Online registration for USITT 2017, which will be held March 8-11 in St. Louis, MO is now open. With more than 5,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors expected at the Conference & Stage Expo, early registration and hotel housing reservations are encouraged.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has announced that the membership has elected new officers and governors for the 2017-2018 term. Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson, will take office as the new SMPTE president on Jan. 1, 2017.
“Matthew has held a variety of key SMPTE roles that have furthered the Society’s mission, and I am confident that as the new SMPTE President, he will build on Bob Seidel’s excellent work,” says SMPTE Past President Wendy Aylsworth, who served as the chair of the Society Nominating Committee. “Matthew and Bob are among the many SMPTE Members who have worked to bolster the Society’s growth leading into and during our Centennial celebrations. The officers and governors elected for the 2017-2018 term — and those who continue in their existing roles — are a broad and strong group who bring extraordinary leadership to SMPTE as we enter our second century of ensuring interoperability across the media ecosystem and, in turn, facilitating the ongoing growth of our industry.”
InfoComm International has released the 2016 Global Pro-AV Distribution Channel and Trends Report. This new report explores the ways pro-AV products and services move through the market – from manufacturer to end-user organization – and identifies factors that influence the various channels. It also includes market forecasts through 2017.
InfoComm engaged Lewis Research to conduct the report, which involved a primary survey, in-depth interviews, secondary data sources, and past InfoComm research, to uncover key trends that impact the stakeholders throughout the pro-AV channel.
SC Media Canada has announced the appointment of Mark Gadomski to its Ontario sales team as Enterprise Sales and Business Development Manager.
Gadomski is responsible for supporting SC Media’s install customers and developing key relationships in the enterprise market for Ontario, including the Ottawa region. This includes Harman Audio, Barco, and Absen Video solutions for corporate, government, education, large venue, and hospitality customers.
Show Distribution Corporation has appointed Thierry Pouliot Fletcher to the position of director of business development. As part of his functions, Fletcher will be in charge of establishing and implementing sales and marketing strategies and developing new distribution channels.
The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) dinner, held at Sardi’s, the iconic New York City restaurant, raised over $11,000 for the Behind the Scenes charity. The dinner, a popular tradition at NATEAC, attracted 150 attendees and guests. “Needless to say, we’re thrilled,” says Rick Rudolph, chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation. “The generosity of the NATEAC attendees is astonishing and very gratifying.”
The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have opened the fundraising season for the 2017 charity ride. The 14th annual ride, The Avocado Adventure: A Guided Guacamole Tour, starts on June 16th in Southern California. Drew Wending, ride marshal, notes, “We’ve had many requests to begin fundraising now, rather than wait till spring, and so we have.”
SFM has announced its appointment as a distributor of Pro Control for Canada. Pro Control is a division of Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), which SFM also recently took on Canadian distribution for. Effective Sept. 15, 2016, SFM will be responsible for growing Pro Control in the residential, commercial AV, and hospitality markets throughout Canada.
“We’re excited to partner with SFM in Canada and the potential growth opportunities this new relationship will bring while furthering our commitment to serving our dealers,” says Mike Everett, VP of Sales and Marketing, Americas, for RTI and Pro Control. “SFM’s professional, customer-focused sales staff, marketing team, and service department will be a huge advantage to integrators — providing top-notch service and support.”
SFM has announced its appointment as a distributor of Remote Technologies
Inc. (RTI) for Canada. The arrangement goes into effect on Sept. 15, 2016. RTI is a control systems manufacturer offering innovative and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems in the residential, commercial AV, and hospitality markets.
“We’re excited to partner with SFM in Canada and about the potential growth opportunities this new relationship will bring while furthering our commitment to serving our dealers,” says Mike Everett, VP of Sales and Marketing, Americas, for RTI and Pro Control. “SFM’s professional, customer-focused sales staff, marketing team, and service department will be a huge advantage to integrators — providing top-notch service and support.”
Erikson Pro has announced the promotion of Connie Fontanella to office manager for the Pro & Commercial Divisions. Doubling in her role, Connie will be acting as head-purchaser, oversee retail pricing structures and day-to-day office operations.
Fontanella has been with JAM Industries for 16 years and the company says in a statement that her “natural talent for business and relentless attention to detail are sure to carry us further.”