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Board of Advisors

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Ali Babazadeh

President – HabiTech Systems Inc.

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Ali is a Graduate of Duke University and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He attended the National Institute Of Nuclear Sciences in Paris France and received a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science. After a decade of advancements with Schlumberger Technologies, American Management Systems, and Deloitte Consulting, Ali relocated with his family to Ormond Beach, FL to fulfill his ambition of developing a Technology Integration company to move new homes and offices into the new millennium. Ali started HabiTech Systems in 1999 and since then, the company has completed thousands of residential, commercial, and industrial integration projects in Florida. HabiTech provides all of the latest low-voltage services: Security, Structured Wiring, Networking, IP Telephony, Audio & Video, Control and Energy Management Systems.

“One of the main reasons for my professional advancement has been the ability to learn from the best. At AiN I feel that I am surrounded by the best and brightest business owners in the Low Voltage Industry.”

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Randall Duncan

Managing Partner – DataSmart / Duncan Security

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Sensing both a need and an opportunity in the greater Houston residential construction market, Randall founded DataSmart and Duncan Security in 2000. Having established strong builder relationships as an insurance agent, he sought to establish an integrated services platform for low-voltage wiring and home security systems installation/monitoring. Randall’s obsessive attention to customer needs and service responsiveness has fueled the company’s rapid growth, diversification and immense popularity with builders and homeowners alike. His tireless efforts inspire the commitment of a core team of talented professionals, thus establishing DataSmart / Duncan Security as the home technologies market leader in the greater Houston area.

“As the home technologies industry continues to innovate with new products and service models, association with a thriving national group of industry professionals is essential to survival and success. The AiN Group has provided DataSmart and Duncan Security with just such an invaluable networking and informational resource.”

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Tommy Franklin

President – SmartCom Home Technologies

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Tommy’s been in Residential/Commercial construction since 1991. In 1997 he started his own venture – Franklin Electric Co. Inc. After years of rapid growth the decision was made to branch off the Structured Wiring Division in 2003 to its own entity – SmartCom Home Technologies, Inc. The company has grown to over 50 employees despite the recent downturns in economy. Tommy is fortunate to have his wife Judy working with him, providing excellent customer service and business development. “Many thanks is given to God and Faith for us being fortunate and providing relationships with groups like AiN Group and its members.” Tommy is a member of the BBB, NVBIA, and NAHB. His spare time is spent with his wife and two daughters, Amber and Ashley, and coaching his daughters’ soccer team. He also enjoys watching football and races a Pro Modified Drag Racing Car in the ADRL and EOPM circuits.

“The AiN Group offers such a compelling advantage due to the alignment with key manufacturers and service providers which always ensures that we are getting the best product with the best prices possible. In addition, the network of integrators is a wealth of information and would take decades to acquire this amount of knowledge. It is such a pleasing environment to be able to share with your peers across the country on whether something works or doesn’t work without having to take the risks involved. This has absolutely been a huge part of the growth and success of my company.”

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Bob Gallup

Chief Sales Officer – Guardian Protection Services

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Bob is a resourceful and game-changing Senior Business Executive who leverages his broad-based experience garnered at Fortune 100 and mid-sized technology driven firms. His diverse sales, marketing, financial and operations background uniquely enables Bob to successfully lead at all levels of an organization.

Bob joined Guardian Protection Services in April 2016, and as its Chief Sales Officer is working to help develop, refine and execute Guardian’s strategic business initiatives to drive sustainable top line revenue growth and bottom-line profitability. Bob believes that constant attention to the front-line teams who then support our customers is key to long-term growth and profitability. Bob is responsible for all of Guardian’s sales channels inclusive of its residential, small business, dealer, national accounts, commercial and builder channels.

Committed to adding value and exceeding expectations in everything he does, Bob works hard at providing a clear direction to help his team excel. Bob earned his BS and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He married his college sweetheart, Kristen, and raised two independent children, Lauren who recently was married and Adam. Bob and Kristen reside in the Pittsburgh metro area.

“In my two years at Guardian I see great potential for our customers and our company. Our teams are working on new initiatives and plans that will help make us even better. As a charter member of the AiN Group, Guardian is able to leverage AiN’s manufacturing partnerships, expand our sphere of influence and recruit potential high caliber companies for our authorized dealer program. These are three important elements that contribute to the exciting vision we have for Guardian.”

