In Memoriam: Grant Stewart
The AV industry will miss Grant Stewart of Stewart Filmscreen. He was an innovator, leader and valuable
contributor to InfoComm International. Stewart was involved with InfoComm standards, including the task
group that developed ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011: Projected Image System Contrast Ratio.
about his contributions to the industry. InfoComm's thoughts go out to the Stewart family and everyone
at Stewart Filmscreen.
Last Chance: Register for AVEC
InfoComm's AV Executive Conference
is next week, Nov. 18-20, at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Fla. Come learn from author and business
strategist B. Joseph Pine as he explains our evolution to an "experience economy." And get a state of
the industry from InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD.
These AV executives
will be there. You should be there, too.
More About AV Buyers and Their Vertical Markets
The American Institute of Architects' latest Consensus Forecast indicates double-digit
percentage growth in hospitality construction. What do AV customers in that market need
from new technology solutions? Mobility, for one thing. Gain insight into the hospitality,
retail and healthcare markets at the
All Voices Blog.
Weekly Reading: For the Love of Vinyl and More
What is the pro-AV equivalent of what's happening with vinyl records in the music industry?
What's the old technology that's new again? The latest edition of
doesn't answer the question, but maybe you will. It does, however, run down the latest FCC ruling on
Wi-Fi service at events, the shaky future of virtual reality, and Bond... James Bond.
Get your read on.
Tell a College Student
It's that time of year again. Applications for the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship are now being
accepted. The scholarship is open to third- and fourth-year college students who are dependents
of employees or employees of InfoComm member organizations. It will help cover the pursuit of
a technical degree to be applied to an audiovisual career.
The International Communications Industries Foundation
(ICIF) established the scholarship in honor of Michael Vergauwen, a special leader in the pro-AV
community. ICIF now needs your help in finding the right scholarship recipient for 2016.
This year's winner was Dean Philip (pictured), a junior at the University of South Carolina. While
attending college, Philip has worked for InfoComm member HP Electronics, of Baltimore, Md. "Dean
has been given the responsibility of working with a crew that has completed several large AV and
auditorium projects," says HP Electronics President Robert Hewitt. "He not only faced the challenge
eagerly, but performed above all expectations."
Philip’s story and learn more about the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship.
Contract Training Changes the Game
For Mona Kramer, Human Resources Director at J&S Audio Visual, teaming up with InfoComm
International for staff training is a win-win. The family-owned business provides creative
solutions, marketing, branding, show and event services, as well as design, integration and
the full range of technical services. It has around 240 employees across 30 U.S. locations,
plus another 150 employees internationally. "We are so spread out, but through our training
agreement with InfoComm, our team members can do all their AV training online," Kramer says.
and explore the possibilities.
First CTS, Next CTS-I
Control systems programmer Hope Roth, CTS®, is a vocal supporter and champion of women in
technology. Her work for Boston-based Riordan Brothers, a family-owned electronics design and
installation company, puts her among a select group at the leading edge of AV technology. "I was
going to start studying for the CTS-D and someone suggested that I qualified for the CTS-I,"
Read Hope's story
and explore advanced certification.
The Benefits of AV Standards
Canadian AV designer Jason Antinori, CTS-D, volunteered for InfoComm International as a
subject matter expert back in 2011. The experience led him to become a vital international
voice within InfoComm's standards group. "The presence of standards adds a level of
professionalism to our work," Antinori says. "They provide end users with a benchmark, where
they get what they expected and can test and verify that what's being installed and what they've
purchased is exactly as described."
and find how you can get involved with industry standards.
Design School... In Pictures!
What does InfoComm University™ Design Boot Camp look like? It looks a lot like
Last month, school was in session in Fairfax, Va., as aspiring designers participated in three
successive AV design classes: Environment, Infrastructure and Applied Design.
Couldn't make it? Design classes are also available online.
Get the scoop
on all of InfoComm University's design courses and map your career path.
Join Us for CTS Prep
Speaking of InfoComm University classes in Fairfax, Va. We'll be offering
next week, Nov. 16-18. Get ready for the exam through in-person instruction and share tips with
fellow AV pros.
"I was really happy with the delivery, instructors and the content of the CTS Prep course,”
says Yvan Mireault, CTS-I, from the University of Alberta. “I recently passed my CTS exam and
believe CTS Prep was a key factor in my success."
Last Chance: CTS Election Closes Nov. 13
CTS holders are in the process of electing three new members to the Certification Committee.
Submit your vote by 5 p.m. EST on Nov. 13. Don't miss your chance to choose the people who will
lead the future of the CTS program. Didn't get your ballot?