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Almo: Samsung’s Specialty Distributor of Year

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By David Keene

We get dozens of press releases per week about so-and-so company being named a manufacturer’s “distributor of the year”,or distributor of the month, or announcing the 1st anniversary of the redesign of a distributor’s website… you get the idea.

But this announcement is different. Learning that Almo was named Samsung’s Specialty Distributor of Year, is not a routine announcement. Why? Because Almo was not even an AV distributor 14months ago. In fact, the only thing I can compare the rise of Almo in this industry to, is, well, the rise of Samsung in the commercial AV market. Remember when Samsung came out of nowhere… and it seemed liked from one InfoComm to the next (what, eight or so years back?), they had more flat panels in a single InfoComm booth than all the heavyweights that had been in the market for years. (Alan Brawn can take credit for a lot of that rise, when he headed the AV display division at Samsung.)

So, hats off to Sam Taylor and team at Almo, for ramping up their “Speciality” distribution, not just for Samsung, but for a lot of top-shelf display products… that speciality would be of course, digital signage, as well as the InfoComm market in general. Here is the newsrelease from Almo yesterday:

Almo Professional A/V Named Samsung’s

Specialty Distributor of the Year

Philadelphia, PA — June 23, 2010— Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, has been named Samsung Electronics America ITD Division’s “Specialty Distributor of the Year”.

The prestigious award was presented to Almo Professional A/V during Samsung’s Fourth Annual Innovation Jam 2010 Customer Appreciation Event, which took place on June 10, 2010, in conjunction with InfoComm 2010. Almo Professional A/V received the award just a few hours after its own celebration event, held to mark the one-year anniversary of the company formation. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corporation, a 64-year-old leading distributor of major appliances, consumer electronics and A/V equipment.

“Our experience at this year’s InfoComm show was a real validation of our value-added business model,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “Earning Samsung’s Specialty Distributor of the Year award after only one year in business is an absolute honor. It acknowledges the strength of our vendor partnership with Samsung and the hard work that Almo Professional A/V has put into bringing the Samsung products – and the training and education behind them – into the reseller community.”

Samsung’s Fourth Annual Innovation Jam 2010 Customer Appreciation Event was held at the Pure Nightclub in Caesar’s Palace. To view a video clip of Sam Taylor accepting the award on behalf of Almo Professional A/V, click here.

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About Almo Professional A/V

Founded in 2009, Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines specifically for the Pro A/V channel, customers can expect the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The entire Almo Professional A/V sales team is Infocomm-trained, and the vast majority is CTS-certified. The team is also the first to complete the Digital Signage Certified Expert program. Almo Professional A/V teams with InfoComm International to offer certified courses that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V distributes all the leading displays and peripherals, with new manufacturers and products being added each day. Markets served include bar and restaurant, corporate, digital signage, education, government, healthcare, home theater, hospitality, house of worship, and rental & staging.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav.

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