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Former Electrograph president helming new pro A/V division

Sam TaylorPHILADELPHIA — Almo Corp., a leading U.S. distributor of consumer electronics and appliances, announced today that it is launching a new value-added professional audio/visual distribution division led by industry veteran Sam Taylor. The new division will provide commercial and consumer grade products such as LCDs, projectors, specialty displays, video conferencing, audio, mounting solutions and a host of other products designed for Pro A/V integrators and dealers. The anticipated launch date is July 1.

The new division will be led by Sam Taylor, who has been appointed as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Professional Audio/Visual Division. Taylor has been in the pro A/V industry for nearly 25 years. He was most recently with Electrograph Systems for 22 years and served as president for 15 years.

“We’ve been in the consumer electronics business for over 30 years,” said Warren Chaiken, president and chief operating officer of Almo. “Expanding into the pro A/V space is a logical extension of our core distribution business. However we recognized that the customers in the professional space have unique needs. We wanted an experienced leader to help us establish the division specifically for those integrators. We are delighted that Sam has joined us to bring the expertise needed to build the business not as a hybrid of the consumer division, but created specifically for the pro A/V customer.”

The new division will be bringing on approximately 25 employees in sales, marketing and product planning dedicated to the pro A/V business. The new sales team will all be InfoComm-trained, with many being CTS certified, bringing a high-level consultative approach to their reseller partners.