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InfoComm Recognizes the Best in Sustainability; Biodegradable AV Equipment?; STEP Foundation Convenes Manufacturers Group; Expand Into the Healthcare Market; Board Elections and Ballots; Help Track AV Industry Performance; Combine Your Trip to ISE With Your CTS Exam; Upcoming Webinars; More

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InfoComm Board Selects Next Executive Director


After a months-long search, the Board of Directors of InfoComm International® announced last week that David Labuskes, CTS®, RCDD, will become the next Executive Director and CEO of the association. He will succeed current Executive Director/CEO Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D, who is retiring at the end of the year. Read the news and learn why InfoComm officers believe the association will be in excellent hands.


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Richard Derbyshire Named Volunteer of the Year


Richard Derbyshire, CTS®, of Shen Milson & Wilke, has been in the industry more than 25 years. He currently serves as chairman of the InfoComm Standards Steering Committee, which oversees the work of nearly a dozen task groups and 500 industry volunteers. The Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually for contributions made to the association.

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InfoComm Names Young AV, Women in AV Award Winners


At last week’s InfoComm 100 outside Washington, D.C., InfoComm International named Jonathan Brawn, CTS, of Brawn Consulting, and Christina Minihan, CTS, of Visix Corp. (pictured) as its Young AV Professionals Award winners. Also at the InfoComm 100, Malissa Dillman, CTS-D, CTS-I, of Kramer Electronics, and Zee Hakimoglu, CEO of ClearOne, were presented with InfoComm’s Women in AV Award.


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The Next 'Next Big Thing' for Displays


First it was 3D. Then it was built-in web connections. Neither could breathe significant new life into the flat-panel TV business. But there is something on the horizon that could get people excited about displays again. All Voices blogger and one-time InfoComm Educator of the Year Pete Putman has his eyes on the prize and details what it will take for the next ‘next big thing’ to realize its potential. Read all about it and join the conversation.


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 InfoComm Recognizes the Best in Sustainability
Visualization solutions company Barco and Raymond Kent, CTS, LEED AP (pictured), took home the Sustainable AV Technology Award at last week’s InfoComm 100 conference. The award recognizes people and organizations for implementing environmentally sustainable practices in the manufacturing of products, integration of AV systems, reduction of waste in the workplace or similar strategies. More.

 Biodegradable AV Equipment?
In the All Voices Blog, Raymond Kent, winner of InfoComm’s 2012 Sustainable AV Technology Award, describes a scientific innovation that could lead to electronics that simply disintegrate. What better way to dispose of old pro-AV gear? What pro-AV equipment would you like to see disintegrate? Do tell.

 STEP Foundation Convenes Manufacturers Group
The Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP™) Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing sustainable practices to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems. The STEP Manufacturers Group, which includes representatives from various industries, will record manufacturers’ best sustainability practices and champion the STEP Rating System.

 InfoComm’s Lemke Recognized for Contributions to the Industry
Last week, at a ceremony in London, InfoComm Executive Director and CEO Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., was recognized by AV Magazine with the AV40 Outstanding Contribution Award. Lemke, who was attending the InfoComm 100 outside Washington, D.C., accepted the award via video. “I count my friends at AV Magazine among life’s treasures,” he said. “As I accept this award and leave the InfoComm stage, I look with pride at InfoComm’s membership throughout the world.” Lemke, who is set to retire at the end of the year, acknowledged the contributions of Peter Lloyd, Brian Pipe, Greg Jeffreys and Terry Friesenborg, among others, in helping InfoComm meet the needs of the audiovisual industry in the U.K. and Europe.