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Brendan Armstrong

President – Trinity Wiring Solutions

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1547844672112{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]After spending over 15 years in corporate America in the telecommunications industry, Brendan founded Trinity Wiring Solutions in the Washington DC Metro Area in 2002. Trinity’s mission was to build a company in the low voltage industry where performance, quality and customer service excellence could be a competitive advantage. Trinity’s team of dedicated associates are focused on treating each and every customer with respect, integrity, humility while attempting to provide an “Amazing Customer Service Experience” to each and every client! Trinity Security was created in 2006 with this same focused approach and today provides security, video, access control & smart home solutions to thousands of homes and businesses in the DC/Metro Area.

Brendan is honored to also have his Four Sons working alongside him and his Amazing Team at Trinity! We are very Blessed here at Trinity. We stay humble, take nothing for granted and work real hard – each and every day – to do the right thing for our Customers, Associates and Community!

“I am honored to be a member of the AIN Group, and even more honored to be asked to join the Board of Directors with such an impressive team! Joining AIN has been one of the best business decisions that I have ever made because it has allowed me to get to know so many terrific business leaders in our industry. I have always been impressed with the willingness and interest of the membership to share a best practice, lend advise and/or a suggestion to help improve your business.  I hope to be able to do the same one day for some of my fellow members!”

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Kody Shed

President – InHouse Systems, Inc.

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InHouse Systems has grown into one of Texas’ most trusted system integrators over the last three decades.  With offices in Dallas and Austin and Central Texas, InHouse staff can be found in the finest custom homes, production neighborhoods, high rise condos, apartments, schools, churches, government, military and business facilities throughout Texas and as far as Mexico City and Northern Canada.  With a diverse product offering, focus on RMR, and a presence in multiple markets, Kody with the talented team at InHouse have built an organization that can prosper in difficult times and always find a place to grow. Kody is a graduate of Texas A&M University, an Alumni of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program and has 30+ years’ experience designing systems of all types, leading projects of all sizes, navigating multiple acquisitions and building a great team.

AIN Group brings the best companies and best products together in an environment of fun, kindness and mutual respect.  Owners and vendors become friends, share ideas, and learn from what we’ve done in the past so we can maximize our future.  AIN Group is a priceless jewel in our industry centered on relationships and seeing each other succeed.

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Beth Reid-Giles

President – Ranger Technology Solutions

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Beth sold the company she founded, Premiere Security, to Ranger American in 1989. During her tenure as Division President and Regional Vice President, Beth maintained a dominant presence in the builder market in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In May of 2012, Beth founded Ranger Technology Solutions and acquired the Guardian Protection Service’s local office. Ranger Technology Solutions provides the latest low voltage products and technology services in the residential market. Ranger Technology Solution’s experienced, talented, and hard working team are poised to continue strong builder relationships and forge new ones. Beth enjoys both a long day’s work and spending time with her grandchildren.

“Since day one, AiN Group has been a first rate partner. Both the operational and sales support is unmatched. We are amazed at the level of professionalism and commitment in helping us grow our business. Ranger Technology Solutions highly recommends anyone in our business to take advantage of this great resourceful program.”

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AJ Gomez

President and CEO – Global Security & Communications

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AJ is President and CEO of Global Security & Communication, Inc. Founded in 1988 with offices in Oregon and Washington, Global has provided lowvoltage systems solutions to over 10,000 homes and businesses. In addition to contributing to a wide range of local charities and initiatives, AJ is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including NAHB, HBAPDX, Building Industry Association of Clark County, the ESA, Association of Realtors, many Chambers of Commerce, NFPA, and is the current President of the Oregon Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

“We are very proud of being a founding member of AiN! From their very first meeting in Lake Tahoe, they have been a class act. They bring new ideas and products to our members, helping to fill the void for Strategic Planning, identifying trends, bringing us the best in Brands and products for our customers. An AiN Dealer is a market leader, providing excellence to their clients. We share information and ideas, and we ALL continue to grow and develop our individual companies. By far, our most valuable strategic alliance! We look forward to each and every AiN event for fun and profit!”

