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Live From AVEC 2016

2017 Board Election Results

Making AV a Strategic Advantage

New Computer Tech Course Converges AV and IT

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Why Join InfoComm International?; Talking Experience at AVEC 2016; Bringing AV Education to the Middle East; Does Your Digital Signage Plan Fit Your Organization?; When You Hear a CTS is Required; InfoComm’s Pro-AV Business Index

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Live From AVEC 2016
Coming to you from the 2016 AV Executive Conference (AVEC) in Key Biscayne, Fla., company leaders from Bluewater Technologies, Kramer Electronics, Verrex and Synnex talk about the current state of the AV economy, what it means to focus on the customer experience and why more execs come to AVEC every year.
2017 Board Election Results
InfoComm has announced the election results for the 2017 Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee. "At the core of InfoComm’s success are our members and volunteers," said David Labuskes, CTS®, CAE, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO of InfoComm. "And at their core are the dedicated men and women who choose to serve on our Board and Leadership Search Committee."
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Making AV a Strategic Advantage
How are companies around the world tackling their AV needs? Guest blogger Cory Schaeffer, of QSC, shares the insight she’s gained from talking with global clients. "There are strong trends among end users to centralize strategic AV decisions while maintaining tactical decisions and execution locally to suit their regional needs," she says.
New Computer Technology Course Converges AV and IT
To help students gain a competitive edge in the AV industry, Boston’s Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) created an Introduction to Networked AV Technology course. "The traditional AV systems are going by the wayside, so through this course, we will teach modern video systems, a mix between hardware and software," writes BFIT Professor Larson Rogers.
InfoComm Member  

Why Join InfoComm International?

We are dedicated to our 5,400 plus members representing over 70,000 AV professionals worldwide. By becoming a member, you will enjoy savings on programs that will help grow your professional development and expand your network. "The organization does a tremendous job of bringing people from the pro-AV industry together and gives you the opportunity to share information, ideas, and make the whole industry better," says Clint Hoffman, CTS, COO, Kramer Electronics and Membership Committee Chair, InfoComm International. Learn more about becoming a member.


Talking Experience at AVEC 2016

What did AV executives think of AVEC 2016? What are the best ways to engage customers and employees? Plus, what is the state of the AV industry? Hear the impressions of Barry Goldin, CTS, President of Unified AV Systems; Chaz Porter, Director of Global Sales at FSR; and Rhonda Wingate, Vice President of Collaboration, and Bill Thompson, Senior Vice President of Products and Services at Carousel Industries. Listen now.


Bringing AV Education to the Middle East

InfoComm has signed an agreement with e-sharp Consultancy of the United Arab Emirates to offer AV courses in the Middle East. Their first official joint education session will be a one-day InfoComm AV Installation Skills Day training workshop in Dubai Dec. 10. "We look forward to furthering this partnership and growing our support for the region," says Jonathan Seller, InfoComm’s Senior Director of Development for the Asia-Pacific region. Read the news.

Digital Signage  

Does Your Digital Signage Plan Fit Your Organization?

Digital signage is everywhere, and it has proven to be a medium that can capture the attention of technology-savvy audiences. With the online course Digital Signage for Technology Managers, you can learn to turn your digital signage into a powerful and affordable tool for your organization — on your time. The course helps you learn at your own pace by blending online lessons and multimedia content. Learn more.

Matthew Hale, CTS  

When You Hear a CTS is Required

When Matthew Hale, CTS, joined Focus 21, a Surrey, U.K.-based AV integrator and service provider, his new employer had news for him: All of its AV personnel were required to be CTS certified. Unfazed, Matt got to work. "Following the path from Essentials, to Technologist, to CTS was a positive way to gain and apply knowledge in stages," he says. "I can recommend this professional development pathway to anyone in the AV industry." Read Matt’s story.


InfoComm Releases Pro-AV Business Index

With the launch of the Pro-AV Business Index, InfoComm offers a monthly snapshot of 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. Download it for free.


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