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Almo Professional A/V Launches Content Creatio Services Program

Almo Professional A/V Launches Content Creation Services Program

Includes Content Creation Services for Digital Signage, Interactive and Video Production; Content Creation Course Offered Next Week at E4 Dallas

PHILADELPHIA — March 10, 2014 — As another way to provide revenue opportunities for its partners, Almo Professional A/V today launched a new Content Creation Services Program for digital signage, interactive and video production. The new services allow Almo partners to offer content creation as part of the initial installation and the ongoing maintenance package to include in a sale. Almo is showcasing its content creation services and offering a Content Creation for Digital Signage session during its E4 AV Tour, which stops in Dallas on March 11.
“Our integrators have a wealth of experience installing displays, distributing signals and controlling digital signage solutions, however, one area that has been underdeveloped is the ability to provide content creation services to round out their offerings,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “As the first distributor to offer our own private label content creation services, we are enabling our integrators to provide a true end-to-end digital signage solution for their customers and enjoy increased margins from the services revenue.”
To listen to a podcast interview about Almo’s content creation services with Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Pro A/V, click here.
Whether the client is in need of a single asset or full-scale custom content project, Almo’s content creation team has the experience and expertise to design it. Some of the specific offerings include:
• Digital Menu Boards. Allows the flexibility of changing pricing, menu items and features. This package is suitable for smaller chain restaurants ranging from upscale casual dining to quick serve.

• Live TV with L-Bar. Offers the best of both worlds — live TV broadcasting of news or sporting events while a smaller portion of the display focuses on the client’s business. Bars and restaurants can feature drink specials or seasonal menu items, while the healthcare professional’s waiting room might display new clinical offerings and services.

• Lobby Welcome Sign. Help the client make a lasting impression with lobby welcome signs. Customized to include the company’s branding, the lobby sign facilitates directional needs or can be used for internal communications.

• Ultra HD 4K Video Clips. Choose from hundreds of stock 4K video clips that provide stunning content. The library includes everything from outdoor scenery, sports, lifestyle and everything else in between. Almo also offers custom editing as well as sound design and audio mixing to the clips to make them perfect for a specific installation project.

• Custom Content Offerings. If it can be imagined, the content team can create it. Some custom options include video walls, way finding and directory screens, interactive kiosks, waiting room signs and more.
To learn more about Almo’s Content Creation Services or to get started, contact the Almo Content Creation Services Team by calling 888-420-2566, ext. 6546 or send an email to contentcreation@almo.com.
Content Creation for Digital Signage Session at E4 Dallas
Everyone knows that the digital signage market has had exponential growth over the past 10 years. Many AV, IT and even traditional signage companies have hooked at least part of their wagon onto this market by selling displays, media players and all the hardware essentials. But what about the content? Not much has been put into take advantage of the residual revenue from content creation, not to mention the value-add that can be brought by providing this service. This session will take attendees through the different options of how to offer these services to a client. Real-world installations and case studies will be shown as examples of how to implement content creation into a business model.

E4 Dallas E4 Dallas is on March 11, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for 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 Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven 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. 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 888-420-2566 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.

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Almo Professional A/V Announces FInal 2013 E4 Event in Metro New York on Nov. 13

Almo Professional A/V Announces Final 2013 E4
Event in Metro New York on Nov. 13

Educational Courses Added; New Products Shown;
Keynote Address and Tech Panel Available Live Via Webstream

Philadelphia, PA — October 31, 2013 — In two weeks, Almo Professional A/V, in partnership with InfoComm International, will host the final 2013 E4 AV Tour event at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Metro New York. Expected to be the largest E4 of the year, the event includes the public debut of some of the newest audiovisual products and educational sessions worth a total of 11 InfoComm Renewal Units. Following the success at the E4 event in Irvine, Calif. earlier this month, the morning keynote address and lunchtime Brain Freeze Tech Panel sponsored by NEC Display Solutions will be available live via webstream.
“We had well over 400 in attendance for the Irvine E4 event earlier this month, plus hundreds more from around the country tuned in to the keynote address and Brain Freeze Tech Panel on Ustream to ask questions and listen in,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “We are expecting the Metro New York event to be even larger and full of opportunities to learn, participate in hands-on demos, spend time with manufacturers and network.”
To view a Skype interview with Melody Craigmyle about the upcoming E4 event, click here.
To view a Skype interview with Midori Connolly, AVGirl Productions and guest speaker on the fall 2013 E4 tour, click here.
To register for the live Ustream of the keynote address and Brain Freeze Tech Panel during E4, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/e4-av-tour-live. Gary Kayye’s Krystal Ball keynote will take place from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Eastern Time while the Brain Freeze Tech Panel is from 12:15-1:15 Eastern Time.
The following new products will be highlighted at the E4 Metro New York show:
• Epson BrightLink Pro 1410Wi. The new meeting room tool helps increase productivity throughout an organization. BrightLink Pro serves as a digital whiteboard allowing any wall to be used as an interactive surface. It also offers exclusively-designed optional all-in-one mounts from Chief Mounts.

