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May 1, 2013

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Bylaws Notice; Speakers Announced for AV Executive Conference; InfoComm Today Podcast on Green AV; the New InfoComm University; CTS-I Prep; CTS Surveillance Survey; Standards Plenary; AV Rock Stars; St. Louis Roundtable; Benefits of Belonging

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Mommy, Where Do AV Pros Come From?


InfoComm International®'s senior research analyst has crunched the numbers. He knows where they went to school and what advanced degrees — if any — they've attained. What does his analysis of the origins of AV professionals say about the future workforce? And what can the industry as a whole do to ensure the highest level of skill, training and experience? It's in the InfoComm All Voices Blog.


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How B-Chain Standards Impact All Audio


If you've enjoyed cinema sound in a movie theater (or elsewhere), you're familiar with B-chain audio — the speakers, amplifiers and processors that make up a sound system. Today, InfoComm is working with leading thinkers from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Audio Engineering Society, and the Acoustical Society of America on standards and best practices that could improve audio well beyond the movie house. Learn more.


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Certification Seekers Beat a Path to Florida


Last year, a record number of AV professionals earned their Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) credentials at the InfoComm show. And who can blame them? What's more convenient than cramming for a career-changing experience with the best instructors around, and then walking down the hall to take the actual test? And all before enjoying everything that goes on at the industry's biggest pro-AV show. Read the news and learn more at the InfoComm 2013 Show Blog.


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The Impact of Second Screens


David Danto of IMCCA and Dimension Data is back with thoughts on all those tablets and smartphones that people are checking while watching TV or taking in a live event. If you've already embraced unified communications, chances are you're comfortable with the second-screen dynamic. Even if you haven't, see how your experience compares to David's.


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Growing AV Gear From Algae


Yes, you read that right. Not to give away too much, but scientists are developing ways of turning that otherwise nasty-looking stuff on the tops of still ponds into actual electronics. Biodegradable loudspeakers anyone? It's hard to get more sustainable than that. Let us know what you think.


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More News from InfoComm

 Announcement of Potential Bylaws Changes

On June 10, 2013, the InfoComm Board of Directors will consider several changes to the organization's bylaws. Learn more about the proposed changes.

 Speakers Announced for AV Executive Conference

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Speakers at InfoComm's AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fla., will include: David Nour, CEO of the Nour Group; Les McKeown, President and CEO of Predictable Success; Everett Hill, Revenue Growth Expert at Catalytic Advisors; and Nhat Pham, Chief Strategist at SUCCESSWERKS. Read full speaker profiles and learn more about the AV Executive Conference.

 Now Hear This: Sustainable AV

It's time for another edition of the InfoComm Today Podcast. In this episode, Allen Weidman, InfoComm Sustainability Officer and Executive Director of the STEP™ Foundation; InfoComm 2012 Sustainable AV Award-winner Raymond Kent, CTS, Managing Principal of Sustainable Technologies Group LLC; and Brad Grimes, InfoComm Senior Writer/Editor, tell you what's new in green AV. Think you drank the green Kool-Aid? Try keeping pace with Ray and his deep commitment to all things sustainable.

 Experience the New InfoComm University

InfoComm University™ has unveiled a new look — and new features. Among the new options you're going to love:

  • The ability to access your CTS transcript right from your InfoComm University homepage and easily add RU provider courses (no cost or purchase required to view or update your information)

  • A chance to take free CTS practice exams with automatic scoring

Get all the details on your new professional development experience. And call your account manager at +1.703.273.7200 to enroll in a course using the new system.

 The First-Ever CTS-I Prep at InfoComm 2013

As demand for the CTS-Installer credential grows, more CTS professionals are pursuing the specialty certification. Are you one of the CTS holders who is ready to earn the CTS-I? If so, hone your test-taking strategies at InfoComm 2013 in the first-of-its-kind CTS-I Prep course. Then, take the CTS-I exam right at the convention center. But, hurry, exam seats are first-come, first-served.

 Where Do You Stand in the CTS Line-Up?

Here's a glimpse at what CTS holders said in our annual CTS Surveillance Survey:

  • They're planning on reaching higher. More than 70 percent of CTS holders want to earn the CTS-D or CTS-I.

  • CTS credentials sometimes pad holders' wallets. Nearly a quarter of the people who responded to the survey were rewarded with a salary increase, bonus or other financial benefit.

  • They earned it, they're keeping it. Some 95 percent of CTS holders say renewing their credential is important to them.

 Standards in the Real World

Grounded in real-world challenges, the Standards and Industry Innovations Plenary, June 10, at InfoComm 2013, will explore lessons learned on issues such as AV systems verification, smart building technology, building automation and more. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and plenty of food for thought as you exchange ideas with your peers about the connection between people and technology. Add this interactive day to your show registration.

 Member Feedback Corner

InfoComm wants to hear from you to learn what industry issues you're facing. It's easy: Take 30 seconds to answer one quick question. "What is the one thing related to the audiovisual industry that keeps you up at night?"

Email your response to InfoComm's Molly Thompson and you will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Your response helps us build more valuable member programs and benefits. Thanks for your time.

 AV Rock Stars

Are you an AV pro with a rock band? You could be featured on the Wall of Fame in our rock-and-roll-themed booth at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, June 12-14. By May 15, send a high-resolution photo of your crew rocking out to Include your band name, band members and company name. Then maybe we'll see you in booth #2559 at the show. Read more.

 Roundtable at the Hard Rock Cafe St. Louis

Learn about changes in the industry, challenges on the horizon and the InfoComm programs that will help your business stay competitive. It's all in the roundtable presentation What's New? What's Next? The AV Industry and InfoComm Update from Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Member Services for InfoComm International. Save your spot.

 Benefits of Belonging: AV JobSite

InfoComm's AV JobSite is the online destination for posting and finding industry jobs. Streamline your search for qualified candidates. InfoComm member companies receive significant discounts on job postings — those with multiple openings will save hundreds of dollars.

Not an InfoComm member? Join today.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Energy Monitoring and Management
    May 7, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)

  • InfoComm International New Member Orientation
    May 8, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)

  • Managing Digital Signage Series: Defining Your Offering
    May 15, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)

  • Managing Audiovisual Equipment on an Enterprise Network
    May 16, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)


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