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InfoComm Releases Pro-AV Business Index

New AV Tech College Program in Boston

Embrace a Security Culture

InfoComm Connections NY is Next Week

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Project Management for Live Events; What APEx Means to Infinity Sound; Reinventing the Manufacturers Council; AVEC 2016 Starts Nov. 9; Building AV Career Pathways in California; APEx Spotlight: Strategic Connections

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InfoComm Releases Pro-AV Business Index
With the launch of the Pro-AV Business Index, InfoComm International® will provide a monthly snapshot on the health of the commercial audiovisual industry. Survey respondents from AV companies report business activity (sales and employment) relative to the prior month, and the index is calculated to measure perceived change in their sentiment. Organizations can correlate the InfoComm Pro-AV Business Index with their internal sales information and other data used for business forecasting. The Index is available at no charge.
New AV Tech College Program in Boston
InfoComm has partnered with the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) in Boston to create an AV technology program utilizing InfoComm coursework. "Our plan is to become the premier site for AV technician training in New England. There is a clear demand and great jobs waiting," said Larson Rogers, Chair of the Computer Technology Department, BFIT.
Embrace a Security Culture
We are at the point in AV and IT integration where AV companies should (if they haven’t already) embrace a security culture. "If, as an AV integrator, you are not security-conscious, then do not come to me," an AV customer at a U.S. government agency recently told InfoComm researchers. "Don’t say, ‘Aren’t you being overly cautious?’ because there is no such thing." What steps should AV companies take to be proactive about security concerns? InfoComm’s Brad Grimes explores this top-of-mind issue.
InfoComm Connections NY is Next Week
What are your plans right after Election Day? Attending InfoComm Connections New York on Nov. 9-10 is the perfect answer. The show is co-locating again with the National Association of Broadcasters’ NAB Show New York, at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Attend one of the four conferences for focused, in-depth training on unified communications and collaboration, digital signage, managing AV staff and higher education technology. Plus, the exhibit hall will feature 300-plus pro-AV and broadcasting exhibitors.
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Classroom Course  

Project Management for Live Events

From satisfying clients’ needs to working with house crews and multiple vendors, successfully managing an event is a learned skill. During InfoComm’s Project Management for Live Events three-day course Nov. 15-17 in Fairfax, Va., you’ll learn the key attributes to becoming a successful project manager, from proper preparation to assessing potential problems and risks. Register today.


APEx Spotlight: Strategic Connections

InfoComm is pleased to welcome the newest member of its AV Provider of Excellence (APEx) program: Strategic Connections based in Raleigh, N.C. Strategic Connections is an AV systems integrator focused on cabling, audiovisual, commercial security, fire alarm, telephone and power supply systems. InfoComm’s APEx program was created to recognize AV integration companies and design consulting firms that set high standards for employee training and certification and meet their clients’ needs by delivering exceptional solutions. Learn more about the APEx program today.

Max Curry, CTS  

What APEx Means to Infinity Sound

Infinity Sound President Max Curry, CTS®, firmly believes that earning the APEx designation puts his company a notch above others in the marketplace. Curry says that it shows customers the company’s commitment to having trained staff, conforming to industry standards and providing superior service. "Having the APEx designation shows that it’s not just us saying we’re great; it’s an industry benchmark that confirms we’re at the highest level in technical skills, organizational skills, ethics requirements and more," he says. Read more on Infinity Sound’s achievement.

David Silberstein  

Reinventing the Manufacturers Council

InfoComm’s Manufacturers Council is back and with a newly elected chairperson — David Silberstein, Director of Inside Sales for Crestron. This council helps give vision for the AV industry by providing InfoComm with insight as to where manufacturers are heading and what they’re thinking. Learn more about Silberstein’s plans for the council in this interview.


AVEC 2016 Starts Nov. 9

Are you registered for the AV Executive Conference 2016? There’s still time to attend this year’s conference, Nov. 9-11, at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. AVEC is where strategic teams from top integration and live events companies find the guidance and inspiration to transform their companies and drive profit. The event is loaded with stimulating keynote speakers and sessions and plenty of time for networking with your fellow industry leaders. Register today.


Building AV Career Pathways in California

The AV job market is growing, thanks to the prosperous nature of the industry. It’s a key focus for InfoComm and its member companies to build formal AV educational programs to expose students to the exciting world of AV. Los Angeles County and Orange County AV employers are working closely with California educational institutions to bring audiovisual curriculum into schools. Check out this webinar to hear about the strides taken in California to educate our next generation AV workforce.


DPI — Color Matching DLP Projectors
Nov. 3


InfoComm Webinar Powered by LINDY: More bandwidth. More distance. More performance. Reliable Fibre Optic solutions to extend AV signals.
Dec. 1


Strategy in Action: How to Build a Comprehensive Human Resource Strategy
Dec. 7


Integrated Systems Russia 2016
Nov. 1-3

InfoComm Connections New York
Nov. 9-10
New York

AV Executive Conference
Nov. 9-11
Miami, Florida

InfoComm Middle East & Africa 2016
Dec. 6-8

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Feb. 7-10

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