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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Abt’

Abt Honored to Be Part of London Olympics Torch Run

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Summer Olympics in London is fast approaching.  As of this blog post, there are 18 days left when the world sends their best athletes to compete in a host of athletic endeavors.  As with tradition, the running of the torch is making its way closer and closer to its destination, and just the other day Abt Electronic’s very own Mike Abt was one of the lucky few who got to run with the torch.

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Mike Abt was the third torch bearer of the day and he ran 300 meters, smiling all the way.  ”The experience brings everyone together for the common good,” said Mike Abt.  ”It is powerful to be on planet Earth with 7 billion people and to be the one human carrying the flame .  Everyone wanted a picture with the torch and me.”

The Olympic torch has been a tradition in the Olympic games since the beginning of the games themselves.  When it’s time to start a new torch relay, a very precise ritual for the lighting of the flame is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games.   After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens.

Abt is honored to be a part of the Olympic Games thanks to our partnership with Samsung, an official sponsor of the London Olympic Games.  For a look at more pictures, check out Abt’s Facebook Photo Album.  Great Job Mike!

Panasonic Wows at CES 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

If you just happen to have a love for plasma TVs and say, ohh, about $150k you want to spend, Panasonic has got one for you.  At CES 2011 they showed off their new product; a 152 inch Plasma TV.  Located right in the middle in the image below…

With the tablet market booming, Panasonic has one to call their own.  The Panasonic Viera Tablet runs on Android and comes in two sizes: a 7 inch or a 10 inch model.  An interesting feature it has, is its compatibility with HDTVs.  This tablet will be able to transfer information both to and from your television.  The tablet can also double as a remote for controlling your home theater system. Not to mention check your e-mail, watch internet TV, receive sports, news and stock updates, become an e-reader, surf the net…etc.

In the same area, our very own Mike Abt sat down with Panasonic and spoke to the audience about our eco friendly practices.  To learn more about us going green check out our Green program initiatives.

Behind the Bolt: Mike Abt Goes Green

Monday, October 18th, 2010

“This is my religion…My goal is to get other businesses to be green,” the dedicated words spoken by Mike Abt, our Vice President, who has spearheaded the earth-friendly changes at Abt Electronics.  The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has released a comprehensive plan to help the counties and communities of the Chicagoland area to sustain resources and prosperity through mid-century and beyond.

A special “Portraits” section on CMAP’s website, profiles Mike and his efforts going back almost 20 years, when he began convincing his family and friends to take little steps to recycle.  He has continued to apply his unbreakable environmental habits even to the workplace.

Some of the waste reducing practices involved are the elimination of paper catalogues.  Most business is done through our web marketing.  A recycling center located just south of the main store opened 2 years ago and saves 3.5 million pounds of cardboard and paper from going to the local dump, over 240,000 pounds of Styrofoam from going to the landfill, and over 13 million pounds of appliances and electronics from ending up in a landfill each year.

“The best part about a family business is that if anyone thinks of an idea, we can implement it right away,” Mike says.  His own personal ideas have even led to the availability of numerous bicycles for employees to use whenever they want to leave the work grounds for lunch or even exercise.

Day after day, Mike continuously feels better in his efforts and strives to find new ways for the company to lessen their carbon footprint, which he believes will help leave this world beautiful and healthy for generations to come.

-Nick E.

And the Award Went to….Abt Electronics

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Abt family is constantly asked why their business thrives; what’s their secret to success? Most simply, they hold true to the values passed down from their parents and grandparents. Jewel and David Abt taught future generations to relish change, keep the store uniquely exciting, and take care of customers.

After being nominated for a U.S. Global Innovator Award (gia), by Peter Giannetti, of Home World Business Magazine (HWBM), Abt was honored as a gia winner on March 14th. The awards dinner was at the Hotel Intercontinental in Chicago. Ricky Abt and Joe Klett attended to accept the award. It is the Abt Family’s commitment to Jewel and Dave’s advice that helped win this award.

Home World Business magazine showcased Abt and their Global Innovator Award in the March 14th issue. Abt’s unique 358,000 square foot facility, Atrium, and business practices were also highlighted.

Robert (Bob) Abt, CEO, was the visionary behind Abt’s unique showroom. Keeping the store unique and exciting was at the forefront of his design concept. Bob is “a student of the Steve Wynn school of visual merchandising, and he readily admits the iconic Las Vegas casino innovator was his biggest inspiration,” Peter Giannetti reported in the March 14th issue of HWBM.

The Bellagio was Bob’s design influence for the Atrium; which some compare to a mall. At the center of the Atrium is a fountain and surrounding the fountain’s dancing waters is a series of kitchen vignettes and boutique stores. The Abt family wants their customers to have a unique shopping experience. The Atrium provides a comfortable environment and entertainment for the whole family.

Looking past the esthetics of the store, Abt thrives, thanks to unmatched customer service and the green initiatives. The recycling center, using a co-generator, and selling environmentally friendly electronics and appliances have helped to reduce Abt’s carbon footprint.

Abt is still family owned and managed by Bob and his four sons, Mike, Jon, Ricky, and Billy. There is always an Abt family member at the store, Jewel and Dave’s vision is achieved everyday.

Taking care of customers by providing unparalleled service pre- and post-sale service is a number one priority, as seen in the customer service motto posted throughout the store, “The Answer is Always Yes to any Reasonable Request.”

Abt has been growing and changing with customers since 1936; Abt will continue to do so as long as there are appliances and electronics in the home.

-Kelly B.

Mike Abt Appears on the Nightly Business Report

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Mike Abt appeared on PBS’s Nightly Business Report to discuss the impact of President Obama’s health care reform. To view the segment, click here.

-Kelly B.