• Barco’s Corporate AV Projection Showcase. The Present, Collaborate and Impress projector series includes features like button- and cable-free operation, coupled with the same high performance, brightness and reliability found in Barco’s digital cinema and event projectors. Attendees will see an extensive portfolio of DLP projectors – available from 4k-10k lumens and a broad range of resolutions from XGA to WQXGA – to meet any projection need.

• Samsung KN55S9CAF 55” OLED TV. OLED panels consist of thousands of organic LED pixels that independently display richer and brighter images compared to current LED TVs, creating a picture that is breathtakingly clear and bursting with rich color, unlike anything currently available.

• HARMAN Brands. As part of the new agreement with Almo, HARMAN Professional will show products from its professional brands, which include JBL Professional speakers, Crown Audio amplifiers, AKG wireless microphones, dbx Professional, digital signal processors and Soundcraft audio mixers for live sound.

• Samsung’s Smart School Solution Demo. There will be a demo held every hour from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to see Samsung’s new fully integrated, interactive learning platform that empowers educators and helps reengage K12 students by harnessing the latest Samsung innovations including the new GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet and interactive whiteboard displays. A tablet will be given away to one lucky attendee.

E4 Metro New York will include the following courses, most of which are worth valuable InfoComm Renewal Units:
• KEYNOTE: Predicting A/V Futures with Kayye’s Krystal Ball (Available via LIVE broadcast) Gary Kayye, rAVe Publications
• Audio Gain Structure Paul Streffon, InfoComm International
• Demystifying Media Players for Digital Signage Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting, Sponsored by Samsung
• NEW! EDID, HDMI, HDCP (HERB)
Pete Putman, ROAM Consulting, Sponsored by Kramer

• NEW! Networking Basics and Video Conferencing Streaming
Jeremy Folker, Sponsored by ClearOne

• Assessing Network Readiness for AV Systems Paul Streffon, InfoComm International
• The AV Experience 3.0: Multi-Directional and Interaction for a Digital Culture Midori Connolly, AVGirl Productions
• The Ins and Outs of Projector Edge Blending Technology Rich McPhearson, NEC
• (NEW!) Digital Signage 101
Chris Lookenot, Planar

• Metrics and Analytics for ROI in Digital Signage Jonathan Brawn, Sponsored by Almo and Brawn Consulting
• (NEW!) Perspectives on Digital Video Connectivity
Brian Minchew, C2G

E4 Metro New York Details E4 Metro New York is on November 13 at the Meadowlands Expo Center and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for 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.
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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 provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven 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. 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 888-420-2566 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.

Almo Professional A/V Announces Final 2013 E4
Event in Metro New York on Nov. 13

Educational Courses Added; New Products Shown;
Keynote Address and Tech Panel Available Live Via Webstream

