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Associations Focus: InfoComm Reaches Out to Architects

InfoComm International recently visited the American Institute of Architects Exposition in San Francisco to promote the value of the CTS credential to architects

Associations Focus: InfoComm Reaches Out to Architects

Jun 9, 2009 12:00 PM

InfoComm International visited the American
Institute of Architects Exposition in
San Francisco to promote the value of the
CTS credential to architects.

InfoComm International recently visited the American Institute of Architects Exposition in San Francisco to promote the value of the CTS credential to architects. Tony Warner, CTS-D, LEED AP, of RTKL Associates provided booth education sessions on green AV and partnering with an AV Professional. InfoComm also promoted its microsite for architects and the building community,, and debuted a new brochure designed to communicate the value of AV professionals to architects.

InfoComm China 2009 Receives U.S. DOC Certification

InfoComm China 2009, the leading tradeshow for pro AV and systems integration in China, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Commerce has certified the show for its Trade Fair Certification program. This means that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will actively assist American companies participating in the event, which will be held in the China Agricultural Exhibition Center in Beijing Nov. 9-11, 2009. The Department of Commerce will also help promote the event through its regional network of offices.

“We’re delighted and proud to have the continued support of the U.S. DOC,” says Terry Friesenborg, senior vice president for international development, InfoComm International. “This signals that the department recognizes the market potential in China for pro AV systems and confirms that InfoComm China is the right platform for companies to launch their latest AV technologies to the China market.”

InfoComm China is an affiliate event of InfoComm International—a trade association with worldwide interest in expanding knowledge and growth of pro AV technology and applications. InfoComm made its foray into Asia more than a decade ago and has sponsored educational and marketing events especially for the pro AV markets in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. The 2008 InfoComm Asia-Pacific AV Market Definition and Strategy Study forecast that the Chinese pro AV market will reach $5.7 billion in 2010, growing at a 16 percent compound annual growth rate. The study also indicated that the market for high-end pro AV products is now growing faster than the IT- and technology-related markets. China is expected to overtake Japan as the largest market for pro AV products and services by 2010.

The organizer of InfoComm China 2009 expects that the event will become an essential and opportune platform for pro AV manufacturers, especially as China has begun to show signs of an upturn—the first country to do so in the aftermath of the October 2008 global downturn. China’s economic stimulus package is the largest in the world at $586 billion, or 12 percent of the projected 2009 gross domestic product (GDP). Its GDP grew 9.4 percent in 2008, and the Chinese government is determined to achieve 8 percent growth for 2009.

New Features Enhance InfoComm JobSite

InfoComm’s improved, interactive, online JobSite is your premier resource for online employment connections in the pro AV industry. To find a job or fill a position, visit the InfoComm JobSite at today.

Birds of a Feather Tweet Together

As part of InfoComm’s constant endeavor to bring you new ways to stay up-to-date on the pro AV industry, you can now follow us on Twitter at Also, look for InfoComm 09 on Twitter and tweet along with #IC09.

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Associations Focus: InfoComm Reaches Out to Architects

Jun 9, 2009 12:00 PM

Wednesday Webinars Fill the Need

The first series of Wednesday Webinars was attended by more than 900 people. InfoComm is so glad you liked them that we are having a second series.

The second series will start Sept. 2, with featured topics including business, live event, and technical. It is a great way to learn and earn RUs. These free sessions are also recorded, and many will still earn RUs for you if you decide to take a short test (go to InfoComm’s store to register) after viewing them. For more information, visit

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Road to Infocomm: Bill Sharer

In this week’s second installment of the

Road to InfoComm

newsletter, the topic is the economy and its impact on the professional AV community, and the guest is Bill Sharer, CTS, of Exxel Management & Marketing Corporation. Bill chats with

Sound & Video Contractor

editor Michael Goldman about the impact the downturn has…

Associations Focus: InfoComm International CTS-D Credential Earns ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation

InfoComm International announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has expanded the scope of InfoComm’s accredited Certified Technology Specialist program…

InfoComm Launches New Pioneers in AV Award

InfoComm International is pleased to announce that it is honoring the heritage of the industry by creating the InfoComm International Pioneers of AV Award.

“On InfoComm’s 70th anniversary year, it is only appropriate that we pay tribute to those who helped pave the way for today’s vibrant $75 billion global industry,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director, InfoComm International. “The InfoComm International Pioneers Award will allow us to reflect on the dynamic inventors and entrepreneurs who developed technology that improved communication and created benefits that stand the test of time.”

The first InfoComm International Pioneers of AV Award is being issued at the InfoComm 09 ribbon-cutting ceremony immediately preceding the show’s opening.

Green AV Mixer

At 4 p.m. June 18, the InfoComm Green AV Task Force will host a Green AV Mixer in the Platinum Lounge at InfoComm 09. Admission to the reception is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Green AV and how they can be a part of the movement.

While intended as more of a casual opportunity to meet and mingle with your virtual friends from the Green AV SIG, there will also be information and representation from the U.S. Green Building Council, Energy Star and the leaders of the Green AV Task Force. If your organization is interested in aligning their brand with the Green AV movement, various sponsorship opportunities are available.

We welcome you to join the Green AV SIG e-Group on, attend our kick-off event, and have some fun mixing it up at InfoComm 09. The Green AV Mixer is sponsored by Christie Digital Systems.

Stop by the InfoComm International Booth

InfoComm International marks its 70th anniversary in 2009. To celebrate our members’ important role in making communications better for audiences worldwide, we have adopted a superhero theme at our member booth.

Stop by Booth 5261 to see how we can boost your business with all the benefits and programs we offer year-round. You can also recharge with a visit to the theater where we feature an exciting new video retrospective of the association.

The InfoComm International booth is the place to be to learn about member benefits, social media sign up, InfoComm education information, InfoComm Certification Ask-the-Expert, government relations presentations, entertainment, networking, training sessions, show information, and more.

New members are also welcome to join us for a New Member Social Hour. Join association staff and members for refreshments at the InfoComm booth from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily, while learning about the benefits of InfoComm International membership.

InfoComm Opening Reception

Don’t miss the popular InfoComm Opening Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17. Sponsored by Bosch, West Penn Wire, and NSCA, the InfoComm Opening Reception continues to be the single can’t-miss event of the show. The reception will be the perfect prelude to the opening day of InfoComm 09. You’ll enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails while meeting new colleagues and catching up with old friends at InfoComm’s most legendary networking event. You won’t want to miss it. The InfoComm Opening Reception will be held in the Valencia Ballroom.

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