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Associations Focus: InfoComm 09 Largest Pro AV Show Ever Held on East Coast

Jul 14, 2009 12:00 PM

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InfoComm 09, held in Orlando, Fla., had more than 29,000 AV professionals and 850 exhibitors in attendance.

InfoComm 09, held in Orlando, Fla., had more than 29,000 AV professionals and 850 exhibitors in attendance.

InfoComm 09 was the biggest commercial AV show ever held on the East Coast, with more than 29,000 AV professionals attending from more than 80 countries.

"InfoComm continues to be the one tradeshow where most professional AV service providers make their important buying decisions for the year," says Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director, InfoComm International. "Despite the global economy, the AV marketplace has enthusiastically embraced InfoComm as the place to make their purchasing choices, network with product and service providers, and enhance skills through our robust educational program."

Education at InfoComm remains robust

Registrations for InfoComm Academy educational courses totaled 7,249 for 2009. Super Tuesday, a full day of advanced instruction for AV pros, attracted 356 registrants in 2009. The Institute of Professional Development (IPD) attracted 388 registrants.

Attendees come to InfoComm for the diversity of courses on topics as varied as acoustics and videoconferencing. Among the most attended courses were Technology Trends and the Business Executive Symposium. Other popular classes included The Future of Audio, CTS Study Group, and Customer Service from the Inside Out. Master classes, including one taught by industry legend Buford Jones, were of great interest to the advanced students who often attend InfoComm for the opportunity to become more educated and earn renewal units for the CTS credential. With half of all of the education sessions being new, participants flocked to classes on sustainable AV and digital signage.

This year, all 60 seats to take the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam at a local testing center were sold out.

Generosity flourished at InfoComm 09

InfoComm International is pleased to announce that the winner of NEC's Best of InfoComm Award, Da-Lite, has designated InfoComm's International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) as the recipient of its $25,000 prize donation. In addition, Da-Lite has elected to match its prize winnings with an additional $25,000 donation to the ICIF. "Da-Lite is honored to receive the first-ever NEC Best of InfoComm Award, and congratulates the other finalists," says Wendy Long, Da-Lite vice president of marketing. "It was only logical for us to donate our winnings to ICIF, which is dedicated to promoting industry education. Da-Lite is pleased to match its prize money with an additional $25,000 contribution to help develop the next generation of AV professionals."

InfoComm 09 Platinum Sponsors include Bosch, Christie Digital Systems, Crestron, and Extron. Gold Sponsors include Middle Atlantic Products, Polycom, and Tandberg.

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