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Jay Shinn Joins FOR-A as Northeast Sales Manager

Shinn is based out of company’s New Jersey office

Fort Lee, N.J. - FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has named Jay Shinn as its Sales Manager for the Northeast region, effective August 1. Shinn has extensive experience in the broadcast technology industry, having spent thirty years at Grass Valley in various roles, including the positions of General Manager of Production Switchers and Senior Sales Consultant.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jay to the team,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “Not only does he have a solid background in sales, Jay’s experience in the technology market brings a wealth of knowledge to FOR-A. We’re confident he will boost our sales efforts as well as strengthen our existing customer relationships in the Northeast region.”

Shinn brings a proven record of industry success to FOR-A. During his career at Grass Valley, he excelled at effective project consulting and product line management, which led to key contract awards. Shinn consistently achieved sales growth with major broadcast television networks in the New York metropolitan area that exceeded multi-million dollar targets by thirty to forty percent.

Shinn is now the main point of contact for sales activity in the Northeastern U.S., including states from Maine to Virginia. His primary role is to work with systems integrators and equipment dealers to improve and increase sales in the area.

“My main goal in this position is to ensure that FOR-A’s innovative product line is well represented in the Northeast region,” explained Shinn. “I’ve worked in technology sales in this area, and I look forward to expanding on relationships I’ve built to further establish FOR-A as a leading provider of top notch, reliable solutions with a high regard for customer care.”

Jay Shinn is based out of FOR-A’s Fort Lee, N.J. office. He can be reached via e-mail at shinn@for-a.com.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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SIM2 Multimedia to Meet Its Worldwide Partners at 2012 CEDIA Expo Booth 3860

Miramar, Florida—As the economic recovery continues, we are confident that the future will be very bright for home theater—and in this spirit, SIM2 is honored to welcome its business partners at CEDIA Expo 2012, which is bound to be one of the most memorable Expos to date for the SIM2 Team! Our focus is on making our dealers shine by offering leading-edge products, and the high levels of reliability and service that make a difference to discerning consumers.

SIM2 has always been on top of market research studies and sales results, but today, more than ever, the company is on top of the most-sought-after amenity a manufacturer can offer—the best Sales and Service support in the home cinema and lifestyle projection marketplace. Products and performance are definitely important, but in order to be truly relevant in today’s market, a company has to offer the best possible dealer support.

At CEDIA Expo 2012 SIM2 is presenting, for the first time, two new products in two exciting categories that are new for the company. SIM2’s 16 years of experience in display devices and digital projection systems will reach new heights at this year’s Expo. As always, the company will have a few surprises for its partners; there has never been a better time to be a SIM2 Dealer.

SIM2’s tradition of producing precision products, handmade in Italy will be celebrated with a series of show promotions ranging from an exclusive trip to Italy to an exciting vehicle giveaway—all Italian style! Visit Booth 3860 for more details.

Dealers are invited to visit SIM2 at Expo 2012 and learn more about our exclusive programs and products. Alberto Fabiano, EVP of SIM2 USA, says, “SIM2 is the first A/V company that daringly took the projector out of the dark and into the light. We are proud of our rich heritage of display technology and projection systems design, allowing us to offer the finest video products available for CEDIA channel integrators.”

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

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Meyer Sound LEO Unleashed at San Francisco Outside Lands Festival

For three days in August, an estimated 100,000 fans converged at the sold-out Outside Lands festival in San Francisco. With must-sees including Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Metallica, and Foo Fighters, this year’s impeccable lineup at the Lands End main stage was supported by Meyer Sound’s freshly unveiled LEO large-scale sound reinforcement system. LEO’s exceptional fidelity made an instant impression on many attending industry professionals who encountered LEO for the first time, including Another Planet, producer of Outside Lands.

“Faithfully reproducing music for 65,000 is no easy task, but the Meyer Sound LEO system this year did an incredible job,” states Gregg Perloff, CEO of Another Planet Entertainment. “Legends like Neil Young and Stevie Wonder sounded better than I had ever heard them before, and LEO also made it easy for sound crews to do their job. LEO is definitely raising the bar for how live music should be appreciated.”

