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New Rental & Staging Council Chair Named; InfoComm and IATSE Form Education Pact; Field-Tested Project Management Tools — Without Travel; Introducing InfoComm University: Notice of Proposed Bylaws Changes

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InfoComm Executive Director and CEO to Retire


Randal (Randy) A. Lemke, Ph.D., the Executive Director and CEO of InfoComm International® since 2000, announced his planned retirement at the end of 2012, capping off 16 years of service to the commercial audiovisual association. "It has been an honor to serve the needs of such an exciting and innovative industry these past years," he said.

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Live Events Q&A: Johanne Bélanger


By Dan Daley 

In November 2011, Bélanger, president of rental and staging giant AVW-TELAV, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the InfoComm Board of Directors. In an interview, she shared her thoughts on the association’s evolution and on the state of the rental and staging industry. How have things changed in recent years?

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In Live Events, Let's Get Small


By Dan Daley

Many say the heyday of arena rock is behind us; the mega-church build-out is over; and the days of new bigger and better sports venues are coming to a close (nearly every major team now has a new place to play). These days, live acts are looking for more intimate settings, and corporations are eyeing smaller, hipper locations to roll out products and hold company gatherings. New AV and lighting technologies are enabling the scale-down — without sacrificing anything.

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From the New All Voices Blog: AVB for Video?


CobraNet, EtherSound ... Ethernet AVB? An audiovisual network is often the backbone of a live events venue. These days, AVB is the latest Ethernet-based technology competing for attention. But as one consultant has learned, developments have transpired that could keep AVB from realizing its full potential and easing the integration of all the multimedia elements that live events require.

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More News from InfoComm


 New Rental & Staging Council Chair Named

InfoComm has appointed Dan Andrews, CTS, of J.P. Lilley & Son to be chair of the Rental & Staging Council for 2012. Andrews takes over for departing chair Janne Mummert of Video Equipment Rentals. The councils are networking groups that give members an opportunity to pursue common goals based on their specific industry segment or interest.

InfoComm and IATSE Form Education Pact

InfoComm and IATSE, the international union for the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade show industries, have partnered to offer a certification preparation program for IATSE members. IATSE now has pre-paid access to online classes that lead to documentation as an InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist, an entry-level position. Plus, IATSE will sponsor four three-day classroom sessions per year, presented by InfoComm instructors, in preparation for examination as a Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®).

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 Field-Tested Project Management Tools — Without Travel

Here’s your chance to discover why organizations like IATSE, PSAV and AVI-SPL Rental and Staging Division are turning to InfoComm International for training. Sign up for Staging and Events Management Virtual Classroom and you’ll learn how the diverse parts of staging an event work together. So reserve your seat now. Class starts Feb. 7, with webinars held twice a week until March 9.

Introducing InfoComm University

Say hello to the new place for AV education: InfoComm University™. New look, new name, same quality training you’ve come to expect from InfoComm Academy®. Find out what you need to learn to stay competitive in the 2012 Education Catalog, including an education track specifically for live events professionals.

 Notice of Proposed Bylaws Changes

On Feb. 28, 2012, the InfoComm Board of Directors is considering five changes to the organization’s bylaws. Learn more about the proposed changes.



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