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Associations Focus: New Year’s Resolutions

InfoComm solidifies its leadership while CEDIA and NSCA discuss upcoming conferences for 2007. 1/01/2007 7:00 AM Eastern

Associations Focus: New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 1, 2007 12:00 PM

InfoComm solidifies its leadership while CEDIA and NSCA discuss upcoming conferences for 2007.




InfoComm International
CEDIA
NSCA

InfoComm International

INFOCOMM ANNOUNCES 2007 BOARD RESULTS

InfoComm International is organized with an elected board of volunteer governors and hired staff. Officer positions on the board are chairperson, president, president-elect, and secretary treasurer. There are five elected at-large members, and the other board members are chairs of either a council or membership committee of the association.

InfoComm International has nine councils organized by members to pursue common goals. In addition, the association has three committees that assist the board and staff in operations of its activities.

As of Jan. 1, 2007, Randy Pagnan, CTS, of Rp Visual Solutions is chairman of the board; Jay Armand, CTS, of Advanced AV is president; and Mark Valenti of the Sextant Group is president-elect. Jay Rogina of Spinitar is secretary-treasurer. Rashid Skaf of AMX and Mark Gander of Harman Pro were elected to two-year governor-at-large terms beginning in 2007. Michael Vergauwen, CTS, of AVI Midwest was re-elected to a second two-year term as a governor-at-large.

Several council chairs were also elected. Logan Enright of The Enright Company was re-elected chair of the Independent Reps Council; Tom Stimson, CTS, of The Stimson Group, was re-elected chair of the Rental and Staging Council; and Ernie Bailey, CTS, of University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, was elected chair of the Technology Managers Council.

Appointed to the board as chairs of the association's committees are: Blake Brubaker, CTS, of Da-Lite Screen Company for the Exhibitors Committee; Chad Gillenwater of SPL Integrated Solutions for the Membership Committee; and L. William Nattress III, CTS-D, CTS-I, of Shen Milsom & Wilke for the Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC).

Board members serving their second year of a two-year term include governors-at-large Jim Ford, PE, of Ford Audio Video and Mike White, CTS, of Multi-Media Solutions. For a more complete list of such members, visit infocomm.org.

“InfoComm has a robust agenda planned for 2007,” says InfoComm Executive Director Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D. “With the Board of Governors' expertise and commitment to the association, we stand ready to launch new initiatives that will improve the quality of our industry, while remaining committed to further growing our tradeshow, education and certification, and providing unparalleled programs, networking opportunities, and support for our members.”

InfoComm gratefully acknowledges the contributions of several members who are exiting from their leadership positions on the InfoComm Board of Governors, but who will remain strong supporters of the association and the AV industry. “Tom Peters, CTS, of Integrated Media Systems, will depart as chairman of the board of governors,” Lemke says. “His steady leadership will be missed and his years of service are very much appreciated.

“In addition, Chris Miller, CTS, of Professional Systems Network, will be leaving his role as president, International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF), and, as a result, will also depart from the board of governors. To my knowledge, Chris is the longest serving member of the board of governors in the history of our organization, and he has left an indelible imprint on the association we have become. His leadership has firmly cemented InfoComm as a leader in industry philanthropy and education.”

Other members departing from the board of governors are Fred Bargetzi, Crestron Electronics; Merry McCleary, AVYVE; and John Pfleiderer, MA, CTS-D, Cornell University. Their dedicated service is deeply appreciated by the membership.

If you would like more information on the InfoComm Board of Governors, please contact membership@infocomm.org.


Associations Focus: New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 1, 2007 12:00 PM

InfoComm solidifies its leadership while CEDIA and NSCA discuss upcoming conferences for 2007.




InfoComm International
CEDIA
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CEDIA

PROFIT FROM EXPERIENCE: MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2007

Bring in the New Year right; place your company among the best-performing businesses in the residential electronic systems industry. The CEDIA Management Conference is just around the corner and is specifically designed for CEOs and senior-level managers in the custom electronics industry.

