Distributors' meeting at EVI Audio
EVI Audio welcomed 200 guests to an international distributors' meeting in Straubing from January 11-13 – Robert Hesse, Vice President Sales Communication EMEA and Managing Director of EVI Audio, noted the "first-class response to the products demonstrated" – Ten enterprises won "Distributor of the Year" awards
EVI Audio GmbH invited international distributors to a meeting at its Straubing, Bavaria headquarters that ran from January 11-13. A team led by Robert Hesse, Vice President Sales Communication EMEA and Managing Director of EVI Audio, welcomed around 200 distributors from the entire EMEA region. The rich and varied programme included live demos, workshops and tours of the plant, as well as glimpses of coming product innovations.
The settings for the product demonstrations were EVI Audio's 600-square-meter demo hall and the perfectly equipped presentation room. Aaron Chisena (Product Manager, Electro-Voice Mobile Audio) and Markus Schmittinger (Product Marketing Manager, Electro-Voice) introduced guests to the new ZXA1-Sub, a twelve-inch powered subwoofer from Electro-Voice. When paired with the ZXA-1 eight-inch two-way powered loudspeaker this subwoofer forms a compact PA that is at the same time light and powerful. A band performed live with this system combination in the well-attended demo room, leaving the guests with a uniformly positive impression of its capabilities.
Martin Traut (Senior Product Manager at EVI Audio) and Jürgen Langhorst (Sales Director Mobile Audio Germany at EVI Audio) offered a peek at a new development from Electro-Voice's sister firm DYNACORD that will be seeing the light shortly, and new product breakout sessions took place across the facility. Other sessions addressed business and technical angles, including "Modern Audio in Gastronomic Environments" and "Signal Processing, IRIS-Net, OMNEO". Further highlights included visits to the After-Sales Service (ASA), where distributors could see for themselves the professionalism of the company's approach, as illustrated by the workstations of the technicians and the carefully structured International Order Desk.
"As at the NAMM show, the response to the products demonstrated was absolutely first class," reports Hesse. "With the ZXA1-Sub, we seem once again to have launched into the market a product that corresponds to the needs of our customers whilst at the same time occupying an attractive price segment."
A further highlight of the weekend was the presentation of the "Distributor of the Year” awards, which took place at a dinner in the Bräuhaus in Schwarzach. Ten companies were honored this year: from Europe, the coveted awards went to Tommex, H.S.A. AUDIO SRL, TTT Theater Technics & Technology, Standard Audio Systems AB, Ruton S, and Sound House Pro ltd, whilst from the Middle East and Africa AMAC s.a.r.l., Atempo, Hi Fi Service, and Abu Moammar Est were the lucky winners.
States Robert Hesse: " We honor the great dedication of our partners through these awards. It is only through their commitment, their know-how and – not least – their trust in our partnership and our team that we are able to maintain our successful course in the pro audio sector. And to have done so, now, for many years. This meeting, therefore, also helped us once again set the future course of the enterprise. The global EVI Audio family has grown a good deal closer as a result."
"The event was an absolute success," confirms EVI Audio's Marketing Director, Robert Pletz. "We made the most of our home advantage this year and were able to demonstrate our products in an optimal presentation environment. Who else has the largest in-house test and demonstration hall in Europe at their disposal? It all made for a convivial atmosphere in which there was plenty of time for productive discussions and exchanges regarding best practices."
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Congratulations! Ten distributors from all over the EMEA region were presented with "Distributor of the Year" awards
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Beneath the imposing, vaulted ceiling of the Bräuhaus Schwarzach, the celebrations ran late into the night
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Robert Hesse, Vice President Sales Communication EMEA and Managing Director EVI Audio GmbH, was delighted to welcome some 200 guests from the EMEA region