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Recent Press Releases -- Updated January 16, 2013

Vann’s Attends Consumer Electronics Show, Focusing on Vendor Relationships and New Product Lines

(PRWEB) January 16, 2013

MISSOULA MONT – Last week, the CEO of Vann’s Acquisition, LLC., Greg Regelbrugge, and Multi-Category Merchant, Matt Barrett, attended the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Their focus was on building vendor relationships, re-establishing Vann’s reputation in the consumer electronics industry, and finding new products to offer customers.

An annual international tradeshow produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, CES provides an opportunity for vendors to debut the latest technology and products, and for retailers to connect with other companies in the industry. Regelbrugge and Barrett met with all of Vann’s major manufacturers, including Samsung, LG Electronics, Sony, Panasonic, and AudioQuest, and reported a favorable response.

“We’re going to get the vendor support we need to make Vann’s a destination for certain brands,” said Regelbrugge. “We’re building relationships with vendors, which also helps the consumers because then they can see products at Vann’s that they wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere.”

Regelbrugge stated that Vann’s also met with the NATM Buying Corporation, a buying co-op for some of the largest electronics and appliance retailers in the country, and which Vann’s is looking to join. A buying group could help Vann’s leverage its purchasing power, and provide more products to consumers at better price points.

Vann’s will soon be carrying product from a new vendor, Goal Zero, which showcased its solar powered charging kits at CES. These portable generators can be charged from the sun, wall, or car, providing an eco-friendly energy storage system.

“I believe the Goal Zero chargers will be beneficial to Montana customers,” Regelbrugge said. “We want to offer products that have a unique value.”

About Vann’s Acquisition, LLC.

Vann's Acquisition, LLC., formerly Vann's, Inc., is an audio, video, and appliance specialist based in Missoula, MT. It has been serving Montana since 1961, and consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton and Missoula), an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com, and its sister stores, ON, in Missoula, MT, and http://www.Bigskycountry.com an online outdoor e-tailer. Vann's strives to provide a best-in-class customer experience.


Vann’s Announces New Regional Operations / Retail Manager

(PRWEB) January 4, 2013

MISSOULA MONT – Vann’s Acquisition, LLC. announced the promotion of Ron Grammens to the position of Regional Operations/ Retail Manager. Grammens will begin his new position on Monday.

Grammens has been with Vann’s for over 13 years. He served as the Location Manager of the Billings store for the last three and a half years. Prior to that he held the position of Retail Operations Manager, which required him to work and travel between all the Vann’s stores in Montana. Grammens also spent several years in sales.

As Regional Operations/ Retail Manager, Grammens will oversee sales and gross margin for all five of the Vann’s retail locations and for its sister store, ON, located in Missoula’s Southgate Mall. Grammens’ responsibilities will include floor merchandising, logistics, inventory, customer service, equipment maintenance, and competitive intelligence. In addition, he will visit each of the stores at least once a month.

Regarding his upcoming focus and duties, Grammens said, “I think our initial challenge is to get our stores merchandised properly. Right now there are holes in some of our stores’ inventory because we haven’t had product to sell.”

Grammens said that he is eager to get new products into the stores and make sure that all the locations are properly merchandised and stocked. Grammens is also looking forward to working with Vann’s employees across the state and in different areas of the company.

“There have been a lot of new people over the years, and I’m glad to be able to put faces to names.”

Contact: Ron Grammens
E-mail: ron.grammens@vanns.net

About Vann’s Acquisition, LLC.

Vann's Acquisition, LLC., formerly Vann's, Inc., is an audio, video, and appliance specialist based in Missoula, MT. It has been serving Montana since 1961, and consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton and Missoula), an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com, and its sister stores, ON, in Missoula, MT, and http://www.Bigskycountry.com an online outdoor e-tailer. Vann's strives to provide a best-in-class customer experience.


Vann's Welcomes New CEO With Focus on Taking Care of Customers

(PRWEB) November 12, 2012

MISSOULA MONT -- Vann's Acquisition, LLC. welcomed its new CEO Monday morning. CEO Greg Regelbrugge addressed employees, laying out the direction that the electronics and appliance company will be taking and telling employees that the focus would be on taking care of customers while righting the business.

Vann's will refocus on its core as Montana's premiere electronics and appliance store, according to Regelbrugge. All five locations in Montana will remain open for business, alongside the ON Store located in Southgate Mall in Missoula, MT. In addition, its online storefront Vanns.com will continue to ship products across the U.S., but Regelbrugge emphasized that company focus would be on its Montana customer base.