Philadelphia, PA — October 31, 2013 — In two weeks, Almo Professional A/V, in partnership with InfoComm International, will host the final 2013 E4 AV Tour event at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Metro New York. Expected to be the largest E4 of the year, the event includes the public debut of some of the newest audiovisual products and educational sessions worth a total of 11 InfoComm Renewal Units. Following the success at the E4 event in Irvine, Calif. earlier this month, the morning keynote address and lunchtime Brain Freeze Tech Panel sponsored by NEC Display Solutions will be available live via webstream.
“We had well over 400 in attendance for the Irvine E4 event earlier this month, plus hundreds more from around the country tuned in to the keynote address and Brain Freeze Tech Panel on Ustream to ask questions and listen in,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “We are expecting the Metro New York event to be even larger and full of opportunities to learn, participate in hands-on demos, spend time with manufacturers and network.”
To view a Skype interview with Melody Craigmyle about the upcoming E4 event, click here.
To view a Skype interview with Midori Connolly, AVGirl Productions and guest speaker on the fall 2013 E4 tour, click here.
To register for the live Ustream of the keynote address and Brain Freeze Tech Panel during E4, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/e4-av-tour-live. Gary Kayye’s Krystal Ball keynote will take place from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Eastern Time while the Brain Freeze Tech Panel is from 12:15-1:15 Eastern Time.
The following new products will be highlighted at the E4 Metro New York show:
• Epson BrightLink Pro 1410Wi. The new meeting room tool helps increase productivity throughout an organization. BrightLink Pro serves as a digital whiteboard allowing any wall to be used as an interactive surface. It also offers exclusively-designed optional all-in-one mounts from Chief Mounts.

• Barco’s Corporate AV Projection Showcase. The Present, Collaborate and Impress projector series includes features like button- and cable-free operation, coupled with the same high performance, brightness and reliability found in Barco’s digital cinema and event projectors. Attendees will see an extensive portfolio of DLP projectors – available from 4k-10k lumens and a broad range of resolutions from XGA to WQXGA – to meet any projection need.

• Samsung KN55S9CAF 55” OLED TV. OLED panels consist of thousands of organic LED pixels that independently display richer and brighter images compared to current LED TVs, creating a picture that is breathtakingly clear and bursting with rich color, unlike anything currently available.

• HARMAN Brands. As part of the new agreement with Almo, HARMAN Professional will show products from its professional brands, which include JBL Professional speakers, Crown Audio amplifiers, AKG wireless microphones, dbx Professional, digital signal processors and Soundcraft audio mixers for live sound.

• Samsung’s Smart School Solution Demo. There will be a demo held every hour from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to see Samsung’s new fully integrated, interactive learning platform that empowers educators and helps reengage K12 students by harnessing the latest Samsung innovations including the new GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet and interactive whiteboard displays. A tablet will be given away to one lucky attendee.

E4 Metro New York will include the following courses, most of which are worth valuable InfoComm Renewal Units:
• KEYNOTE: Predicting A/V Futures with Kayye’s Krystal Ball (Available via LIVE broadcast) Gary Kayye, rAVe Publications
• Audio Gain Structure Paul Streffon, InfoComm International
• Demystifying Media Players for Digital Signage Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting, Sponsored by Samsung
• NEW! EDID, HDMI, HDCP (HERB)
Pete Putman, ROAM Consulting, Sponsored by Kramer

• NEW! Networking Basics and Video Conferencing Streaming
Jeremy Folker, Sponsored by ClearOne

• Assessing Network Readiness for AV Systems Paul Streffon, InfoComm International
• The AV Experience 3.0: Multi-Directional and Interaction for a Digital Culture Midori Connolly, AVGirl Productions
• The Ins and Outs of Projector Edge Blending Technology Rich McPhearson, NEC
• (NEW!) Digital Signage 101
Chris Lookenot, Planar

• Metrics and Analytics for ROI in Digital Signage Jonathan Brawn, Sponsored by Almo and Brawn Consulting
• (NEW!) Perspectives on Digital Video Connectivity
Brian Minchew, C2G

E4 Metro New York Details E4 Metro New York is on November 13 at the Meadowlands Expo Center and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for 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.
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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 provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven 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. 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 888-420-2566 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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Almo Professional A/V Announces Final Registration for E4 AV Southern California Oct. 18

Almo Professional A/V Announces Final Registration for E4 AV Southern California Oct. 18

NEC Display Solutions to Sponsor New Brain Freeze Tech Panel;
Keynote Address and Tech Panel Available Live Via Webstream

