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Cross Pollination in AV

Every year Commercial Integrator and CE Pro magazines put on an event called the CE Pro and CI Summit. It’s a gathering of about 250 AV professionals from the residential and commercial sides of the industry. There are manufacturers and other service providers on hand to talk about their offerings as well as industry leaders. If you have the chance, you might want to apply for next year’s show in Atlanta during November. One of the rewarding concepts I took away from this week’s event was the natural collaboration between pro and residential AV markets.
Throughout the event you are paired up with attendees from various aspects of the AV industry. As humans, we tend to gather together within our own little circles. This concept breaks that tendency and allows for conversations and ideas to flow. This could be a commercial AV integrator learning about integrating Sonos into a space or a resi company finding out how to incorporate occupancy sensors for power management. The idea is to open yourself up to new ideas.
The event also has one-on-one interviews with the attendees and manufacturers. It is unclear how these are chosen so some of my interviews didn’t serve me well as a programmer. However, it was a good learning experience in the AVNation part of my life. I learned about Just Add Power, Synnex, and LG as I had interviews with these companies. Most of the other interviews you will see fruit from as we made contacts for new guests coming on our various podcasts.
Finally it was a time to get together with other industry leaders. On Monday we held a special AVNation podcast from one of the rooms. It had Chuck Espinoza from InfoComm and AV Power UP, Dan Newman of Broadsuite, Jason Griffing of Harrison Home Systems and AV Shop Talk, Tom LeBlanc of Commercial Integrator and a host of others. We had a great cross section from residential to commercial, from marketing to engineering. It was a great talk with some new and familiar guests alike.
This year’s CE/CI Summit was another success for me professionally as well. I was able to secure three interviews with new clients that has produced projects we at Innovad have already begun to work on. I learned about some new products I may not have considered before and I was able to connect with new guests for our various programs.-*These all attribute to a more well-rounded AV professional which is something I am thankful for. If you get a chance, go to next year’s summit. If not, make a point of reaching out to others outside your normal side of the industry and learn something from another AV pro.
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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