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Top Tech Trends for InfoComm 2012


He’s back. Pete Putman, CTS® and 2008 InfoComm International® Educator of the Year, returns to the All Voices Blog and shares what technologies he’ll be monitoring at InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas. Catch Pete and other industry luminaries for their Beer & Pretzels sessions at the Show, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 5 p.m., and see if your wish list of new technologies matches his.


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Three Perfect Days at the Big Show


Heck, even three days isn’t enough to take in everything InfoComm 2012 has to offer. Still, we’ve pored over all the classes, special events, technology exhibits, networking opportunities, award presentations and more to come up with an itinerary every AV professional can enjoy. And you can help out your fellow attendees! Suggest courses, parties, receptions and exhibitor booths from your calendar in the comments section.

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Inside InfoComm's Newest Council


It was years in the making, but this June at InfoComm 2012, the Independent Technical Service Providers (ITSP) Council enjoys its first Show as an official organization. How can you get involved? What does the ITSP Council offer your sector of the AV industry? What’s an independent technical service provider anyway? We’ve got all the answers from the people involved.


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From Singapore to Yale University


The 2012-2013 Michael Verguawen Scholarship, supporting post-secondary education for a career in the AV industry, goes to Jeong Sik Yoo, CTS®-D. He’ll be taking his skills from Electronics & Engineering PTE Ltd. in Singapore to Yale University’s School of Drama in New Haven, Conn., to study technical design and production. Read the news, then check out an in-depth interview with Yoo about how he arrived at this point in his career.


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Read the InfoComm 2012 VIP Show Daily


From InfoComm and the publishers of Systems Contractor News and Rental & Staging Systems, the VIP Edition of the InfoComm 2012 Show Daily offers a 100-page preview of the key classes, exhibits and new products you can expect to see this June in Las Vegas. Best of all, you can read it right now.


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 InfoComm’s Lemke Receives Inaugural Almo E4 Award
InfoComm Executive Director and CEO Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., received the first-ever E4 Education Ambassador Award from Almo Pro A/V at the company’s recent E4 AV Tour stop in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lemke accepted the award from Almo Pro A/V Executive Vice President and COO Sam Taylor in recognition of his commitment to accredited training for the AV industry. Dr. Lemke has announced his retirement, effective the end of the year. “It’s been a great 12 years,” he said in accepting the award. “I came in as an educator, so this means a lot.”

Next stop on the E4 Tour is Sept. 13 in Dallas. Check in here.

 InfoComm 2012: Plan of Attack
It seems straightforward enough: You need a plan to cover the 500,000 net square feet of InfoComm 2012 exhibit space. Senior Vice President of Member Services Duffy Wilbert can sum up his years of trade show experience in four plans of attack. Read about them in the All Voices Blog.

 On the Government Relations Front
In a May 18 letter signed by 56 members of Congress, the General Services Administration (GSA) was asked to stop using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system if the USGBC does not reconsider certain provisions of LEED 2012. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is a prominent program in the field of sustainable building and one which the GSA has adopted to help government buildings comply with the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. According to the letter, the 56 signees are concerned that the latest version of LEED “will eliminate the use of dozens of materials and hundreds of proven building products.” Read the entire letter [PDF]. InfoComm Sustainability Officer Allen Weidman also offers some background based on a recent Congressional hearing.

 All Project Management, All the Time
If you’ve been enjoying the InfoComm Project Management Series by Brad Malone, PMP, there is now a one-stop-shop<Page ID: 20580> for all his insightful articles. Read everything from the buzz-worthy Women in Project Management to The Myth of the Perfect Estimate. Bookmark the page and come back for new articles as Brad cranks them out.

 We Have a Winner
Who knew so many AV pros were also accomplished poets? Give it up for Paul Spadafora, who waxed poetic (in an acrostic kinda way) and will now attend InfoComm 2012 gratis. Thanks to all who entered; we received a slew of epic poetry. Read Paul’s verse.

 Super Tuesday, Super Tempting
It’s called Super Tuesday for a reason. Brace yourself for the ultimate day of real-world solutions at InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas. There’s only one strategy for satisfying your curiosity about this year’s program: Divide and conquer. From the hottest emerging technology to a once-a-year gathering of C-level professionals, Super Tuesday has eight enticing sessions to choose from. Not enough time? Bring your entire team. But make your selections quickly, before they sell out.

 Telepresence Day at InfoComm 2012
IMCCA invites InfoComm 2012 attendees to Telepresence Day on Thursday, June 14, starting at 8:30 a.m. in rooms N219/N222 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Polycom will deliver the opening keynote, followed by a panel discussion on telepresence and mobile video with representatives from Applied Global Technologies, Cisco, Polycom, Radvision and Vidyo. Then Cisco takes to the mic for a second keynote before manufacturers demonstrate their mobile video solutions. To RSVP, send email to Carol Zelkin, Executive Director of IMCCA, by June 11. And don’t forget IMCCA’s State of the Industry Lunch on Wednesday, June 13, at 12:30 p.m. in rooms N219/N222.

 All-New Roadshow Coming to NYC
Come to the AV Roadshow & Roundtable, brought to you by NewBay Media and InfoComm International, July 25 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. We’re combining efforts to bring you two great programs in one day. There will be informative sessions, manufacturers training and a technology showcase with something for everyone, from rental and staging pros to AV integrators and consultants. Register now and see the full schedule. Use the code ICRT12

 The 14th Annual Rental & Staging Forum
During InfoComm 2012, author and thought leader David Nour takes the stage at the 14th Annual Rental & Staging Forum, Wednesday, June 13, at 3 p.m. Nour will share his deeply held belief that building, nurturing and quantifying key relationships can produce business results. Joining him in a panel discussion will be Mark Aistrope of Meeting Tomorrow, Mark Miller of Markey’s Rental & Staging and Evan Williams of Riverview Systems. Then stick around for the ever-popular Lighting&Sound America 2012 Staged Events Awards presentation and reception. Get the information.

 Prizes, Music and Coffee
Stop by InfoComm International Booth #C7529 to discuss the many benefits of your year-round association. You can also pick up a Passport to compete for the Trip of a Lifetime. Enjoy coffee and live music, win daily prizes, and get answers to questions about events, education, certification, AV- iQ® and much more. 

 Stop by the ITSP Booth at InfoComm 2012
Stop by booth #C5653 and meet members of the new Independent Technical Service Providers Council. Learn more about this growing segment of companies that provide outsourced integration and event support services. Make an appointment by emailing

 Your CTS Exam Seat Could Be Gone Soon
Want to earn the esteemed Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) designation in Las Vegas? You can take the CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I exam right in the convention center, just steps from the show floor. Exam seats are limited, register today.

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 Installs Done Right the First Time
Develop your team and your company's bottom line with hands-on training. Save the date for two courses at InfoComm University™ in Fairfax, Va. But hurry, these courses won’t be offered again until September.



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