Philadelphia, PA — October 9, 2013 — Next week, Almo Professional A/V in partnership with InfoComm International, will open the doors for the first fall E4 AV training and networking tour, taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. on Oct. 18. The E4 event will include an all new lunchtime Brain Freeze Tech Panel sponsored by NEC Display Solutions. For the first time in the four-year history of the E4 Tour, Almo will make two sessions in the agenda — the keynote address and the Tech Panel — available live via webstream.
According to Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V, “We have already achieved record pre-registration for this E4 and have expanded the event space to accommodate more attendees while giving our exhibitors the ability to bring additional products and link products together with other exhibitors to show AV systems.” She continued, “We are also working hard to bring parts of the E4 to those who are stuck in the office or just can’t participate onsite. Gary Kayye’s Krystal Ball keynote address and new Brain Freeze Tech Panel will both stream live so those who aren’t there physically can still ask questions and participate in the conversations online using Twitter.”
To view a Skype interview with Melody Craigmyle about the upcoming E4 event, click here.
“We jumped at the opportunity to sponsor and participate in the new Brain Freeze Tech Panel because it is a great addition to the Almo Pro A/V E4 event — it will include some innovative conversations about the latest technology trends and attract a lot of attention, especially since it can viewed live from Irvine, or streaming from anywhere else,” said Ashley Flaska, vice president of marketing for NEC Display Solutions. “At the same time, the NEC Edge Blending session also taking place during the show will give attendees the chance to see our 7,500 lumen PX750U projector and receive one InfoComm CTS renewal credit for participating in the training.”
To register for the live Ustream of the keynote and Brain Freeze Tech Panel during E4, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/e4-av-tour-live. Gary Kayye’s Krystal Ball keynote will take place from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Pacific Time while the Brain Freeze Tech Panel is from 12:15-1:15 Pacific Time.
E4 Southern California Details E4 Southern California is on October 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for 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. On November 13, E4 will continue on to Metropolitan New York for a stop at the Meadowlands Expo Center.
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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 provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven 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. 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 888-420-2566 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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Almo Professional A/V Announces New Distribution Agreement with HARMAN Professional

Almo Professional A/V Announces New Distribution
Agreement With HARMAN Professional

Almo Offers Leading HARMAN Brands; Almo Hosting HARMAN Webinar 9/20; HARMAN to Show JBL Pro Control 10 Speakers at E4 Southern California 10/18

Philadelphia, PA — September 18, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V today announced a new distribution partnership with HARMAN Professional by which several HARMAN Professional brands are now available through Almo Professional A/V. Almo is hosting a HARMAN webinar on Sept. 20 so partners can become acclimated with the complete HARMAN offering. HARMAN has also joined the Almo E4 AV Fall 2013 Tour and will feature the newly shipping the JBL Professional Control 10 Speakers during the next event in Southern California on Oct. 18.

As part of the agreement with HARMAN Professional, Almo now carries five of HARMAN Professional’s brands, including JBL Professional speakers, Crown Audio amplifiers, AKG wireless microphones, dbx Professional digital signal processors and Soundcraft audio mixers for live sound.

“By carrying multiple HARMAN Professional brands, we are able to provide our partners with streamlined consistency and support for their audio sales and integration needs,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “Apryl Griswold, one of our Business Development Managers with audio expertise, will work in concert with our seasoned sales professionals to incorporate HARMAN products into audio installations. Together our Almo team will ensure complete integration, training, service and technical support for all the HARMAN brands.”

Almo is hosting a new webinar, “An Introduction to HARMAN Professional Audio through Almo Pro AV” to provide an overview of the product offering available from the five HARMAN brands it now carries. The session will take place on Sept. 20 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Click here to register.

“Almo’s commitment to reseller education programs and industry-leading dealer events fits well with HARMAN Professional’s approach of partnering with distributors who offer AV integrators this depth of value-added services,” said Bill Raimondi, senior manager, U.S. Distribution & Strategic Accounts for HARMAN Professional. “As a result, integrators who are exposed to HARMAN Professional products through Almo will receive the information and support they need to sell and install our products in the most productive way possible.” He added, “We are eager to participate in Almo’s upcoming E4 event where we will be showcasing JBL Professional’s new line of Control 10 Series ceiling speakers. Available in white or black, these blind-mount speakers are quick and easy to install and are perfect for cost-effective applications requiring high fidelity sound.”

