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Almo Professional A/V Launches “AV Snacks”

Almo Professional A/V Launches “AV Snacks”
Mini Webinar Series on November 9

Lively, Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; Tie Back to Monthly Market Theme; Hosted by Almo and Led by Different Vendor Partners

Philadelphia, PA — November 6, 2012 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today announced it will host “AV Snacks,” a new, interactive mini-webinar series created to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals. The 15-minute snack-style webinars, which will be led by Almo Pro A/V vendor partners, are designed to give attendees a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging. AV Snacks will take place every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.T. starting Nov. 9.

“Our reseller partners are incredibly busy but are still always looking for new ways to learn,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “AV Snacks will be upbeat and informative — currently no other distributor offers anything like it. The chosen topics are relevant to an AV reseller’s career growth, but are presented in a way that is quick and easy to follow.” Craigmyle added that each mini-webinar will include a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn prizes and that all of the AV Snacks sessions will be recorded and archived for access after they run.

The following market theme and AV Snacks leaders are in place for the next month:

November 2012: Bar & Restaurant

11/9 Atlas Sound: “Pump Up the Volume!” and “Paging Party of Three!”
How to achieve awesome audio systems that meet everyone’s objectives for bars & restaurants
Prize: Almo drawstring backpack
Register

11/16 NEC: “Ads and Ambiance: Two Uses for Displays in the Bar/Restaurant Setting”
Learn how to increase revenue through advertising while still creating ambiance with the displays
Prize: Starbucks gift card
Register

11/23 Happy Thanksgiving – Enjoy Your Leftovers

11/30 ZeeVee: “Why is Digital Modulation Red Hot?”
Discover how digital modulation is the easiest, most cost-effective way to upgrade from analog to digital channels
Prize: A “Coax is Sexy” t-shirt
Register

AV Snacks is the latest program in Almo Professional A/V’s extensive line up of industry education and training resources for its partners. Other ongoing programs include full-length webinars, streaming Tech Tips and the company’s popular traveling E4 AV Tour, which is a free one-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.

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

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

Almo Professional A/V 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 Five-City Samsung SUR40 Certification Road Show

Almo Professional A/V Hosts Five-City Samsung SUR40 Certification Road Show

Half-Day Training Held at Microsoft Training Centers
in Irvine, Calif.; Chicago; New York; Reston, Va.; and Dallas

Philadelphia, PA — October 10, 2012 — Starting next week, Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is bringing free certification training for the Samsung SUR40 40-inch HD Interactive Touch PC with Microsoft PixelSense to resellers, consultants and integrators across the country.

The five-city training event kicks-off in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 15 and runs as half-day morning and afternoon sessions. It features in-depth training from the experts at Samsung, Microsoft and Brawn Consulting and is designed to give participants the instruction required to sell, specify and deploy the SUR40. With access to the SUR40, Almo Pro A/V partners can now bring an entirely new dimension of sharing, collaborating and exploration to commercial applications with the first large, thin display that recognizes fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen.

To register for an event, go to www.almoproav.com/samsungSUR40.

Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V said, “Because the SUR40 technology is so unique, we felt that it was extremely important to bring local training to our partners. This road show makes it as easy as possible for them to become certified experts on the SUR40, which can help create limitless new business opportunities.” Craigmyle added that participating partners will receive an exclusive offer to purchase an SUR40 demo unit from Almo Professional A/V at 50 percent off MSRP.

“The Samsung SUR40 Certification road show is a great way to explore the potential of this new and compelling interactive display solution, and continues our efforts to support channel partners through comprehensive training to keep them abreast of emerging technologies and trends,” said Richard Hutton, director of channel marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division.

The dates for the Samsung SUR40 Certification Road Show follow:

• Oct. 15, Irvine, Calif.
• Oct. 18, Chicago, Ill.
• Oct. 23, New York, N.Y.
• Nov. 1, Reston, Va.
• Nov. 13, Dallas, Texas

Two identical workshops will run at each session, the first from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the second from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., to give participants the flexibility to work the training into their schedules. Both sessions will include lunch. The agenda for each session follows:

• Samsung and Microsoft Partnership Overview: Samsung Executive Team
• Working with Microsoft PixelSense Software Developers for Engaging Content: Microsoft Certified Development Partners
• Specifiying and Deploying the SUR40 — Technical Training/Certification Course: Samsung Engineers and Brawn Consulting
• Samsung Technology Preview — New and Emerging Technologies: Samsung Executive Team

About the SUR40
The SUR40 is designed especially for use in hospitality, retail, education and finance applications. It can recognize unique optical tags and detect physical objects placed on its surface, such as room keys or a retail item which then trigger a response. Applications can be installed on the SUR40 that will allow it to share information from Internet and Bluetooth technology devices, while allowing content to be dropped and dragged from the device to the SUR40 surface. And, it can recognize and react to more than 50 points of contact simultaneously, to allow multiple people to collaborate and connect.