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JC Gonzalez

President – HomePro

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Established in 1998 with Josh Roane, HomePro services the Dallas and Houston markets. It has grown from a security installation company to a complete home technology integrator. HomePro works primarily in new residential construction for production and custom builders in the two markets. JC’s greatest joys in life are his wife Beth and their two children Sophia and Caleb, along with the occasional round of golf.

“It’s rare to find an organization as dedicated to the success of its dealers as the entire AiN group. The breadth of innovative products and support from the group helps us all stay in touch with industry and market trends and advancements in a constantly changing world of home technology. It’s only more impressive that we as dealers continue to support each other in the sharing of ideas, advice and best practices.”

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Ralph Gregory

President – Security Force

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Ralph began Security Force 11 years ago and the company is recognized as the premier low-voltage integrator among an elite group of competitors in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. This consumer electronics dealer is a GE Security Pro specialist and is highly active within the industry— BBB, NCFBAA, NFBAA, Home Builders Assoc. of Raleigh, CBUSA, and the Triangle Builders Guild— as well as a presenting sponsor for the Make A Wish Foundation for Eastern NC. In addition to building a world-class company, Ralph and his wife enjoy spending quality time with their 3 beautiful daughters and 2 adorable granddaughters.

“The AiN advantage is immeasurable!!! It gives me the purchase power of a large group plus drives business back to the dealer level. This is truly a partnership!

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Wayne Harrison

President and CEO – Chesapeake Systems Service

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Wayne brings a wealth of experience in the electrical industry to bear. A licensed electrician and Low Voltage Master Electrician Wayne has constantly strived to deliver the very best service for his customers. Founding Chesapeake in 1998 Wayne has used his strong collaborative management style to empower his employees to strive for greater success. Trained first in high voltage electrical work Wayne saw the opportunity for more technology to enter the home, expanding first into alarm work and then into home and commercial systems integration. As comfortable today, as always, in either a rough construction setting or in the office Wayne continues to employ a high touch, involved management style. As a local resident expert on low voltage systems Wayne has been offered a teaching position with PG county integrators system design principles as a part of the CECU program.

“We have been a member of the AiN group for several years, and as a result we have enjoyed the advantage of offering so many recognized brand name products and the privilege of learning from other integrators from around the country. Now, AiN has developed the GE Home Technologies (GEHT) builder program. Our company can look forward to a real comprehensive and extremely competitive advantage when it comes to finding new business from forward thinking home builders throughout the region.”

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Rusty Howard

President – Certified Alarm Systems, Inc.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1530819724206{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Rusty Howard is the President and CEO of Certified Alarm Systems. Established in 1991, Rusty together with his wife Jan, have cultivated Certified Alarm to become South Louisiana’s largest and most trusted alarm companies. The winning combination for this company is diversification coupled with an all-star team. Certified Alarm totes a business model of 60% residential/40% commercial in alarm services, and offer a range of services to include Security, Commercial Fire, Access Control, Video Surveillance, and Monitoring. Since inception, the alarm industry has brought an abundance of growth allowing the Howards to develop additional subsidiaries and opportunities including Certified Electrical, LLC., Certified Generators, LLC., as well as Global Monitoring Solutions, LLC.

Rusty and Jan Howard are members of the Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association, are active with the Louisiana Home Builders Associations and are a member of Crime Stoppers, Baton Rouge. When Rusty is not hunting lobster in the Keys, frogs and gators in the swamps or white tail deer out West, they are proud parents of three children and four grandchildren with whom they love spending their free time.

“Being a part of the AiN Group has literally brought Certified Alarms to another level. The AiN Group brings the best in our industry together which makes it possible to share our ideas and best business practices. Together we stand; divided we fall has always been my motto. Let’s work together today so we can compete tomorrow!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”6772″ img_size=”full” el_class=”tablet-img-offset team-img” css=”.vc_custom_1534191176120{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1530818674450{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]

Bob Jolson

President – Crimpco

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In 1968, Bob and Marv Jolson established Crime Prevention Company of America, Inc. (t/a CRIMPCO). For the past 45 years, CRIMPCO has installed well over 20,000 security systems in the Baltimore/Washington and surrounding area. Thanks to the continuous efforts of a closely knit sales and management team, CRIMPCO has continued to flourish in the ever-changing residential and commercial security arena.