"I want to focus on Montana," said Regelbrugge. "I don't want to be everything to everyone."

Regelbrugge assured employees that the company will still be local. As one of the owners, he will be living in Montana, and that its employees would remain local as well. Money will still be coming back into the local economy, said Regelbrugge.

"One of the people who really helped me want to buy the company was Pete Vann," said Regelbrugge. "Pete Vann did one heckuva job building a great company with a great reputation. I will do my best to honor that reputation."

As part of his first weeks at Vann's, Regelbrugge has said he will be spending time to, "find out what I don't know," including making decisions about Bigskycountry.com, an outdoor clothing and gear company opened by Vann's, Inc. in March 2011. Regelbrugge emphasized comments made in an interview with Dealerscope magazine that he was, "... still trying to understand the value of Bigskycountry.com." He also made it a goal to meet and talk with every employee at Vann's, across the state.

Regelbrugge, formerly Vice President of National Accounts, Western U.S. with Panasonic, joins Vann's after its acquisition by McMagic Partners LP, part of the Khalidi Group. Vann's was acquired by McMagic in October after bankruptcy proceedings that began in August.

Contact: Greg Regelbrugge
E-mail: greg.regelbrugge@vanns.net

About Vann’s Acquisition, LLC.

Vann's Acquisition, LLC., formerly Vann's, Inc., is an audio, video, and appliance specialist based in Missoula, MT. It has been serving Montana since 1961, and consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton and Missoula), an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com, and its sister stores, ON, in Missoula, MT, and http://www.Bigskycountry.com an online outdoor e-tailer. Vann's strives to provide a best-in-class customer experience.

Vann's Inc. Files Chapter 7, Keeping Doors Open

(PRWEB) October 26, 2012

Missoula, Mont -- Vann's Inc. filed to move from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 on Thursday, October 25, 2012, but plans to keep its doors open as it makes the transition and continue normal business. According to CEO Jerry McConnell, the movement to Chapter 7 is designed to expedite the sale of Vann's to a new buyer if negotiations for a sale of the company are successful.

Richard Samson, the trustee appointed by the court, moved to Chapter 7 as part of a procedural mechanism intended to bring a resolution quickly to a potential sale that could otherwise take 1 to 2 months to complete under Chapter 11. In the meantime, employees should see no change, and the business would continue normal operations.

Vann's, Inc. declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August, several weeks after losing a major line of credit. The company went through several rounds of restructuring over the two-month period in an attempt to save the business, but monetary support was deemed insufficient, forcing Vann's to move into a structured liquidation. On October 2, creditors pushed to move Vann's to Chapter 7 if the sale of the company did not go through.

Vann's, an audio, video, and appliance specialist is based in Missoula, MT. Vann's, Inc. consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton, and Missoula), an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com, and its sister company, ON, located in Southgate Mall. Vann's, Inc. became a 100-percent employee-owned company in 2005 when it was sold to the employees by founder Pete Vann.

Contact: Jerry McConnell Vanns, Inc. CEO
Phone : 406-544-3111
Fax Number: 406-549-2403
E-mail: jerry.mcconnell@vanns.net

About Vann’s, Inc.

Vann's, an audio, video, and appliance specialist based in Missoula, MT, has been serving Montana since 1961. Vann's, Inc. consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton and Missoula), and an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com. Vann's strives to provide a best-in-class customer experience and became a 100-percent employee-owned company in 2005.

Vann's, Inc. Announces New CEO

(PRWEB) June 14, 2012

MISSOULA, MONT -- Vann's Inc, a Montana based appliance and electronics retail store, announced Jerry McConnell has assumed the position of CEO. George Manlove, Vann's previous CEO, has stepped down, but will continue to serve on Vann's board of directors and act as advisor throughout the transition.

"I'm privileged to work with Vann's and it's employees to bring our customers the best experience possible," said McConnell. "I'm looking forward to directing the continued growth of a longstanding company like Vann's."

McConnell comes to Vann's with 20 years experience at General Electric and over 25 years consulting for various companies. Most recently, he served as President of Spectrum Products, LLC. As a part of his new position, he will be joining Vann's board of directors.

"Jerry brings tremendous expertise and a fresh vision to guide Vann's," said Manlove.