The SUR40 can be used as a table, mounted on a wall or built into a custom fixture to increase interactivity. With HD quality and four built-in speakers, the visual and sound quality provide a fully immersive experience.

The Microsoft PixelSense vision-based technology is what enables the touch and object recognition capabilities of the SUR40, so applications respond to tagged objects and people’s fingers. The SUR40 also features powerful computing, blazing speed, and quick and simple multitasking with fast and powerful graphics. It can be customized to exactly fit the specifications of the organization. And its four USB ports allow for content to be limitless and for peripherals such as scanners, video cameras and printers to be attached, creating an even more powerful business tool.

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

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

Almo Professional A/V 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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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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ComQi Signs Partnership Agreement with Almo Corp.

ComQi Signs Partnership Agreement with Almo Corporation as its New North American Value Added PRO-AV Distributor

ComQi will participate in the Almo National Sales Meeting in Philadelphia to seal new partnership

New York July 9th, 2012
ComQi, the global multi-channel message management company, today announced a partnership with Almo Corporation, the largest US distributor of appliances, consumer, professional AV and specialty AV solutions. Almo will distribute ComQi’s extension and distribution equipment for PRO-AV and Digital Signage applications.
Almo has specialized in the distribution of video, audio & telecommunications products in the United States for over 65 years. Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audio visual 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.
“ComQi (formerly Minicom Digital Signage) has been a pioneering name in the Digital Signage market and many of the company’s products are also ideal for commercial applications in the PRO-AV space,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “This new relationship with ComQi gives our dealer base access to premium commercial digital signage signal extension and distribution products that provide not only great margin potential but the ability to save their customers time and money on the deployment and management of their digitals signage projects. Adding the ComQi brand to our Digital Signage portfolio strengthens our ability to be a single source for our partners’ needs.”
Dave Haar, AVP of Channel Sales for North America, adds: “We are excited to have Almo Corporation as our partner. Joining forces with Almo puts us in a strong position to grow and develop our signal extension and distribution business. This new relationship fits our long-term commitment to the Digital Signage and PRO AV markets and to providing the easiest access to our innovative solutions for our Digital Signage partners.”
ComQi continues to strengthen its presence in the US with its well-known media extension and distribution solutions, including: Video Display System/Audio Video Display System and DS Vision 3000 for analog VGA, DVI and Displayport applications; DS Vision Digital for HDMI and Displayport Digital extension and distribution and ScreenGate IP Streamer for streaming HDMI or Displayport content across the network– as well as its leading Content Management Software Platform– EnGage.
For more information on ComQi’s partnership with Almo, click here to contact Dave Haar, ComQi’s AVP of Channel Sales for North America.

About ComQi
Created through the merger of Minicom Digital Signage and EnQii in 2011, ComQi’s mission is to deliver an end-to-end solution that is tailored to engage consumers by optimizing communications and marketing strategies that provide the best ROI. By putting the audience at the center of the experience, ComQi enables Connected Experiences through a single platform that offers media distribution, network and content management, interactive experiences and impact measurement. ComQi offers all these solutions directly or by partnering with systems integrators, distributors and marketing agencies. ComQi’s hundreds of customers include leading brands around the world, such as Care Media and Six Flags (in the US), McDonald’s and The Premier League (in the UK), CinemaxX (in Germany), Toys ‘R’ Us (in China) and Carrefour and Credit Lyonnais (in France). With over 12 years of expertise and an installed base of more than 400,000 displays worldwide, ComQi is a global company headquartered in New York with offices in Jerusalem, Toronto, London, Zurich, Paris, Hong Kong Shanghai and a representative office in India.
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.
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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Almo’s Double-Digit Annual Growth Prompts Expansion of Nationwide Distribution Network

Almo’s Double-Digit Annual Growth Prompts Expansion of Nationwide Distribution Network

Philadelphia, PA – July 9, 2012: Almo Corporation, the major national consumer and professional electronics and appliance distributor, released its fiscal 2012 results during the most recent quarterly board meeting, and the company reported an overall double digit revenue increase over fiscal 2011, which marks the 10th straight year of double digit compounded growth. In addition, the company has expanded its nationwide distribution network as a result of the recent addition of several major appliance product lines and continued growth in the Fulfillment and Pro Audio/Visual channels.

