Today SnapAV, a provider of A/V, surveillance, networking and remote management products for professionals, and Control4 Corporation, a global provider of smart home solutions, announced the successful completion of their merger. Unified into a single organization, Control4 becomes a professional smart home brand in the company portfolio, and SnapAV continues to bring technology professionals a trusted, end-to-end partner that invests relentlessly in growing the industry and helping their businesses succeed.
“The smart home industry is poised for massive growth, and much of that growth will be driven and satisfied by professionals,” said John Heyman, CEO of SnapAV. “Our team shares a passion to deliver fantastic experiences to homeowners and businesses. Through this combination of industry leaders, we have organized ourselves around delivering a unified and integrated company that gives dealers one place to go for the best and broadest selection of products, greatest technical support, most rewarding sales programs, robust training resources and more.”
The combination of these two companies brings together a robust product catalog of in-house brands and third-party products, backed by experienced product engineering teams, award-winning customer service, education and training programs and in-field technical support. Together they have the resources and logistics infrastructure to be a one-stop shop that drives value added services for technology professionals across the industries they serve.
The SnapAV product development team, led by Charlie Kindel as chief product & technology officer, envisions a roadmap that blends deep innovation with simplicity, interoperability and quality.
“We know this to be true: the number of connected devices in the home will continue to increase. Homeowners want help removing complexity so they can enjoy life at home more and manage technology less,” Kindel said. “We’re focused on the vision of making end customers rave about our fantastic products and the great living experiences our dealers create with those products. Through this merger, we will fulfill the true promise of the smart home.”
Control4 will continue to be available only through Control4 authorized dealers, and the high standards required for dealer certification will not change. All brands in the combined product portfolio — including Pakedge and Araknis, OvrC and BakPak, Triad and Episode — continue to be supported today, and dealers can use the solution that best fits their business needs.
Bryan Naquin, owner of Acadian Home Theater and Automation in Baton Rouge, La., is enthusiastic about the merger. “The merger feels like a game changer for my company, and for the industry," Naquin said. "As one company, it means more help with all my installation needs which would simplify my business, and make it much easier to support my customers. I’m looking forward to seeing how the combined company will evolve.”
Dealers can expect to see continued investment in both local and international expansion. Ordering products will remain the same for now, but over time, the combined portfolios will be made available through easy and convenient online ordering, shipping and local pickup. SnapAV intends to invest further into the international markets Control4 has established, including the UK, Ireland, China, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.
“Today is day one of this journey, and we are just getting started,” Heyman said. “SnapAV is committed to investing relentlessly in the success of its dealers and fueling broad industry growth to better serve our shared customers. We believe in the importance of professionally installed systems, and we are laying the groundwork to ensure those businesses succeed long into the future.”
With a combined 1,200 employees, SnapAV CEO John Heyman will lead the merged teams as chief executive officer, while former Control4 CEO Martin Plaehn joins the board of directors of SnapAV’s parent company. Jeff Hindman joins the executive team as chief revenue officer, while Charlie Kindel, former Amazon Alexa executive and Control4 SVP of products & services, is named chief product & technology officer. Mike Carlet will serve as the chief financial officer. Additional executives of the combined company include Jeff Dungan, G Paul Hess, JD Ellis, Barrett Schiwitz, Bryce Judd, Carmen Thiede, Graham Jaenicke and Wally Whinna. The company will have headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. and Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices and local facilities around the world.