Abt is a Top Independant Retailer

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association discussed independent retailers in their latest email news letter. George Whalin, retail consultant, discussed some of the top independent retailers in the country.

This January, Whalin spotlighted Abt Electronics, an IRMA member located in Glenview, IL. Company President Michael Abt serves as an IRMA Director. “They do it better than anyone,” Whalin said. “Abt has the best-trained, best people in any retail store.”

Check out what Goerge Whalin, author of “Retail Superstars: Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America” said about Abt. What do you think?

-Kelly B.

Entrepreneurs Took Over Abt Thursday Night

Monday, February 8th, 2010

 

Thursday night, Abt was filled with almost 100 business people from the Chicago chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. The group toured Abt’s facility, snacked on food and beverages catered by Jolane’s Café, and went on a green tour lead by Mike Abt, who showed how such a large business can be good for the environment too. During the questions and answers segment, Jon Abt discussed the history of Abt Electronics and how it became the “Triple Threat” in the consumer electronics industry with its price, service, and experience. The Abt family gave inspirational examples of how they built Abt from the ground up and wanted to share their success with other local entrepreneurs. 

 

-Kelly B.

Abt is A Green Giant in the Retail World

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Abt Electronics and their Green initiatives were featured on the WGN News Monday, September 21. If you missed it, click here to view the segment. In it, Mike Abt spoke about the West School in Glencoe, our recycling center, and the steps that Abt takes everyday to make their environmental impact as small as possible.

Recently, Abt installed solar panels on the roof of West School. Abt has begun to install solar panels and windmills residentially and commercially. It is important to take steps to make the environment better, safer, and cleaner for generations to come. According to Mike Abt, it is vital to educate everyone on the importance of making changes in daily life to leave fewer carbon footprints. The website that the West School uses in conjunction with the solar panels is a tool used to educate the children at the school about how much power can be generated by the solar panels. To visit the school’s website click here.

The recycling center here at Abt is impressive. Abt is committed to making a good impact on the environment. Over 10 million pounds of appliances and electronics are recycled each year according to Bob Thomas, Director of Operations. In addition to the appliances and Electronics, over 3.5 million pounds of cardboard and paper are recycled and 20,000 pounds of Styrofoam.

Abt is completely open about the business they conduct. People come from all over the world to see the different aspects of the business in action. Site tours are often given. A natural gas generator powers the store for nine hours each day, lights that automatically turn off when someone is not in the room, and solar panels on the roof that generate energy are all examples of the ways that Abt is trying to make a difference. To read about the different ways that Abt is making a difference, visit the “Green Page”.

-Kelly  B.

New Goodies From the CEDIA Expo

Monday, September 14th, 2009

September 9-12, 2009 was the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) expo in Atlanta. Mike Abt and Jim Kozicki checked out all the new electronics that we can expecting to see at the Abt store in upcoming months. They saw some really cool new technology.

Pioneer and Yamaha both brought new iPod speaker systems and sound bars. Pioneer’s a new 2.1 speaker system and a new 2.1 soundbar system with a wireless subwoofer. E-Tap is their new web-based media storage system. With E-Tap storage of photos, music, and streaming video will be available on the internet.

Yamaha’s new iPod speaker dock, the PDX60, comes with a wireless dongle which transmits music to the main station from a remote location. PDX60 is iPhone compatible and because the wireless dock overrides the main dock operation it is possible to charge two iPhones at once. Yamaha’s soundbar has a slim speaker bar with a subwoofer and controller unit that runs the whole system. There was also a cool network receiver, new from Yamaha, the RXV2065. It has an App which works on the iPhone and iTouch that controls the receiver.

Quite a few new speakers made an appearance at CEDIA this year. Definitive technology, Klipsch, Kef, and Polk Audio had a great showing. Definitive showed their new MYTHOS speaker. Meant to be wall mounted, at a svelte 1.5” deep, it’s thinner than some LED TVs on the market. This MYTHOS speaker is a multi-woofer, single-tweeter LCR speaker. In keeping with the tradition of the MYTHOS line, this speaker too, is made out of the extruded aluminum.

Klipsch’s offering at this years expo, is their new down-firing, lower-priced subwoofer. The 8” SW350 will retail at $349 and the 10” SW45 will be $449.

Kef displayed a wireless subwoofer and a new wireless soundbar product.

Polk Audio also brought an ultra-thin 50” soundbar. New additions to their IHT line were new at the expo. They showed a larger speaker for use with a 50” TV, and a shallower version for a smaller TV. There were also inwall/inceiling speakers that had a unique bezel that almost vanishes when painted.

Denon brought a Blu-ray-receiver unit that combines a high-quality Blu-ray player and amplifier in a one-piece solution for just $1799.

Panamax came up with something really unique for the show and consumers this year. They have come out with a surge protector/line conditioner, the M4315, which can be programmed with an IP address for remote monitoring of a system—from a power angle. The unit will store data about spikes, surges, and dropouts for the life of the system. An additional battery will be available for the unit too, model MB1500.

Sonos was excited to let everyone know that when using their new CR200—you can Tweet about what you are listening to—or anything else.

The XBR10 was the TV, from the Sony camp, that got a lot of notice. It’s a side-lit, ultra-thin, LED TV with a wireless media box that keeps the TV free from wires, giving it a super-clean look. Also, from Sony this year, a new network Blu-ray player that streams music and video from the web. The Blu-ray, BDPN460, will sell for $249. Finally, from Sony this year, is a receiver that can be programmed with an IP address for remote troubleshooting. This receiver is compatible with Crestron and Control4 products right out of the box, equaling no complicated programming

For more information on the products at CEDIA, contact an Abt sales specialist.

-Kelly B.