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The State of AVNation

We took the weekend off here at AVNation. Monday was Memorial Day here in the States and it’s important to relax, reflect, and recharge. There are a number of things churning behind the scenes that I wanted you to be aware of.
Our Team
AVNation is not one person. It never really has been. I have become the face of it as the host of the weekly round up show AVWeek. However, this is a communal effort. There are people like George Tucker and Matt Scott who you will see in the foreground. Harry and Dawn Meade, Bradford Benn, Chris Neto, and Josh Srago are also front and center. However all of these people play an important role in the running of this venture. Then there are folks you may never hear of on the air. Marina Gregory of Advanced AV is a huge marketing help, Brian McKinney is a wonderful producer and audio expert, and Nate Gnau an in-studio assistant who is developing his own AV-centric show. Our team has grown so much in the last year and hopefully you’ll get to meet some of them at InfoComm.
#AVTweeps Tweetup
We are hosting our third annual networking event, the #AVTweeps Tweetup. No, you do not have to be on Twitter to come. It will be the Thursday of InfoComm 2015, June 18, from 4 -6 pm EDT in room W223A. In addition, there will be a Women in AV event in conjunction with the Tweetup between 4 – 5. These events are made possible by some great underwriters. Kramer Electronics, Middle Atlantic, Draper, Vaddio, HDBaseT, Innovad, and Media Vision have all come together to make it possible. It is two hours where you can meet others in the industry. It’s not the only event and we know that. So, think of it as a pit stop between the show floor and your next industry meeting. Don’t bring any cash because these great people are covering the food and drink. Bring your smile and a pocket full of business cards.
You may have heard me use the term “underwriters” in the last few weeks on AVWeek. I’ll be explaining more at the Tweeup and over the next few months. The bottom line is, these are people who find value in what we do here and are helping us continue to do so. If you like what we do, telling them you appreciate their support of AVNation would be great.
The Future
AVNation turns four years old in July. A very wise friend told me it’s time to either make this a real thing or close it down and do something else. We are moving in the direction of the “real thing” category. We need your help, though. Our team has some really great ideas for the future of AVNation. Some are so ambitious it’s on the verge of being crazy. However, as long as you keep listening, watching, and reading we will continue to bring you high-quality news and information about this great industry.
That’s all from here. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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