To cover the main audience area to a distance well past the first delay tower, more than 275 feet from the stage, sound provider Pro Media/UltraSound of Hercules, Calif. erected two main arrays of 15-each LEO-M loudspeakers at one end of Golden Gate Park’s oval Polo Field. Equally potent bass power was produced through side arrays of 12-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and a center grouping of 10 700-HP subwoofers, all in cardioid configurations. Six MICA line array loudspeakers were used as downfills under the LEO-M arrays, along with dual out fills of 10 MICA loudspeakers each.

Big Mick Hughes, long-time FOH engineer for Metallica, mixed his first live show on a LEO system at this year’s Outside Lands. “The Metallica kick drum uses a considerable amount of high frequencies in order to create the attack required. There are parts in the show where the volume of the kick can hit a typical system’s high-frequency limiters. To my amazement this was not the case with LEO,” says Hughes. “LEO is such a unique animal. I think it’s a really exciting time for people to be able to hear things in this manner for the first time. LEO is going to make engineers expect more from all speaker systems.”

Two delay towers (a second at 500 feet) each held 16 MILO line array loudspeakers as dual hangs of eight, while CQ-1, CQ-2, MSL-4, and UPA-1P loudspeakers were deployed for, respectively, front fill, VIP stands, and a VIP tent. System drive and alignment were supplied by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with four Callisto 616 and two Galileo 616 processors.

Pro Media/UltraSound also provided a full complement of Meyer Sound MJF-212A stage monitors, dual hangs of five MILO loudspeakers per side as side fills with a pair of 700-HP subs, as well as the Avid D-Show FOH console used by some opening acts. Additional headliner-supplied consoles were by DiGiCo (SD5, SD7, and SD8), Midas (Heritage 3000, XL-8), and Yamaha PM-5D.

Derek Featherstone, Pro Media/UltraSound’s VP of tour and rental division, headed technical planning and coordination. “We were all impressed with how quickly the system came together sonically and how much headroom there was,” says Featherstone. “With this amount of power, the 1100-LFC had no problem keeping up with the LEO-M cabinets.”

Jason Mills served as FOH system engineer; Tom Lyon as system tech; Ian Dubois as crew chief; Tony Norris and Rick Stansby as stage techs; Nick Abru as tower tech; Sean McAdams as PA tech; and Nathan Harlow as overnight system engineer.

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Panamax/Furman to Offer Power Training Sessions at CEDIA EXPO 2012

PETALUMA, Calif. — Aug. 29, 2012 — Panamax/Furman today announced that it would be offering two AC training sessions at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Indianapolis. Marshall Currier, national trainer for Panamax, will present “Panamax Home Theater Power Management Solutions,” while Garth Powell, Furman senior product designer, will present “AC Power — The Foundation of Every Home Theater System.” more

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA STORE

— 234th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with
GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (August 27, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, August 23, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Fayetteville, North Carolina, located at 2093 Skibo Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28314-2207. Guitar Center Fayetteville is Guitar Center’s 234th retail location.

Guitar Center Fayetteville’s grand opening introduces customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events catered to local musicians. As part of the grand opening celebration, Guitar Center Fayetteville has planned workshops and other events in the coming weeks.

Guitar Center’s newest Fayetteville location features showrooms for customers equipped with the latest products – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The new store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is creating unrivalled opportunities for Fayetteville musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Fayetteville also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on site guitar repair service.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Fayetteville offers unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders.

Fayetteville shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Fayetteville inventory, but it also provides easy access to Guitar Center’s $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of stores and warehouses nationwide. Customers have the ability to combine a myriad of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new Fayetteville store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Fayetteville residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crüe, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.
Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program which aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. Last year’s winner received a career-altering prize package which has included recording 3 songs with accomplished GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.
Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Daniel “Boscoe” France, performed alongside GRAMMY Winning Producer Pete Anderson at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Fayetteville is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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K-array and Hip Hop Legend Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC Help Inspire Underprivileged Children through New York Foundling’s Camp Felix

On Thursday, August 16th, children enrolled at Camp Felix participated in an exhuberant talent show, capping a two-week camp of activities that included arts and crafts, music, creative writing, drama and several workshops. Camp Felix, which is hosted each year by The New York Foundling — a prominent family services organization specializing in child welfare — is an overnight summer camp located in Putnam Valley, NY that features a variety of educational events and activities abandoned and underprivileged children.

