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Associations Focus: Combined Effort

InfoComm 08 will open in just three months in Las Vegas, and it is already bigger than last year's

Associations Focus: Combined Effort

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 PM

InfoComm International





InfoComm 08 will open in just three months in Las Vegas, and it is already bigger than last year’s record-setting professional audiovisual show. Held in the North and Central halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the conference will take place June 14-20, 2008, with the exposition taking place June 18-20.

InfoComm 08 will feature more than 10,000 commercial AV products, more than 950 exhibitors, more than 350 educational courses, more than 32,000 attendees, audio demo rooms, technology application special events, manufacturers’ training, and networking opportunities.

“Attending InfoComm’s tradeshow is a valuable investment in both time and money,” says Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director of InfoComm International. “In just a few days you can visit the most comprehensive array of professional audio, digital signage, display, conferencing, lighting, control system, and signal-distribution technology manufacturers available in one location, all while receiving world-class education and training from leading experts and manufacturers.”

Although InfoComm is large, it is easy to navigate, thanks to pavilions that bring similar technologies together. Audio, Digital Signage, Lighting and Staging, and United Collaborative Conferencing are just a few of the pavilions featuring integrated solutions from innovative manufacturers. Many special exhibits on the show floor, such as the Large Venue Display Gallery, can be seen only at InfoComm.

InfoComm 08 marks an important new era because the NSCA Expo will be incorporated into the event for the first time. “We welcome NSCA’s traditional attendees, and hope the entire industry will enjoy being part of one comprehensive event,” Lemke says.

InfoComm 07, held in Anaheim, Calif., was the biggest tradeshow in the history of the industry, with more than 31,000 attendees visiting 861 exhibitors occupying 496,000 net square feet of paid exhibits, special events, and demo meeting space. InfoComm 08 is anticipated to be another record breaker.

InfoComm is attended by visitors from more than 90 countries. The show is supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyers Program (IBP).

Attendees can make good use of their time by attending NXTcomm, located in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, at the same time. The co-owned tradeshow by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) targeting premier information and communications technology suppliers, is taking place June 17-19. InfoComm visitors may access the NXTcomm show floor for free, and vice versa. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with more than 1,350 exhibitors at InfoComm and NXTcomm.

For more information or to register, visit

For more information about InfoComm
International, visit

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Associations Focus: Combined Effort

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 PM

InfoComm International




Beginning in the fall of 2008, NSCA will debut a new educational event designed specifically with your technicians, installers, design consultants, and sales representatives in mind. NSCA TechWeek, sponsored by InfoComm, will feature education and certification programs from NSCA University and InfoComm Academy, manufacturer training, and a limited number of tabletop exhibits. This trade-only event will be exclusive to the professional audiovisual channel and electronic systems integrators. For more information, check


NSCA will host many of your favorite must-attend NSCA Expo events at this year’s InfoComm show. We’ll also offer our full slate of industry educational courses, NSCA member activities, and more. Join us for our industry golf tournament, member breakfast, Drunk Unkles concert, and ExpoJam. Take advantage of valuable attendee and member resources available at the NSCA Zone.

NSCA membership is even better than ever. NSCA members still get free entrance to the tradeshow and educational discounts as well. Plus, you can access NSCA resources year-round.


The NSCA Education Foundation will host its popular golf tournament June 17 at InfoComm 08 at the Rhodes Ranch Golf Course in Las Vegas. The event will continue to expand its charitable giving. In addition to supporting the NSCA Education Foundation’s educational efforts, money raised will help fund the research efforts of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the education efforts of the International Communications Industry Foundation.

For additional information, visit or call (800) 446-6722.


NSCA members continue to prove how the NSCA-endorsed SystemsPlus Insurance Solutions program saves them money on surety, property, and casualty insurance premiums.

“We would recommend SystemsPlus to any company in the industry,” says Ray Bailey, president of Lone Star Communications . “They reduced our insurance costsin excess of 13 percent. They have been extremely responsive and timely to all of our needs and assisted tremendously during the transition from our previous carrier.”

Don Lanier, owner of Pearl Productions, also found great savings and service with SystemsPlus. “The people at SystemsPlus were extremely easy to work with and provided excellent service at fantastic rates,” he says.

