From the Rental & Staging Council Chair
Do you know why the InfoComm Councils exist? Reasons range from fostering peer discussion, to conducting research, to shaping the products and services our industry needs. What do you need as a member of the InfoComm Rental & Staging Council? In my conversations with members and non-members, their top interest or concern is that they have proper representation within the association. They're looking for a louder voice in shaping what happens at InfoComm so we can all address the issues that are most pressing to our industry, such as talent acquisition and development, labor management and staying abreast of trends in the events market. And I think the Rental & Staging Council has never been in a better place to make its voice heard. Unfortunately, it's hard to do so with few voices making noise.
As Council Chair, I do my best to listen to you when we meet at industry events or hold monthly calls, but without a unified front, we will continue to live in a back corner of the annual event. I can't emphasize enough the importance of speaking up via InfoComm's online community forum, attending events and having conversations with peers, reaching out to InfoComm leadership with ideas for the council, lending your suggestions to the annual Rental & Staging Forum, and joining us for our monthly council calls. I promise, we won't take more than an hour of your time, but the input you provide is invaluable. Please join us the second Friday of every month and learn what we're trying to achieve. You'll be impressed by this incredible group of people that's working to shape the future of our industry.
To find out more, contact me or the council's InfoComm liaison John Hardwick.
Now Hear This: Catch Up on InfoComm Today Podcasts
What? You didn't know InfoComm International® had launched a periodic podcast series? Hear from InfoComm experts and AV professionals on everything from networked AV systems and sustainability, to certification and education and AV standards. Now you can find all the InfoComm Today Podcasts in one place. Bookmark infocomm.org/today and check back for the latest.
Mark Your Calendars
In addition to everything else you want to see, do and learn at InfoComm 2013, make time for these live events-focused gatherings. The Rental & Staging Forum and Reception is Wed., June 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Orange County Convention Center. The Rental & Staging Council meets on Thurs., June 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., also at the convention center. Come out and get involved.
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: Read about everything having to do with live events at InfoComm 2013. Bookmark the Show Blog today and subscribe to the RSS feed.
InfoComm China Sets New Records
In what is one of the world's fastest-growing markets for AV products and services, according to InfoComm's 2012 Global Market Definition and Strategy Study, last week's InfoComm China show in Beijing drew record crowds. Overall attendance grew 20 percent over the 2012 show, and participation in the InfoComm China Summit, the show's education component, grew better than 50 percent.
"We are thrilled by this year's success, as it once again proved companies in China are recognizing the importance of pro AV in providing a competitive edge to their businesses," said Richard Tan, General Manager for show organizer InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd. "The potential for sustainable growth in the Chinese AV market is enormous, and through InfoComm China, our exhibitors will share their expertise of the application of pro-AV technology and innovations to help more companies achieve breakthroughs in their businesses."
InfoComm Award Nominations Deadline April 19
There are only a couple days left to nominate outstanding AV professionals for the InfoComm awards, presented at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando. Award categories include the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV, Distinguished Achievement, Educator of the Year, Fred Dixon Service in Education, Sustainable Technology, Women in AV and Young AV Professional awards. Submit nominations today.
Hospitality Meets Technology at InfoComm 2013
You're in the hospitality industry. You're wondering what an audiovisual trade show has to do with you. Well, do you have any digital displays in your lobby? Do you host many corporate conferences? (Yes and yes.) Then here's why Orlando in June is the place to be.
Hold AV Products to a Greener Standard
InfoComm's AV-iQ product database is set for a significant upgrade. Now AV-iQ will begin listing relevant sustainability information for applicable products. Is your industry under pressure to operate greener? AV-iQ can help.
Fuel Up Before You Hit the Show Floor
Do you have a jam-packed schedule for InfoComm 2013? InfoComm University™ has your back — and your breakfast. Check out these Daybreak Sessions, held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. during the show, for practical advice and still be among the first on the show floor.
The Ultimate Power Lunch at InfoComm 2013
Imagine a roomful of C-level peers and your most important customers. It's a networking opportunity you can't miss. Share advice and build relationships over lunch. Then unlock the needs of key vertical markets represented by a handpicked customer panel. Join the all-new Business Leadership Workshop, Tuesday, June 11, at InfoComm 2013.
InfoComm Roundtable Tour Stopping in St. Louis
The InfoComm International Roundtable Tour will stop in St. Louis on May 16. Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Member Services, will talk about changes to the industry and the InfoComm programs being developed to address them. Be prepared to share your opinions and concerns during the open-floor portion of this event. Save your spot.
The AV Executive Conference: A Novel, Interactive Experience
Start planning now to attend the AV Executive Conference on Amelia Island, Fla., Sept. 10-12. Enjoy one-on-one interaction with industry leaders as you work collaboratively to solve real-life business problems. Come prepared with questions for sessions with world-class speakers and business consultants. Get more information today.
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.
Almo Pro A/V's E4 Tour Coming to San Francisco
Need CTS RUs? Want a sneak peek at products that will debut at the InfoComm show in June? Looking for an opportunity to spend quality time with some of the AV industry's top manufacturers and most influential business leaders? Then join InfoComm for the next stop on the Almo Professional A/V's E4 AV training and networking tour, taking place in San Francisco on April 25. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V's reseller, integrator and consultant partners.
The San Francisco event will include 11 educational sessions in three education tracks: emerging technology, technical knowledge and business savvy. Each session is worth InfoComm CTS renewal units. You can also access the E4 AV program on demand during and after each event. For more information, go to e4avtour.com.
Benefits of Belonging: Insurance for AV Integration Firms
InfoComm's insurance affinity partner Cooley & Darling has introduced the Pro-AV Insurance Solution, the first insurance program designed specifically for pro-AV companies. InfoComm members and CAVSP™ companies are eligible for discounts on coverage created to meet their needs. Get a quote within minutes.
3D Projection Technology for Cinema, Education, Engineering, Medical and More (Manufacturer Training from Digital Projection)
April 18, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)
Bring Your Own Technology — From Distraction to Reaction!
April 23, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)
How to Make the Most of InfoComm 2013
April 24, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)
The Five Ws of PR
April 25, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)
Managing Digital Signage Series: How End Users Benefit
May 1, 2013, 1 p.m. (New York)