ICIF Recognizes Vergauwen Scholarship Winners
The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) awarded the Michael Vergauwen Education Fund Scholarship to Dustin Stout, rental technician at Ford Audio-Video and a student of sound design at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Mitchell Walker, former electrical engineering intern at LED display manufacturer NanoLumens and a student of electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Congratulations to both! Read the news.
Last Call: National Protect Your Hearing Month
Besides the fact that we're wrapping up National Protect Your Hearing Month this week, there are two facts we all should know: Hearing loss doesn't just happen to "other people" (in fact it's on the rise among our youth) and it is 100-percent preventable. Get the facts in the InfoComm All Voices Blog courtesy of Listen Technologies' Cory Schaeffer.
InfoComm Wins World Standards Day Competition
Congratulations to the InfoComm International® Standards team for winning first and third prize in The Society for Standards Professionals' World Standards Day Paper Competition. Take a peek at the award-winning papers: At Work and Play and Everything in Between: Standards Keep the Ball Rolling and Slopes, Skis and Standards—Having Fun Skiing Safely, Responsibly and Sustainably.
Explore how standards provide stability while encouraging innovation in a rapidly-changing world. And learn how to get your free copies of InfoComm's standards.
Seems Appropriate: Haunted Houses Are the Next Big AV Venue
Time's running out to put up the Halloween decorations. And if you're brave enough, drop by one of this year's increasingly sophisticated haunted houses, replete with high-end AV, intricate lighting and complex show control. In fact, you can probably visit the best of these venues long after the goblins hibernate, because they're big business.
Almo Pro A/V Wraps Up 2013 Tour in New York
Almo Professional A/V, in partnership with InfoComm, will make one last stop on its 2013 E4 AV training and networking tour on Nov. 13 at the Meadowlands Expo Center. E4 Metro New York will feature a fresh training curriculum led by dynamic speakers and worth up to 11 InfoComm Renewal Units (RUs). InfoComm instructors Tom Kehr, CTS®-D, CTS®-I, and Paul Streffon CTS-D, CTS-I, will lead technical sessions that focus on assessing network readiness for AV systems and audio gain structure, respectively. Read the full schedule of courses.
Based on the success of October's E4 event in Irvine, Calif., the keynote address and new Tech Expert Brain Freeze lunchtime panel will be broadcast live on the web via USTREAM.
E4 Metro New York runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free for Almo Pro A/V's reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to e4avtour.com.
Roundtable Tour Stops in Toronto
Join InfoComm, in conjunction with the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour, at the Toronto Roundtable on Nov. 14, 2013. Visit the Big Book of AV Tour showcase and see new cutting-edge products you can only find there. Immediately following, Duffy Wilbert, CTS®, CAE, Senior Vice President of Member Services of InfoComm, will talk about changes to the industry and the programs InfoComm is developing to address them. In addition Brad Malone, PMP, President and Principal Consultant of Twin Star Consulting Company will present Maximizing Your Organization's Performance. Save your seat today.
How to Enroll in CTS Prep Online — Free!
Imagine unlimited access to CTS Prep Online — for everyone in your company. InfoComm members now get this great benefit and more. Learn about the advantages of membership.
CTS Holders Voting for Committee
If you are a CTS holder, you should have received an email ballot to vote for members of the Certification Committee. This year, CTS holders will elect six members. Didn't get the email ballot? Give us a call at +1.703.273.7200 to update your information before the reminder goes out next week.
Remember: Review the AV Symbols Standard
Imagine one set of AV symbols for infrastructure drawings that will streamline communication among our industry, architects and other trades. Review the CEA/CEDIA J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard. Hurry, the public review ends on Nov. 11.
Searching for Mentors
InfoComm is gearing up for the launch of a new AV Mentor Network. In preparation, we're seeking experienced and trusted AV professionals to build relationships and advise newcomers to the AV industry. Offer your guidance and instruction while assisting a mentee in his or her professional development. To get involved with the AV Mentor Network, please contact Marc Bialek at email@example.com.
CTS Meets Events
Nathan Cox, CTS
"With InfoComm education and CTS certification, people working in stagecraft can address AV issues needed early in the production process to provide a good experience for themselves, fellow workers and ultimately the audience."
—Nathan Cox, CTS, Vice President of IATSE Local 675
Explore how your team can work toward its CTS designations. Call +1.703.273.7200 or go online.
Maximize Your Organization's Performance
Attend the InfoComm Regional Roundtable in Philadelphia on Nov. 21. David McNutt, Senior Principal of The McNutt Group, will present Maximizing Your Organization's Performance. Then stick around to share your views in the roundtable discussion and network with peers at our reception. Register now.
Call for Presenters
InfoComm is seeking experienced speakers for member roundtables and webinars. Share your knowledge on a variety of topics, including sales, project management, leadership, business development and much more. Complete your application today.
New Realities in Obtaining Funding for Your Business
Oct. 31, 2013
Reduce Cost & Improve Process With the New AV-iQ
Nov. 6, 2013
AV Sales Training: The Question Behind the Question
Nov. 12, 2013
Standards Applications: Case Studies
Nov. 13, 2013