Thursday evening’s talent show included a wide range of performances from children aged 8 to 13 such as synchronized Spanish dance routines, singer/songwriter performances and several vocal acts. The performances, which were broadcast to an audience of approximately 200 attendees through a pair of K-array KR 200 loudspeakers, also featured a performance of “Walk This Way” by Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC to cap off the evening.

Perhaps the highlight of the evening was when McDaniels gave a heartfelt message of hope to the children, stressing that they can overcome challenges and achieve whatever they want to in life. The New York Foundling, which helps over 13,000 people each year and whose guiding principle is ‘abandon no one,’ strengthens families and communities by helping each individual reach his or her potential. 

McDaniels was enthusiastic about the sound of the K-array loudspeakers and Sennheiser’s overall participation in the event: “Sennheiser had the K-array speakers at Camp Felix for the kids’ talent show and it was amazing,” he said. “People out in the parking lot wanted to know who was sounding so good at ‘the concert.’ And it was only two speakers!”

Ben Escobedo, RF services & field support engineer, technical services, Sennheiser, was on hand to set up and provide mixing services for the event: “This camp was for a great cause, and the K-array’s were just fantastic,” he said. “For an outdoor venue such as this, I needed something that was portable and could fit in my car, but that was powerful enough to provide great sound for the entire camp audience.”

Escobedo, who was able to get the system up and running in a matter of minutes due to its extreme portability, set up a simple mixer and connected Sennheiser microphones including an ew135 G3 wireless to provide flexibility on the stage, as well as e835, e935 and e965 wired microphones.

Photo captions:
1. Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC communicates a message of inspiration to children attending Camp Felix.
2. Performances at Camp Felix included Spanish dance routines; K-array KR 200s are visible at the left side of the photo.

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Arqiva Chooses T-VIPS’ TNS547 DTT Monitor for the UK DVB-T2 Freeview HD Network

Oslo, Norway – 28 August 2012

T-VIPS, a global leader in Digital Terrestrial TV solutions, announces that Arqiva, a UK based communications infrastructure and media services company, has selected the TNS547 DTT Monitor for key transmitter sites in the UK DVB-T2 network. With the deployment of the TNS547, Arqiva will deliver state of the art monitoring to ensure the highest quality viewing experience.

“Transmitting HD video over the DVB-T2 Freeview HD network has been a resounding success,” said Peter Heslop, Director of DSO Programme, Arqiva. “T-VIPS has been an instrumental part of the project and they have delivered best of breed solutions to Arqiva. They combine unfailing quality and professionalism with a collaborative and cooperative approach.”

The TNS547 is designed to ensure the delivery of high-quality video content by simplifying the monitoring and analysis of DVB-T2 transport streams and services throughout a terrestrial network.

“We’re proud to have been chosen again by Arqiva. We are committed to delivering innovative terrestrial solutions designed in collaboration with our customers to address their business requirements and resolve real-life challenges. Robustness and reliability are core values for us and we are delighted to work with Arqiva to ensure the delivery of high quality services to their clients and viewers,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO of T-VIPS.

The T-VIPS TNS547 provides efficient monitoring of all major interfaces, formats and layers found in DVB terrestrial networks. The monitoring and analysis features enable fast fault-detection and diagnostics. With its intuitive and user friendly interface the TNS547 improves operational efficiency and network reliability.

T-VIPS has been designing solutions for DVB-T2 networks since the standard was first adopted. With support for SFN operation, single or multiple PLP operation and both ASI and IP transport, T-VIPS has delivered systems for multiple networks across Europe and in Africa and the APAC region.

