Control4 merger with SnapAV gets go-ahead
SnapAV and Control4 have announced the successful completion of their merger into a single organisation with Control4 becoming a brand in SnapAV’s portfolio.
The companies’ amalgamation brings together a large catalogue of in-house brands and third-party products, backed by highly experienced engineering team, award-winning customer service, education and training programs, and in-field technical support.
SnapAV chief executive John Heyman believes the smart home industry is poised for massive growth and feels that the merger has created a team with the passion and expertise to deliver fantastic experiences to clients.
“Through this combination of industry leaders, we have organised ourselves around delivering a unified and integrated company that gives dealers once place to go for the best and broadest selection of products, greatest technical support, most rewarding sales programs, robust training resources, and more.”
The SnapAV development team will be led by Charlie Kindel as chief product and technology officer. He says that with the number of connected devices in the home set to increase, homeowners will want to remove any complexities associated with the technology.
“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 fulfil the true promise of the smart home.”
The addition of Control4’s Smart Home OS gives SnapAV one of the most connected product portfolios with interoperability across nearly 14,000 devices from hundreds of manufacturers. Control4 will remain available through authorised dealers.
The owner of Acadian Home Theatre and Automation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bryan Naquin says the merger feels like a game-changer for the industry.
“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.”
SnapAV intended to invest further into international markets Control4 has established in the UK, Ireland, China, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Over time, the combined portfolios will be made available through easy online ordering, with shipping and local pick-up.
John adds: “Today is day one of this journey and we are just getting started. SnapAV is committed to investing relentlessly in the success of its dealers and fuelling 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.”
As part of the merger, former Control4 chief executive Martin Plaehn will join the board of directors of SnapAV’s parent company. Jeff Hindman joins the executive team as chief revenue officer, while former Amazon Alexa executive and Control4 senior vice president of products and services Charlie Kindel will be the chief product and 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.