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February 20, 2013

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The AV Business Leadership Series; InfoComm Today Podcast; InfoComm Awards; NYC Roundtable; Behind the Standards Scene; Mergers & Acquisitions Webinar Series; 2013 Education Catalog; CTS Prep Online Really Works; New Way to Search for CTS Holders; Design Boot Camp Part One Goes Virtual; Upcoming Roundtables and Webinars; More

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What’s New for InfoComm 2013


Like the industry it represents, the InfoComm trade show is constantly evolving. This year, for example, more than half the InfoComm University™ programming will be brand-new. Plus, there will be fresh ways to experience the show floor and network with colleagues. Find out what's new, then register for InfoComm 2013 in Orlando.


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Integrator Angst in Higher Ed


Are your ears burning? Maybe they should be. At least one technology manager at one major university has qualms with some AV integrators he's encountered over the years. "Hundreds of thousands of dollars in new equipment. Half doesn't work, half we don't need." Get inside the mind -LINK TK- of a potential customer and consider whether your company could make him happy.


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Are You Experiencing the New Normal?


Let's face it: The economy has stabilized, but few people are jumping for joy about it. Maybe you've heard pundits call this "The New Normal." Growth strategist David Nour has his own take on "normal," especially when it comes to the AV industry. We cornered him to get some straight answers in anticipation of his InfoComm International® webinar series.


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Creating Project Managers the Right Way


Many AV organizations identify their next generation of project managers by putting certain employees to the test and seeing how they respond. But is a trial by fire the best way to identify and develop the type of professionals you need to guide your company to better project outcomes and healthier customer relations? Probably not. Consider this instead.


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 The AV Business Leadership Series

David Nour's year-long focus on The New Norm is part of InfoComm's AV Business Leadership Series, a career-development package that includes Nour's six webinars, attendance at a networking lunch during InfoComm 2013 and attendance at the new AV Executive Conference, where Nour will present. Contact your regional account manager to purchase everything in the series.

 Now Hear This!

The InfoComm Today podcast is back with a new episode. The topic on panelists' minds: IT networking and AV systems. Join InfoComm's Brad Grimes and K2 Audio's Rodrigo Ordonez, CTS®-D, as they discuss how IT is changing — and improving — the way AV systems are designed. And learn from InfoComm Senior Vice President Melissa Taggart and Curriculum Development Manager Rachel Bradshaw about how networking affects the Certified Technology Specialist™ credential and the InfoComm University program at InfoComm 2013. Listen now.

 Know Outstanding AV Pros Who Deserve Recognition?

Nominate them for an InfoComm award. InfoComm recognizes individuals' contributions to the industry with six distinct awards: the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award, Distinguished Achievement Award, Educator of the Year, Sustainable Technology Award, Women in AV Award and Young AV Professional Award. Nominations are due April 19, 2013, and winners will be recognized at InfoComm 2013.

 CTS Testing at InfoComm 2013

If you're thinking of taking your CTS, CTS-D or CTS®-I exam at InfoComm 2013, now is the time to prepare. You can even review with CTS Prep, CTS-D Prep or the new CTS-I Prep classes offered at the show before you take your exam. Stay tuned for the opening of exam registration.

 New York City Roundtable

The New York Roundtable, held earlier this month at the Manhattan offices of Cisco Systems, drew a standing-room-only crowd. Presentations focused on emergency preparedness. Can you spot any of your colleagues in the room?

 Behind the Scenes of Standards at InfoComm 2013

Get to the source of the innovative thinking behind InfoComm's standards programs at the Standards and Industry Innovations Plenary, Monday, June 10, at InfoComm 2013. Grounded in real-world challenges, this interactive event will explore lessons learned on issues such as AV systems verification, smart building technology, building automation and more. Save your seat when you register for the Show.

 Join the Mergers & Acquisitions Webinar Series

John Stiernberg, founder and principal consultant at Stiernberg Consulting, takes you on a three-part journey into a topic many AV companies think about but may not fully appreciate. Founded in 1993, Stiernberg Consulting works with manufacturers, publishers, inventors, investors, and trade associations on strategic planning, market development and M&A projects.

March 6, 2013
So You Think You Want to Sell Your Company

March 13, 2013
Successful AV Industry Mergers & Acquisitions

March 20, 2013
Critical Success Factors for Your Long-Term Plan

Sponsored by Stampede

 Explore the 2013 Education Catalog

Browse the online version of the latest InfoComm University catalog. When you do, you'll:

  • Get a sneak peek at the new Networking Technology course.

  • Find out what classes are now free to InfoComm International members.

  • Discover what every AV professional needs to know about standards.

 CTS Prep Online Really Works

Havard Haugen, CTS®, Ketil Lindberg, CTS, and Oyvind Berg, CTS, all earned their credentials at Integrated Systems Europe after taking the new CTS Prep Online. Now it's your turn to find out why this new course is already one of InfoComm University's most popular offerings. Call +1.703.273.7200 to learn more.

 New Way to Search for CTS Holders

InfoComm's Certified Professionals Directory has new robust search options. You can find CTS professionals by name, country, city or state. That means you can find out how manyand which CTS holders work in your area.

 Design Boot Camp Part One Goes Virtual

Experience the rigors and rewards of the legendary Design Boot Camp at InfoComm 2013, with six back-to-back days of training. But first, take AV Design Level 1 online, April 23-May 25. Talk to your regional representative to find out if this course is right for you, +1.703.273.7200.

 See the Future of AV and Win

Young AV leaders! The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) and InfoComm International are seeking presentations from you on the impact of emerging AV and IT trends. If you or someone you know is between the ages of 18 and 26 and can craft a 15-minute presentation, it could result in a trip to InfoComm 2013 — plus $500 to boot. The deadline is March 22. For more information and to upload your presentation, read the application.

 Upcoming Regional Roundtables

Be sure to check the full 2013 Regional Roundtable schedule for a roundtable near you. Bring your team and network with AV professionals in your area, share your opinions and get updates on InfoComm activities.

Baltimore, Feb. 21
InfoComm will be visiting Charm City and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Meet InfoComm's new CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, and hear a presentation on Maximizing Your Organization's Performance from Brad Malone, PMP, President and Principal Consultant of Twin Star Consulting. Save your seat.

San Antonio, March 8
Plan to attend the San Antonio Roundtable on March 8, at the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar. Get an association update from Duffy Wilbert, InfoComm Senior Vice President of Member Services. Save your seat.

Toronto, April 18
Save the date. Hear from InfoComm's Duffy Wilbert and catch Brad Malone's project management presentation, tailored especially for the AV industry.

 Scholarships for College Students

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is accepting applications through March 29, 2013, for 2013/2014 scholarships. Get more information and apply.

 Benefits of Belonging: Member Forum

Did you know that members will soon have their own online forum on the InfoComm Community site? All members are automatically subscribed to this resource. Log on to make connections with other AV pros, start a discussion and get ideas. You'll find it all at

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Take 1 Insurance: Live Events Case Study
    Feb. 27, 2013

  • The Case for Small and Medium Building Energy Monitoring
    March 5, 2013


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