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March 12, 2013

InfoComm Live 2013

InfoComm Live 2013

Howdy! Last week we hosted InfoComm Live, March 4-6 in Dallas, TX and what a huge success. Rental & Staging business leaders from across North America gathered for two days of networking, strategic business education and fun. The event opened Monday night with a rooftop reception at the ultra modern NYLO hotel in Dallas’s Southside.

Tuesday got off to a strong start with keynote speaker Jim Feldman of Shift Happens®, giving a high-energy presentation on how to not only manage change in your company, but how to create it. He even treated the audience to his own homemade chocolate. Betsy Jaffe, Director of Government Relations, InfoComm International, gave a legislative update and encouraged the audience to make contact with their elected officials to help them understand the economic impact of the live events and meeting industry.

After lunch, Michael Grendon, Partner, CFO Insights, presented on how to create a valuable company in the eyes of potential buyers. He advised attendees on practical steps to make their company more valuable such as documenting job descriptions and processes and creating a deeper organizational chart. Later, Lisa Orell, CPC: The Generations Relations Expert, presented on how the millennial generation is changing the workplace to the benefit of all generations.

Tuesday night, attendees were treated to a BBQ reception at Gilley’s Jack Daniel’s Saloon complete with armadillo races and a mechanical bull.

On Wednesday, Allen Weidman, Chief Sustainability Officer, InfoComm International, gave an update on how new sustainability practices may impact the live events and meeting industry. Micah Solomon closed the event with the high-tech, high-touch customer service workshop focusing on why customer service is so important and how to get it right.

Thanks to all attendees, speakers and sponsors for putting on a great event.

January 18, 2013

Full House at First Roundtable of 2013

Full House at First Roundtable of 2013

photo-CharlotteRoundtable-17Jan13-2The spirited conversation lasted until the restaurant began clearing tables in Charlotte on Thursday, January 17, for InfoComm’s first Roundtable in North America. Integrators, end users, manufacturers, reps and stagers mixed it up and discussed everything from on-going AV-IT collaboration challenges to standards and InfoComm’s new AV Systems Verification Checklist.

A full house and hopeful start for the new year. Thanks for your hospitality North Carolina. We’ll be back.

Don’t miss a roundtable near you! See the full schedule.

November 8, 2012

The Power of AV for Education at the School Equipment Show in Tampa

The Power of AV for Education at the School Equipment Show in Tampa

Greetings from sunny Tampa and the 2012 School Equipment Show hosted by National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA). InfoComm just wrapped up the third and final event in the Power of AV for Education series for 2013. This series is designed to examine future trends in learning and how technology plays a role in education, especially the improvement of learning environments and how technology facilitates classroom and training room activities. (more…)

January 24, 2012

All Around the Roundtable in DC

All Around the Roundtable in DC

The start of the New Year also marks the start of the InfoComm
Roundtables! As a relative InfoComm newbie, I felt as if this event would help me better understand our members and their roles in the AV industry. Fortunately, the roundtable tour began near Washington D.C., in nearby Herndon, so this gave me the opportunity to attend my first roundtable.

In about 15 minutes on the bumpy back roads of Fairfax, I found myself at the Washington Dulles Marriott at Worldgate.

Shortly after I arrived to the roundtable, we all settled in the meeting room as we prepared for Peggy O’Keefe’s presentation on project management. Her presentation, titled Love, Addiction, and Product Management – A Manager’s Guide to Maintaining Balance, gave us insight on the perils of becoming too involved and obsessive with a project and how it can harm the outcome of a project. I found the presentation to be fascinating; she was very enthusiastic and raised many good points that can also be applied to my field of work.

After the last presentation, the participants broke up and began the networking portion of the event. Although I was on photography duty, I took advantage of the opportunity to connect with industry members and ask our members about our social media activities.

I found this event to be a valuable experience, as it gave me a first-hand opportunity to meet the InfoComm membership and learn more about our industry. Looking forward to attending another one soon!

January 24, 2012

My First InfoComm Roundtable

My First InfoComm Roundtable

When I was covering the industry for Pro AV magazine, I always wondered what went on at InfoComm’s ever-growing, worldwide tour of Regional Roundtables. I knew they were a member benefit — a convenient way to network with local AV professionals, take in some manufacturer training, maybe earn some CTS renewal units and generally learn what the association can do for members. But I never had a chance to attend one.

So I fixed that.  It was great to meet so many old friends and new colleagues at last week’s Washington, D.C., Roundtable. (The photo, right, catches me walking into the room late for one of the sessions. Who took that picture?) The event drew people from all over the region, from AV integrators, to government contractors, to manufacturers, to university tech managers. You couldn’t be there? Roundtable sponsor Sonic Foundry recorded it for your streaming pleasure.

The manufacturer training sessions by Biamp, Chief, Kramer and Williams Sound were well attended. And during networking time (good food and drinks, BTW), several AV pros I know said they found the training particularly useful. Then keynote speaker Peggy O’Keefe, adjunct professor at New York University, took the mic to describe the personalities that people bring to bear on projects — and how to manage them. Is it possible to care too much about a project? Peggy makes a compelling case.

Next stop: the Regional Roundtable in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 23. It’s being held at the fantastic Talking Stick Resort, which won CCS Presentation Systems a Pro AV Spotlight Award in 2011 (great golf, too, if you’re so inclined). Now that I’ve seen a Roundtable first-hand, I can confirm that these gatherings are well worth the time and effort. I already have a follow-up meeting set with an integrator I met at the D.C. Roundtable to learn more about what they’re doing in our market.

To everyone in Member Services, thanks for having me!

November 21, 2011

The Stars at Night … Deep in the Heart of Texas

The Stars at Night … Deep in the Heart of Texas

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!

The Rental & Staging Roadshow made its final stop for 2011 in the big city of Dallas on Wednesday, November 16!  The event was held at none other than the Dallas Market Center and was part of a two day event that included the first Rental Software Summit.  Both events welcomed new faces, new members, and new opportunities for individuals and businesses alike.

In addition to The Rental & Staging Roadshow, be sure to check out NewBay Media’s events throughout 2012 in a city, state or region near you!

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