Archive | October, 2012

The Merger: PSAV and Swank AV

Back in 2007, a couple private equity firms saw an opportunity in the live events space and grabbed two of the industry’s bigger names: PSAV Presentation Services (snapped up by NY-based Kelso & Co.) and Swank Audio Visuals (by Chicago-based CHS Capital). Whether they knew at the time that the Great Recession would take its […]

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The Calm Before the Storm

I’m sitting in my home today waiting for Hurricane Sandy to arrive. The predictions of pending damage have been astounding for what many say is a small hurricane by hurricane standards but a huge “perfect storm” in terms of size and impact across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast metro areas. We’ll know soon. As with many […]

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Young AV: What I Did for AV Week

Last Friday morning, I got up and drove to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. A few others had the same idea. You see, the morning I headed to George Mason for the AVlympics, the culmination of AV Week for many of us here at InfoComm, President Obama was headed there, too. And as one volunteer after […]

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Legislative Chicken: Sequestration and the Fiscal Cliff Explained

Like a cartoon character followed by a persistent black cloud, the Washington, D.C., area (along with other cities and towns reliant on federal or military spending) is under the threat of sequestration, set to dive off a “fiscal cliff.” The terms have been bandied about in presidential debates and editorial pages, but what exactly is […]

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Feds and Videoconferencing: Did Not See That Coming

Last month, a group called the Telework Exchange came out with a report on videoconferencing in the federal government. The study prompted headlines in the federal IT press such as this one, in Federal Computer Week: “Videoconferencing slow to gain ground in government.” Not necessarily what someone in the pro AV industry wants to read […]

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