An integral part of the distribution network expansion includes the addition of a distribution center in Reno, Nevada while also enlarging the footprint of several existing distribution centers throughout the country, such as Dallas, Texas and Columbus, Ohio. Almo’s growth, coupled with recent exclusive distribution agreement wins, made the choice to expand its distribution network an easy one.

“Our unwavering commitment to providing our dealers with the best products in a timely fashion has placed us in the rapid growth category in this otherwise unstable economy,” said Warren Chaiken, Almo President and COO. “With this marked growth pattern and upcoming opportunities, it’s necessary that we ensure our facilities and services remain top-notch.”

According to Almo Professional A/V Executive Vice President and COO Sam Taylor, “The Pro A/V division had another record year with 50 percent growth year-over-year. It’s because of our continued focus on education for our sales team and our reseller partners that we’ve achieved this amazing growth, which is a validation of our approach to this market.”

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About Almo Corporation
Almo Corporation is the nation’s leading independent distributor of Major Appliances, Consumer Electronics and Professional A/V equipment. Known for its Rapid Ship services and exceptional customer service, Almo distributes over 85 of the industry’s top brand names. Dealers and Retailers have instant access to a wide variety of Major Appliances, Consumer Electronics, Mobile Electronics, Professional A/V Equipment and Professional Residential Kitchen and Outdoor Appliances.

Founded in 1946, Almo is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and operates 10 regional distribution facilities with over 1.2 million square feet of warehousing throughout the United States. More information on Almo is available by contacting the company directly or at Almo’s website located at www.almo.com.

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Bretford Introduces First Nework-Ready Laptop Cart For Education

BRETFORD INTRODUCES FIRST NETWORK-READY LAPTOP CART FOR EDUCATION

Provides Infrastructure For Network Connection To Simultaneously
Manage Computers; Available for Order Starting Today

CHICAGO — March 2, 2012 —Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., a United States manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, today introduced its first network-ready 32-unit laptop cart for K-12 and higher education environments. Designed to charge, sync and fully manage up to 32 laptops from inside the cart, the MDMLAP32NR is available for order starting today and will ship at the end of this month.

“Our education customers have been asking for a Bretford cart that not only stores and charges the laptops and netbooks being used by students during the school day, but one that also acts as a ‘mobile computer lab’ allowing the devices to be synced and updated from inside the cart,” said Dan Berger, product manager for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “Our new network-ready cart gives IT administrators and technology directors the ability to simultaneously send security patches, software updates and software installations, which saves a tremendous amount of time compared to the existing practice of removing each computer one at a time and updating individually. In addition to storing and charging the computers, the cart provides the infrastructure to facilitate this connection to the network so that all the laptops and netbooks can be managed together.”

The new cart comes with 32 cables wired to each storage slot and an additional one for connecting the switch to the port on the side of the cart for a total of 33 cables. It has a dedicated space for a 19-inch rack-mounted network switch and also includes an external network port on the outside of the cart for accessing the network. For complete organization within the cart, the MDMLAP32NR is separated into four compartments that store eight devices each for a total of 32 laptops. Laser printed numbers provide identification on every device slot and the plastic shelf dividers may be removed for storing larger items so educators can tailor the cart to their needs.

The MDMLAP32NR has Bretford’s signature “Power Manager” system to analyze power requirements. The Power Manager uses a “Round Robin” charging cycle that constantly evaluates the demand for power and concentrates on the devices that need it most. The Power Manager not only prevents circuit tripping, but also allows each set of device batteries to cool down between charging cycles, thereby extending their life. Two thermal-controlled fans and venting on the side panels serve to dissipate heat, keeping the internal temperature of the cart within the laptops’ recommended limits.

