Aug
26

Amy Madden Named Top Talent Under 40

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Amy Madden and I started at Draper almost the same week back in 1999. I was starting a second career and in my mid-thirties. Amy was just out of college, and starting hers as a Regional Sales Manager. I remember thinking how young she was, and also how dedicated. Over the years she’s accomplished quite…
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Aug
23

Shades and Home Health

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Recently, our friend Ric Johnson of Right at Home Technologies blogged about a new possible home technology market: Aging in place. It made us think about Shades and Home Health. You can read Ric’s post here. Ric says this of the most frequent questions his company has received over the past year: “While the number…
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Aug
19

Four Times Draper Custom Solutions Rescued Projects

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We often talk about Draper’s ability to develop custom solutions across all of our product categories. Draper custom solutions is one of the things that really sets us apart from other manufacturers serving the same markets. Sometimes you may wonder why we talk about it, and wonder what the payoff is to the average dealer…
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Aug
16

Ready for CEDIA 2016

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I’m a planner. So CEDIA Expo starts for me right after InfoComm. If I’m truly honest with myself, my planning started on the show floor last year. I knew after last year’s show that for CEDIA 2016 we would focus on two things in 2016—window shades and TecVision. Two core product categories that are handmade,…
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Aug
12

Specifying the Proper Shading Solution

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There’s a lot of information out there on choosing the proper shading solution. A Google search for the term “how to choose window treatments” brings up more than 1.8 million hits. Searching the term how to choose window shades” gets even more results—almost 3.5 million! While much of the information you find this way is…
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Aug
09

Draper and Indoor Air Quality

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If there’s one thing that connects residential and commercial AV integrators, it’s the search for new profit centers, and new ways to add to the bottom line. On the CE Pro website, Julie Jacobson recently talked about one such area: Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ. This is probably an area you’ve never thought about—especially as…
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