New for 2007 will be a strategic management forum and panel discussion titled “Profit vs. Product, Where do you make the most profit and how to sustain it?” A group of industry leaders from the vendor, consultant, distributor, and contractor communities will discuss how electronic systems contractors have many choices for products that are cool, but may not be good for business because of associated costs, such as staff training, challenges of integrating the product with other products, manufacturer policies, back orders, and product changes.

The conference will also have other strategic management forums, two-hour breakout sessions combining standup instruction and small work groups in which you will develop materials with your peers that can be taken back and implemented in your business. Forum topics include: “Diversify Your Portfolio and Expand Your Market,” “Future Strategic Business Planning,” “Growing Your Working Capital,” and “Marketing and Branding.”

CEDIA Certified Instructors (CCIs), volunteers who have been identified as experts in some aspect of the residential electronic systems field, will moderate these forums to ensure that every leader present receives the highest-quality education. These instructors will maximize the effectiveness in these sessions and enhance subject retention in the classroom.

For more details or to register for the Management Conference, log on to www.cedia.org/management_conf. Remember online registration ends Jan. 31, 2007.

CEDIA MEMBERSHIP

CEDIA is renowned within the custom electronic industry for its exceptional educational courses and an extraordinary annual Expo. But CEDIA's greatest attribute is its members, who are passionate about the industry. Here are just a few examples of benefits you receive as a CEDIA member:

Electronic Lifestyles Idea Bank: With more than 25,000 documents, the Electronic Lifestyles Idea Bank helps you build your business with proven plans that work.

Member Forum: Dedicated industry peers volunteer to help members with questions concerning day-to-day business. Grassroots Legislative Network:CEDIA's public-policy efforts are designed to support CEDIA members and ensure that their abilities to own and operate their business are not impeded.

Educational Discounts: CEDIA members receive great discounts on all CEDIA educational and industry events.

Electronic Lifestyles Awards: As a CEDIA member, you have the opportunity to submit your best work or most innovative product and be recognized by your peers.

If you would like to learn more about this dynamic association, go to www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329 x145.

For more information on CEDIA, visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.


Associations Focus: New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 1, 2007 12:00 PM

InfoComm solidifies its leadership while CEDIA and NSCA discuss upcoming conferences for 2007.




InfoComm International
CEDIA
NSCA

NSCA

NSCA LAUNCHES CONFERENCE AND SHOWCASE

NSCA will bring together architects, design professionals, building owners, and IT decision makers who are interested in a building's technical services and structural design qualities at the new Connected Buildings Conference, which will be held March 16, 2007, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the NSCA Expo 2007.

The conference agenda will focus on enabling technology as a service for the intelligent building. Attendees will learn how employing technology will generate additional revenue streams; improve health, safety, and security; and enable workplace productivity. To complement the day of education, the conference will offer a tour of the Intelligent Building Services Showcase, where attendees can participate in interactive applications demonstrating IP-enabled automation, monitoring, and detection, among other things.

REGISTER NOW FOR NSCA EXPO EDUCATION

NSCA Expo registration is open, and many courses sell out early. Consult the new registration brochure and sign up at www.nscaexpo.org.

Be sure to use your NSCA University Education Credits when registering. This year, NSCA increased the amount of NU Education Credits to $400 for corporate contractor members and added $100 for corporate contractor branch members. NSCA members receive the credits when they sign up or renew their membership.

JASON PERLMAN MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT LOCATION SET

The NSCA Education Foundation has determined that the 11th Annual Jason Perlman Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the award-winning MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., on March 14, 2007.

Proceeds from the event support industry education and the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Sponsors of this event include founding sponsor Middle Atlantic Products, AutoPatch, Sound & Video Contractor magazine, QSC Audio Products, Herman Procurement and Logistics, Shure Incorporated, and Belden CDT Electronics Division. To register, visit www.nscaexpo.org or call (800) 446-6722.


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