Murray K. Huppin grew up working in the family business founded by his great-grandfather in 1908. Murray attended Business School at the University of Washington graduating in 1982. He began his career as an account representative with Proctor and Gamble in Los Angeles, CA. Murray came back to Spokane and re-joined the family business in 1984. He led the team in the establishment of the OneCall division in 1994, positioning the company for long-term growth and profitability. He became President and CEO in 1997. He is a hands-on leader and enjoys working shoulder-to-shoulder with his staff every day.
Murray volunteers as a director of the Spokane Rotary Foundation and is Vice-President of the Main Market Co-op, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and organic producers. Murray is a founding board member of GreenCupboards.com, a leading online retailer of eco-friendly products for homes and businesses. He is the past president of Temple Beth Shalom.
Murray has served as a member of the PRO Group Board of Directors since January 2006 and was appointed PRO Group Board Chairman in July 2012.”
Huppin’s has been making home cinema dreams come true by installing custom home theater systems in the Spokane, WA, and Northern Idaho areas.
In 2012, Huppin’s turned 100. After more than 100 years in downtown Spokane, they consolidated their retail stores to their N. Division location.
Andy Kersey has served on the HES Board from its organizational stages. An original Home Entertainment Source board member since its inception and past Chairman of the Board of BrandSource 2009 through 2012, and Present BrandSource Secretary of the board.
In 1990, he opened a family-owned business, an electronics-only retail store with one location, since adding premium appliances and recently adding another retail furniture store on the same property. Kersey’s business plan has always been aggressive in retail for all categories of products. Hamlin & Kersey Home Center & A/V Systems are diverse in categories and withstand difficult economies and other threats to survival by staying lean and nimble to match changes in products, categories, and technologies. Hamlin & Kersey’s ProSource affiliation provides the connections necessary to make these changes out on the front edge of the market.
Robert “Bob” Cole is a former psychologist, self-proclaimed hippie, and total tech geek, but, most importantly, is the founder and President of World Wide Stereo.
With a reputation for integrity and quality, Bob has continued to make a name for his organization throughout the years by surrounding himself with friendly and knowledgeable employees, most of who have made the business their career. Clever advertising, customer-friendly selling techniques and an endless commitment to the credo “Doing Well by Doing Good” continues to keep World Wide Stereo ahead of the trends and competition.
Bob’s appreciation and knowledge of living richly with simplicity also extend to his personal life. He dedicates his time volunteering with several non-profit organizations, navigating the seas upon his beloved sailboat “Dream On”, and making his pizza and pasta from scratch. He lives with his wife of 34 years, Karen.
Mission Audio Video was incepted in 1989 with a mission to save the world from bad hi-fi and big box stores. With an initial focus on car audio, hi-fi, and custom install in 1995, the business was taken to a new level upon joining Para. In 1998 they moved to a new space and doubled their business, exiting the 12-volt industry to focus on their blossoming and ever expanding custom installation business. Today Mission has grown to be THE destination for high-performance AV with their showroom being the finest between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Bill has served on the board since 2006 and was part of the team that put together the launch of ProSource.
Bill Janka resides in Santa Barbara with his family. Bill enjoys spending time with family and doing yoga to relax.
David Pidgeon has served as President/CEO of Starpower since the company’s establishment in 1995. Starpower is one of the largest custom electronics retailers in the country. Mr. Pidgeon is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and an avid golfer. He is married to Mrs. Sheryl Pidgeon and has three children, Bryce, Jaxie, and Lindsey.
Founded in 1995, Starpower was created to provide clients with the finest experience in high-end, custom installations of audio, video, security and electronic automation. We recruit, hire and train each member of our installation team to our own impossibly high standards. We feature only the finest brands of equipment, some rarely seen outside of Hollywood’s top studios. The only way to describe our typical installation is to say; there is no such thing as a typical installation.
We look at the word “customer”, and the first word we see is “custom.” At Starpower, we put our customer first in every custom installation. We listen carefully to make sure we understand what a client is hoping for in their entertainment system. We pay close attention to a client’s budget, so we both know what they expect to pay for the entertainment venue of their dreams. Before a wall is touched or a cabinetry board is cut, our designers have reviewed the installation site and our designers have drawn up detailed plans based on our client’s ideas. Our team of experts creates high-quality entertainment systems leaving no detail untouched. Our job is to create a one-of-a-kind theater environment without disrupting the existing home or business environment.
Rick Souder joined the Crutchfield executive team in July of 2003. He is responsible for merchandising and takes a lead role in developing long-term growth strategies and continually reviewing the company’s product offerings.
Before joining Crutchfield, Rick was Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Circuit City Stores, Inc., with overall responsibility for the company’s $5 billion annual audio/video/mobile business.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Rick joined Circuit City in 1987 as a TV buyer and rose through the company’s ranks to supervise all of the company’s audio/video merchandising. He also has served as Director of Inventory Management and Planning for The Gap, a national clothing store chain, and as a merchandising executive with a women’s apparel division of the U.S. Shoe Corporation.
Outside of work, Rick is a volunteer instructor and Board Member of Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. WAS teaches people with disabilities to ski, snowboard and kayak using specialized equipment and teaching techniques at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia.
Walt Stinson co-founded ListenUp in 1972 along with his college friend Steven Weiner. Their purpose was to provide the very best in sound reproduction and over the years, that goal has expanded to include categories such as high-definition video and total control of all a home’s electronics. Today, ListenUp enjoys a reputation as one of the most influential independent dealers in the country. Walt has been referred to as “the dean of A/V specialty retailers” and was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in October 2009.
Walt helped form the Professional Audio-Video Retailers Association (PARA) in 1979 and served as PARA’s first vice-president and then as president from 1980-83. He also served as PARA’s chairman from 1983-85 and as general advisor to the board from 1996-2002. He received the inaugural PARA Founders Award in 1999.
In 1984, Walt co-founded Assured Systems, a dealer-owned distribution, and marketing company. Assured merged with AudioVideo Independent Dealers (AVID) in 2002 to create Home Entertainment Source (HES), a division of the $4 billion AVB/Brand Source buying group.
Walt earned his MBA from the University of Colorado and since 2004 he has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) Board of Directors.
Larry Abrams is the Technical Director of Audio Interiors Inc., which has been setting the standard for customized home theater, audio, and automation systems since 1982. He first started working for the company while at SUNY Albany as a favor for Neil Greenberg–then a friend of his sister’s, now his co-owner and brother-in-law. His payment for his first day of work: a case of blank cassette tapes.
In the over 35 years since, the family business has grown to employ 45 people and lead the industry that it pioneered. Audio Interiors has become a legacy name, with Larry leading its expansion into new areas, including custom lighting control, motorized shades, and smart home automation. A consistent innovator throughout, he developed the custom computer system that runs all aspects of the company back when computers had floppy discs, and was an early adopter of Touchscreen Control Systems, Digital Audio Formats and Network Controls.
Larry splits his time between Long Island and Manhattan with his wife of 30 years, Laurie. When not working, he can be found cycling for charity, catching performances by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead (who can still be heard on those cassette tapes), and hanging out with his daughter and two sons, all of whom inherited his love of music and appreciation for the highest fidelity audio.