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Almo Professional A/V Set to Begin 2011 E4 AV Tour in April

Almo Professional A/V Set to Begin 2011 E4 AV Tour in April

Registration Open for San Francisco and Dallas Events; New Educational Sessions Worth 10.5 CTS Renewal Units; Sneak Peek at Latest Products

Philadelphia, PA — March 7, 2011 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, in partnership with InfoComm International, is revving up for its 2011 E4 AV networking and training tour, which is set to begin in San Francisco on April 6 and then continue on to Dallas on April 21. The 2011 tour features a lengthy list of courses with all-star trainers who will provide insight on critical industry topics during sessions worth valuable InfoComm Renewal Units (RUs), along with an exhibit hall filled with the top audiovisual manufacturers, many of which will provide sneak peeks at products that will launch during the InfoComm show in June.

“E4 attendees have told us that the top reason they come to our events is to become educated about industry trends and business information,? explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “The new 2011 season includes a highly specialized day of training sessions that deal with strategies in digital signage, AV/IT convergence, audio integration and sales techniques. These sessions are worth a total of 10.5 InfoComm CTS RUs — the highest amount ever offered through E4 — to give attendees as many opportunities as possible to learn and earn.?

Max Kopsho, Kramer’s director of training and the InfoComm 2010 Educator of the Year is one of several new presenters to join the Almo E4 tour. “Kramer shares in Almo’s dedication to providing systems integrators with relevant and timely information and to supporting the Pro AV channel’s profitability through the understanding of new technologies. Our goal through this training is to enable our partners to provide the highest level of system design, installation and support.?

The San Francisco and Dallas tours will include the following training sessions, led by the best and brightest in the AV industry:

• “Left Behind: How Pro AV Guys Are Losing the Digital Signage Market Race? — 1.5 CTS RUs
Gary Kayye, chief visionary, Kayye Consulting

• “AV/IT Convergence — Audio and Video Over IP? — 2 parts, each worth 2 CTS RUs

• “Projection Screens: The Science, Design and Application? — 1 CTS RU
Alan and Jonathan Brawn, principals of Brawn Consulting

• “Emerging Trends in Configurable Control Systems?

• “Analog Sunset Demystified? — 1.5 CTS RUs
Max Kopsho, director of training and consultant relations, Kramer U.S.

• “Digital Signage Revenue Past the Install: NEC’s Revolutionary Business Platform for the Digital Out-of-Home Market?
Greg Patrick, account manager, NEC Display

• “Video Wall Basics: Technologies and Applications? — 1 CTS RU
Alan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

• “Basic Acoustics and Quantifying Background Noise? — 1.5 CTS RUs
Paul Streffon, InfoComm Academy staff instructor

The E4 San Francisco and Dallas events will also include a Projector Shoot-Out where different types of projector technologies and screens will be shown to demonstrate how all products are not created equal. The industry’s top manufacturers, including AMX, Chief, Christie, Hitachi, Kramer, LG, NEC, Panasonic, Premier Mounts, Toshiba, Samsung and Sharp will exhibit at both E4 events. At the same time, more than $5,000 in prizes as well as breakfast and lunch will also be available to resellers, consultants and integrators who attend Almo’s complimentary E4 events.

The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations, video product reviews and live Twitter updates. Video comments from past participating vendors, presenters and attendees also can be viewed here.

Almo’s E4 San Francisco event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the South San Francisco Convention Center. The E4 Dallas event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. To register for either event, go to www.e4avtour.com.

About the E4 AV Tour
Since its launch in December 2009, the tour has stopped in New York City twice, as well as Anaheim, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The free, full-day program offers an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. Over the last year, 2,000 partners have experienced the benefits of the E4 events and, in the process, have earned nearly 1,000 InfoComm CTS RUs.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V distributes all the leading displays and peripherals, with new manufacturers and products being added each day. Markets served include bar and restaurant, corporate, digital signage, education, government, healthcare, home theater, hospitality, house of worship, and rental & staging.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav.

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