New Board Members Expand VSDA Horizons20 Jul, 2001 By: Joan Villa
Two new board appointments of an online retailer and an adult video distributor illustrate how the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) is casting a wider net to expand membership and industry influence.
The VSDA board appointed Jason Kilar, Amazon v.p. and general manager of DVD and video, and Roger Horwitz, operations manager for adultdistributor General Video Mid-Atlantic, at its quarterly meeting in Orlando, Fla.Amazon is expected to be a “valuable ally” in facing common issues such as protection of the First Sale Doctrine, the threat from alternative delivery systems and ratings enforcement, emphasizes board chairman TomWarren, owner of Video Hut in Fayetteville, N.C.
“Taking advantage of Amazon.com's knowledge of what works and what doesn't work in e-commerce will assist those members of VSDA, large, medium and small, who are embracing the future and moving to online sales of videos,” he adds.
“We're all retailers at the end of the day,” agrees Kilar, who says Amazon will be able to contribute its six years of experience ine-commerce to the VSDA board. “There are a lot of things we as an industry can work together on, whether it be catalog protocols, whetherit be content issues, downloading or streaming -- these are the common things that will cut across all companies that are retailers.”
Retailer Rodney Eglash of RSE Video Discount Superstore in Milwaukee and member of the Adult Advisory Committee that recommended Horwitz for theboard, believes the appointment is a first step toward VSDA recognitionthat adult product contributes significant revenue for many indieretailers.
Eglash's Wisconsin chapter will host a first-ever Adult Conference and Showcase Aug. 14-15 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center inKenosha, Wis. Educational seminars and networking events will augment comments from VSDA president Bo Andersen and a keynote by Adult Video News senior editor Mark Kernes. Free Speech Coalition executive director Bill Lyons will coordinate roundtable meetings with video retailers and adult industry executives.
Also at the July 13 board meeting, departing director David Ingram, president of Ingram Entertainment, was replaced by Ingram v.p. ofbusiness development Bob Geistman, who was appointed to a new three-year term.
Retiring from the board were appointed member John Thrasher of Tower Records & Video and former chairman and elected director Mark Vrielingof Rain City Video in Seattle, who each completed six years, the maximumallowed under association bylaws. Ross Flint of Video Station Superstore in Taylor, Texas, also concluded his three-year term after losing are-election bid. Elected director Herman Junkerman of Movie Man Video, Glassboro, N.J., was appointed to an additional one-year term.