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Preview InfoComm 2013; Plan for Integrated Systems Europe 2013; Certification Committee Election Results; Standards "Vital" to Clients; New AV Business Leadership Series; New Year's Training Resolutions; First Roundtables of 2013; Benefits of Belonging; Upcoming Webinars

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What the Fiscal Cliff Hath Wrought


After months of hand-wringing over fiscal-cliff negotiations, it should come as no surprise that organizations were apparently cautious with their AV technology budgets toward the end of last year. At least that's what InfoComm International®'s latest Economic Snapshot Study, due out this month, seems to indicate. Plus, something you might not have guessed about the impact of the presidential election.


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InfoComm Debuts Systems Verification Checklist


The new Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification Checklist, which features 162 criteria and features prominently in the Certified AV Solutions Provider (CAVSP) program, was developed by a task group of subject matter experts from around the world. The checklist, which will develop into an ANSI standard, is meant to demonstrate to clients that an AV system works as designed. Hear from the task group leader, then read the news.


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Video as Art?


What happens when someone with a pricey liberal arts degree, who has seen the coolest videowalls the AV industry has to offer, visits an art exhibition by the "father of video art?" His sensibilities are shaken to their core and he realizes that true art really is in the eye of the beholder (no offense to the art history majors he knew in college). Weigh in for yourself.


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Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Can a Sales-Driven Philosophy Hurt a Company?


By Bradley A. Malone, PMP

InfoComm's project management expert takes his insights to the All Voices Blog. In this post, Brad Malone, PMP, asks if focusing too much on making sales can have an adverse effect on an AV company. And if so, how does it happen? If any of this sounds familiar (or even if it doesn't), share your comments.


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Not Green Enough for You? Not My Fault


We have met the enemy of sustainable buildings and it is us. The fact is, people know they have an energy-consumption problem, but they rarely blame themselves or make any ongoing effort to change their behavior. AV integrators, consultants and other industry partners are in the best position to help, to introduce technology that shows consumers and building operators what's at stake. Read more.


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  New Membership Levels Now in Effect

As of New Year's Day, InfoComm has two membership levels: Members and Affiliates. As a result of this change, InfoComm members now enjoy enhanced and simplified membership for all their employees. For example, members get four free online education products, discounted CTS® exams, discounts on all education, free networking events, free access to our trade shows around the world, and much more. Read the new membership levels FAQs.

If you're not already a member, join now.

  Preview InfoComm 2013

Now that we've turned the calendar, it’s time to start counting the days until InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Fla. So bookmark the new show site and check back often to learn about new features, special events and all the educational opportunities available. InfoComm 2013 is June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center.

  Plan for Integrated Systems Europe 2013

ISE 2013 will be held later this month in Amsterdam, Jan. 29-31, so register now. InfoComm University™ will offer a full education program. Scan the list of classes and sign up for the ones you'd like to take.

Plus, CTS® testing returns to ISE on Floor 4 in Hall 12. If you'd like to take your CTS exam, register now before seats fill up. If you already have your CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I credentials, there will be a special CTS Reception on Tues. Jan. 29, 5-6 p.m. in the Elicium Mezzanine of Hall 12. Beer and wine will be served.

Stop by the InfoComm Stand 11-N100 for fun and prizes. Learn more about our new membership structure and enter to win an Apple iPad Mini or a free trip to InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Fla.

  Certification Committee Election Results

The InfoComm Certification Committee re-elected Douglas Dillman, CTS-D, CTS-I, AV designer at Newcomb & Boyd (pictured), as the committee chair. CTS holders also elected the following representatives to the committee:

  • Jeremy Barndt, CTS, senior projects consultant at JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Chuck Espinoza, CTS-D, CTS-I, installation technician and chief training officer at Applied Visual Communications, Herndon, Va.

  • Paul Nolan, CTS, Integrated Circles Ltd., London

  • Gonzalo Rodriguez, CTS-D, audiovisual consultant at RTKL, Baltimore, Md.

Explore sponsorship opportunities with Patrick Giambalvo at +1.703.273.7200.

  Standards "Vital" to Clients

"Norman Disney & Young are committed to InfoComm's standards development and view it as the most effective way to create relevant and truly international standards for the audiovisual industry. The suite of current and planned standards is vital to elevate and deliver truly client-focused communication and collaboration solutions."

— Richard Morrison, CTS, CPEng, PRINCE2, Norman Disney & Young

  New AV Business Leadership Series

InfoComm is readying for members the AV Business Leadership Series — a complete leadership development solution designed especially for AV companies, their executives and their employees. Senior managers can take the guesswork out of professional development for their AV sales, marketing and management staff.

The path to cultivating great employees kicks off with a special six-part webinar series called The New Normal, developed and presented by strategic relationship expert David Nour. To preview The New Normal, register now for a special sneak peak, online Jan. 23. And check future InfoComm Member Updates for more information, exclusive features and sign-up details for the entire AV Business Leadership Series.

  New Year's Training Resolutions?

Whether you want to prepare for your CTS exam or learn about AV and networking, InfoComm University has what you need in 2013. Browse the 2013 schedule and reserve your seat today. Call +1.703.273.7200 for one-on-one guidance on creating your customized training plan.

  First Roundtables of 2013

Please join us for the year's first Business Roundtable on Jan. 17 at the Capital Grille in Charlotte, N.C. Save your spot now.

InfoComm will also hold a special roundtable in New York City on Feb. 7, which will feature a presentation on emergency preparedness. Register today.

  Benefits of Belonging

Did you know that InfoComm members are eligible for discounts on business insurance? Insurance coverage is offered at a discount to North American InfoComm member companies through Lighthouse Companies and Unum. Get more information.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Introduction to the AV Business Leadership Webinar Series
    Jan. 23, 2013

  • From Zero to Streaming in 10 Days
    Jan. 30, 2013


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