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Almo Professional A/V Reveals Four Sweet “AV Snacks” For February

Almo Professional A/V Reveals Four Sweet “AV Snacks” For February

Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; February Theme is Video Walls; Hosted by Almo and Led by Planar, Hiperwall, Samsung and Sharp

Philadelphia, PA — January 31, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today revealed the February line up for its weekly interactive mini-webinar series “AV Snacks”, which will focus on the topic of video walls. AV Snacks are designed to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals, presented in a 15-minute snack-style webinar format every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. This month’s line up will include information from Planar, Hiperwall, Samsung and Sharp.

The sessions offer a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging, with a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn specific prizes. The following mini-webinars are in place for February:

Theme: Video Walls

2/1 Planar: “The Only ADA-Compliant Video Wall”
Planar’s Clarity Matrix LCD video wall system is the only one that meets the stringent ADA requirements. Learn how the Clarity Matrix and other Planar products meet ADA goals and see how they’ve been installed around the country.
Prize: Starbucks gift card
Register

2/8 Hiperwall: “Video Wall Processing 101”
Hiperwall software makes it simple to build high performance, scalable video walls from ordinary computers, ordinary monitors and an ordinary LAN. It’s as easy as moving and resizing windows on the desktop of a personal computer. See how it works!
Prize: Hiperwall Multi-Tool
Register

2/15 Samsung: “Video Walls: Getting the Bigger Picture”
Video walls give the ability to create larger displays and unusual shapes and arrangements that are definitely eye catching. Join this webinar for a bite-sized look at Samsung video wall technology and how it can make “your” image a lot bigger!
Prize: Samsung Mini Optical Mouse
Register

2/22 Sharp: “Soup to Nuts: How to Cook Up an Enticing Video Wall”
Learn all the components needed to create a video wall, from cables to displays to content. Learn the questions to ask when specifying the next video wall, plus get motivated with real examples!
Prize: iTunes gift card.
Register

All of the AV Snacks sessions are recorded and archived for access after they run. 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. 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’s “AV Snacks” Monthly Mini Webinar Series Resumes on January 4

Almo Professional A/V’s “AV Snacks” Monthly Mini Webinar Series Resumes on January 4

Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; January Theme is Corporate Boardrooms; Hosted by Almo and Led by AMX, TrippLite, Hitachi and Sharp

Philadelphia, PA — January 3, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is resuming its interactive mini-webinar series “AV Snacks” on Friday, January 4 with a focus on corporate boardrooms. Created last year to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals, this month’s15-minute snack-style webinars, which take place every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.T., will include succinct and upbeat information from AMX, TrippLite, Hitachi and Sharp.

The sessions are designed to provide a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging, with a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn specific prizes .The following mini-webinars are in place for January:

Theme: Corporate Boardrooms

1/4 AMX: “Are You Still Programming Standard Meeting Rooms?”
Discover how AMX’s RPM configuration software eliminates programming costs with a quick, comprehensive software configuration tool that’s easy to use.
Prize: Starbucks gift card
Register

1/11 TrippLite: “Power Management Design in Boardrooms”
Learn how TrippLite’s suite of power management solutions can provide effective power management and optimize system performance and longevity.
Prize: 4-foot Cat5e retractable patch cable & hook-and-loop Velcro cable ties
Register

1/18 Hitachi: “Who Wants to Take Meeting Notes?”
Not us! Learn how StarBoard software can make any display device into an interactive presentation tool. Annotate on the screen to gather input from your colleagues for a comprehensive, collaborative environment.
Prize: Touch Stylus for iPad/iPhone
Register

1/25 Sharp: “Anatomy of an Interactive Professional Display”
Come and touch the knowledge, and learn why Sharp is the leader with its Aquos Board products if you dare…
Prize: Amazon gift card
Register

All of the AV Snacks sessions are recorded and archived for access after they run. 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. 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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USAV Names Almo Professional A/V Preferred Manufacturer Partner

USAV Names Almo Professional A/V Preferred Manufacturer Partner

Philadelphia, PA — December 17, 2012 — USAV, an association of leading professional audiovisual integrators, announced today that it has named Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, the newest USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner, effective January 1, 2013. As such, USAV’s national alliance of members now have access to Almo Pro A/V’s professional product lines, highly skilled sales team and business development managers, distribution centers, and education programs.