For easy accessibility, the cart has full doors in the front for the educator and doors in the back for the IT administrator. Security is provided by the solid steel construction and unique locking handles that can be opened using either a re-programmable combination or a key. The cart also has cord winders on both sides, one for the power cord and the other for a network cable.
The MDMLAP32NR is made in the U.S. at Bretford’s Franklin Park production facility. It is currently pending UL60950 Certification for safety of technology equipment. The cart is constructed using an average 30 percent post-consumer recycled steel content and is finished in environmentally-friendly powder paint. Its steel components are 100 percent recyclable at the end of the product life cycle.
Availability
The MDMLAP32NR laptop cart is available for order starting March 1, 2012 and will ship later this month. For more information about Bretford visit Bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.
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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.

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Almo Professional A/V Showcases “Digital Signage Your Way” at DSE 2012

Almo Professional A/V Showcases
“Digital Signage Your Way” at DSE 2012

Almo Rolls Out the Red Carpet Inviting Attendees to Build Signage Projects in Booth; Seven Video Walls, Two Test Drive Centers; Multiple Training Sessions

Philadelphia, PA — February 29, 2012 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is rolling out a red carpet for attendees at next week’s DSE Expo 2012, March 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV. The Almo Pro A/V booth (#631) will showcase seven video walls in different configurations for visitors to peruse, as well as two Test Drive centers that give attendees the opportunity to try out content creation/management options. Almo will showcase the latest digital signage products resulting from new and exclusive relationships with manufacturers including NanoLumens, Planar, Christie MicroTiles and BrightSign. Almo Pro A/V is also sponsoring and participating in several educational sessions throughout the show.

“Our booth theme is ‘Digital Signage Your Way.’ We have made our booth a red carpet experience for attendees by allowing them to come in and explore in a hands-on environment with their very own Digital Signage Concierge to guide the way,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “The Almo booth experience is different because it’s not about one specific manufacturer. We work with our integrators to help them build one-of-a-kind systems for a specific project using displays, content management, signal distribution and everything else necessary for a full digital signage installation.”

View a recent Skype interview with Melody Craigmyle about Almo’s presence at DSE here.

The Almo Pro A/V booth will include the some of the industry’s newest products, including:

• NanoLumens, Inc.’s line of ultra-slim and lightweight flexible and rigid LED displays for use in spaces previously impossible with traditional displays. Almo Pro A/V is the exclusive national distributor of NanoLumens products.

• Planar Systems, Inc.’s large-scale video wall and digital display systems, including the new Silhouette™ Display and Stand, a 10-foot tall sculptural implementation of video for architectural applications. It includes four LCD screens configured on a free-standing base, the required display and processing electronics, and all required installation services.

• The Christie MicroTiles JumpStart content management package, which allows content to be easily arranged in various shapes and resolutions on a large video wall.
The two Test Drive stations in the Almo booth are being driven with content management systems using AMX’s Inspired XPress and BrightSign’s Digital Sign Controller. Attendees can use these systems and publish projects live and on the fly in the Almo booth.

Almo Pro A/V is also participating in the following educational sessions:

• Broaden Your Creative Horizons Using Flexible Digital Signage
Richard Cope, CEO, NanoLumens
Wednesday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Theater B
Workshop shows how to apply flexible LED technology to engage audiences in ways never before imaginable.

• The Art of “Techorating” – the Next Generation of Digital Signage
Apryl Griswold, Business Development Manager, Almo Professional A/V
Wednesday, March 7, 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Theater B
Learn about the blending of modern display technologies with the art of decorating a space to ensure that the design and electronics suit the style and function of the space.

• Introduction to the Samsung SUR40 – The Next Generation in Interactivity
Jonathon Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting
Thursday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Samsung booth #810
This session shows how using this new display technology makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display that recognizes fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen. Participants will be entered to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Almo’s E4 AV Tour – Coming to Irvine and D.C. This Spring
Registration is now open for Almo Pro A/V’s next two E4 AV events, which will take place in Irvine, Calif. on Tuesday, April 3 and Washington D.C. on Friday, May 18. Both events include multiple training sessions on digital signage topics along with an exhibit hall full of the latest digital signage products. They 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 or register in the Almo booth during DSE.

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. Close to 4,000 attendees have experienced the benefits of the E4 events and, in the process, have earned nearly 2,750 InfoComm CTS RUs.

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

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

Almo Professional A/V 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 Opens Registration

Almo Professional A/V Opens Registration
For First Two E4 2012 Events

E4 AV 2012 Tour Coming to Irvine and DC; 10 Training Sessions, Most Worth CTS Renewal Units; 30 Exhibitors Including NanoLumens and Planar

Philadelphia, PA — February 24, 2012 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, in partnership with InfoComm International, today announced that registration has officially opened for the first two E4 AV training and networking events of the year, which will take place in Irvine, Calif. on Wed. April 3 and Washington D.C. on May 18. Each of the one-day programs packs in 10 educational sessions, most of which are worth valuable CTS Renewal Units (RUs), along with an exhibit hall featuring 30 of the top industry manufacturers, some of which are showing brand new products only available through Almo Pro A/V.

