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Project Kick-Off Meetings: Setting the Stage for Success


By Brad Malone, PMP

You answered the RFP and laid out a detailed scope of work — and you got the job! Now it’s time for an orderly transition from sales to implementation. It’s time for the kick-off meeting, where the AV integrator establishes the lines of communication and begins managing the client’s expectations. Are members of your team too busy for a kick-off meeting? Sometimes that’s a sign that things could go awry.

Don’t let things go awry.

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InfoComm 2012 in Pictures


From the receptions to the show floors, photographers blanketed InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas to capture images of an AV industry at its finest — making connections, exploring new solutions and sharing best practices. So relive the Show and see if you can spot anyone you know in the InfoComm 2012 Photostream.

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The Videoconferencing Game is Changing


What might be a significant technological breakthrough could put AV integrators in an awkward position when it comes to bridging different videoconferencing systems. In fact, it would appear that one InfoComm 2012 session had end users licking their chops and integrators giving pause.

Here’s why.

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Planning AV for New Spaces: Get in at the Beginning


An InfoComm blogger walks into a client’s new corporate offices two weeks before occupancy and sees a spanking-new, expensive conference table. Turns out it had been ordered 18 months earlier. So why are they just now starting to consider AV systems? Read about it and voice your frustrations (and solutions) at the InfoComm All Voices blog.

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  In Memoriam — Jason Litt, CTS-D
InfoComm mourns the loss of one of its promising young professionals, Jason Litt, CTS-D.  He died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on June 28, at age 38.  Most recently Litt was Vice President of Sales at Prysm.  Previously he worked in the Dallas and Shanghai offices of RTKL. He leaves behind his wife, Michele, and a three-year old daughter, Arin. A memorial service was held July 2.

Those wishing to make a donation should make checks payable to Michele Litt and mail them to Susan Kent, Prysm, Inc., 180 Baytech Drive, Suite 200, San Jose, California  65134.

  176 Professionals Earn CTS Designations at InfoComm 2012
A record number of attendees took certification exams at the InfoComm 2012 Show. Congratulations to the AV professionals who earned their CTS®, CTS-D or CTS-I certifications in Las Vegas, just steps away from the show floor. Thanks to Middle Atlantic Products for sponsoring the onsite testing and to Listen Technologies for providing noise-cancelling headphones.

  A RoHS is a RoHS
‘Cept when it’s RoHS 2, which is a lot like RoHS 1, but different, and set to take effect next January. Unless you do business with the European Union (or even though you do business with the EU), RoHS may just be an exercise in mispronunciation. But in the All Voices blog, InfoComm International® Sustainability Officer Allen Weidman offers the lowdown on this EU directive governing hazardous substances in electronics.

  Now Fielding InfoComm’s Economic Snapshot Survey
Help InfoComm International monitor the financial health of the AV industry by taking the Economic Snapshot Survey. Will the AV business continue to grow? Your opinion matters! The survey is streamlined and simple — take five minutes to fill it out today.

  Next Up: New York and Nashville
InfoComm is on the road this summer with Roundtables in New York on July 25 and Nashville, Tenn., on August 16. Be among the first to register and receive a free 2012 InfoComm Roundtable Tour T-shirt. Not going to be near New York or Nashville? Then attend a Roundtable near your city. For a list, visit

  Seeking the Best of the Best for InfoComm Awards
InfoComm International is accepting nominations for its Women in AV, Young AV Professionals, Sustainable Technology and Distinguished Achievement Awards. Winners will be recognized at the InfoComm 100 this fall. Nominations must be submitted by July 16, so enter now.

  Now Accepting 2013 InfoComm Board Nominations
If you or someone you know would like to serve on the InfoComm Board or Leadership Development Committee, let us know by July 20. Submit your name, interests, contact information and biography by July 20. Get more info.

  Record Attendance at Standards Plenary Session
At this year’s plenary session after InfoComm 2012, a record number of passionate attendees listened to status reports from industry leaders on several ANSI standards. Presentations were given on how standards development affects other industries. Other popular subjects were sustainability, systems interoperability, audio spectral balance and smart buildings. Check out some photos from the event.

  Celebrate the AV Industry: Start Planning for AV Week
AV Week 2012 is October 14-22. AV Week offers a platform to share your love of AV with your local community. It’s a great way to maintain momentum after the InfoComm Show and use your AV expertise to positively impact the public. Holding AV Week activities is also a great marketing and recruitment opportunity. So start planning now for AV Week and don’t forget to share your ideas with us.

  Add "AV Technologist" to Your Name
"For me, this certificate was a logical first step towards earning my CTS® — a certification that holds a lot of credibility in AV. I did not feel quite ready to go straight to CTS. But now that I have my AV Technologist Certificate, I am working towards that goal."
~ Tom Searcy, InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist, MagicBox, Inc.

Find out how to earn your certificate.

  Top 6 Seminars at InfoComm 2012
Wondering what is hot in AV? Check out the most popular training seminars offered at InfoComm 2012. The epic Super Tuesday session Future Trends brought in a crowd of more than 400!

Roll out the red carpet for these top-attended seminars:

  • Future Trends
  • AV Signals Gone Wireless
  • Space, Time and Technology — The Future of AV
  • Digital AV
  • Conference Room Design Tutorial
  • Audiovisual Technology Planning for Higher Education

Thank you for making this year’s program so successful. Missed the Show? Call +1.703.273.7200 to create a customized training program that fits your schedule.


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