ProSource, A/V specialty and custom integration buying group, has brought aboard smart home expert Jim Carroll to advise its Internet of Things (IoT) committee.
Jim Carroll, co-founder of Savant and former executive at Lucent and Excel Switching, currently serves as president of the Connected Home Advisory. Joining ProSource, he will assist the group’s brain trust in evaluating and selecting hardware and managed service solutions. As a result, these decisions will help to enable member business growth.
“With the challenges facing the luxury channel from IoT and do-it-yourself products, there is a lot of pressure,” Carroll tells TecHome Builder. “The ProSource group believes we shouldn’t try to fight that but embrace it, and try to find ways to monetize it.”
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Carroll joins an IoT team at ProSource, which includes Bjorn and Kris Dybdahl of Bjorn’s Audio Video Home Theater, Jim Lind of Nebraska Furniture Mart, as well as vendors such as Access Networks, Control4, Core Brands, Ihiji, Seura and Vantage.
“It’s been a great experience so far,” says Carroll. “I’m very excited about the opportunity and to be working with a group of folks who are pulling together to address [industry issues].”
ProSource, an affiliate of BrandSource/AVB, is a cooperative, member-owned, not-for-profit buying group representing more than 500 specialty retailers and custom integrators with annual cumulative sales of more than $4.5 billion.
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