“In light of all the changes in technology, and marketing strategies throughout the security industry, AiN has proven to be a vital cog for its dealers for expanding services and maintaining profitability in this ever changing environment! Furthermore, I have thoroughly enjoyed forming long standing relationships with AiN management and staff and interfacing with AiN member’s vast network.”

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Brian Motheral

General Manager – Republic Elite Integration

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Brian Motheral started his career in the low voltage industry in 1995 as an installer. After helping grow and develop several other low voltage integration companies he partnered with Republic Electric West in 2013 to form Republic Elite Integration. Republic Elite Integration has quickly risen to one of the top low voltage integration companies in Northern California. Brian has tremendous experience in all areas of the low voltage industry with a very strong back ground in the new home construction industry. He currently sits on the Northern California BIA Trade Builder Alliance council where he works closely with local and national builders to help develop strategies that benefit both the contractor and subcontractor. He is also a licensed C-7 low voltage contractor, Alarm Qualified Manager and holds a degree in Construction Management from UC Davis.

“Being part of the AiN Group has been invaluable to the growth of our business. The professional partnerships that AiN puts in place creates a strategic advantage for us in our marketplace.”

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Clark Mulford

President – Phoenix Systems

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After selling his first company, Security Engineering, in 1987, Clark was sidelined by a non-compete for three years. But in 1990 he came out swinging again, launching Phoenix Systems. Today, with offices in Connecticut, Georgia and Florida and a staff of 32, Phoenix is one of the most successful low-voltage electronic product dealers on the East Coast.

“Our association with AiN gives us the latest in innovative technology and allows for an open exchange of ideas with fellow members.”

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Kirk Page

President – KPS PowerHome

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With over 25 years of business experience, Kirk Page leads several contracting companies which operate in Northern and Southern California. He continues to lead and grow these companies with a passion to capture market share and create
ecstatic customers. His team is comprised of industry leaders whom are focused on growing themselves and affecting vital factors within the companies. Kirk also serves on several nonprofit Christian boards where he gives of his time and talents to impact the lives of others and recently joined the board of AiN (Authorized Integrators Network).

“The AiN Group is a family. Over the past 25 years I have been in many industry associations. None have been as welcoming and inspiring to help me grow personally and professionally. The manufactures and distributors they partner with are the best in the industry and the AiN annual conference is unequalled!”

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John Pastore Jr.

President – Crime Prevention Security Systems

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John founded Crime Prevention Security Systems (CPSS) in 1975 and since then has developed the company into a full technology integrator. CPSS is still the one to call for residential or commercial security, but their integration expertise now includes all lowvoltage systems. John’s involvement in the local community and building-related industries includes membership in the Builders Association of North Central Florida, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, Marion County Building Industry Association, Ocala Chamber of Commerce, Alarm Association of Florida, and Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County. The company was ranked #90 by SDM Magazine in 2007.

“Developing some of the most intriguing and potentially profitable opportunities I have ever seen in my 35+ years in this business.

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Guy Ross

Founder/CEO – Synergy FL

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Guy is the founder and CEO of Synergy FL, a technology system integration company, with showroom locations in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. Guy emerged into the technology market in 1992 by establishing his personal security brand, Ross Security Systems, Inc. A few short years later, Guy transformed and expanded his business, to later become Synergy FL. For the last 24 years, Synergy FL has provided its customers with advanced audio, video, control and security systems, while maintaining the highest standard of quality and customer service. Guy and his wife, Donna, have built an outreach ministry around their company values, and dedicate much of their time servicing those in need. Partnering with programs such as Meals on Wheels, All Children’s Hospital and Metropolitan Ministries, Guy and his Synergy team strive to make a difference in the community.

“Partnering with AiN has been a truly enriching experience for Synergy FL. AiN has been our key to tremendous opportunities, and welcomed us into a community of dedicated professionals.”

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Dwight Sears

President – Silent Guard

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Dwight started his early career in the HVAC industry. In 1995 he moved into the security arena as a technician with the local electric utility. Three years later he was promoted to general manager of Silent Guard Security. In 2000, he and his wife Barbara offered to purchase the security division from the co-op and together with what he claims as “the best team in the industry” has turned Silent Guard into one of the leading security providers in Kentucky. In 2008 Dwight was featured in Security Systems News as a member of their 20 UNDER 40 edition and later that same year his company was named GE Security Pro Dealer of the Year.

