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Azione Unlimited, HTSN Team with CEDIA to Launch Exclusive Education Platform for CI Dealers

Felix Cunningham | Sep 26, 2022

Azione Unlimited and HTSN Learning Academies give custom integrators free and exclusive access to an unmatched catalog of education, vendor product training and more. 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. & CHESTER SPRINGS, PA – For the most successful custom integrators, the value of world-class training and education cannot be understated. Having a knowledgeable and expertly trained crew of installers is a tremendous marketing tool and ensures each project gets completed efficiently and correctly. And, at a time when finding and retaining talent is a major challenge, access to industry-leading education can help you land that next great hire. 

To assist dealers in those efforts, Azione Unlimited and Home Technology Specialists Nationwide (HTSN) have worked together to launch an exclusive education platform for their custom integrators. The Azione Unlimited and HTSN Learning Academies, powered by CEDIA — the global authority on training and education for the custom integration industry — and available exclusively through Nationwide Marketing Group’s Nationwide Learning Academy platform, will provide members with unfettered access to a curated collection of educational courses, vendor product training and more. 

“When we first partnered with CEDIA 18 months ago, we knew that education was the guiding light for what we hoped to accomplish together,” says Hank Alexander, director of HTSN. “As we enter this next phase of our partnership, we’re excited to see our dealers begin to take advantage of this tremendous new resource and the benefits it will have for their teams and their businesses.” 

The education platform will feature the entire suite of CEDIA Academy courses. That means Azione and HTSN members will have complimentary access to hundreds of hours of self-paced education that covers a wide range of topics, including foundational technical skills, specialty skills and techniques, business support tools and more. In addition, Azione and HTSN will regularly update their learning academies with fresh product training provided by vendor partners. 

“We are thrilled about our partnership with CEDIA and Nationwide Marketing Group to deliver the Azione Learning Academy,” says Richard Glikes, CEO and president of Azione. “This resource will collect valuable trainings, provide a suite of tools, and allow members to access programs all in one place, which is an asset that is unmatched in this industry.” 

Education has always been a major component and driving force behind the partnership between CEDIA and Nationwide Marketing Group’s custom integration network. This expanded program represents an opportunity to further extend the reach of the CEDIA educational platform to integrators within the HTSN and Azione communities. 

“We’re excited to work hand in hand with Azione and HTSN to create a more highly skilled workforce,” says Mandy Becker, CEDIA Vice President of Education and Training. “Their commitment to their members and investment in talent development closely aligns with our mission to connect, empower, and champion home technology professionals.” 

With the Azione and HTSN Learning Academies integrated into the NLA platform, integrators who complete the various training and education modules will be able to reward themselves for their continuing education. Participants will earn NLA rewards points that can be redeemed for a wide variety of gift cards.  

Azione and HTSN members can head to MemberNet to learn more about the new Learning Academies. Those attending CEDIA Expo in Dallas, September 29 – October 1 can also stop by the co-located booth (#31117) to chat with the team. Additional information will also be shared in the coming weeks. 

 

About Nationwide Marketing Group 

Nationwide Marketing Group works on behalf of thousands of Independent appliance, furniture, bedding, electronics, specialty electronics, custom installation and rent-to-own dealers helping them grow their businesses and thrive on their own terms. With more than 5,000 members operating some 14,000 storefronts, Nationwide Marketing Group is the largest buying, marketing and business support organization of its kind, representing billions in combined annual sales across the membership. For 50 years, the organization has remained committed to the Independent channel, empowering members with the scale, sophistication and efficiencies they need to compete while delivering the unmatched business intelligence, tools and resources required to win in an ever-changing business environment. To learn more, visit nationwidegroup.org. 

About Azione Unlimited 

Azione Unlimited, the education and buying group for integrators, is a consortium of like-minded custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors. The Smart Home Association™ helps its members achieve greater levels of prosperity, technical acumen, and sophistication in running their businesses and serving customers. Founded by industry veteran Richard Glikes and headquartered in Chester Springs, PA, the organization hosts two high-energy, information-packed conferences per year, Azione provides its members with a host of benefits, from product discounts to educational meetings and marketing tools.  Learn more at AzioneUnlimited.com. Follow @AzioneUnlimited on Instagram, Facebook  and Twitter

About CEDIA 

CEDIA® is the global membership association that serves the home technology industry through advocacy, connection, and education. Founded in 1989, CEDIA fights for the rights and interests of its members in governmental bodies around the world, gathers industry professionals worldwide, and creates the trainings, standards, and certifications that ensure the industry excels and attracts new workers. CEDIA co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world's largest AV and systems integration exhibition, and founded CEDIA Expo, the world's largest annual residential technology show. Today, over 30,000 CEDIA members deliver home technology solutions that enrich our lives. Learn more about CEDIA at www.cedia.net