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InfoComm Update

April 16, 2014

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CTS Prep Classes = BICSI's CECs; Independent Technical Service Providers (ITSP) Expands Membership and Provider Categories; Almo Pro A/V and InfoComm Co-Locate E4 AV Tour at ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando on April 23; Counting Down to InfoComm 2014; Take Advantage of Enhanced InfoComm Financial Dashboard; Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships!; Networking Help — On Your Schedule; Roundtable Tour Stops in Boston

Upcoming Webinars

Featured Events


See Us at USA Science and Engineering Festival, Donate HD Footage


We're excited to be sponsoring the upcoming USA Science and Engineering Festival taking place April 26-27 in Washington, DC. The event is part of a nationwide effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. We'll have lots of content for 130,000+ young visitors to explore and learn more about the AV industry. InfoComm is also a sponsor of the US News and World Report STEM Leadership Conference on April 24. Learn more.

If you'd like to donate HD footage for our special exhibit, please contact us.


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Meeting the Client for the First Time


Seasoned AV pro Jay McCutcheon offers his insights in a series of posts about sale-to-design-to-install-to-commission process in the AV industry. In his second post, Jay discusses best practices for your first face-to-face meeting with the customer.


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Built to Last


Designers wonder if anything they design with display technology will still be relevant, not to mention functional, years into the future. Jennifer Davis suggests four ways to think about how display technology is built to last that can make it easier for designers to consider display technology in their spaces.


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Celebrating 75th Anniversary: An Interview With Mike Pedersen, CTS-D, Senior Staff Engineer, Mechdyne Corporation


Earning a degree in mechanical engineering, Mike didn't plan to become an AV professional. However, leading the AV design charge over the course of his career, he eventually learned every AV subsystem available. Read more.


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Mike Pedersen, CTS-D,
Senior Staff Engineer


Integrated AV at Cornell University — Providing for the Needs of a Modern Classroom


Cornell University has been working hard to keep up with the emerging trends and to come up with reliable ways to meet the resulting requirements to provide newer resources in the classrooms. We spoke with John Pfleiderer, CTS®-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, AV Designer and Project Coordinator at Cornell about responding to the AV needs of today's higher education students and faculty.


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John Pfleiderer,


More News From InfoComm

 CTS Prep Classes = BICSI's CECs

Are you interested in both a CTS and one of BICSI's designations? InfoComm's CTS Prep will earn you 20, while CTS-D Prep and CTS-I Prep classes will translate into 22 BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs). For comparison, BICSI's Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®) requires 45 CECs for renewal. Visit BICSI's FAQ to read about this and other credentialing requirements.

 Independent Technical Service Providers (ITSP) Council Expands Membership and Provider Categories

With the recent merger of the Independent Programmers Council, the ITSP not only increased its membership but added another dimension for collaboration, networking and discussion among AV/IT professionals.

The council also gives the independent technical service providers a collective voice with hardware and software vendors. Read more and download the 2014 ITSP Directory.

 Almo Pro A/V and InfoComm Co-Locate E4 AV Tour at ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando on April 23

For the first time, the Almo E4 AV Tour will co-locate with ISA International Sign Expo on April 23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. E4 Orlando will be held in conjunction with ISA Sign Expo, taking place in the same location, April 23 through 26.

E4 Orlando will include a digital signage keynote address, a full day of courses focusing on digital signage and information about Almo's new Content Creation Services, and more than 35 audiovisual manufacturers showcasing the newest digital signage products. There will also be a co-hosted reception immediately after E4.

Along with the keynote, E4 Orlando will include many courses worth renewal units (RUs). Two courses focusing on power and grounding best practices and assessing network readiness for AV systems will be presented by Tom Kehr, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, LEED Green Associate and an InfoComm International Senior Staff Instructor. For details, go to

 Counting Down to InfoComm 2014

Register now to see, learn and experience the largest pro-AV show in the world. Test-drive your audio, check out some exciting offsite tech tours and view the opportunities designed specifically for higher education AV pros. Follow the show on the blog, Facebook and Twitter.











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Earn Your Company's Badge of Excellence

Show the world how your integration company has worked hard to stand at the APEx of the AV industry. Discover the benefits of the new InfoComm International AV Provider of Excellence program at InfoComm 2014. Contact your account manager or call +1.703.273.7200 and ask about the three-day course at InfoComm 2014, How to be an APEx Company for Systems Integrators.

CTS. Don't Leave Vegas Without It.

Don't be disqualified from bids before you submit your proposal. At InfoComm 2014, your team can prepare for the exam with more CTS Prep options than ever before. Then, they can take the exam right at the convention center while the seats are still available.

InfoComm Awards

Nominate your peers for InfoComm International's 2014 Awards. Check out the categories and nominate someone today. Applications must be received by April 25, 2014.

 Take Advantage of Enhanced InfoComm Financial Dashboard

The InfoComm Financial Dashboard powered by Corelytics has been enhanced. You can now print financial statements on demand. You can see how each line of business is contributing to the big picture: revenue, gross margin, net profit, and how each compares to last year. Use predictive analytics to see where your business is headed in the next 12 months.

We are expanding our pro-AV benchmarks and would love to have everyone participate. Get your dashboard updated by the end of April and the Corelytics team will send you a special report showing how your growth rates compare to current industry trends.

 Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships!

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is accepting applications through May 2 for 2014/2015 scholarships. Get more information and apply.

 Networking Help — On Your Schedule

Feeling confused or overwhelmed on how to build your networking knowledge? InfoComm University™ has just what you need: Networking Technology Online.

Dan Lehman, CTS, AVI-SP

"The course touched on all aspects of a network and provided a good base knowledge of how all the pieces tie together. I would definitely recommend others to take the class. Although I will not be building any networks, I will use the information I learned to be able to better communicate my needs."
— Dan Lehman, CTS®, AVI-SP

Take this online course whenever, wherever it fits into your schedule.

 Roundtable Tour Stops in Boston

Register today to join InfoComm members and staff in Boston on April 17. Hear the presentation Shift Happens: If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail by James Feldman, Change Management Expert. In addition, we will discuss changes occurring in the industry and the InfoComm programs being developed to address them. Be prepared to share your opinions and concerns during the open-floor portion of this event.

The next roundtable with the same topic will take place in Fort Lauderdale on May 15. Register now for this event.

 Upcoming Webinars

We invite you to attend the following webinar:

Mentoring Across Generations
April 28, 1 p.m. (New York), 6 p.m. (London)
This webinar focuses on awareness of generational differences, how they can impact a mentoring relationship, and ways to leverage the advantages cross-generational relationships provide. Register.

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InfoComm 2014 Women In Technology Breakfast

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E4 AV Tour
April 23, Orlando

USA Science and Engineering Festival
April 26-27, Washington, DC

TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brazil
May 13–15, São Paulo

InfoComm 2014
June 14-20, Las Vegas








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