From the Rental & Staging Council Chair
The first quarter sure has flown by. Now is a good time to evaluate your goals and make midcourse corrections. One area that has me worried is sequestration as it pertains to the Transportation Security Administration. We're hearing of twice the security wait times at airports these days. This could have an impact on our industry.
For starters, many of our clients may once again start reducing the amount of travel they do to events. Plus, now our own crews face longer travel times. How does this impact us? I recommend you evaluate your product mix. Are you offering goods and services that are beneficial to an event format that may cater to fewer attendees? Have you considered other ways to use your equipment to maximize profitability? How will you accommodate the possibility of long travel times for your employees and crews? It's time to think again about the potential of lower attendance and reduced budgets at many of the events we service. This might be the time to implement more telecommuting, virtual meetings and local labor, which offer the benefits of trimming costs, boosting efficiency and reducing your environmental impact.
As smart business professionals, we should always be prepared for the next challenge. I encourage you to take stock of your current portfolio, anticipate how you can become indispensable to your clients, and gain a solid understanding of how you'll thrive in the next generation of meetings and events.
Win a Piece of Rock 'n' Roll History at InfoComm 2013
InfoComm is giving away a Rolling Stones concert poster signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, along with other daily prizes, during InfoComm 2013. Pick up your Tech Tour Autograph Book at the InfoComm International Booth #2559, June 12-14, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. To win, collect autographs at designated locations on the show floor and return them to the InfoComm booth. Good luck.
Now Hear This: InfoComm 2013
There is plenty to read about the Show, but sometimes you just want to hear what's new about InfoComm 2013 straight from the source. Jason McGraw, InfoComm Senior Vice President of Expositions, and Betsy Jaffe, InfoComm Director of Public Relations, lay out what you'll find new and cool at InfoComm 2013 in June. Tune into the latest InfoComm Today Podcast to learn why Jason mentions this year's keynote address and "chaos" in the same sentence.
Super Tuesday for You and You... and You
At some point, you say to yourself, "There is so much great stuff going on during Super Tuesday at InfoComm 2013. I wish I could clone myself and take it all in." Assuming you could clone yourself and fan out across Super Tuesday, it might go something like this.
Almo Pro A/V E4 Tour Pulls Out the RUs
For the first time, all 12 of the education courses on the spring 2013 leg of Almo Professional A/V's E4 AV training and networking tour are worth valuable InfoComm International® CTS® renewal units (RUs). Registration is open for the first two E4 events of the year, taking place in Chicago on March 28 and San Francisco on April 25.
The 2013 E4 events will include three education tracks that focus on emerging technology, technical knowledge and business savvy. Paul Streffon, CTS-D, CTS-I, of InfoComm will present sessions on Accessing Network Readiness for AV Systems (1.5 RUs) and Designing for Optimum Image Quality (1 RU). Other training topics focus on digital signage for integrators, a videowall start-to-finish guide, IT and AV installs, connectivity buzzwords, managing and troubleshooting HDCP, integrating mobile devices in AV and more.
Launched in December 2009, the E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an educational focus that allows partners to earn RUs while networking with the industry's top manufacturers. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of course presentations and live Twitter updates. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.
CTS Exam Books Scam Alert!
Beware of books on e-booksellers' websites that claim to be about the CTS exams. They're not. None of the books in question provides technical information about audiovisual equipment, its design, installation or operation. The CTS Certified Technology Specialist Exam Guide, First Edition, published by McGraw Hill, is the only CTS study guide authorized by InfoComm International. The second edition will be available June 2013.
What Else is Happening at InfoComm 2013?
The best way to keep tabs on new pavilions, exhibits and more is by checking in with the InfoComm 2013 Show Blog. Plus, when June rolls around, the blog will be the place to learn what's going on in the classrooms and on the show floor. This just in: CTS exams on-site, all about audio, and everything IT at the Show. Bookmark the Show Blog today and subscribe to the RSS feed.
How Standards Bring 'Tangible Results'
"As the AV designer for Western Kentucky University, one of my primary roles is to produce system designs that can be verified and tested based upon specifications set forth during the project lifecycle. InfoComm has a valuable collection of ANSI-approved standards to help guide me in the right direction, compile valuable information, and turn this information into tangible results in system designs."
— Justin Rexing, M.S., CTS-D, ISF-C, DMC-E
InfoComm International's AV standards are free for members. Get your copies now.
Apprenticeship in the UK
With the British government extending its apprenticeship initiative into 2014, InfoComm International took the opportunity to make apprenticeships the main topic of two recent U.K. Roundtable events. Read all about it. And U.K. members: Join your own InfoComm LinkedIn Group today.
Tick-Tock: AV Scholarships for College Students
Time is running out. The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is accepting applications through March 29, 2013, for 2013/2014 scholarships. Get more information and apply.
Why C-Level Leaders Are Getting to the Show Early
Get ready for a power lunch like you've never experienced before with the new Business Leadership Workshop, held Super Tuesday of InfoComm 2013. Explore how your company can appeal to the "new customer." Plus, listen to a panel of customers from key vertical markets and get answers to questions you've been dying to ask. Call your regional representative to enroll, +1.703.273.7200.
Upcoming Regional Roundtables
Be sure to check the full 2013 Regional Roundtable schedule for a roundtable near you. Bring your team and network with AV professionals in your area, share your opinions and get updates on InfoComm activities.
St. Louis, May 16
Save the date. Hear what's going on at your industry association, make face-to-face connections, and share your insights and opinions.
Win $500 and Trip to InfoComm 2013
There are just a few days left. The ICIF and InfoComm International are seeking presentations focused on the impact of emerging AV and IT trends. You could win $500 if your entry is chosen. Submissions are due March 22.
Manufacturers’ Training Webinar: Projection Technology 101 — Producing the Perfect Projected Image
March 21, 2013
How to Save Energy With a Base-Line Energy Audit
April 9, 2013
AV Business Leadership Series: The New Norm of Sales and Marketing
April 16, 2013