Vann's, an audio, video, and appliance specialist based in Missoula, Mt, has been serving Montana since 1961. Vann's, Inc. consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton, and Missoula), an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com, and its two sister companies. Vann's strives to provide a best-in-class customer experience and became a 100-percent employee-owned company in 2005.

Contact: Jerry McConnell Vanns, Inc. CEO
Phone : 406-544-3111
Fax Number: 406-549-2403
E-mail: jerry.mcconnell@vanns.net

About Vann’s, Inc.

Vann's, an audio, video, and appliance specialist based in Missoula, MT, has been serving Montana since 1961. Vann's, Inc. consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton and Missoula), and an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com. Vann's strives to provide a best-in-class customer experience and became a 100-percent employee-owned company in 2005.

Vann’s Welcomes Bowers & Wilkins

Vann’s Welcomes Bowers & Wilkins to Their Online Electronics Store and Announces Pricing and Availability of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, Zeppelin Mini, MM-1, P5 and C5

Vann’s and Vanns.com are proud new partners with Bowers & Wilkins and now carry the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, Zeppelin Mini, MM-1, P5 and C5 at Vann’s online electronics store - http://www.vanns.com.

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air

“B&W is loved by audio enthusiasts for their accurate playback of music-honoring the musician's original intent,” said Rob Standley, Director of Sales and Merchandising for Vann’s and Vanns.com.

(PRWEB) September 08, 2011

Vann’s announced today that they are a proud new partner with Bowers & Wilkins and the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, Zeppelin Mini, MM-1, P5 and C5 are officially available for sale at Vann’s online electronics store - Vanns.com. These highly regarded multimedia speakers, ipod docks, over-ear headphones, and in-ear headphones are available now for sale nationwide. The Zeppelin Air sells for $599.99, the Zeppelin Mini sells for $299.99, the MM-1 sells for $499.99, The P5 sells for $299.99, and the C5 sells for $179.99. All products feature Vann’s free ground shipping.

“B&W is loved by audio enthusiasts for their accurate playback of music-honoring the musician's original intent,” said Rob Standley, Director of Sales and Merchandising for Vann’s and Vanns.com. “Their Multi-media products sit in the middle of this heritage and the convergence of digital technology, offering fantastic sound, elegant design and ease of use.”

Both Vann’s and Bowers & Wilkins have long-standing histories that date back to the 1960s. It’s a great match for both companies to partner together, B&W being an award-winning leader in creating audio technology and Vanns.com being an award-winning online electronics store with a great selection of audio products to choose from.

Strong demand for the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, Zeppelin Mini, MM-1, P5 and C5 caused Vann’s to select the mix of products they chose. These products are crucial to the direction that audio is heading today.

Kevin Elliott, Vann’s Audio Buyer, stated, “I'm very excited about our new partnership with Bowers and Wilkins, and to have the ability to offer their multimedia products to our valued customers. From the innovative Zeppelin Air dock featuring the latest in AirPlay technology, to the brand new C5 in ear headphones, B&W is committed to providing outstanding quality and performance, and Vanns is proud to be one of their selected partners.”

Key features of the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air iPod Dock are: 

  1. Apple Universal docking port 
  2. Apple Airplay technology 
  3. USB streaming capable for PC and Mac 
  4. Power output: 2 x 25W (tweeter) / 2 x 25W (midrange) / 50W (subwoofer)

Key features of the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Mini iPod Dock are: 

  1. Apple Universal docking port 
  2. USB streaming capable for PC and Mac 
  3. Power rating: 2 x 18W 
  4. Speakers: 2 x 3" full-range

Key features of the Bowers and Wilkins MM-1Multi-media Speaker are: 

  1. 4 x 18W amplifier power output 
  2. 38Hz to 22kHz frequency range 
  3. Advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 
  4. USB streaming

Key features of the Bowers and Wilkins P5 Over-ear Headphones are:

  1.  Closed back for noise isolation 
  2. iPhone compatible remote control 
  3. Two 40mm drivers 
  4. Frequency range: 10Hz to 20kHz

Key features of the Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-ear Headphones are: 

  1. In-ear design with noise isolation 
  2. iPhone compatible remote control 
  3. Two 9mm drivers 
  4. Frequency range: 10Hz to 20kHz

About Vann’s, Inc.