Introduced during InfoComm 2013, the JBL Professional Control 10 Series is three new in-ceiling loudspeakers that combine installation-friendly features with superior sound quality and value. The Control 16C/T, Control 14C/T and Control 12C/T are designed for applications where lower- to medium-volume music playback and paging is appropriate, including retail stores, restaurants, music/paging systems, airports, waiting rooms and many other areas.

E4 Southern California Details E4 Southern California is on October 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. P.T. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for 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. On November 13, E4 will continue on to Metropolitan New York for a stop at the Meadowlands Expo Center.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven 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. 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 888-420-2566 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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Almo Professional A/V Kicks Off Fall E4 AV Tour in Southern California October 18

Almo Professional A/V Kicks Off Fall E4 AV Tour in Southern California October 18

Entirely New Curriculum; Midori Connolly Highlighted Speaker;
Keynote Address and New Tech Panel to Be Broadcast Live

Philadelphia, PA — September 5, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V in partnership with InfoComm International, today opened registration for the fall leg of its E4 AV training and networking tour, which commences at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. on October 18. Alive with the sights and sounds of AV, E4 Southern California will feature an entirely new training curriculum, as well as an energetic array of dynamic speakers, including Midori Connolly of AVGirl Productions. In addition, for the first time in the tour’s history, the keynote address and a new Tech Expert Brain Freeze lunchtime panel will be broadcast live on the web. New product demonstrations, new exhibitors and countless networking opportunities with the most respected AV experts will also be available to E4 attendees.

Touted as the industry’s most specialized one-day dealer event, E4 has traveled to countless cities to serve the product, technical and business training needs of thousands of resellers and installers while creating the ideal forum for professional networking.

According to Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V, “We take the feedback we receive from each E4 and build it into future events so our partners continue to learn the latest technology and trends to help evolve their business models. E4 Southern California will include the product exhibitors, education and networking core that our partners expect with some exciting new additions.” She continued, “Our Tech Expert Brain Freeze lunchtime panel allows attendees to discuss a series of topics like 4K and HDBaseT while enjoying lunch and an icy cold dessert. This session and our Gary Kayye keynote are also going to be available for the first time via a live broadcast so others can participate without being onsite. And Midori Connolly will bring her energy to the floor to discuss the new norms for communications technology in a digital culture.”

“Besides a couple of large annual tradeshows, the AV professional doesn’t have many opportunities to experience face-to-face networking, product interaction and education,” explained Midori Connolly, of AVGirl Productions and CEO/Chief AVGirl at Pulse Staging and Events. “What makes the E4 event so special is that it brings together a group of premier manufacturers, industry educators and select attendees in a more intimate environment, which lends itself to deeper engagement with educational content and their peers.”

The Southern California event will feature hundreds of products, demonstrations and introductions from more than 30 carefully selected manufacturers. New exhibitors to the tour include Barco, ClearOne, Elo Touch, Harman Audio Lines and Peerless A/V. E4 Southern California will also 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.

E4 Southern California will include the following courses, most of which are worth valuable InfoComm Renewal Units:
•KEYNOTE: Predicting A/V Futures with Kayye’s Krystal Ball (Available via LIVE broadcast) Gary Kayye, rAVe Publications
•Assessing Network Readiness for AV Systems
Tom Kehr, InfoComm International
•Best Practices for Installing & Troubleshooting HDMI
Scott McAloon, Kramer
•Everything You Need to Know About Ultra High Def 4K
Clayton Price, LG and Aaron Rees, Moving Murals
•Demystifying Media Players for Digital Signage
Alan and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting, Sponsored by Samsung
•The Art of Edge Blending with Installation Projectors
David Arnott, NEC
•The AV Experience 3.0: Multi-Directional and Interaction for a Digital Culture
Midori Connolly, Pulse Staging and Events
•Audio Gain Structure
Tom Kehr, InfoComm International
•Extending DV Over Copper; HD Over UTP and HDBaseT
Brian Minchew, C2G
•Metrics and Analytics for ROI in Digital Signage
Alan and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

E4 Southern California Details E4 Southern California is on October 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. P.T. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for 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. On November 13, E4 will continue on to Metropolitan New York for a stop at the Meadowlands Expo Center.

