ProSource Sets Course at Spring Meeting

The management teams from Bjorn’s Audio Video and Argenta Solutions accept their Member of the Year awards at last week’s ProSource Spring Meeting.

Holds back-to-back gatherings for PRO and Power members

By Alan Wolf, YSN

ProSource, the A/V and integration affiliate of AVB BrandSource, concluded its annual Spring Meeting at the La Cantera Resort and Spa in San Antonio last week.

The event featured PRO-level members for the first three days, and Power members arriving mid-week for the remainder of the invitation-only event. The meeting format provided active product demonstration rooms and the opportunity for members to meet with key decision-makers from ProSource vendor partners in scheduled one-on-one meetings.

The agenda included an outstanding roster of keynote speakers, roundtable education, business collaboration meetings, peer-to-peer interactive workshops, networking events, and entertainment. Chief among the initiatives discussed was a ProSource HR Playbook that will offer dynamic recruiting tools that will support how the group navigates the difficult labor environment. ProSource is focused on providing turnkey solutions to market job opportunities, ensure successful onboarding, and manage turnover, the group said. Heralding the HR Playbook in a special Spring Meeting session were Brad Pilot, Director of Sales, CareerPlug, and Venessa Vasilakeris, Director of Training and Customer Service, McQuaig.

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Other sessions focused on succession planning, effective hiring practices, and peer-to-peer advice as provided in a “Solve My Problem” open mic session.

Highlights of the week included an economic outlook presented by Charles Dougherty, Vice President, Economist, Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Banking; the traditional State of the Business address; the announcement of this year’s Member and Vendor of the Year Awards; and a charity fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Spring Meeting also served as a “welcome aboard” event for recently named ProSource president Jim Pearse. “The Spring Meeting is a great opportunity for me to meet and get to know the members and vendors in one-on-one conversations and participate in all of the sessions on timely topics presented by so many inspiring speakers and panelists,” Pearse said.

See: Industry Veteran Jim Pearse Joins ProSource as President

PRO Level Member of the Year honors went to Bjorn’s Audio Video, led by Bjorn Dybdahl, president, and VP Kris Dybdahl, while Argenta Solutions was named Power Level Member of the Year, along with the management team of Brad Larkin, president, and VPs Justin Rollins and Will Alley.

On the manufacturer side, Vendor of the Year awards went to:

Televisions/Displays – Samsung
Home Theater Solutions – JVC
Audio: Electronics – AudioControl
Audio: Speakers – Origin Acoustics
Audio: Headphones – Focal
Audio: Wireless Audio – Bluesound
CI Technology/Infrastructure – Control4
CI: Audio – Coastal Source
Lighting/Shades – DMF Lighting
Vendor of the Year – Sony
Support Vendor of the Year – ProSource University

“Congratulations to each of the 2021 Members of the Year,” said Dave Workman, CEO of ProSource. “A good deal of the focus at the Spring Meeting is on attracting, training, and retaining the best people to create a winning team. And it is always a pleasure to celebrate our Vendor of Year honorees. We appreciate the relationships ProSource has with all of our vendor partners.”

BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress and CE dealers.