Vann's, an audio, video, and appliance specialist based in Missoula, MT, has been serving Montana since 1961. Vann's, Inc. consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton and Missoula), and an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com. Vann's strives to provide a best-in-class customer experience and became a 100-percent employee-owned company in 2005.


Top Headphones for 2011 - As Selected by Vanns.com

A list of the Top Headphones for 2011 as selected by Vanns.com (http://www.vanns.com). These are the best headphones of 2011 according to Vanns.com staff. The list includes in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones, earbuds, headphones with control talk, around ear headphones, and headphones with microphones for using with your cellphone calls. Great summary for a tech or shopping article on headphones - one of the most popular categories in consumer electronics at this time.

Missoula, MT (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

Vann’s., Inc. (Vanns.com) announced the top headphones for 2011 according to their staff today. The selection includes in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones, earbuds and more from great brand like Klipsch, Sony, Bose, and Monster Cable Beats by Dre. All of the selections, featured in a Vann’s Blog here -http://blog.vanns.com/top-headphones-for-2011/ , are available directly onhttp://www.vanns.com/audio/headphones.

Headphones are currently one of the hottest categories in consumer electronics with a huge variety to choose from. Often it’s a difficult process to find what’s best in each sub-category of headphones and well as in each price range of headphones. Vann’s list spans a wide selection of types and prices for headphones. A full assortment of headphones are available on vanns.com.

Vann’s first choice was the Denon AHNC800 OVer-the-ear noise caceling headphones. According to Vann’s Headphone Buyer, Kevin Elliott, “these are the gold standard in over-ear noise canceling headphones.” The Denon AHNC800 over-the-ear headphones use a large, 42mm Neodymium magnet to create a large frequency range, and hybrid material housing make sure the sound doesn’t take on unwanted coloration. Two microphones built into the outside and inside of the headphones allow them to analyze noise both within and without to generate canceling signals, making sure that the sound one hears is only the sound coming from the headphones. Finally, comfortable soft protein leather ear pads, and headphones modeled in 3D to best fit the contours of a users head make sure one can listen for hours.

“If you’re searching for a set of headphones with great consumer reviews you have to check these out”
said Kevin Elliott, Vanns.com’s headphone buyer.

He was referring to Vann’s second choice of the Klipsch Image X10i In-ear headphones/headset with 3-button remote. These headphones are one part reference-quality headphones and one part advanced, iPod-compatible headset. They feature a high-performance Klipsch design that includes full-range, bass-reflex micro-speakers in each of the Image X10i’s earpieces to serve up exceptionally full and dynamic audio, as well as a three-button in-line control with built-in microphone that allows for hands-free calling and seamless integration with the iPods voice-activated functions. The X10i includes five different-sized pairs of silicone earpiece tips for optimal comfort and noise-isolation.

Vann’s other selections include more than one pair of the super popular Beats by Dre line of headphones along with headphones from Sony, Bose, NuForce and more.

The full list of the Top Headphones for 2011 from Vanns.com is:

Denon AHNC800 Over-the-ear noise canceling headphones - $348.95 
Klipsch Image X10i In-ear headphones/headset with 3-button remote - $349.00 
Monster Cable White On-ear Beats by Dr. Dre studio high definition headphones - $299.00 
NuForce NE-700X in-ear headphones - $65.00 
Klipsch Image S4i Black In ear headphones/headset w/ 3-button remote - $99.00 
Monster Cable On-ear Beats Solo headphones with microphone - $199.00 
Bose IE2 audio headphones - $99.95 
Sony MDRPQ2 over-the-ear headphones - $49.99 
Pioneer SE-NC31C-K Noise canceling in ear headphones - $99.00 
Klipsch Image S4 Black Piano black and silver in-ear headphones - $79.00

For more information about each of the headphones on the list and Vann’s full headphone offerings, visit:http://blog.vanns.com/top-headphones-for-2011/ or http://www.vanns.com/audio/headphones.

About Vann’s, Inc. 
Vann's, an audio, video, and appliance specialist based in Missoula, MT, has been serving Montana since 1961. Vann's, Inc. consists of five retail stores (located in Billings, Bozeman, Flathead Valley, Hamilton and Missoula), and an e-commerce site at http://www.vanns.com. Vann's strives to provide a best-in-class customer experience and became a 100-percent employee-owned company in 2005.

