Awards & Recognition

We’re very proud of our work and we love it when others recognize the effort and attention we pay to each project and service request.

2011-JAN: DistinctAV asked by Q95 (WFBQ) to create "The Ultimate Mancave" exhibit at The Indianapolis Home Show.

Check out what the team came up with for the show.

2009-AUG: Derek answers remodeling expert questions for Indianapolis Star.

Derek was asked by BAGI and the Indianapolis Star newspaper to answer the question “How can I build a home theater but stay within a budget?” Read article or visit

2009-AUG: DistinctAV mentioned in article on cost-effective controls.

Russ & Vivian were interviewed by Electronic House Magazine wondering how we did so much for so little. The project profile can be seen here. Read EH article. Derek was also quoted in the article on “6 Common Automation Pitfalls to Avoid”.

2009-AUG: Cradlepoint Technologies selects DistinctAV for a promotional flyer.

Cradlepoint makes excellent network routers that have a special feature that gives our clients high speed internet when there’s no Cable or DSL to remote homes. Their PR people put together this profile on the MBR1000 router and our interesting application of it. CradlePoint Case Study.

2009-JUL: Electronic House Magazine features HOTY Finalist article.

Yep, another DistinctAV theater project was featured in the Electronic House Magazine website!

2009-JUL: Residential Systems Magazine Peer Review of the RTI XP-8.

Derek Cowburn, Owner of DistinctAV, was asked to do a Peer Review of the RTI XP-8 control processor for Residential Systems Magazine. These peer reviews are reserved for leaders and innovators in the custom installation industry. RTI XP-8 Peer Review article

2009-JUN: Electronic House Magazine features HOTY Finalist article.

Another DistinctAV automated home project was featured in the Electronic House Magazine website. This project was also featured on Fox59 news.

2009-MAY: Electronic House Magazine Theater of The Year, $25k-$50k, 1st Place Winner

I’ve always felt the Owners should be receiving these awards, after all, they funded it and provided the inspiration. We’re thrilled to be in the winners circle for this prestigous award. Check out the May 2009 issue, page 14, for details. An extra surprise was being singled-out in the Editor’s Note on page 6. The project profile is found here. The EH Magazine article is here.

2008-OCT: CEPro Magazine Great Rack Winner

CE Pro is a magazine dedicated to the Custom Electronics industry. They run a contest with Middle Atantic, a major equipment rack manufacturer, to help “show off your rack” (pun intended I’m sure). DistinctAV was selected as one of the winners of the 2008 contest.

2007: Fishers Emerging Growth Busniess Nominee

Small business recognition from the Fishers Chamber of Commerce as we were growing in our third year.

2006: HouseTrends Magazine Features one of our theater projects

HouseTrends Magazine hilights the latest trends and provides advice for timeless styles in home deorating and decor. One of our theaters was showcased.