AHA Tampa. The lines are Onkyo, Screen Innovations, Seura, Total Control, Tivo and URC.

“We have tremendous respect for what Mike Hench and Electronics Source achieved in Florida and Caribbean and are excited to now make these markets part of the AHA family,” says AHA founder and CEO Chris Gilray.  “Dealers will love our special touch of lucrative loyalty rewards programs, frequent newsletters / product updates, aggressive on-site training schedule and of course our CEDIA channel-centric sales and tech support.”

“I’m extremely pleased and excited to see Electronics Source become part of AHA Distributing,” says Mike Hench, founder and president of Electronics Source.  “This is a real benefit for all the dealers and will greatly enhance AHA Distributing’s presence in the entire state of Florida and the Caribbean.”

Mike Hench established Electronics Source to serve the Florida market more than 20 years ago.  Both Electronics Source and AHA Distributing are member companies of the Catalyst AV Distributors Group (established 2012), of which Hench is a co-founder and board member.  Hench will be stepping down from the Catalyst Board, and will continue in the channel, focusing his efforts on his sales rep firm L.P. Hench Company, Inc. 

AHA Organizational Changes
As part of the expansion into South Florida, AHA has already made some organizational changes.  Chris Gentile, previously GM of AHA Atlanta, has been promoted to VP of Operations across all four AHA warehouse locations. The company has also appointed Mark Burke as GM of Tampa. Burke was previously with integration firm Dynamark Systems.

About AHA Distributing
AHA is a relationship-based distribution company serving residential and commercial system integrators and retailers across a six-state area in the Southeast.  AHA covers the Southeast including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas.  Address: 2037 High Ridge Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33426, Phone: 561.687.7737.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV Distributors Group is a network of 12 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S via its 22-locations.  Catalyst AV Distributors Group grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 16,000 integrators.   Catalyst AV Distributors Group benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.  The Catalyst AV Distributors Group Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing).

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