An overview of the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV tour can be viewed on this new highlight video.

“Since our E4 tour began in December 2009, we’ve hosted more than 4,000 attendees who have earned close to 3,000 InfoComm renewal units,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “Our partners continue to tell us that this program has become a critical part of their professional development and business growth plan.” Taylor continued, “We have kept some of most popular training sessions in the agenda, like those on green AV, techorating and social media marketing, while adding new training on topics such as flexible digital signage, which will be presented by NanoLumens, our newest exclusive national partner.”
“InfoComm applauds Almo Professional A/V’s dedication to delivering industry education locally and is pleased to be a partner on the E4 AV tour,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director and CEO, InfoComm International. “The E4 AV Tour is fulfilling an important mission of creating a better educated AV industry that customers can have confidence in.”

The complete E4 2012 training line-up is below. More details about each session can be found here:

• Keynote: How to Design and Sell Green AV Systems (1 CTS RU)
Gary Kayye, rAVe Publications

• 25 Ways to Immediately Boost Your Digital Signage Business (1 CTS RU)
Brawn Consulting
Sponsored by Samsung

• Basic Acoustics and Quantifying Background Noise (1 CTS RU)
Tom Kehr, InfoComm International

• Analog Sunset, Digital Sunrise – How to Handle Digital Signal Routing (1 CTS RU)
Malissa Dillman, Kramer Electronic USA

• On-the-Job AV Apps (1 CTS RU)
Tom Kehr, InfoComm International

• The Art of “Techorating” with Displays for Commercial Applications (1 CTS RU)
Brawn Consulting

• Broaden Your Creative Horizons using Flexible Digital Signage
Richard Cope, NanoLumens

• Social Media Marketing for ProAV Dealers (1 CTS RU)
Gary Kayye, rAVe Publications

• Video Walls: A Start to Finish Guide for Success
Eric Fatovic, NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

• Power and Grounding Best Practices (1 CTS RU)
Tom Kehr, InfoComm International

The E4 exhibitor show floor will be filled with the industry’s top manufacturers, many of which are showing brand new products, including NanoLumens, Inc., maker of the world’s first line of ultra-slim and lightweight flexible and rigid LED displays for use in spaces previously impossible with traditional displays. Planar Systems, Inc. is also a new E4 exhibitor and will show large-scale video walls and digital display systems, all of which are available from Almo.
The E4 Irvine event will take place on Tuesday, April 3 at the Irvine Hyatt Regency while the E4 D.C. event is on Friday, May 18 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention 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. 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. Close to 4,000 attendees have experienced the benefits of the E4 events and, in the process, have earned nearly 2,750 InfoComm CTS RUs. 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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BRETFORD APPOINTS PHIL CLOUTIER TO VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING

BRETFORD APPOINTS PHIL CLOUTIER TO
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING

CHICAGO — February 23, 2012 —Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., a United States manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, has appointed Phil Cloutier to the newly created position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Cloutier is responsible for the development of Bretford’s North American and international market strategies, and for leading and mentoring Bretford’s customer-facing teams, including; sales, marketing, customer care, contracts, and special projects. His initial priorities are to ensure these teams are properly structured based on the needs of customers and partners, while also overseeing the launch and delivery of the company’s new EDU 2.0 social learning furniture line for education environments.

“Phil was a sought-after addition to the Bretford family due to his years of experience in the furniture industry and his leadership background,” explained Chris Petrick, CEO for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “His expertise is critical to helping us move deeper into the contract and education furniture markets in the U.S. and overseas.”

Cloutier brings more than 15 years of successful experience in sales and marketing to Bretford, the majority of which are in the furniture industry. Most recently, Cloutier was Vice President of Marketing and Inside Sales at McCue Corporation in Salem, Mass. Cloutier also worked for Herman Miller, Inc. as Northeast Government and Higher Education Sales Manager and participated in Herman Miller’s Leadership Development Program. Additionally, he has held various sales, marketing and leadership positions at Wright Line LLC and Curtis 1000.

