Yonkers, NY (August 2, 2007)–Attended by over 150 industry professionals, the first stop of the Rental & Staging/InfoComm International Roadshow was a resounding success. Held at Altman Rentals in Yonkers, NY, on July 25, the Roadshow provided technical and business tracks addressing key issues for industry rental and professionals, with a focus on the corporate event market. Rental and staging professionals in the Northeast, however, saw it as an opportunity to get both technical- and product training, and attend seminars on business planning and management, all in an intimate setting on the banks of the Hudson River.
Brian Brooks, president of MB Productions, who stages high-profile corporate and entertainment events in New York City, saw the Roadshow as an opportunity to learn from top industry professionals, as well as a chance to check out different gear. “It’s great to meet reps and talk at this time of year…it’s a perfect occasion to check out different equipment in a relaxed environment.”
The event proved to be a success for both attendees and manufacturers alike, as A-Line Acoustics’ Tony Faranda pointed out after his company’s presentation. “It’s great for us because a lot of powerful people that can make equipment decisions in some of the biggest rental companies in the industry are here. This ambiance is great… having all the big guys from the Metro area is amazing.”
Barco, IntelEvent, Unique Business Systems, Christie Digital, and Sony Electronics all used the event to provide manufacturer training. Additionally, InfoComm’s Rental & Staging Committee chairman Tom Stimson taught classes for the business track, delving deep into issues such as how to make a staging company more profitable. InfoComm International provided the Tech track for the Roadshow, which featured in-depth seminars from Andre LeJeune and Stas Ushomirsky. LeJeune of MVP Audio Visual related advice on pre-show planning, and support/signal distribution for presentation systems; Ushomirsky of Sky Creative explained the role of the “Screen Designer” in today’s staging world.
Rental & Staging Systems magazine produced the event. Primary Sponsors for the Roadshow were Barco; Unique Business Systems/R2 (rental management software); A-Line Acoustics; Video Roadshow; and Agenda magazine. NewBay Media magazines Pro Sound News and Systems Contractor News were co-sponsors of the event.
In addition to the Sponsors, exhibitors at the Roadshow included AV Stumpfl, C.A.V.S., FSR, A.C.T. Lighting, Kramer Electronics, Projector Lamp Services, Sonic Foundry, Wybron, Media Vision, and Stamford Tent. The event was hosted by Altman Rentals; the Screen Works provided all of the projection screens for the seminars and joint sessions. C.A.V.S. (Corporate Audio Visual Specialists) provided video projectors for all sessions.
The event was the first in a series produced by Rental & Staging Systems, working with InfoComm International, to bring product training and business and technical seminars to the rental staging community where they work, in intimate, hands-on settings. Upcoming stops in other U.S. cities will be announced soon by NewBay Media, publishers of Rental & Staging Systems.
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