He and Barbara are very involved in the communities they serve and have a true passion for helping others. They reside near the beautiful waters of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky. Their hobbies include traveling around the country watching their son play baseball and spending time at their Gold Star Chili restaurant. Their son Taylor is a student-athlete at Northern Kentucky University.

“Someone once said “the company you keep defines you. Surround yourself with shining souls that inspire you, lift you higher and bring forth the best in you!” The AiN experience has done just that, both personally and professionally. The knowledge obtained networking within the group has boosted us with a priceless array of knowledge that one could only dream of. Partnered with the best brand names in our industry, AiN gives Silent Guard the tools and resources to be a one stop shop to our customers.”

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Rob Sheldon

President – Protection by Design

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Rob and his wife Paula started their security company, Protection By Design, in 1990 out of the den of their home. Over the years and with the evolution of their client’s technology needs, they expanded to include Audio/Video By Design. Protection By Design was founded on a customer-first philosophy, a commitment that is reaffirmed with each new system they install. Their dedication to their employees and clients seems to be paying off. With a 9,000 square foot facility, a LifeStyle Showroom and a recently expanded Commercial Division, Protection By Design is stronger (and busier) than ever.

Rob and Paula have two sons, one at North Carolina State and the other at the University of Virginia. When not on the road visiting the boys, they enjoy quiet nights in their theater room and happy hour with friends.

“Aside from great product alignments, being a part of AiN gives you membership into an elite organization of like-minded individuals. Some of the most meaningful business conversations and experiences I have had in my 20+ years as a business owner have been at AiN functions. The willingness for our group to share their successes as well as their failures is a testament to the commitment of its members as a whole.”

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Michael Vann

President – HomeRun Electronics

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Mike spent the first decade of his career in corporate America, serving in a number of financial and operational capacities. He has always enjoyed quality audio and technologies so in 2000 when the time came to make a change, HomeRun Electronics was formed with its first location in Colorado Springs. Since 2014, three additional locations have been added. HomeRun is a full scope technology integrator that has always focused on homebuilder relationships, from entry level production to very high end custom. We pride ourselves on providing the very highest level customer experience and continually challenge ourselves to enhance our product. We strive to foster a culture of being professional, efficient, and doing the right thing as there are no more important assets than character and integrity. We also remind ourselves to have some fun along the way.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with AiN for several years now. We appreciate their professionalism and desire to bring products and services to the table that give its members an edge in a very competitive marketplace. Further, the knowledge shared across the network, whether it be technical, manufacturer, or builder related, is very valuable.”

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Jacek Zaworski

President – Procom

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Jacek Zaworski is the co-founder and president of Procom Enterprises, Ltd., a consulting and custom technology integration firm located in Elk Grove Village. Since its creation in 1993, Procom’s mission is to provide innovative information systems’ solutions with a focus on offering design, engineering, sales, and installation. Procom creates tailored, integrated sales and marketing solutions for valued-added consumer product manufacturers and channel partners in the custom electronic installation industry.

Following a rapid growth of the market niche, in 2004 Jacek Zaworski co-founded a new company, Procom Security, Inc., an installation and integration firm offering a premier level of full service in the areas of CCTV, network video surveillance, wireless security, access control, fire and burglar alarms.

For the past 5 years Procom is ranked at the CE Pro 100 list, among other most successful companies in the country. Procom has won a number of prestigious industry awards, including “Best Integrated Home”, “Best Home Theater”, and “The Most Amazing Application”. We continue to challenge ourselves to get better, but we also remember about those who are less fortunate. That is why Procom gives back to the community by working with local non-profit organizations like “Little City Foundation” and “Gift from the Heart”.

Jacek Zaworski is an innovative entrepreneur with several years of experience in management, ownership, sales, and business development.

“AiN is not about making sales, but rather building strong lasting relationships and friendships. This is the organization which is truly led by dealers like us. As a member of the group we know that we are not alone in this very competitive industry, and we feel we are part of the team. Thanks to AiN we can continue to grow our business and move it to levels beyond our imagination.”

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