CI Edge Officially Accepting Members

CI Edge announced today they are officially accepting membership applications. The organization, a collaborative effort of commercial integration association USAV and residential buying group ProSource, initially announced their plans to launch CI Edge during CI Pro and CI Summit in August. Today they will introduce their concept to potential members and begin accepting applications to join the group.

“The idea for CI Edge was initially sparked at the 2014 CI Pro and CI Summit. We started talking with ProSource and it quickly became apparent that there is an underserved segment of small to mid-sized commercial integrators in today’s technology integration market,” said USAV CEO and CI Edge Founder K.C. Schwarz. “We have spent the last year developing a buying group concept that specifically supports integrators with under $10 million in annual revenue, and we are very excited that today we officially launch CI Edge and start building a team of integrators.”

CI Edge provides members direct access to buying programs with top technology suppliers. Members are also part of an extensive national network of integrators where they can collaborate, make connections, share resources, and explore new ways to elevate their organization to the next level.  

Today, CI Edge offers programs with nearly 20 manufacturers and distributors also referred to as CI Edge Preferred Partners. These Partners include: Barco, Chief, Da-Lite, Draper, FSR, Hitachi, Herman ProAV and Herman Integration Services, InFocus, Kramer Electronics, Liberty AV Solutions, Media Vision, Middle Atlantic, NEC, ScanSource, Sharp, Shure, Stampede, and SurgeX.

“We have a line up of Preferred Partners that are leaders in the industry. I could not imagine a better group of companies to work with. I am confident CI Edge will have a smooth start with these partners,” said USAV CFO and CI Edge Founder Chris Whitley. “I also look forward to expanding our set of programs, providing more value to CI Edge members.” 

CI Edge members will have access to a unique collection of benefits that equip them with an edge in the technology integration marketplace. Benefits include:

  • Receiving national account pricing with CI Edge Preferred Partners.
  • Direct volume rebates earned through purchases with CI Edge Preferred Partners.
  • Getting elevated backend support with CI Edge Preferred Partners.
  • Participating in events with other CI Edge Integrators focused on collaboration, education, and best practices.
  • Increasing business footprint by networking with a national group of commercial integrators.

CI Edge will operate as its own entity separately from both USAV and ProSource.

About CI Edge
CI Edge is a commercial integrator’s competitive edge in today’s aggressive technology integration marketplace. As the ultimate buying group for integrators under $10 million in annual revenue, CI Edge provides members direct access to buying programs with top technology suppliers. Members are also part of an extensive national network of integrators where they can collaborate, make connections, and explore new ways to elevate their organization to the next level.

 
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