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Almo Professional A/V Launches New Series of Buysing Guides

Almo Professional A/V Launches New Series of Buying Guides

Includes Expert Information for Use as Educational and Sales Tools; Guides Focus on Digital Signage, Interactive Technologies and Video Walls

Philadelphia, PA — August 19, 2013 — As part of its leadership role in providing professional AV partners with valuable educational resources, Almo Professional A/V today launched a new series of Buying Guides that focus on Digital Signage, Interactive Technologies and Video Walls. The new guides feature a wealth of information, ranging from trends and industry expert articles to planning and budgeting tips. All of the new guides are available for download from the Almo Professional A/V website.

“The guides were created to give our partners a leg up on selling, installing and growing in our industry’s most viable market categories,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “As the only distributor to offer a fleet of six specialized Business Development Managers, each one of our Buying Guides includes trends that each of them are seeing in the industry, as well as tips on ways to address these trends.”

According to Craigmyle, this fall, Almo Pro A/V will produce another series of Buying Guides, covering topics such as 4K displays, LED technology and more.

Loaded with features from insiders that have their fingers on the pulse of the AV industry, the Almo Pro A/V Buying Guides include invaluable information about the newest industry technology, how-to steps to change the direction of a business, application stories, best practices, product model information, benefits to using the different technologies, installation tips and more. To access the Almo Pro A/V Buying Guides, go to http://www.almoproav.com/gettheguides/.

About Almo Professional A/V’s Business Development Managers
Almo holds the unique position as the only distributor to offer its partners a highly specialized fleet of six Business Development Managers. Each one brings a multitude of expertise, such as technical knowledge, system design assistance, in-depth brand/product knowledge, bid and project registration capability and a direct line to all of the top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven 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. 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 888.420.2566 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.

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Almo Professional A/V and ClearOne Strike New Partnership to Expand Distribution of AV Solutions

Almo Professional A/V and ClearOne Strike New
Partnership to Expand Distribution of AV Solutions

Almo To Offer ClearOne Audio and Video Conferencing, Multimedia Streaming and Digital Signage Products; ClearOne Joins E4 AV Tour Starting With Expo in Baltimore July 26

Philadelphia, PA — July 24, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V and ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) today announced a new distribution agreement that gives Almo partners access to ClearOne’s software-based video conferencing solutions, select audio conferencing products, multimedia streaming, and digital signage. ClearOne has joined the Almo E4 AV Tour and will exhibit this week at the E4 Expo Mid-Atlantic near Baltimore on July 26 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott, MD.

“ClearOne has proven its pioneering leadership in audio conferencing and now provides a complete portfolio, adding innovative solutions including: video conferencing, professional microphones, multimedia streaming and digital signage — these are exactly the areas where our partners are finding the most profitable business opportunities,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “We are especially looking forward to bringing ClearOne’s COLLABORATE® video conferencing solutions to our partners. In addition, ClearOne’s presence on the E4 AV tour is a great way to provide immediate exposure to our channel community both at the Mid-Atlantic Expo this week and as our tour continues this fall on the west and east coasts.”

Taylor added that Rob Ziv, business development manager and broadcast expert for Almo Pro A/V, will take the lead on technical training, managing the exchange of information, and integrating the ClearOne products into multiple partners’ installations.

“Almo Pro A/V is the fastest-growing AV distributor in the U.S., specializing in many key vertical markets for ClearOne solutions,” said Zee Hakimoglu, Chairman and CEO of ClearOne. “With a long-standing history in the AV industry and CTS-certified sales team, Almo’s support is well-recognized, which makes them a trusted source for their entire community of top resellers and integrators throughout the country.”
ClearOne products now available through Almo Pro A/V include:

• COLLABORATE Software-Based Video Conferencing Products: A complete portfolio featuring desktop video applications, room systems, infrastructure and management solutions. COLLABORATE offers more flexibility, scalability and upgradability at a significantly lower price-point than traditional hardware-based solutions.

• Media Carts: Play a key role in making equipment easy to access, as well as providing mobility, making it more convenient to conference. Each media cart solution is designed to be highly durable and functional, while also providing the style and elegance required for the most sophisticated settings.

• INTERACT® AT Audio Conferencing Systems: A complete unified communications conference room solution with flexibility in mind. The INTERACT AT delivers exceptional audio performance at an affordable price and includes all the necessary audio equipment and peripherals, providing state-of-the-art HDConference® audio quality for popular audio, web, UC and video conferencing apps.

