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AVEC 2015

This week I head out to join a number of AV industry executives for InfoComm’s AV Executive Conference. It’s a two-day affair on Amelia Island, Florida. Last year was my first trip to AVEC and it was a great experience. There are breakout sessions, homework so you can focus on your business, and networking opportunities. Here are the main reasons for coming.
So many managers and owners of integration firms are focused on their business. They should be. Every once in a while, though, it is a good idea to look up from spreadsheets and P&L statements to refocus and take inventory. A retreat like this is just the thing to do that. Beginning Thursday morning the sessions do not stop until lunch on Friday. In essence, you are out of the office all of two days. You will learn management, marketing, and forecasting techniques. You may know some of them but it is a good reminder to do what is best for your company.
This is no the InfoComm show. There isn’t a tradeshow floor with 40,000 people milling about. It’s a small, compact, gathering and that is what makes it a great networking opportunity. Last year I met a few folks that were doing some of the same subcontracting work I was at the time. We swapped cards, stories, and strategies. You will learn from some of your industry colleagues what they are doing to solve problems you haven’t even thought of yet.
Media Coverage
This is a new one. This year members of the press will be in attendance. Commercial Integrator, SCN, rAVe Publications, and AVNation will have representatives at AVEC to see exactly what happens at the conference. This is a great thing for the industry. InfoComm is a member-driven organization. Any time the press is invited in to see what they have to offer and to talk to those in the industry making it happen I think is a good thing.
So, stay tuned to AVNation.tv for some write-ups and pictures. Follow the action on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #AVEC2015. And, make your plans for next year’s InfoComm AV Executive Conference.

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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