Cloutier holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He has received extensive training and certification in the areas of sales, marketing, management and leadership.

For more information about Bretford visit Bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.
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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.

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BRETFORD LAUNCHES EDU 2.0TM EDUCATION FURNITURE SYSTEM FOR CONNECTED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

BRETFORD LAUNCHES EDU 2.0TM EDUCATION FURNITURE SYSTEM FOR CONNECTED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

System Addresses Mobile Technology and Power Needs for Staying Connected; Shipping in March; First Line to Achieve CarbonNeutral® Product Certification; Shown at TCEA 2012

CHICAGO — February 8, 2012 — The classroom experience is no longer passive — and there’s more than one way to learn. Because technology used in education is constantly changing, it is critical for schools to be able to accommodate these changes. For this reason, Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., today announced its EDU 2.0™ system of smart, flexible furniture that supports technology for 21st century learning, is available for order starting February 20 and will begin shipping within 20 business days. The complete line, which is comprised of tables, desks, presenters, and seating products with countless power and design options, is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification for a greener school supply chain and healthier learning environment. Bretford will show many of the EDU 2.0 furniture products in its 30′ x 30′ booth (#2365) during TCEA, February 8-10 in Austin, Texas.

“Technology keeps changing the way ideas are shared — it allows for learning to happen anywhere,” explained Chris Petrick, CEO for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The integration of mobility devices into schools has evolved the way teaching and learning occurs, but many schools haven’t been updated to accommodate this technology. EDU 2.0 furniture provides the necessary connection.”

“Bretford has been at the forefront of recognizing the paradigm shift in education and how the support for technology-enabled learning requires new ways of designing and furnishing learning spaces,” explained Dr. Tim Springer, president and founder of Human Environmental Research Organization — HERO, Inc. “Bretford uses evidence-based practices, and absorbs and integrates the latest thinking and relevant research into its process better than any manufacturer. The grand result is the first of its kind: the EDU 2.0 furniture line for education.” In the Bretford booth during TCEA, Springer will present mini sessions on mobile learning based on a new, collaborative iPaper entitled “Mobility & Learning in the Digital Age.”

CarbonNeutral® Product Certification/Sustainability
As part of its dedication to taking care of the environment, the complete EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to receive CarbonNeutral® product certification. As a result, Bretford is working towards reducing its carbon footprint to net zero through a combination of internal efficiencies and external carbon offsets. This means that choosing the EDU 2.0 products allows educators to have healthier learning environments with furniture that is made using low-carbon production processes that help green their supply chain. Bretford has also earned CarbonNeutral® Company Certification. And many of the products in the EDU 2.0 line are pending GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) certification and Children & SchoolsSM product certification for low-emitting products.

EDU 2.0’s New Finish Offering
Bretford is using new manufacturing processes and techniques in its U.S.-based production facilities to not only offer the updated aesthetics shown in the design of the EDU 2.0 line, but also to streamline production. Bretford has expanded its standard finish palette offering to include a comprehensive selection of standard laminate, veneer, paint, and trim options that can be mixed and matched to achieve a look that fits in perfectly with the school space.

Powermat® Technologies Preferred Partner
Bretford has been selected as a preferred Powermat Technologies partner for the education market. The wireless power technology transforms the EDU 2.0 furnishings into readily accessible, invisible power stations. Powermat’s inductive coupling model for energy transfer eliminates wires, cords and hassle. It senses when a device is fully charged and halts power delivery effectively eliminating energy waste. And, it is backed by a one-year warranty. It is convenient and universal for students and educators and gives them technology at their fingertips so the focus is on learning instead of worrying about the battery life of the electronic components.

EDU 2.0 Products
Products in the new EDU 2.0 line include:
• EXPLORE™ T-Leg Computer and Collaborative Laptop Tables
• EXPLORE™ Flip and Nest Table
• EXPLORE™ 4-Leg SCALE-UP Active Learning, Voltea Computer Tables and Activity Tables
• EXPLORE™ Pedestal Base Café and MOTIV™ Occasional Tables
• EXPLORE™ Chair and Stool
• Instructor Tech Desk
• Mobile File Storage Ped
• Presentation Shuttle
• Mobile Interactive Whiteboard
• MOTIV™ Modular Soft Seating
• MOTIV™ Freestanding Soft Seating

For more information on Bretford’s EDU 2.0 line of products and to uncover new learning resources, please visit www.bretford.com
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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both classroom and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.

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