• Wireless Microphone System: Provides the freedom and clean installation of a wireless solution with the flexibility to expand up to 32 channels and the security of full 256-bit encryption. Four professional wireless microphone options are now available: tabletop, gooseneck, handheld, and belt-pack with clip-on lavalier or single-ear headset mics.

• Multimedia Streaming & Distribution: VIEW®, the ClearOne brand for commercial multimedia streaming and control, deliver a superior A/V experience by streaming high definition audio, video and control over TCP/IP LAN networks. By combining audio and/or video content, meta-data and control signals into one stream over existing Internet Protocol LAN networks, ClearOne’s patented StreamNet® solutions enable The Power of AV over IP™ for enterprise multimedia streaming.
• Digital Signage Solutions: MagicBox® digital signage is scaled and optimized for corporate or light commercial environments with entry-level solutions for comprehensive content management and cloud-based solutions, which allow control of an entire signage network from any web browser at any location. Complete, scalable, turnkey digital signage solutions easily grow with business needs for broadcast or HD applications.

E4 Expo Mid-Atlantic/Baltimore, MD
E4 Expo Mid- Atlantic is being held on Friday, July 26 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is 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. The E4 AV Tour will continue this fall with stops at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. on October 18 and the Meadowlands Expo Center in the New York area on November 13.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven 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. 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.

About ClearOne
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for audio and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.

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

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Almo Professional A/V Hires Industry Veteran Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales, Southwest and West

Almo Professional A/V Hires Industry Veteran
Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales, Southwest and West

Philadelphia, PA — July 15, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V has hired industry veteran Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales for the Southwest and West regions. Based out of Dallas, Texas, McNeill joins the Almo Pro A/V VP Sales team, which includes John Riley leading the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions and Steve Stacy leading the Midwest and Northwest regions. In his new role, McNeill is responsible for overseeing all Almo Pro A/V sales in his region while working directly with manufacturer vendors, channel partners and Almo’s specialized internal Business Development Manager team.
“Having just completed our fourth fiscal year, Almo Pro A/V is up in growth 23 percent year-over-year,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “As part of our expansion plan to accommodate this growth, we are incorporating key product lines, have recently opened a new 120,000 square foot warehouse in Philadelphia, and are adding staff, including sales leadership. Sean’s knowledge of the industry, and sales and technical background from years at AMX, combined with his outstanding leadership having served our country as a captain in the U.S. Army, equate to the type of professional any company in this industry would want to represent their organization.”
“Almo’s team of dedicated professionals consistently bring value to customers while being flexible in helping them build their businesses with industry leading brands, value-added services and solid long-term growth,” said Sean McNeill, vice president of sales for Almo Professional A/V. “Having previously worked with Almo leadership as a vendor, the unmatched integrity and business acumen they offer is what makes them one of the industry’s strongest and most trusted partners.”
Prior to Almo Pro A/V, McNeill spent well over a decade at AMX Control Systems in various vice president-level positions focusing on sales and business development. He’s also worked in product marketing, product management and engineering jobs at Broadband Gateways, Inc., Fujitsu Network Communications and MCI Telecommunications Corporation.
McNeill served as a captain in the U.S. Army where he led 300 soldiers in combat operations during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort. He holds an M.B.A. in management and finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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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, seven 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. 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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Almo Professional A/V Hosts Mid-Atlantic E4 Expo on July 26

Almo Professional A/V Hosts
Mid-Atlantic E4 Expo on July 26

More Than 30 Exhibiting Manufacturers, Panasonic Traveling Solutions Van,
Hands-On Product Workshops with Lunch & Learn Roundtable Discussions

Philadelphia, PA — July 1, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today announced that registration is open for its E4 Expo Mid-Atlantic, an abridged version of the popular E4 AV Tour. Taking place on July 26 at Turf City in Ellicott, MD, the one-day event gives attendees access to hundreds of new products from more than 30 of the industry’s top manufacturers. The event will also include interactive product workshops, lunchtime roundtable discussions with industry experts, $5,000 in prizes and opportunities for networking with Almo’s Mid-Atlantic Account Managers and specialized Business Development Manager team.

