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VSDA, iDEA Seek Top Retailers

25 Apr, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

The Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Independent Dealers of Entertainment Association (iDEA) are putting the call out for Retailer of the Year nominees.

The groups are inviting all retailers to nominate themselves or their fellows in the VSDA categories of Entertainment Specialist, Rental Specialist, Grocer/Mass Merchant, Non-Traditional Retailer and Online Retailer.

The categories for indie-centric iDEA are Independent Video Store (the George Atkinson Award), Small Chain Video Store (2-4 locations) and Mid-Sized Video Store (5-49 locations).

This year iDEA also launches a new “Chairman's Award,” which will honor specific accomplishments of an iDEA-member store, such as particular category development, sellthrough, tanning, and video games.

Nominations are accepted via the group's Web site at www.vsda.org and winners will be announced at VSDA's Home Entertainment 2006 July 11-13 in Las Vegas.

This week the VSDA also announced it has selected two industry veterans as co-chairs of this year's VSDA's Home Entertainment convention — Gene Silverman and Russ Solomon.

The pair is working on developing special 25th anniversary programming for this year's event.

Russ Solomon is the founder of Tower Records and Video and served as one of the first members of VSDA's Board of Directors.

Gene Silverman's entr?e into home video began in 1979 when he founded Video Trend, one of the industry's leading video distributors. Prior to establishing his own consulting firm and providing services to clients such as Anchor Bay Entertainment and New Line Home Entertainment, Silverman served as President of Polygram Video and as Senior Vice President of Sales for Orion Home Video.

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