Key Features of the TNS547 DTT Monitor

Analysis and monitoring of transmitter input and output signals for up to six multiplexes
Up to two demodulators for advanced measurements on DVB-T and DVB-T2 signals
Extensive RF measurements including input level, carrier frequency offset, SNR, MER, BER and FER (DVB-T2)
Graphical display of Channel Spectrum, Constellation Diagram and Channel Impulse Response
Template monitoring of transmission parameters
Advanced TS and T2-MI monitoring and analysis, enabling continuous monitoring of transmitter feeds.
For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900 david@platformpr.com

Note to editors:

If you would like to hear more about how T-VIPS is utilizing its broadcast and IP expertise to ‘make the complex simple’, please email Sally Douglas: sally@platformpr.com or Rajin Kang rajin@platformpr.com, or call them on +44 (0)207 486 4900.

About T-VIPS AS
T-VIPS is a global leader in professional video transport solutions. We help customers deliver next-generation TV services such as 3D, HDTV, live events and local content. Our IP based video transport and Digital Terrestrial TV solutions allow network operators, broadcasters, and content providers to deliver the highest picture quality at the lowest cost. Leveraging our expertise in video over IP, video compression, transport stream processing, monitoring and seamless switching we deliver products and solutions that improve Quality of Service (QoS), ensure high quality in live contribution workflows and enable state of the art DTV.

About Arqiva

Arqiva is the transmission provider for all terrestrial TV in the UK and is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK’s four mobile network operators, and the emergency services.

Clear-Com to Show Tempest®2400 Seamless Roaming and Masterbelt to the European Broadcast Market for the First Time at IBC 2012

AMSTERDAM, 7 SEPTEMBER 2012Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is showcasing the Tempest®2400 with Seamless Roaming capability and Tempest®2400 MasterBelt digital wireless intercom for the first time in Europe at IBC 2012 (Stand 10.D29a). In addition to the advanced features, reliability and robustness that are the hallmarks of the Tempest intercom family, the Tempest2400 Seamless Roaming and Tempest2400 MasterBelt offer even more coverage options for users. They are ideal for broadcasters working multi-venue sporting events as well as those requiring ultra-portable communications.

The Tempest2400 Seamless Roaming feature affords broadcasters the ability to move freely and wirelessly throughout large venues that are separated by sizeable distances, such as multi-studio complexes and sports arenas. This ensures that users can walk from one coverage area to another without interference or dropouts. The Seamless Roaming feature allows BeltStation users to migrate between as many as 16 different Tempest2400 BaseStations (coverage areas or zones), allowing audio professionals to focus on critical production cues rather than on the settings of their wireless BeltStations. Both Seamless Roaming and iSelect Roaming are available to accommodate virtually every application need.

Tempest2400 BaseStations are linked together with the newest ZSync (Zero Synchronization) Technology. The ZSync Technology provides a zero-sync reference that coordinates the hopping patterns of all connected BaseStations every time the system is powered up, irrespective of random time variation in power-up sequences. This provides improved system performance and a seamless wireless experience.

Ideal for mobile productions, the Tempest2400 MasterBelt offers most of the advanced features, reliability and robustness of the original Tempest2400 rack-mount BaseStation within a compact, portable package. This enables users to coordinate and communicate hands-free. One MasterBelt can be paired with any standard Tempest2400 CP-222 two-channel BeltStation to create a full-featured two-channel system operating in 80MHz of spectrum in the 2.4-GHz band. The MasterBelt itself also functions as a BeltStation, allowing communications between up to six full-duplex wireless users. The MasterBelt includes a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery capable of up to eight hours of operation. It can also be powered by three standard AA alkaline batteries as a backup, providing four hours of operations. As with all Tempest wireless systems, it does not interfere with traditional wireless microphone, IFB or in-ear monitor systems that operate in the UHF band.

All Tempest systems are designed to be comfortable, rugged and robust, and can operate in harsh weather conditions. Each is protected by a durable, weather-resistant ABS co-polymer blend with a high-performance polyurethane over-mold.

The Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology is embedded within all Tempest systems, which utilizes a narrow signal band that is continually changing frequencies to burn through RF noise and interference. As a result, the Tempest system does not compete with signals from other 2.4 GHz wireless devices, minimizing frequency coordination and enabling flawless performance. Moreover, the wireless system features state-of-the-art 2xTX Transmission Voice Data Redundancy, which sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies and through different antennas, ensuring uninterrupted audio communications.