SystemsPlus Insurance Solutions was created specifically for NSCA members.

For additional information about the benefits of membership, visit


Students have another month to apply for scholarships through the NSCA Education Foundation. The NSCA Education Foundation will award five $1,000 scholarships to students for tuition in a college or technical school program. In partnership with the NSCA Education Foundation, Bosch Communications Systems will offer two $2,500 scholarships this year in memory of Robert Bosch.

Any high school senior or college student with at least a 2.0 GPA, who is pursuing a career in electronic systems, is eligible to apply for the NSCA scholarship; students with a minimum 2.5 GPA may apply for the Bosch scholarships.

Scholarship awards may be used for tuition at any accredited, post-secondary institution. Applications are due April 18, and winners will be announced by July 3.

Students interested in the following fields are encouraged to apply for the scholarship: acoustics, audio, automation and control systems, AV, communications, data networks, digital signage, information technology, interactive display, life safety, lighting, telephony, or video.

For more information about the NSCA Education Foundation or to download a scholarship application, visit

For more information about NSCA, visitwww.nsca.orgor call (800) 446-6722.

NSCA Calendar of Events

March 10-11

Project Management of Systems Projects Old Bridge, N.J.

March 26

Electrograph Display Technology Experience (DTE)
Anaheim, Calif.

April 9

C-EST Exam application deadline for Minneapolis

April 14

C-EST Review Package deadline for Las Vegas

April 28

C-EST Online Review begins Las Vegas

April 28 – 29

C-EST two-day Onsite Review Minneapolis

April 29

Project Management for Owners Anaheim, Calif.

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Associations Focus: Combined Effort

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 PM

InfoComm International




The Electronic Lifestyles Forum, April 30 – May 2 at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, is your opportunity to connect with a VIP group of architects, builders, and interior designers.


April 30, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Speaker: Connie Podesta
“Life Would Be Easy If It Weren’t For Other People”

Let’s admit it — people and situations can be challenging. Effective communication can make or break a deal, determine outcomes, and affect our ability to achieve the success we desire. There is no one better to help us understand human behavior than Connie Podesta. Podesta’s amazing insight into human relationships (including a few that drive us crazy) will empower you to be healthier, happier, richer, and less stressed. So come prepared to learn how to create successful working relationships with your industry partners and keep those collaborations moving forward.


May 1, 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Start your Electronic Lifestyles Forum experience with excitement as you mix and mingle with industry partners and the leaders of national industry associations. Representatives from architecture, interior design, and building associations will help you get into the collaborative spirit.


May 1, 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Tom Plake, Creative Resources

Tom Plake will provide tips for making industry partnerships more valuable and mutually beneficial. As the director of strategic enthusiasm for Creative Resources, Plake coaches industry leaders and their teams to higher levels of effective communication, resulting in better and more effective partnerships, profitability, and satisfaction.


May 1, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Iron Cactus Mexican Grill

Further develop your Electronic Lifestyles Forum experience by spending time with new contacts and enhancing established relationships.


May 2, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

The best of the best will recap, encourage, empathize, and share experiences relative to their industries and their three days in Dallas. They will share how they plan to carry forward all that they learned. So enjoy the comments, ask questions, and be creative. Future collaborations and successful partnerships benefit everyone.

To learn more about this event or to download the registration brochure, visit


With enhanced guidelines and two panels of highly qualified professionals judging, this awards program has double the credibility. Make sure your best installation project isn’t left out. The categories to enter are Large Home Theater, Small Home Theater, Integrated Home, Special Project, Media Room, Hidden Installation, Dressed System, Theme, and Documentation. The deadline for Designer Awards entries is May 2 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PST).


Enter in the following categories:

  • Best New Product – 30 finalists will be announced in early July; one winner will be announced at the Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet.
  • Best New Technology – Three finalists will be announced in early July; 10 winners will be announced at the Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet.
  • Product Hall of Fame – 10 winners will be announced at CEDIA Expo’s Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet; a product Hall of Fame showcase will be introduced at CEDIA Expo 2009.

The deadline for Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards entries is May 9 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PST). Visit for more information.

For questions, contact Katey Schenk at (800) 669-5329 ext. 157 or via email at [email protected].

For more information on CEDIA, visitwww.cedia.orgor call (800) 669-5329.

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