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Stampede’s 2017 Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series Returns to Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 4th!

Yamaha CIS will present a “Networking Fundamentals for Audio Integrators” training session that includes a hands-on design class and a product overview presentation worth two RU credits.

AMHERST, NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 — The 2017 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series will stop in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 4, 2017when the ProAV industry’s largest traveling combination of exhibits, presentations, and networking opportunities stops at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel.  Registration for the event is now open here.

“Resellers and end-user customers in the greater Detroit and Ann Arbor metropolitan area now have the opportunity to experience firsthand the most innovative products that Stampede and its partners have to offer,” said Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly. “We’ve put together a complete schedule of exhibits, presentations, and networking events that are sure to provide attendees with unmatched insight directly from our partners and our professional sales team. Yamaha CIS will conduct an engaging training session, which will include a hands-on touch control design class and a presentation on new audio system products for commercial installations.”

The Ann Arbor event will begin with a dealer panel at 9:00 AM followed by a Tech Showcase Exhibit at 10:00 AM. At 10:15 AM, the presentations will commence, covering a variety of topics including: “NEC 10 Steps to a Successful Video Wall” by Mark Weniger, Account Manager – Channel Sales at NEC Display Solutions; “Overview of the Drone/UAS Industry and Business Potential” by Paul Dragos, Dean of the School of Flight Training at Unmanned Vehicle University; “Cut the Cords: BYOD and Wireless Presentation from Any Device” by Cary Benjamin, Business Development, WePresent; “Drone Video Systems: A New AV Category for a New Age of Opportunities” by Rob Luther, Drone Video Systems; “Samsung – Creating A Bigger Picture: Videowalls and Display Matrixes” by Jonathan Brawn, CTS, ISF, ISF-C, DSCE, DSDE, DSNE, DCME, Principal, Brawn Consulting; and finally, “FIREFX – Basics of Securing IoT Networks for the Home and Business” by Larry Allhands, FIREFX.

Following the afternoon’s presentations, Yamaha will direct “Networking Fundamentals for Audio Integrators”, a training and audio system product overview, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. The session, which is worth two RU credits, will be broken into two segments: CIS PROVISIONAIRE TOUCH CONTROL DESIGN CLASS (1RU) and the COMMERCIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS OVERVIEW (1RU). The training and product overview will be presented by two of Yamaha’s System Design Engineers, Steve Seable and Joe Rimstidt, who together share over 40 years experience in the professional audio industry. 

“Attendees should bring a laptop or tablet to fully participate in the interactive training session, which will focus on audio control customization with the Provisionaire Touch software and the extensive network of Yamaha CIS products,” Kelly added.

Showcasing the latest in the Pro AV market such as digital signage, audio, projection, and signal distribution, the daylong conference provides attendees with technology updates, exclusive insights, and keynote sessions from leading names in the industry, as well as training forums for total business needs. Current participating tour exhibitors include AEE, Atlona, AVTEQ, Cassio, Chief, Christie, DJI, Display Ten, Epson, Hitachi, HuddleCamHD, JELCO, Ken-A-Vision, LG, Luidia, Lumens, Luxel, Mustang, NEC, Oklahoma Sound, Optoma, Peerless AV, Philips, Planar, Premier Mounts, Ricoh, Samsung, Sharp, Stewart Filmscreen, TAP it, TSI Touch, Unmanned Vehicle University, Vidyo, WePresent WiPG, WilsonPro, and xFOLD.

Every attendee of the 2017 Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series will receive a $500 Stampede Credit, $50 American Express Gift Card, and be entered into a drawing for the chance to win one of two AEE drones.

Continuing on, the Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series will stop in Dallas, Texas on May 16th. Other stops are TBA.

About Stampede

Headquartered in Amherst, New York, Stampede ( is the world’s leading value-added distributor of integrated AV/IT technology solutions that help resellers meet the expanding technology needs of end-user customers in dozens of commercial vertical markets in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Scandinavia, South Africa, and the United States.

Stampede provides a global network of nearly 20,000 resellers with the broadest range of traditional ProAV solutions from more than 150 manufacturing partners and leads the way in the creation of the new product categories and related training and support programs that are unleashing the business opportunities of the future — Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drone Video Systems, Virtual Reality, IoT, Unified Communications, and low cost Video Conferencing.  Through its wholly owned subsidiary Just Lamps, Stampede also offers the world’s largest selection of replacement projector lamps.  Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1,100+ page catalog and companion website ( providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 8,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, visit

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