PowerHouse Alliance distributor members will execute their respective training schedules for April with a widespread emphasis on home automation and control. 
Dealers will have access to insider tips on how to identify opportunities within the rapidly growing smart home space and will also get valuable face-time with manufacturer representatives at a variety of education sessions, according to a PowerHouse Alliance press release.
Member Electronic Custom Distributors Inc. (ECD) will kick off the month with Clare Controls trainings at all three of their Texas locations. The team will start at their Houston headquarters on April 5 with a half-day session before moving on to Austin, Texas, on April 6 and Dallas on April 7. Fellow PHA member Consumer Electronics Distributors will also give dealers a closer look at the Clare Controls hub and configuration software during a basic training session on April 19 at their Northbrook, Ill., location.
“The smart home space is constantly evolving, which can make it difficult for dealers to stay on top of the trends and products consumers are demanding at any given time,” said Dennis Holzer, executive director of the PowerHouse Alliance. “As a group, we want our collective dealer network to understand and experience these new products through our lineup of training sessions so they can turn around and leverage this category for new business opportunities with their customer base.”
To continue the spotlight on home automation, members Volutone, MRI, Sierra Select, Mountain West and ECD will all host URC-focused training sessions throughout the month. Volutone is encouraging their dealers to attend free URC live training sessions held at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine, Calif., April 5-7. Later in the month, MRI will host a three-day URC Total Control Certification training series in Natick, Mass. From April 19-21, dealers from across the northeast will have the opportunity to learn the basics of Total Control and advance all the way to mastering automation and programming techniques. During those same dates, member ECD will also put on a URC Total Control training series at their Dallas location.
Sierra Select, who represents the Alliance in northern California and Nevada will hold a URC CCP training session at their North Highlands, Calif., location on Tuesday, April 19. To wrap the URC trainings for the Alliance in April, Mountain West Distributors will host a URC Total Control Training day at their Denver location on April 26 to give their dealers an introduction to the product and networking in general.
As the first quarter of 2016 comes to close, the Alliance is continuing to expand into new territories and improve their facilities for dealers. Member Davis Distribution Systems recently opened the doors to their new Indianapolis warehouse and will celebrate with an all-day grand opening party April 9. Their local dealers are invited to join their team and factory representatives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a pig roast, live entertainment and plenty of prizes. Volutone will also be celebrating this spring as they complete the expansion on their Irvine, Calif., location. On April 29 they are inviting dealers to explore their new larger-capacity training room, dealer conference room, expanded will call and deeper stock on in-demand products.
Below is the full list of PowerHouse Alliance member training sessions and events scheduled for April:
 Electronic Custom Distributors Inc.
  • Digital Watchdog Vendor Day – April 1, 2016 – Houston, Texas
  • Ethics and 2GIG Training – April 19, 2016 – Dallas, Texas
  • Ethics and 2GIG Training – April 20, 2016 – Austin, Texas
  • Ethics and 2GIG Training – April 21, 2016 – Houston, Texas
  • Lutron Advanced Shading Solutions Hands-on Technical Session – April 1, 2016 – Norwood, Mass.
  • Sony Show & Training Event – April 12, 2016 – Needham, Mass., or Trumbull, Conn.
  • Nest Introducing Home/Away Assist & Family Accounts – April 12, 2016 – Norwood, Mass.
Sierra Select Distributors
  • JVC Dealer Training – April 13, 2016 – North Highlands, Calif.
  • Advanced Audio Technical Training: 
                  o Van Nuys – April 5, 2016
                  o Irvine – April 6, 2016
  • RTI Level 1 Training: 
                  o Simi Valley – April 12, 2016
                  o Van Nuys – April 13, 2016
                  o Cerritos – April 14, 2016
                  o Irvine – April 15, 2016
                  o San Diego – April 26, 2016
                  o Ontario – April 27, 2016
                  o Las Vegas – April 28, 2016
Visit www.powerhousealliance.com for information.