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Opening day booth party featured an enormous confectionary replica of the ELAN® HR2 handheld remote controller – complete with a working LED g! home screen.

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, September 15, 2011 – America’s favorite baker and television’s unchallenged Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, brought down the house last week at CEDIA 2011 when he personally delivered a custom designed birthday cake to The AVC Group exhibit to help ELAN® Home Systems celebrate the first birthday of its revolutionary g! entertainment and control system.

Nearly a thousand show attendees followed Buddy as he accompanied his confectionary replica of the ELAN HR2 handheld remote controller from the exhibit hall loading dock to The AVC Group booth.  Once there, fans mobbed Buddy, and the cake, to take pictures with their cameras and smartphones.  “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this at a CEDIA Show before,” said Paul Starkey, President of ELAN Home Systems, “at least not in my history of attending this show.  I don’t think anyone will ever forget it!”

Indeed, Buddy Valastro was also taken back by the emotional reaction of the show attendees, many of whom surged around the stage and, for a time, overwhelmed it!  “I’ve always wanted to attend this show,” he told the assembled audience.  “I love all of this technology and I appreciate all of the benefits it brings to people of all ages, particularly the ELAN g! System.  The g! system has transformed the way my family lives at home and it has revolutionized the way I run the business at our new Carlos Bakery commercial production center in Jersey City, New Jersey.  I always tell people that if I can operate g! anyone can operate g!  It’s so intuitive and easy to master.”

Amplifying Buddy’s message, Starkey noted that, “In one short year, the ELAN g! System has established itself as the benchmark for entertainment and control quality, reliability, user-friendliness, ease of installation and profitability that our competitors can only dream of matching.  It provides dealers with precisely the kind of entertainment and control system they need to succeed in today’s economy – a profitable and easy-to-install system that scales the waterfront from single-room entry level to whole home mega-mansion installations.”

ELAN also chose the occasion of its first birthday celebration at CEDIA 2011 to strengthen the g! product line with the market introduction of an expanded series of home controllers, the latest Version 5.2 software, and a 10″ touch screen.


About ELAN Home Systems: Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. ELAN Home Systems is part of The AVC Group.  To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

About The AVC Group, LLC:   Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC (www.theavcgroup.com) is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: NILES® Audio (www.nilesaudio.com), ELAN® Home Systems (www.elanhomesystems.com), Xantech® (www.xantech.com), ATON® (www.atonhome.com), and Sunfire® (www.sunfire.com). The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s (www.nortek-inc.com) Home Technology Group.

Note to editors: Additional birthday party photos are available.  Photo 1: Buddy Valastro presents his confectionary replica of the ELAN HR2 handheld remote controller at the 2011 CEDIA Expo, in celebration of the first birthday of ELAN Home Systems’ g! entertainment and control system.     Photo 2: The crowd welcomes Buddy Valastro to The AVC Group booth for the opening day party featuring an enormous confectionary replica of the ELAN® HR2 handheld remote controller.    Photo 3: From left, ELAN Home Systems President Paul Starkey, The AVC Group President Mark Terry, and Buddy Valastro celebrate the first birthday of ELAN Home Systems’ g! entertainment and control system.