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November 25, 2015

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AVEC 2015 Video; ICIF Podcast; Scholarship Success; Grant Sponsor; APEx Spotlight; Essentials to CTS; Cable Labeling Standard; Certification Matters; Installation School in Pictures

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InfoComm 2016 Board Election Results


InfoComm International® announces election results for the 2016 Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee (LSC). Members elected Julian Phillips, Executive Vice President of Whitlock, to be Secretary-Treasurer and Jeff Day, CEO of Bluewater Technologies, and Kevin Kelly, President and COO of Stampede, to serve on the Board. Alexis Bryant La Broi, Systems Consultant at Avitecture, was elected to InfoComm's Leadership Search Committee. Read the news.


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Podcast: Coming to You From AVEC


Couldn't make it to Amelia Island, Fla., last week for the 2015 AV Executive Conference? Hear from execs who did. First, members of the conference committee settle in at the Ritz-Carlton and discuss how the event has evolved. Next, attendees from Bluewater Technologies, Milestone AV and Stampede reflect on the conference, including the speakers, themes and workshops. Both episodes are part of the InfoComm Today Podcast.


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Inside the Modern High-Tech Boardroom


The executive boardroom is no longer an island unto itself. "We no longer take a room or project approach," says one AV integrator. "It's more of a platform approach so it crosses the entire enterprise." With more and more collaboration technologies incorporated into boardrooms, many organizations want to ensure investments impact more than board meetings. Read more.


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Education Program Set for Integrated Systems Europe


InfoComm will once again take a complete training program to Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), Feb. 9-12, 2016, in Amsterdam. The lineup will feature sessions in three different formats: InfoComm Conferences, MasterClass sessions and FlashTracks. All sessions provide renewal units (RU) toward the Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) certification. Get the details.


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 Take a Peak at AVEC

InfoComm talked to many of the AV professionals who took part in last week's AV Executive Conference. You'll hear from them in the weeks and months ahead. In this video, Deb Britton, CTS, CEO and Founding Principal of K2 Audio, tells us what she gets out of her trip to AVEC. We want to thank everyone who attended and all the sponsors who made AVEC 2015 a success. We'll see you Nov. 9-11, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Fla.

 Now Hear This: ICIF Podcast

Meet the 2015 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Award winner and Directors of the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) Board Kevin Kelly, President and COO of Stampede, and Jeffrey Lipp, CTS-D, Principal Consultant of Lipp AV Design. The three discuss workforce development, the ICIF's new grant program and advice for newcomers to the AV industry. Listen now.

 The Scholarship That Shaped an Influencer

The first recipient of the International Communications Industries Foundation's (ICIF) Michael Vergauwen Scholarship, Dawn Meade, CTS® — known to many by her social media handle @AVDawn — is a perfect example of someone who took the resources available to her and ran with them. Since earning her Master of Science Degree in Technology Management/Information Systems and her MBA from the University of Maryland, she has supplemented her day job as Director of Marketing for Net-AV with writing for industry publications, serving on InfoComm committees, mentoring and encouraging women as a member of the Women of InfoComm Network (WIN), and more. Read about her journey and nominate an aspiring AV professional for a Michael Vergauwen Scholarship.

 ICIF Grant Sponsor Sees Results

When Joe Fong, Deputy Managing Director at Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd. in Singapore, discovered the ICIF Grant Program, he was excited to take his company's commitment to workforce development to a new level. His company had already been promoting the industry to students at Nanyang Polytechnic, a nearby university. Fong believes all AV companies need to play a role in developing new leaders.

"We are proud to see the next generation willing to join this industry with career paths in design, consultancy, system programming, engineering, sales, project management and facility management," says Fong. "We need to jointly promote and raise the standard of professionals in this industry to benefit the clients, the companies and the professionals of the AV industry."

The ICIF Grant Program is designed to mentor and engage talented individuals in the AV industry. Through the program, Fong and Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd. are helping students earn valuable experience and gain a competitive edge over other aspiring AV professionals. Learn more about the program and how to be a sponsor.

 APEx Spotlight: AVSIGroup

InfoComm welcomes Houston-based integration firm AVSIGroup to the family of AV Providers of Excellence (APEx). InfoComm's APEx program recognizes AV integration and design firms that set high standards for employee training and certification and meet their clients' needs by delivering exceptional solutions. Join AVSIGroup, Advanced AV, Avidex, AVI-SPL, AVI Systems, Cibola Systems, CTSI, For Audio Video, HB Communications, IVCi, Presentation Concepts Corp., Spinitar, Unified AV, Whitlock and many more in showing your commitment to quality. Learn about the APEx program today at

 From Essentials to CTS

When Matthew Hale joined Focus 21, the Surrey, U.K.-based AV integrator and service provider, his employer had news for him: All of its AV personnel were required to be CTS-certified. Unfazed, Hale got to work, first completing InfoComm University's Essentials of AV course, then the AV Technologist training, and finally embarking on full-fledged CTS training. He received his CTS certification a year after joining the company — around the time Focus 21 achieved its InfoComm Audiovisual Provider of Excellence (APEx) status.

"Following the path from Essentials, to Technologist, to CTS was a positive way to gain and apply knowledge in stages," says Hale, CTS. "I can recommend this professional development pathway to anyone in the AV industry. It has helped me to gain confidence in myself as an AV professional, and has solidified the trust that my clients have in me and the company for which I work." Read the full story.

 Public Review: Cable Labeling Standard

Tune in at 8 a.m. EST on Dec. 4 for a live town hall meeting about InfoComm International's upcoming cable labeling standard. We need AV experts like you to read the draft standard and share your opinions with us. In this interactive webinar, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and submit your comments directly to the task group working on the cable labeling standard. So have a microphone ready or feel free to text away. Reserve your spot.

 Certification Matters

When Jennifer Hu, CTS, graduated and got her first job in the AV industry, her first question for her new employer was, "Is there anything I should do before I start?" The response? Begin studying for her CTS certification. Now, a little more than a year since starting at the San Diego office of Idibri, this mechanical engineering graduate has earned her CTS and is talking about studying for her CTS-D. Read more.

 Installation School… In Pictures!

What do InfoComm University™ Installation 1 and 2 classes look like? They look a lot like this. Last month, school was in session in Fairfax, Va., as aspiring installers participated in successive Installation classes: System Fabrication and Setup and Verification.

Couldn't make it? Get the scoop on all of InfoComm University's installation courses and map your career path.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Cable Labeling for Audiovisual Systems Standards Town Hall
    Dec. 4

  • Deploying USB, HDMI and DisplayPort Bus-Powered Solutions in AV System Design
    Dec. 9

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