“If you saw an interesting product at InfoComm but didn’t have the opportunity to learn about it, our E4 Expo provides the rare opportunity for in-depth manufacturer discussions in a small, relaxed venue between the busy spring and fall trade show seasons,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “We’ll have special lunch meet-ups with these manufacturers and our six specialized Business Development Managers to discuss important industry topics. Attendees will have the chance to actually get their hands on some of the newest products by creating and publishing digital signage projects for example.” Craigmyle added that every attendee who brings a guest will receive a free pair of Panasonic earbuds.

The E4 Expo Mid Atlantic will feature the traveling Panasonic Solutions Van which is loaded with the newest integrated technologies including flat panel displays, projectors and pro video products. Attendees will have a chance to experience the solutions van onsite at the E4 Expo where they can walk through a myriad of Panasonic products all contained within the van.

In addition, some of the product highlights from E4 Expo Mid Atlantic include:

• Barco’s ClickShare, a one-click meeting room tool that facilitates collaboration and interaction.
• LG’s 84-inch 4K Ultra High Definition display that warrants attention with its vivid color and unmatched detail.
• Elo’s virtual receptionist solution, which takes touch and interaction to a new level.
• Mitsubishi’s LaserVue projector that brings solid state illumination to a new dimension with access to the cloud.
• Da-Lite’s ViewShare with a 1080p USB compatible screen integrated right into the screen frame.
• Samsung’s transparent cube, which ignites possibilities and demonstrates the future of display technology.

Exhibiting manufacturers include AMX, Atlas Sound, BrightSign, C2G, Barco, Chief, Christie Microtiles, Da-Lite, Draper, Elo, Furman, Hitachi, Hiperwall, Kramer, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Peerless-AV, Planar, Premier Mounts, Samsung, Sharp SunBrite TV, TouchSystems, Tripp-Lite, ZeeVee and more.

Details About the E4 Expo Mid Atlantic
E4 Expo Mid- Atlantic is being held on Friday, July 26 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.

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. The E4 AV Tour will continue this fall with stops at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. on October 18 and the Meadowlands Expo Center in the New York area on November 13.

About Almo Professional A/V’s Business Development Managers
Almo holds the unique position as the only distributor to offer its partners a highly specialized fleet of Business Development Managers. Each one brings a multitude of expertise, such as technical knowledge, system design assistance, in-depth brand/product knowledge, bid and project registration capability and a direct line to all of the top manufacturers.

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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, seven 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. 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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Almo Professional A/V Hires Jamie Finnegan As Business Development Manager – Control Solutions

Almo Professional A/V Hires Jamie Finnegan
As Business Development Manager – Control Solutions

Expertise in Control, Automation and Integration; Focus on Supporting Integrators with Pre-Sales Training, Engineering and Design

Philadelphia, PA — May 16, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today announced the hiring of Jamie Finnegan as Business Development Manager – Control Solutions, effective immediately. In his new role, Finnegan serves as the technical liaison between Almo’s vendor manufacturers and integrators by providing pre-sales training, engineering and design for commercial installations that require high-level systems, lighting, automation and control.

The addition of Finnegan brings Almo Pro A/V’s Business Development Manager staff to a total of six technical professionals.

“Jamie brings a wealth of knowledge to Almo from his experience in the Pro AV space and, more specifically, his specialization in control systems,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “He spent six years of his career working for two control manufacturers and 10 years running his own integration firm — the experience on both sides of the equation makes Jamie a valuable addition to Almo.”

Prior to Almo Pro A/V, Finnegan was a consultant for CFC Industrial Training. Before then he held sales and management positions for URC, Inc., AMX Corporation, Audio Video Design Group and Hi-Tech Integrated Systems, Inc. He studied business at the University of Akron and is a certified LEED green building technology instructor. Finnegan’s industry affiliations include USGBC, AIA, CABA, InfoComm-ICIA, CEDIA, CEA, SIA, FPS and FPDA.

About Almo Professional A/V’s Business Development Managers
Almo holds the unique position as the only distributor to offer its partners a highly specialized fleet of Business Development Managers. Each one brings a multitude of expertise, such as technical knowledge, system design assistance, in-depth brand/product knowledge, bid and project registration capability and a direct line to all of the top manufacturers.

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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, seven 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. 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.

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