At Trent Partners, we believe our job truly begins after we receive an order. Even a sale with all the right ingredients - proper price points, advertising support, and strong products - can be undone without diligent in-store attention. Since we believe it is within the store that the true battle is fought, we work hard to maintain our long-standing relationships with a diverse network of vendors.
We are able to leverage our relationships to ensure that our manufacturers receive optimal product distribution, placement, and promotion. We also work tirelessly to ensure that all salespeople who come in contact with your product are adequately trained.
To our dealers, we deliver exceptional care, consideration, and attention. We strive to impart our extensive knowledge and expertise to meet our dealers' challengers and aid them in accomplishing their goals.
The evolution of the Trent Partners of today tracks alongside the careers of our three principals.
Stephen Trentacoste began his career at Audiovox Corporation and left in 1980 as Vice President of the Hi-Comp Division. After leaving Audiovox Corporation, he founded S&E Marketing, a representative firm in the New York metro area. In 1985, S&E Marketing merged with the venerable representative firm, J.H. Thal Associates, and renamed the combined firm Thal-Trent Associates. Trent Partners & Associates was established in 1990 when Stephen Trentacoste purchased the shares remaining from the Thal family.
In 2011, Trent Partners & Associates yet again expanded with its acquisition of Opus Marketing North to form Trent Partners New England. Completion of this acquisition enables Trent Partners to enter the New England marketplace and, for several manufacturers, the upstate New York marketplace.
Frank Lombardo began his career at Litton Microwave Cooking Products, serving in a variety of sales management positions. In 1984, Frank joined NEC Home Electronics and left in 1990 as Regional Vice President of Sales. He formed Frank Lombardo & Associates, a representative firm, immediately after leaving NEC. Frank Lombardo & Associates eventually merged with Trent Partners & Associates.
Peter Huggins began his career at Pioneer Electronics, and has served Trent Partners for over thirty years. In recognition of his exemplary service, Peter was awarded a percentage of the company.
Today, Trent Partners is comprised of a staff of talented and dedicated professionals. Our employees served in all facets of the consumer electronics industry from factory executives to sales managers.
Our people have always been essential to the success of the Company, and set us apart from any other sales organization.
We are consistently recognized by our manufacturers for delivering on our promises of service excellence. In fact, we have been honored with awards including Representative of the Year, Quota Buster, Million Dollar Club, Most Improved Territory, and many more. We believe these awards illustrate the commitment on which we have based our firm’s reputation, and we are honored to have received the following awards:
1994 thru 2016
1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2001 thru 2003
1991 thru 1994
1984 - 1988
1993, 1996, 1998, 1999
2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
2002, 2012, 2014
2001, 2003, 2005
1987, 1989, 1991
1992, 1993, 1994