Allen Weidman to Lead InfoComm International Sustainability Efforts

New Sustainability Officer Position Created 5/19/2011 6:42 AM Eastern

Allen Weidman to Lead InfoComm International Sustainability Efforts

May 19, 2011 10:42 AM

New Sustainability Officer Position Created

Allen Weidman

InfoComm International, the leading industry association representing the commercial audiovisual and communications industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Allen Weidman to the new position of Sustainability Officer.

Weidman brings more than 30 years of association experience to InfoComm, having worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Consumer Products Safety Commission, and a number of other federal and state regulatory agencies. He has developed, integrated and managed industry coalitions on federal and international environmental issues. He has most recently served as a Senior Account Executive for Kellen Company, an association management firm.

Prior to joining Kellen Company, Weidman served as Executive Director for six different industry sector groups during his tenure at the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), where he was responsible for developing industry positions relative to sustainability, the environmental footprint of various plastics, and was instrumental in the strategic analysis of how the emerging "green" standards would impact associations. In addition, he played an integral role in the development of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Certification Program and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' "Energy Standard for Buildings" and "Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality" standards.

"With audiovisual systems integrated in nearly all commercial buildings, it is more important than ever for InfoComm to collaborate with building industry groups, government agencies and others on sustainability matters," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "By having Allen Weidman in this critical position we are adding a great level of expertise at the Association's most senior level and will have an excellent knowledge manager as a resource for our members."

As part of his responsibilities, Weidman will oversee the association's new STEP program, a new rating system designed to assess the impact of technologies in buildings. He will also represent the association in coalitions relating to integrated building technology and create webinars and other resources for InfoComm members. Weidman holds a bachelor's of science degree in Structural Design/Construction Engineering and an associate's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).

Allen Weidman to Lead InfoComm International Sustainability Efforts

May 19, 2011 10:42 AM

New Sustainability Officer Position Created

InfoComm 2011—The Center of IT All

InfoComm 2011 will be filled with valuable networking activities and special events that will provide its projected 32,000 attendees with memorable experiences. The world's largest audiovisual trade show is being held June 11-18, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

"Attending InfoComm's tradeshow provides AV professionals and their customers a chance to the see the latest in applied AV technologies at the biggest marketplace for commercial AV," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "But is also provides great networking opportunities and a chance to celebrate the resiliency of the industry through challenging times."

Some of these special events include:

Opening Keynote
On Tuesday, June 14, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Rob Scott, Vice President and General Manager, HP Visual Collaboration, will speak on Extending the Power of Personal Connections—detailing how companies today are using high definition video to extend natural visual experiences across the enterprise. He will speak to and demonstrate how new software-based technologies for videoconferencing are transforming total cost of ownership and opening up a new world of opportunity for businesses—erasing distance barriers, increasing workforce productivity and effectiveness while reducing their organization's carbon footprint.

InfoComm Opening Reception
InfoComm's legendary networking event continues to be a can't-miss part of the Show. This reception, held the evening of June 14, is the perfect kick-off celebration before the opening day of the Show. Sponsored by Yamaha, the InfoComm Opening Reception features live music from VALLEJO, a rock band featuring Latin percussion, as well as hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, making it the ideal venue for meeting new colleagues and catching up with old friends.

International Reception
On the evening of June 15, international attendees and exhibitors from all around the globe are invited to relax and unwind at this popular reception. This free event, sponsored by Soundtube Entertainment, provides an opportunity to meet international colleagues, make global connections and partake of drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the end of the show floor's opening day.

PAMA Manufacturers' Forum Panel
The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) will be presenting a discussion on the future of audio networking at 9 a.m. on June 16. Moderated by Pro Sound News, this session provides the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the future of interoperability.

Standards and Best Practices Plenary Session
Learn more about the standards and best practices that are being developed by InfoComm volunteers. Stay with us after the Show for a complimentary session on Saturday, June 18, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The event, which includes lunch, is an ideal way to learn about how these programs are furthering the industry and for learning how to join the hundreds of current standards and best practices volunteers.

Allen Weidman to Lead InfoComm International Sustainability Efforts

May 19, 2011 10:42 AM

New Sustainability Officer Position Created

New Technology and Events Thrive

InfoComm 2011 will feature more than 10,000 new audiovisual products, a new IT Services Pavilion sponsored by CompTIA, and a new special exhibit featuring Invisible AV Technologies. In addition, for the first time, the popular Unified Collaborative Conferencing Pavilion will include product demonstrations from all of the vendors in the telepresence field.

Each year InfoComm expands its educational offerings, and this year is no exception, with 70 percent of all classes at the show being offered for the first time. Special first time offerings include classes addressing net-centric AV, cloud AV and live events. Consultative Selling, Integrated Collaboration, Troubleshooting Audio Systems and Project Management for Live Events are all new classes expected to add to the educational experience of this year's Show.

"InfoComm is visited by some of the most innovative people in the world and they attend the Show to see the newest audiovisual technology and to receive world-class education," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "Our new features are one reason why InfoComm is a can't miss event each year."

InfoComm 2011's conference program runs June 11-17. To register for InfoComm 2011, visit InfoComm 2011 is supported by platinum sponsors Christie Digital, Cisco, Crestron, and Extron and gold sponsors Peerless and Polycom.

InfoComm Announces Dates for First Latin American Tradeshows

InfoComm International and its regional partner Latin Press, are delighted to announce date and venue details for their first two tradeshows in Latin America.

The joint venture's new tradeshow brand, TecnoMultimedia InfoComm, will get its first airing at the International Convention and Exhibition World Trade Center, Mexico City from August 11-12, 2011. This event will be followed on November 9-10, by a similar show at the Plaza Mayor Medellin International Convention Center, Medellin, Colombia.

"After the signing of our agreement to create the TecnoMultimedia InfoComm joint-venture company last month, our Latin American event initiative has made rapid strides and we are really excited at the prospect of hosting these two regional events," said Terry Friesenborg, Senior VP, International Development, InfoComm International.

"Both the Mexican and Colombian shows will give us as the opportunity to present our education offering, to promote our new and existing industry standards, and to publicize the benefits of InfoComm membership—all in front of an audience that is new, dynamic, and open to fresh ideas."

"The Latin American market for professional AV products and services is growing tremendously and offers huge potential to manufacturers seeking new sales opportunities for their products and services," said Max Jaramillo, President, Latin Press. "Our own sales team already has great local market knowledge and, by partnering with us, exhibitors participating at either or both of these shows will get all the support they need."

Last year, around 1,000 AV and facilities management professionals attended the first TecnoMultimedia event in Medellin, where Latin Press hosted 35 exhibition booths. Jaramillo believes that, with InfoComm now onboard as a joint-venture partner, the event will grow quickly.

"The response we had to our initial offering in Colombia last year was overwhelmingly positive," Jaramillo concludes. "In InfoComm International, we now have the perfect association partner not just to take this event to the next level, but also to use it as a platform from which to launch other shows, of which the Mexico City event in August will be the first."

Exhibit sales for both events will be handled by Latin Press. Interested parties should contact Sebastian Fernandez, VP Sales and Operations at +1 305.285.3133, ext. 71 or

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