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Aug 21, 2013 3:28 PM, By Cynthia Wisehart

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Next month we will be hosting three events, one in-person event and two webcasts, that I want to make you aware of. The in-person event is the Rental & Staging Roadshow, which returns to the impressive Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 17. Last year, the event worked very well in that venue. It’s a great physical space to learn and socialize, and it’s inspiring to be in a school that teaches AV as a professional discipline. Midori Connolly, chair of the InfoComm International Rental & Staging Council, will speak. My colleague David Keene, who has put on these popular roadshows across the country for several years, is hosting a roundtable in which some A-list stagers will ask and answer: Are You Ready for a New Staging Industry Landscape? Panelists include: Les Goldberg, CEO of LMG; Tom Kervitsky, TEK Productions; Colin Murphy, president and co-owner of Bungalow Scenic Studios; and Kevin McKnight, general manager Orlando, Production Resource Group. We’ll have more information on additional programming closer to the time.

I’ll also be hosting two webinars next month: one on AVB and the other on cable management. We’ve been doing this for quite awhile and I really like our webcast platform. It’s not the slickest I’ve seen, but there’s a great, immediate feel about them and we get good feedback from attendees. The knowledge that speakers are sharing is serious, but the atmosphere is relaxed.

David Theis will lead the AVB session. He’s an AV consultant and 10-year adjunct faculty member for InfoComm; he has presented seminars on a variety of topics including AVB sessions at this year’s InfoComm. AVB is one of those things that can remain a little abstract, unless you’re directly working with the standard, which of course some of you are. Some of you know a lot about it, but if you want to confirm your understanding, this will be a good session, and you can ask questions and learn from other people’s questions.

We’ll also host a webcast on some new cable management strategies. I think this is an important topic if you want your work to stand out. Especially in the corporate space, cable management that’s aesthetic and logistically elegant takes a job to the next level in terms of how clients perceive you and how they feel about using the room. And I hear you saying, “What’s the point? The first time something has to be maintained, or a new component added, the tidiness will be shot.” Our speaker, Dave Onofrio, will cover options that allow you to easily move gear in and out and pull the whole cable infrastructure together in an elegant and practical way.

You’ll hear from me again on these events in time to register and attend. I hope you’ll join.

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