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Associations Focus: Recognizing Industry Achievement

An InfoComm survey predicts growth in the AV industry, NSCA recaps its highly successful expo, and CEDIA calls for entries for its Electronic Lifestyles awards.

Associations Focus: Recognizing Industry Achievement

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 PM

An InfoComm survey predicts growth in the AV industry, NSCA recaps its highly successful expo, and CEDIA calls for entries for its Electronic Lifestyles awards.

InfoComm International

NSCA

CEDIA

INFOCOMM INTERNATIONAL

2006 MARKET FORECAST SURVEY

For the fourth year in a row, InfoComm International has issued a market forecast survey designed to provide in-depth information to enable audiovisual companies to make informed business decisions.

Prepared by AWP Research, the 2006 InfoComm Market Forecast Survey called on rental and staging companies, independent design consultants, systems integrators, distributors, dealers, and other key players to take a detailed look at industry trends.

The survey predicts dramatic growth in the audiovisual industry in both Europe and North America between 2005 and 2006. According to the forecast, revenue for surveyed North American companies is expected to grow by 40 percent in 2006 and revenue for surveyed European AV companies by 10.7 percent. The driving force behind the growth is the increased demand for networked AV products due to the integration of AV and IT. This marks the fourth year in a row that significant growth was projected for the AV industry.

“The global AV marketplace has never been stronger,” says Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director of InfoComm International. “The demand for streaming media, webcasting, digital signal processing, wireless applications, and AV-related software has increased dramatically worldwide.”

The 2006 InfoComm Market Forecast Survey also reveals that the leading markets for AV equipment in North America and Europe are business/IT and education. However, a substantial difference is evident when comparing North America’s and Europe’s remaining major markets. North America’s remaining major markets in order of sales are government and military; sports, entertainment, and hospitality; healthcare; and worship. Europe’s remaining major markets in order of sales are residential; retail and sales; sports, entertainment, and hospitality; and government and military.

Customers on both sides of the Atlantic cite similar benefits of AV, including its ability to provide business tools needed for day-to-day activities, enhance communication between internal and external audiences, increase efficiency (and save time and money as a result), and provide a more effective learning environment.

The technology trends with the greatest impact on the AV industry include integration of AV systems into the customers’ IT networks; increased use of conferencing and collaboration; growing use of digital signage, content aggregation, and content management; and the acceptance of high-definition technology.

The 2006 Market Forecast Survey covers trends in the North American and European audiovisual industries. To order a copy, visit www.infocomm.org. For more information, contact marketresearch@infocomm.org.

For more information about InfoComm International, visitinfocomm.org.

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Associations Focus: Recognizing Industry Achievement

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 PM

An InfoComm survey predicts growth in the AV industry, NSCA recaps its highly successful expo, and CEDIA calls for entries for its Electronic Lifestyles awards.

InfoComm International

NSCA

CEDIA

NSCA

ENROLLMENT IN 2006 EXPO EDUCATION UP 15 PERCENT

Left to right: Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director; Brian Setzer; Larry Italia, VP/GM Yamaha Commercial Audio; Randy Vaughan, president, NSCA board of directors

Once again leading the way in education, NSCA gained 15 percent in enrollment at its 2006 Expo compared to 2005 Expo registration. In response to the need for education for all electronic systems professionals, NSCA University launched the new Certificate of Completion Program (CCP) and college structure, which comprised six new colleges: Project Management, Business, System Design, System Sales, Technical Knowledge, and Allied Professionals. More than 23 percent of the courses and seminars were sold out.

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES

The number of NSCA members in attendance at this year’s expo was nearly double that of last year. The Membership Luncheon/Annual Meeting was filled to capacity as members voted on two new additions to the board of directors, and a new executive committee. Ray Bailey of Lone Star Communications in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Dean Reece of RFI Enterprises in San Jose, Calif., were selected as board members. Officers for 2006 are:

  • Nancy Emerson, President
  • Andy Musci, Vice President
  • Ron Pusey, Treasurer
  • James Beckham, Secretary
  • Randy Vaughan, Immediate Past President

NEW FACES IN VEGAS

As available exhibit floor space continues to grow, so does the number of audience segments attending the expo. In addition to the typical integrator/buyer touting an average of $2.6 million in annual product purchase for resale, exhibitors saw a greater number of consultants, architects, houses of worship professionals, and leaders in systems for Las Vegas entertainment and hospitality on the show floor this year. Specific programs designed to meet the needs of allied professionals in systems integration drew many potential business partners for exhibitors.

EXPO NIGHTLIFE

Noted as the best expo entertainment yet, 2006 will go down in the books with some amazing events. The Brian Setzer Orchestra delivered an electrifying performance at ExpoJam, sponsored by Yamaha Commercial Audio, Shure, and ProAV. And The Drunk Unkles gave an unforgettable performance on St. Patrick’s Day to raise money for the NSCA Education Foundation. The group packed The Beach nightclub with expo attendees and locals for a mesmerizing night of esoteric blues. Thank you to all who sponsored this event: Ace Communications, AMX, D&M Professional, Endeleo Managed Technologies, Extron, FSR, Harman Pro Group, Liberty Wire & Cable, Middle Atlantic Products, NEC, Onstage Audio, Polycom, Shure, and SPL Integrated Systems.

