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Associations Focus: Walking the Talk

This year’s tradeshow organizers have lined up big demos, education opportunities, and a little bit of fun.

Associations Focus: Walking the Talk

Feb 1, 2006 12:00 PM

This year’s tradeshow organizers have lined up big demos, education opportunities, and a little bit of fun.


InfoComm International




For those planning to attend Expo in Las Vegas this March, the “Crank It Up!” buzz will come in loud and clear. The 2006 Expo is packed with hundreds of new and exciting ways to drum up business (and profits), tune in to new technology, sing the praises of industry certification, and more. This is not a run-of-the-mill tradeshow. This one is turning up the industry in a big way.

ExpoJam kicks off the noise with the Brian Setzer Orchestra performing live at 8 p.m. on March 15, sponsored by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems. You can’t miss your chance to rock a town like Vegas with this chart-topping band. It’s true American music taken in a new direction.

Amplify the way you do business. Find the key to trade secrets that you didn’t even know you were missing, with:

  • More than 20 hands-on audio demonstrations in private rooms
  • Three technology pavilions: Digital Signage, IP, and Security/Life Safety
  • Technology tours
  • Architect panel discussion for integrators/contractors

Add volume to your staff’s expertise with world-class education through NSCA University. Six new colleges will be unveiled at Expo that provide the newest, most comprehensive way to complete career path training for all electronic systems professionals: System Sales, System Design, Technical Knowledge, Allied Professionals, Project Management, and Business.

Not registered yet? Get moving. Your piece of the $872 billion industry awaits. Visit today.

  • March 16-18 — Exhibit dates
  • March 14-18 — Conference dates

Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Advance Registration Discount ends Feb. 28, 2006.


Continue to improve your success and renew your NSCA membership today. New 2006 member benefits are available now, with more to be released soon. Visit or call Tami Wright at (800) 446-6722. With Expo coming up in March, now is the perfect time to renew. Remember, admission to Expo is free for NSCA members.

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

NSCA University Calendar:

Feb. 22 — C-SI One-Day Review and Exam Registration Deadline, NSCA Expo

Feb. 22 — C-EST Two-Day Review and Exam Registration Deadline, NSCA Expo

March 3 — C-EST Online Review Registration Deadline

March 14-18 — NSCA University Learning Unit Course Offerings, NSCA Expo, Las Vegas

March 15-17 — C-SI Exams, NSCA Expo, Las Vegas, NV

March 16-17 — C-EST Exams, NSCA Expo, Las Vegas, NV

March 31 — C-SI Online Review Registration Deadline

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

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

Visit for more educational offerings available during the 2006 NSCA Expo in Las Vegas.

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Associations Focus: Walking the Talk

Feb 1, 2006 12:00 PM

This year’s tradeshow organizers have lined up big demos, education opportunities, and a little bit of fun.


InfoComm International




InfoComm International is preparing the largest InfoComm ever. InfoComm expects an increase to 775 exhibitors from 725 in 2005. Floor space at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will surpass 425,000 square feet. This promises tired feet, but invigorated ideas as attendees review the latest AV and information technologies.

So what’s new and exciting this year? Audiophiles will have a full agenda with a dozen audio demo rooms. These demos are planned by top manufacturers, including Harman Pro Group, Renkus-Heinz, Tannoy, and Telex Communications. With more than 250 companies devoted to sound technology on the InfoComm show floor, audio alone could take a half-day of exploration.

For serious sound professionals, Syn-Aud-Con returns with a four-day pre-show conference, along with more than 20 InfoComm Academy courses. A workshop entitled “Loudspeaker and Speech Intelligibility” is being offered by Technology Visions. And the opening InfoComm Party on June 6 will feature concert-quality equipment showing off the talents of The Smithereens.

Prior to the party, the InfoComm Rental & Staging Council is promoting a job-shadowing program for people wanting to learn how such events are produced. And after the Infocomm Party, various sponsoring audio companies plan to demo their gear throughout the remainder of the show.

One of the most compelling reasons to attend InfoComm is that it’s not just audio, or video, or lighting, or control — it’s all of these and much more. In the last few years, InfoComm has developed as the top integrated systems show for anyone involved or interested in AV. Sound, video, and displays are only half of the experience.

InfoComm’s exhibit pavilions enable one to focus on specifics: Collaborative Conferencing, sponsored by IMCCA and; Digital Content Creation, sponsored by Prism Business Media’s Sound & Video Contractor and Video Systems magazines; Digital Signage; Residential Systems; and Lighting and Staging, sponsored by Lighting & Sound America.

