Gardiner, ME – February 17, 2016 – Today NEAR, a division of Bogen Communications, Inc. (“NEAR”),
a high performance outdoor speaker manufacturer, announced the appointment of The BIG Corp. (Baker
International Group), as sales representatives for all countries outside of North America.

BIG was founded by Pete Baker, a dynamic global sales professional with over 25 years of experience
successfully maximizing product sales and driving revenue growth in the custom electronics industry. Mr.
Baker began his career as an integrator, accumulating vast experience in frontend system design and sales,
back-end operational management, in-field installation as a licensed Power Limited Technician,
programming and project management.

“Pete Baker is an effective and respected brand representative around the globe,” said NEAR Division
General Manager William Kieltyka. “His experiences at every level of the CE business, from integrator to
sales rep to manufacturer makes him a fantastic resource to the brands he represents, and more importantly,
to the distributors, retailers and integrators he serves. Pete’s brand representation skills will be immensely
helpful in communicating NEAR’s premium quality message around the world.”

“NEAR offers rugged, durable, high-fidelity products anywhere an outdoor audio solution is needed,” said
Baker. “A leader in outdoor loudspeaker engineering and design, NEAR brings more than 25 years of
expertise to these innovative and versatile products. This leadership will play a vital role in successfully
extending NEAR’s sales reach to the custom installation market worldwide.”

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