And we would like to extend a special thank you to all attendees at NSCA Expo 2006. Thank you for coming, and for bringing additional staff members from your organization.

REMEMBER TO RENEW YOUR NSCA MEMBERSHIP

Continue to improve and renew your NSCA membership today. New member benefits are available now, including the 2006 Essentials CD-ROM, with more benefits to be released soon. Visit www.nsca.org/renew or call Tami Wright at (800) 446-NSCA.

NSCA University Education and Certification Calendar

April 7 — C-SI Online Review begins for Chicago exam

April 19 — C-EST Two-Day Review begins, Phoenix

April 20 — C-EST Two-Day Review and Exam Registration Deadline, Chicago

April 20 — C-SI One-Day Review begins, Phoenix

April 21 — C-SI Exam, Phoenix

April 21 — C-SI One-Day Review and Exam Registration Deadline, Chicago

April 22 — C-EST Exam, Phoenix

May 9-10 — C-EST Two-Day Review, Chicago

May 11 — C-SI One-Day Review, Chicago

May 11 — Project Management Registration Deadline, Boston

May 12 — C-SI and C-EST Exam, Chicago

May 12 — C-EST Online Review Registration Deadline for Kansas City, Mo., Exam

May 17-18 — Project Management, Boston

May 19 — C-EST Online Review begins for Kansas City Exam

June 9 — C-SI Online Review Registration Deadline for Kansas City Exam

June 16 — C-SI Online Review for Kansas City Exam begins

June 27 — C-SI and C-EST Onsite Review and Exam Registration Deadline for Kansas City

Mark your calendar now for NSCA’s Fall Business Conference, Oct. 26-28, 2006, at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grand Dunes, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Learn more at
www.fallbiz.org
or call (800) 446-NSCA. See you there!

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

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Associations Focus: Recognizing Industry Achievement

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 PM

An InfoComm survey predicts growth in the AV industry, NSCA recaps its highly successful expo, and CEDIA calls for entries for its Electronic Lifestyles awards.

InfoComm International

NSCA

CEDIA

CEDIA

ENTER THE ELECTRONIC LIFESTYLES AWARDS TODAY!

Deadlines are fast approaching to turn in your entry for this year’s Electronic Lifestyles Awards. The awards are given in the areas of design and manufacturing, as well as for Installer and Dealer of the Year.

DESIGNERS’ AWARDS

Categories include Large Home Theater, Small Home Theater (New), Theme Theater (New), Media Room, Integrated Home, Special Project, Hidden Installation, and Dressed System. Visit www.cedia.org/awards for category-specific information.

INSTALLER OF THE YEAR

This “In the Trenches” award will be given to an installer who exemplifies a strong work ethic, has the desire to further his or her education in the field of custom installation, and goes the extra mile to make our industry the driving force in cutting-edge technology.

DEALER OF THE YEAR

The CEDIA Dealer of the Year Award is given to the residential electronic systems contractor member of CEDIA that represents the best of CEDIA in the following areas: company structure, professionalism, profitability, growth, recognition in the industry, service to the industry, service to the community, and overall success.

MANUFACTURERS’ EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Enter to win one of five Best New Product awards. All entries are judged by a qualified panel made up of active CEDIA residential electronic systems contractors.
Judges will be looking for the products that most enhance a CEDIA residential electronic systems professional’s business. This could be a revolutionary new technology, a software program that allows a systems professional’s business to run more efficiently, a widget that makes an installer’s life less stressful — or anything in between.
The important factor is that an entry innovates in a way that makes the life of industry professionals better.
For complete guidelines and to register for the Electronic Lifestyles Awards visit www.cedia.org/awards. Questions? Contact CEDIA at (800) 669-5329.

CU ON THE ROAD — TORONTO

CU On the Road is heading north in April to Media Dynamics in Toronto. This event will feature webcasts of Electronic Systems Technician (EST) core curriculum courses and Installer Level I and Level II certification reviews. The EST Residential Systems Basic Training hands-on course will also be offered.
This event will also include Electronic Systems Designer and Electronic Systems Business seminars. CEDIA Installer Level I and Level II certification exams will be offered on April 24, 2006. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a CEDIA University education. Visit www.cedia.org/education/on_the_road.php to learn more and to download the CU On the Road Canada registration brochure. If you have questions, call (800) 669-5329 or email cuotr@cedia.org.

CEDIA Calendar of Events — April 2006

ESPM Residential Boot Camp
April 3-4
CEDIA Training Facility, Indianapolis

Installer I Review & Exam
April 10
AVAD, Salt Lake City

Integrated Systems China 2006
April 12-14
Shanghai, China

Installer Level I Review & Exam
April 12
TAG, Oakland, Calif.

Installer Level II Review & Exam
April 13-14
AVAD, Westminster, Colo.

Installer Level I Review & Exam
April 14
Media Dynamics, Thornhill, Ontario

Installer Level I Review & Exam
April 18
TAG, Oakland, Calif.

CU On The Road
April 21-24
Media Dynamics – Toronto

For a complete list of all CEDIA 2006 events, please visit cedia.org/calendar.

CEDIA’s Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry Deadlines

Designers’ Awards:
May 5, 2006

Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards
May 12, 2006

Dealer of the Year:
June 2, 2006

Installer of the Year:
June 2, 2006

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

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