Media Contacts: 
Vann’s 
Kevin Elliott 
Audio Buyer 
(406) 532-6703 or kevin.elliott(at)vanns(dot)net

Vann’s 
Matt Ranta 
Marketing Manager 
(406) 532-6720 or matt.ranta(at)vanns(dot)net


University of Montana Business Professor Joins Vann's Board of Directors

MISSOULA, MONT -- Vann's, Montana's largest independent appliance and electronics dealership, announced the appointment of Cameron Lawrence, Ph.D., to the Vann's board of directors. Dr. Lawrence currently serves as the Poe Family Faculty Fellow in the School of Business Administration at the University of Montana.

"Cameron brings a wealth of knowledge in information systems management and technological integration to Vann's," said George Manlove, president and CEO of Vann's, Inc. "He will be a terrific director, and we're excited and honored that he has chosen to serve as a trustee on Vann's Board."

Dr. Lawrence's expertise in the strategic use of technology and management of complex IT infrastructures will be a valuable addition to the Vann's board. He has also been actively involved in a wide array of business projects such as technology startups, consulting, and commercial real estate. In his academic career, Dr. Lawrence has been honored for his teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and his work has been published in leading Management Information Systems journals. He earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

"I look forward to integrating the lessons learned by the company's management team into my teaching. Of equal importance, I welcome the opportunity to provide a fresh perspective to senior management regarding the company's strategy and the management of its technological assets," Dr. Lawrence says.

Dr. Lawrence joins current Vann's board members: chairman George Manlove, ex-officio member Pete Vann, Paul Nisbet, and William Honzel.


Consumer Electronics Daily News Honors Vann's With West Coast Dynamic Growth Award For 2006

MISSOULA, MONT -- Consumer Electronics Daily News announced that Vann's, Inc., Montana's largest independent appliance and electronics multi-channel retailer, will receive the West Coast Dynamic Growth Award at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 8, 2007. CEDN's Editor-In-Chief Lee Oser selects the winners. He said, "We chose Vann's to receive our Dynamic Growth Award for the western United States out of respect for the wonderful results the company has achieved over the medium term and for its long-term contributions to its community. Vann's is demonstrating that concern for its customers, whether in the stores or online, along with respect for traditional American values of hard work and honesty, command results in the consumer electronics marketplace."

CEDN, an online daily newsletter with a nationwide readership of about 10,000, reports on issues in the consumer electronics field. CEDN presents the Dynamic Growth Award when a business exhibits solid medium-term growth, innovative business practices, and community involvement. There are two award winners for 2006; Vann's represents the West Coast, and Electronics Expo, based in New Jersey, represents the East Coast. George Manlove, Vann's President and CEO, commented about receiving national recognition, "We've worked hard to grow our business profitability in a very competitive environment, while maintaining our passion for customer service. Vann's has created a unique, innovative business model that is working quite well. Our loyal employee-owners deserve a lot of the credit for our continued success."

Since 1961, when Vann's started as a single retail location in Missoula, MT, the company established a precedent for growth. Over the next 37 years, Vann's steadily expanded, adding five retail locations throughout Montana. Advancements didn't stop there, though. In 1998, the company launched an e-commerce component. Vanns.com has grown continuously since its inception. A new state-of-the-art national distribution facility opened in Lolo, MT, in 2005, to meet online consumer demand. In addition to the e-commerce focus, Vann's also applies innovative retail trends to their showrooms. This summer, a completely redesigned lifestyle retail showroom opened in Bozeman, MT, offering live test kitchens and home theater set-ups.

Manlove added, "We're honored to receive national recognition from Consumer Electronics Daily News for our accomplishments. Vann's has great pride not only in our 46-year heritage, but in our significant business relationships in the major appliance and electronics industry."

To learn more about Vann's Inc. or the Dynamic Growth Award, please contact George L. Manlove, President and CEO at 406-541-6005, or go to www.vanns.com.

About CES

CES is an annual trade show for manufacturers, retailers, engineers, corporate buyers, government leaders, financial analysts, and the media in the consumer electronics field. Some of the most influential members of the consumer electronics community -- this year Bill Gates and Michael Dell -- are featured as keynote speakers. Awards receptions at CES, like the one sponsored by Consumer Electronics Daily News, recognize outstanding performance by industry members.

About CEDN

Published and distributed for over 30 years at CES in Las Vegas, CEDN's distribution numbers at that event reach 50,000. Recently, CEDN also became available as an emailed and online publication. About 10,000 consumer electronics industry members are daily readers, and an extra 1,000 receive the publication weekly.

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