Amherst, N.Y. - Stampede,
the distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and
flat-panel displays, kicks off its 2012
Big Book of AV Tour Thursday with an event-packed program at the Rosen
Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.
dealer event will take place the day before the 2012 EHX Show opens at the
Orlando Convention Center - and that's no coincidence, according to Stampede president
Kevin Kelly, who today promised that the 2012 Tour will eclipse all previous
tours in terms of products, seminars and special events designed to help pro A/V
dealers better meet the needs of their customers.
Kelly, "We're committed to providing our dealers with all the knowledge and
tools they need to grow their businesses, so we have designed a complete
schedule of focused training seminars to coincide with important new product
introductions. Among the topics being covered will be digital signage, low-cost
video conferencing and touch technology."
The idea of
hosting stops adjacent to other industry events is new to the 2012 tour, Kelly
said. "Coordinating with other industry events allows us to get the largest
possible number of end users on the show floor, where they can discuss
prospective projects with dealers and integrators and learn about new products
directly from the manufacturers. Holding our first event on the day before the
2012 EHX Show is one example. We are looking into other opportunities and will
update the tour as needed."
The tour is also
expanding its focus to include architects and interior designers, as well as
educators, by hosting special pre- and post-show events, specifically dedicated
to each vertical market. At every stop of the tour, a special "Architect Power
Hour" will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Each day will conclude with a
special "Educators' Reception."
The 2012 Big Book
of AV Tour will feature more than 40 exhibitors, including Atlona, BrightSign,
Canon, Chief, Christie, Draper, Gefen, Hitachi, Kramer, LG Panels, Mitsubishi,
Mustang, NEC, Optoma, Peerless, Perfect Path, Samsung, Sharp and Sony.
Other stops on the
2012 Spring Tour include March 20, Philadelphia Airport Marriott Hotel; April
16, Las Vegas, Nev.; May 9, Dallas; and May 22, Chicago.
All events run
from noon until 7 p.m. Dealers are invited to select their date/city and
register at www.bigbookofavtour.com.