AV Week is InfoComm Internationals annual event to promote the audio-visual industry and its importance in the daily lives of consumers. Listen Technologies joined a host of companies and organizations across the country to celebrate InfoComm AV Week from October 16 23, 2011.
In preparation of AV Week, Listen Technologies secured proclamations for AV Week from Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, Bluffdale City Mayor Derk Timothy, and Park City Mayor Dana Williams. All four proclamations stated the impact of the audiovisual industry on everyday lives, noting AV applications in architecture, medicine, government proceedings, education, entertainment, and business.
Listen selected the Hearing Loss Association of America
and its Walk4Hearing
as a charity to support as part of AV Week. The Listen Trek Team secured just over $1,600 through combined efforts of reaching out to family and friends asking for donations.
, Walk Chairperson and bassist for Bon Jovi
addressed the crowd on the realities of his own hearing loss and also how what he does as a musician can impact his audiences. He stressed the importance of understanding the simple things one can do to prevent hearing loss.
On Tuesday, October 18 over 27 guests were taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Rio Tinto Stadium
, home of the Real Soccer Team. Hans Niska, Director of Facility Management guided guests through the intricacies of the AV elements used to create an immersive soccer fan experience. Additionally, tour participants were given insight into the complexity of turf management.
Throughout the week Listen employees were encouraged to bring in AV memorabilia to display in the Listen mailroom. A fine collection of photos, equipment and collateral allowed all Listen employees to enjoy a walk down an AV memory lane.
On Wednesday, October 19 the Women in AV
hosted a webinar with four award-winning Women in AV that shared their secrets and tips for challenges and success in the AV industry. Gina Sansivero
, Partner, Sales & Marketing at Projector Lamp Services acted as moderator for the four panelists. Panelists included; Laureen Jones,
Technology Solutions Manager at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and 2010 InfoComm Woman in AV winner; Erin Bolton
, Partner in Pivot Communications
based out of Utah and 2011 Woman in AV winner; Jennifer Willard, CTS Supervising AV/Video Systems Technical Analyst at Judicial Council of California
and 2010 InfoComm Young Professional in AV winner; and Deb Britton
, CEO of K2 Audio and 2009 Woman in AV winner. I really appreciated the comments these women made about their experiences and their careers in the AV industry. One of the comments that resonated with me was Jennifer Willards in response to the question about what these women find the most satisfying about what they do in the industry. I am paraphrasing but Jennifer indicated that what we do day in and out is about delivering communications in a way for people to be connected. I love that aspect about what our industry is all about.
The Listen Team concluded the events of AV Week with a competitive round of Wheel of Fortune. Participants were put into teams to test their AV industry and InfoComm knowledge. Cory Paxman and Amanda Wilkinson have safely secured themselves as Listens Sajak and White celebrities.
This video is a short slideshow of the Walk4Hearing, Rio Tinto Stadium Tour, and AV Week Wheel of Fortune.
AV Week is presented by InfoComm International, a worldwide association serving the audiovisual industry. The association offers regular training and support to its members and sponsors the annual InfoComm trade show, which attracted over 30,000 attendees in 2011. InfoComm members in the State of Utah include manufacturers, AV consulting and design firms, system integrators, and end users. The AV industry is very healthy in Utah and benefits our economy not only through the technologies that are available but also through job creation and revenues.