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Curtains Up on Standardized, Sustainable Shows


Executing a live event consumes lots of resources; managing it responsibly is a major challenge. Where do you start? InfoComm International®’s Standards and Industry Innovations Department is on the case. Vice President Joe Bocchiaro, CTS-D and CTS-I, and Director of Standards Ann Brigida, CTS, took second place in the 2011 World Standards Day paper competition, sponsored by ANSI, NIST and the Society for Standards Professionals. From ISO 2600 to STEP™, they’ve got the bases covered when it comes to putting on a sustainable show.

Read the entire paper here. [PDF]

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Live Events Training Q&A: Andre LeJeune


He toured with Billy Joel and Barry Manilow, but for the past three decades, InfoComm’s Andre LeJeune, CTS, has been teaching rental and staging professionals how to succeed in the industry. Read how live events have changed over the years and how InfoComm has fine-tuned its education to meet the needs of stagehands, technicians, production managers, and others. (And get a preview of brand-new live events training, set to debut at InfoComm 2012.)

It’s all right here.

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Why Live Sound Systems Proliferate


By Dan Daley

You might think that an industry as mature as pro audio equipment might consolidate and eventually shake loose a few brands. But these days, driven by fresh customer demand and better opportunities for companies to make their systems heard, there seem to be more great sound systems from more great vendors than ever before.

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AV Sales: Building Relationships and Managing Expectations


By Bradley A. Malone, PMP

In general, people selling AV services have one of two goals: short-term sale or long-term relationship. Either one could spell significant revenue, and both require their own brand of hard work. But is one approach better than the other? Take it from a project management expert who’s met his share of AV professionals, these are the six characteristics of the industry’s top salespeople.

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Protecting Teens From Hearing Loss


It’s not a trend we should take laying down. Recent studies show that 1 in 5 teens now have noise-induced hearing problems. In the AV industry, we’re keenly aware of how years of loud music and other excessive noise can permanently damage a person’s hearing. So who better to advocate on behalf of a younger generation? Add your two cents to the conversation at InfoComm’s All Voices Blog.


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Set a Course for Your Business in 2012


Want to get a handle on your company’s business performance and a better picture of where you’re headed? InfoComm has teamed with the makers of Corelytics Financial Dashboard software so members can visualize their finances and compare themselves to their peers. Read how other members of the AV industry are embracing Corelytics and learn how you can qualify for a deep discount.


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More News from InfoComm


 AVW-TELAV and Sharp’s Audio Visual Exchange Assets
Under the agreement, AVW-TELAV sheds its installed AV business and takes over Sharp’s AV’s rental and staging group. Meanwhile, Sharp’s AV acquires AVW-TELAV’s installation division. Read more.

 AV Accolades: J&S Audio Visual
The Dallas-based company won a 2011 Consumer’s Choice Award for Event Staging and Production. Asked what makes J&S AV an award winner, company President Monroe Jost said, “Customers know when they use J&S there are no surprises.” Read more.

 InfoComm Now Accepting Award Entries
InfoComm is accepting nominations for the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV, Educator of the Year and Distinguished Achievement Awards. Deadline for these nominations is April 20, 2012. You can download forms by visiting the InfoComm awards page.

 IMCCA at InfoComm 2012
IMCCA, the industry association for collaborative conferencing and unified communications, will once again lend its expertise to the InfoComm Show. Join them for a State of the Industry Lunch and Learn, June 13, and again for a totally revamped Telepresence Day, June 14. Hear from industry leaders and network with like-minded colleagues in search of solutions to their toughest collaboration challenges. InfoComm 2012 registration is open now.

 Line Up for Our Newest Course: Networked AV Systems
This hot-off-the-press InfoComm University™ course, Networked AV Systems, will debut at InfoComm 2012. Learn how to implement and operate networked AV systems that meet service level agreement requirements. Discover which device specifications, network characteristics and protocols really matter for your AV system. But hurry, this class is expected to sell out fast. Call +1.703.273.7200 to reserve your seat.

 CTS Exam Registration Now Open for InfoComm 2012
Sign up for a prep class, then take your CTS®, CTS-D or CTS-I exam<> while the material is fresh in your mind — all steps away from the show floor. Find out how to secure one of these limited exam seats in Las Vegas.

 Meet the First New CTS Holder of 2012
“When I came to work for Ford AV, I wanted to know all that I could about the AV industry. I learned of the CTS certification because Ford AV is a Diamond Level Solutions Provider with InfoComm and stresses the importance of employee training and accreditation. I will proudly place CTS after my name now.”
~ Madeleine Lynch, CTS, Ford Audio-Video Systems, Inc.

 How to Become a Test-Taking Whiz
For most of us, just the word “test” can be unnerving. That’s normal. Tune in to this free webinar, Feb. 29, to learn how to self-assess the areas where you need to focus your study, find resources that are right for your learning style and conquer the art of taking a test.



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