An interesting recent development is recognition of the critical role that independent programmers play in designing easy-to-use control panels. This year, show sponsor Crestron is hosting an Independent Programmers Showcase, enabling attendees to explore a gallery of touch panel graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

At the InfoComm Large Venue Display Gallery (sponsored by show sponsor Extron), look forward to a focus on D-Cinema and Surround Sound. And for anyone interested in AV in education, EduComm, a co-located conference produced by University Business and District Administration magazines, has also created The Classroom of Tomorrow, a special exhibit on the show floor augmenting the EduComm three-day event.

These are just a few of the many exciting activities planned for this year. For a detailed description of other events, as well as the 250 courses, manufacturers’ training sessions, and AV technology tours, visit In the meantime, mark the dates June 3-9, 2006, on your calendar to make sure you can attend as much of InfoComm week as possible.

InfoComm is a must-see event every June. Don’t miss this exciting show. You won’t be disappointed.

For more information about InfoComm,

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Associations Focus: Walking the Talk

Feb 1, 2006 12:00 PM

This year’s tradeshow organizers have lined up big demos, education opportunities, and a little bit of fun.


InfoComm International



FEB. 20-23, 2006

Experience is the difference between guessing or knowing, following or leading, failure or profit. The CEDIA Management Conference is an annual gathering of the world’s residential electronic systems industry leaders. Industry veterans and newcomers alike are invited to attend. The only requirement is that you participate, share your thoughts, stories, insights, and ideas. In addition to being motivated by renowned keynote speakers and authors, you will participate in cross-industry presentations and small group forums.

The Keynote Speaker list includes Harvey MacKay, whose speech is entitled “Out Sell, Out Manage, Out Motivate, and Out Negotiate Your Competition.” Also speaking will be Jeffrey Fox, who will cover “Unexpected Rules for Business Success” and how to become a rainmaker.

The conference will also feature some cross-industry presentations. This lineup of experts offers new perspectives and insider strategies that bring fresh ideas and creativity to the world of custom electronic design and installation.

Michael Gerber, creator of the E-Myth, will speak on mergers and acquisitions. Bruce Siegel from the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company will discuss the importance of customer service. Graham Bowman from Dale Carnegie Institute will talk about sales and sales management. And Dan Millman, the Peaceful Warrior, will share the aspects of life balance.

Time is running out as this conference approaches, so don’t miss what could be a life-altering event. To receive additional information about the Cedia Management Conference, download a registration brochure and register online at

FEBRUARY 23-25, 2006

CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Forum is an inaugural event bringing together professionals from the building, architectural, design, and residential technology industries. Electronic Lifestyles Forum 2006 is the preeminent event focusing on how technology affects ergonomics and anthropology. With the support of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), this forum opens the door for discussion and sharing ideas about technology changing the way we live and how it affects the design professional’s thought process.

Keynote speakers include Nicholas Negroponte, one of the foremost futurists on the international scene today, and William McDonough, world-renowned architect, designer, and winner of three U.S. presidential awards.

The Expert Panel includes many of today’s top industry authorities. Included on the panel are: Nicholas Negroponte, internationally known futurist, professor of Media Technology at MIT, and author of the New York Times best seller Being Digital; Diane Dorrans Saeks, interior design and architecture feature writer, editor, and design lecturer; Michael Luzier, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center president; Tim Costello, chairman and CEO of Builder Homesite and New Home Technologies, LLC; and moderator Jeff Goldstein, director of marketing for the Consumer Systems and Applications division at Sony Electronics.


CEDIA University is unveiling its new education program, CU on the Road, and will continue to offer education throughout 2006 at locations in the United States and Canada. Make CEDIA University your source of knowledge to significantly increase your profits, turn new employees into savvy pros, and establish instant credibility with potential customers.

Whether you are looking to get certified or take advantage of one, two, or six different courses, this program has something to offer. The four-day workshops include core curriculum courses, seminars, and certification. Full-day workshops are also available.

Each forum event will offer different core curriculum and certifications. Visit for the latest information on the location nearest you and to download the registration form.

CU Dates & Locations:

Feb. 8-11 — Roswell, Ga.

March 21-24 — Crestron Electronics, Rockleigh, N.J.

April 21-24 — Mobile Dynamics Thornhill, Ontario

May 5-8 — Richmond, British Columbia

May 17-20 — Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, Pa.

June 7-10 — Dallas (Richardson)

Oct. 11-14 — Fairfield, N.J.

Nov. 15-18 — Extron Electronics, Anaheim, Calif.

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

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