“We highly value the relationships we have with our suppliers and don’t take the addition of new partners lightly,” said USAV Founder and CFO Chris Whitley, “Almo is a strong player in the Pro A/V market and the company nicely complements the USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner lineup. We are excited for this new program and are confident it will be advantageous to everyone involved.”
“We have always valued our partnership with Almo Professional A/V,” said Timothy Hennen, IVCi senior vice president of AV Integrated Services and USAV member. “From day one Almo has connected with us on a personal level, providing IVCi with no-hassle access to several top professional AV product lines. Having Almo on board as a USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner is certain to bring great benefit to all USAV’s integrators.”
According to Sam Taylor, EVP/COO for Almo Professional A/V, “The USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner program is made up of a selective group of suppliers that can best serve the growth needs and interests of USAV’s elite integrator community and it is a privilege to now be among this leadership. We are confident that our product offering and access, brand-specific business development managers, CTS certified sales team and multitude of marketing and education programs will provide valuable business opportunities for USAV members.”
USAV will have access to the entire Almo Pro A/V line card of 30 strategic manufacturers including some lines exclusive to Almo in the program including ComQi, Key Digital, NanoLumens, Panasonic Displays, Panasonic Projectors, Panasonic Broadcast, QSC, SunbriteTV, ZeeVee and the consumer product lines for Panasonic, Samsung and Sharp.
USAV supports ProAV dealers with two levels of membership. The USAV buying group provides preferred pricing and cash rebates for members buying product from USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partners. The integration services group provides the same purchasing power, and also gives members the opportunity to participate in meetings where executives from USAV integration companies collaborate on business strategy, best practices, and market dominance.
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About USAV USAV is the definitive alliance of ProAV integrators delivering ProAV solutions across the United States. The company, headquartered in Denver, has dealers throughout the country. Each dealer is dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing, and supporting commercial ProAV projects. Founded in 2001, USAV Group has attracted leading dealers and manufactures in forming the nation’s premier ProAV team. For more information, visit www.USAVGroup.net.

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.

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Almo Professional A/V Expands Sales and Marketing Teams with Four New Professionals

Almo Professional A/V Expands Sales and
Marketing Teams with Four New Professionals

Philadelphia, PA — November 19, 2012 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is continuing its growth pattern with the necessary addition of four new professionals, which have recently joined the company’s thriving sales and marketing teams.

“We continue to build our sales and marketing talent with qualified, educated professionals based on the needs of our reseller and integrator customers, which is unusual given the current economic climate,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “We are grateful for our customers’ business and, in turn, must give them the support and attention they require to succeed, especially in some of our emerging vertical markets such as healthcare and hospitality.”

• Kyle White, Midwest Territory Manager based in Ohio. She is an award-winning salesperson with 20 years of proven experience in sales, sales management and business planning. Prior to Almo Pro A/V, White was Northern Region Sales Manager and Manager of Trade Marketing at Foundations Healthcare Worldwide. She also held sales positions at Matria Healthcare, Organon USA, Inc. and Medina General Hospital, among other companies. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare from Baldwin Wallace College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

• Randy Robinovitch, West Territory Manager based in Phoenix, AZ. She brings energy and results to her role along with a focus on service and quick response. Previously, she was Territory Sales Manager at American Hotel Register Co. — a 150-year-old distributor — and Accounts Manager for Office Max. She’s also held sales positions at Sprint and Copy Duplicating Products/IKON Office Solutions. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.

• Kelly Marshall, Marketing Manager based in Baltimore, MD. In her role, Marshall handles all aspects of marketing, including working with vendor partners to create customized campaigns. She also coordinates the details pertaining to the distributor’s traveling E4 AV Tour. An experienced marketer, before Almo Pro A/V, Marshall held marketing roles at Data Networks of America, Inc., Custom Direct, LLC and Fishbowl, LLC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government/Public Policy from Franklin & Marshall College and has received multiple designations in applied project management, marketing and communications.

• Josh Taylor, Sales Administrator, Baltimore, MD. Taylor supports the East Territory sales team and provides general sales support as needed in the region. Before Almo Pro A/V, Taylor was a sales executive at Verizon Wireless. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Towson University/University of Baltimore and a B.B.A. with a specialization in Marketing from Loyola University Maryland.

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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 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.

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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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