Tempest2400 systems offer three different modes of operations—normal, shared and split. All modes are supported under the Seamless Roaming function. A single Tempest2400 in normal mode can support between one and five full-duplex wireless users who always need to speak on the intercom system. However, in split or shared mode, an unlimited number of users can monitor the conversation and share talk capability. A combination of Tempest systems operating in either normal or shared mode can co-exist in the same environment for the ultimate in flexibility.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

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International School for Desert Studies Gets TecPodium Lite!

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR), affiliated to the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), are acknowledged leaders in desert studies, widely respected in the international scientific community for the quality and creativity of their research and training programs.

BGU has recently installed TecPodium Lite Interactive Lecterns at their Campus, a complete solution for any classroom, boardroom and training room. Quick to install, the TecPodium Lite features a true plug and play, interactive capability.

The Lite Lecterns were equipped with Tecoms’ new TCD-100, a compact and easy to use projector control system. It allows the presenter in the classroom to control the projector or other display devices easily with colorful and readable push buttons.

TecPodium Lite – a solution so simple it should eradicate teacher’s struggle with advanced technology all together.

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Women in AV Expands Involvement at Almo Pro A/V’s Fall 2012 E4 AV Tour in Dallas and New York

Women in AV Expands Involvement at Almo Pro A/V’s
Fall 2012 E4 AV Tour in Dallas and New York

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — August 29, 2012 — Women in AV (WAVE), a group seeking to educate, support and inspire women in AV through collaborating, mentoring and networking opportunities, today announced it will participate in the Fall 2012 leg of the Almo Professional A/V E4 AV training and networking tour, which stops in Dallas on September 13 and New York on October 3. WAVE’s participation on the E4 tour is sponsored by Chief Manufacturing, NEC, Samsung and Premier Mounts.

For both events, WAVE has the following activities planned with the goal of gathering local WAVE members to connect and learn from each other’s experiences:

• 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Stop by the Almo Pro A/V table to talk with members of the WAVE Planning Board about how to get involved
• 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sit at the designated WAVE lunch tables set up for dining and networking
• 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attend the class, “What is Mentoring and Why It’s Important to You” led by WAVE founder Jennifer Willard to learn about implementing company programs and the WAVE Mentoring Program.

With the theme of the Almo E4 Fall tour focused on “Your A/V Future Revealed,” attendees can expect to see hundreds of new products from more than 30 manufacturers, as well as a newly updated set of 13 educational sessions, many of which are worth E4 partner InfoComm International’s CTS Renewal Units (RUs). rAVe [Publications] founder, Gary Kayye will kick-off both events with a keynote that includes his “Krystal Ball” predictions for the future of AV.

An overview of the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour can be viewed here.

“We are headed your way women in AV and can’t wait to get together,” said Jennifer Willard, founder of WAVE. “There will be multiple occasions to connect throughout the day to discuss the importance of mentoring for the growth and future of the women in our industry. Almo Pro A/V understands the importance of this topic and we are grateful for the opportunity to expand our involvement at the E4 shows.” Willard added, “It is rare for us to have the chance to network with each other and we should embrace this time together. We are especially thankful for our WAVE sponsors for their support on this exceptional industry tour.”

“The number of women attending our E4 events and entering the AV industry itself has grown in the last couple of years and we expect to continue seeing this trend in the future,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing, Almo Professional A/V. “It’s important to prepare the women in our industry today on how to coach and train the generation of women about to enter the AV workforce. We are glad to provide a traveling forum where this type of mentoring can take place.”

About the E4 AV Tour
The E4 Dallas event will take place on September 13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas while the E4 New York event is on October 3 at the Meadowlands Expo Center. Both events run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.

Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

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About Women in AV
Founded in 2011, Women in AV (WAVE) strives to promote collaboration, sharing of ideas and brainstorming about all things AV in a compassionate environment where treading in new areas for the first time is appreciated and encouraged. WAVE aims to support a balanced work/life principle where having success in one area never compromises the other. At the same time, WAVE provides research and education to women about opportunities for advancement within the AV industry. WAVE members mentor and offer young women assistance to advance their education and experience while pioneering sustainable business models to streamline daily requirements of commerce and advocate responsible, social and economical business practices. For more information, go to http://womeninav.com.

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 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 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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