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Almo Professional A/V Announces 100 Percent of E4 2013 Educational Courses Worth InfoComm CTS RUs

Almo Professional A/V Announces 100 Percent of E4 2013 Educational Courses Worth InfoComm CTS RUs

Registration Open for Spring E4s in Chicago and San Francisco; 30 Exhibiting Vendors with New Products; Demo of Samsung’s New Smart School Solution

Philadelphia, PA — February 19, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, in partnership with InfoComm International, today announced that all 12 of its educational courses on the 2013 E4 AV training and networking tour are now worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units (RUs). Registration is open for the first two E4 events of the year, taking place in Chicago on March 28 and San Francisco on April 25.

“As we enter our fourth year of traveling around the country for the E4 AV tour, our mission remains the same: to offer our partner community local access to free educational training so they may get the business, technical and practical knowledge they need to lead their companies in the right direction,” according to Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “We are reaffirming this mission and taking it a step further by making every one of our courses worth CTS renewal units. With a keynote and classes running on three different tracks throughout the day, attendees will walk away from any session at this influential event with new information as well as professional AV credit.”

The events will feature hundreds of products from more than 30 carefully selected manufacturers, including AMX, Canon, Chief, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, NEC, LG, Panasonic, Planar, Premier Mounts, Samsung, ZeeVee and more. The spring E4 tour will provide a rare opportunity for attendees to have a sneak peek at new products that will be officially unveiled at the InfoComm show in Orlando in June.

E4 Chicago will include hourly 30-minute demos of the new Samsung Smart School Solution, a fully integrated, interactive learning platform that empowers educators and helps re-engage K12 students with Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets and interactive whiteboard displays. The Smart School Solution provides teachers with the ability to lead interactive lessons and real-time group activities through its convenient screen and content sharing features while delivering learning management tools that enable students to access course materials and information, as well as school notices and forums, through their tablets.

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, will kick off E4 with a keynote address based on his popular “Kayye’s Krystal Ball” annual column that outlines industry trends affecting resellers, manufacturers and integrators. The full Chicago E4 educational schedule will be broken down into the following tracks to help attendees navigate their way through the day:

Emerging Technology:
• Predicting A/V Futures with Kayye’s Krystal Ball LIVE (1 CTS RU)
Gary Kayye, rAVe Publications
• Assessing Network Readiness for AV Systems (1.5 CTS RU)
Paul Streffon, InfoComm International
• Digital Signage 201 for Integrators (1 CTS RU)
Gary Kayye, rAVe
• Designing for Optimum Image Quality (1 CTS RU)
Paul Streffon, InfoComm International

Technical Knowledge:
• An Overview of Interactive Display Technology and Application (1 CTS RU)
Brian Minchew, C2G
• Video Walls: A Start to Finish Guide for Success (1 CTS RU)
Dave Gentile, NEC Display
• Managing and Troubleshooting HDCP (1 CTS RU)
Melissa Dillman, Kramer Electronics
• HD Video & Digital Signage Distribution Over Simple Coax (1 CTS RU)
Roy Bertlalotto, ZeeVee

Business Savvy:
• How to Play in the IT Sandbox with A/V Installations (1 CTS RU)
Jonathon Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• Integration of the Mobile Device in AV (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• Connectivity Buzzwords Decoded (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• The Inside Track on Displays: Fact Not Fiction (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
E4 Chicago is on March 28 at the Oakbrook Drury Lane Conference Center and E4 San Francisco is on April 25 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Both 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. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.
About the E4 AV Tour
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 InfoComm International
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and China. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

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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