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March 28, 2013

Rising Stars: Apprenticeships in Focus of InfoComm London Roundtable

Rising Stars: Apprenticeships in Focus of InfoComm London Roundtable

Greetings from The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center, Westminster, London at the Roundtable event hosted by InfoComm International®.

With the UK government having extended its apprenticeship initiative until March 2014, InfoComm took the opportunity to make apprenticeships the main topic of the event, and it was well received by 30 of the UK audiovisual industry’s finest. The guest speaker was Garry Chapman, Business Development Manager, National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) presented Apprenticeships in the UK – What You Need to Know.

“As a new member, I found the event very informative and a useful networking forum,”says new InfoComm member Steve Binder, Head of Sales at technical services provider Qcom. “We have a number of engineers in the field and we are passionate about investing in our people. Apprenticeships is something we definitely want to explore further.”

Several case studies were presented by AV companies who have already taken up apprentice schemes with fantastic business results. Focus 21 Visual Communications Limited successfully integrates apprenticeships into their business in the areas of IT, engineering,  sales, service and maintenance as well as within their technical installation teams. “I would recommend the apprenticeship scheme to any young person who is well driven and is interested in kick starting a successful career into a great industry,” says George Tilby, Apprentice at Focus 21 Visual Communications Limited.

The event was sponsored by Cisco.

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…)

October 16, 2012

Happy AV Week — from Dubai

Happy AV Week — from Dubai

It is truly AV Week here in Dubai, as InfoComm Middle East & Africa (IFMEA) opened on Sunday to eager attendees looking to see the latest AV technology. When the show debuted last year at the Dubai World Trade Centre, more than 12,000 visitors attended. But the truly incredible statistic is that 11,000 of the attendees were end-users from a wide spectrum of vertical markets.

How is this possible? IFMEA, is co-located with GITEX Technology Week, one of the leading IT shows in the world, with more than 138,000 attendees. This year, professionals in business, education, hospitality, transportation, defense and more, will see more than 100 exhibitors at IFMEA.

It has been great meeting our members in the Middle East. We have enjoyed great conversations about certification, training and the state of the industry. We hope to see more as the week continues.

— Betsy

August 7, 2012

Preparation Begins at TecnoMultimedia-InfoComm for CTS Exams

Preparation Begins at TecnoMultimedia-InfoComm for CTS Exams

The first pre-show, CTS Prep, at TecnoMultimedia-InfoComm, has begun in Mexico with 14 students from Mexico, 2 from Peru, 2 from Panama and 2 from Costa Rica, representing 9 different companies. Students are very excited and looking forward to their CTS exams!

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