 In Memoriam

Herbert M. Jaffe, a longtime corporate executive with Atlas Sound, died Oct. 11 in Pompton Plains, N.J. Jaffe trained in the sound business at the RCA Institute and worked for Executone and Dukane before joining Atlas Sound in 1969. “Herb's passing is an incredible loss not only for the industry, but for the audio world at large,” wrote Fred Ampel, owner of Technology Visions Analytics. “Herb was unique, someone who was there at the beginning and gave back more than anyone could ask.” Memorial donations may be made to the Jewish Council of Cedar Crest, 1 Cedar Crest Village Dr., Pompton Plains, NJ 07444, or to the Rob Jaffe Memorial Fund, c/o California State Summer School Arts Foundation, 39 East Walnut St., No. 8, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Richard F. Krudop, of Andalusia, Ala., and a friend to many in the AV business in the southeastern U.S., died Oct. 11. Over the years, Krudop’s independent manufacturers’ rep firm, Nu-Way Technologies, represented such brands as AMX, Flexible Picture Systems, Sound Craft Systems and Stewart Filmscreen. Krudop was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Andalusia High School, and a graduate of Auburn University. Memorial donations may be made to the Bellaire and Sara Frances Krudop Scholarship Fund at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, c/o Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 1418, Andalusia, AL 36420.

 Expand Into the Healthcare Market
Register today for the Technology Crossroads Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 27-28, 2012. Learn how your products and services can make hospitals smarter, physicians more effective, and patients more engaged. Now you can register for only $300 and get access to two days of panels, more than 60 speakers, and unlimited opportunities to network with leaders in health IT. Use code TECHXBSTR when you register.

 Board Elections and Ballots
InfoComm Members: Remember to vote for the InfoComm International Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee. Ballots have been sent out by email and regular mail. The deadline to vote is Oct. 29.

 Help Track AV Industry Performance
In the last Economic Snapshot Survey, company gross revenues and bid requests were up. Did your company experience that? The Economic Snapshot Survey is your chance to share anonymously your performance over the last six months, as well as your projections for the next six months. Help us get a complete picture of the industry. Take the survey.

 Combine Your Trip to ISE With Your CTS Exam
"Time is very important to me, so being able to combine my trip to Integrated Systems Europe with my test made complete sense. It was cool to be able to do both at once!"
— Nic Black, CTS, Managing Director, Pyramid

Reserve your seat for the CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I exam, 29-31 Jan. in Amsterdam.

 3 Reasons to Sign Up for January Install Courses
Here's what students are saying about why they signed up for InfoComm University™'s install courses:

“I've learned install with on-the-job practice. Now I need official training.”

“My boss wants me to prepare for my CTS-I.”

“More bids are requiring CTS-I.”

Enroll now by calling 1.800.659.7469. Installation Technician is Jan. 14-16; Lead Installation Technician is Jan. 17-19.

 Assess Network Readiness at GovComm 2012
Learn how to document your IP network expectations, verify compliance and troubleshoot the unexpected at GovComm 2012 by taking GC07: Assessing Network Readiness for AV Systems. This show for government audiovisual communications solutions is Nov. 28-29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. You can also choose from other must-know topics.

And while you’re at the show, be sure to stop by the InfoComm International member booth #547.

 Share Your Expertise
InfoComm is seeking experienced speakers for its 2013 Regional Roundtable and webinar series. Get involved with the AV industry, share your experience with colleagues and enhance your resume. Present on project management, sales, leadership skills, marketing, business development or any other topic you think would be of interest to your industry peers. Apply now.

 Roundtable Tour Heads South
Join InfoComm staff and the local AV community for Regional Roundtables in Houston on Nov. 15 and Miami on Dec. 13. Make face-to-face connections with AV colleagues and receive business training tailored to AV.
In Houston, earn a CTS renewal unit (RU) while listening to a presentation on project management by Paul Streffon, MBA, CTS-D, CTS-I, Network+, and InfoComm University™ Instructor, and a presentation on new functionality at AV-iQ by Bruce MacIntosh, AV-iQ Sales Manager. Save your spot.

 InfoComm at the School Equipment Show in Tampa
The Power of AV for Education examines future trends in learning and is heading to the School Equipment Show in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 8. Register now.

 The Benefits of Belonging
Did you know InfoComm members qualify to serve on committees that help set the direction of the industry? InfoComm members can serve on the Membership, Standards, Professional Education & Training (PETC), and Awards committees. Learn more or contact to get involved.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • David Nour Innovation Series: Social Collaboration to Fuel Innovation
    Oct. 18, 2012

  • Italian Webinar: AVB — Audio Video Bridging
    Oct. 24, 2012

  • Classroom Audio and Acoustics for Recording
    Oct. 24, 2012

  • Money Matters: Building Ownership Value — Why? How?
    Oct. 29, 2012



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