Philadelphia - Almo's professional A/V division will kick off its two-city Fall E4 A/V training and networking tour tomorrow in Chicago.
The first leg of the road show will be held at Chicago's Congress Plaza Hotel from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The tour, produced in partnership with InfoComm International, will conclude Oct. 27 in New York at the Millennium Broadway Hotel.
Both events are free to Almo Pro A/V's reseller, integrator and consultant partners, who can still register for the New York E4 at
The Chicago leg will feature first-time exhibiters Armagard, Altinex, BrightSign, MusicLites, Casio, Key Digital, Universal Remote Control, Panasonic Broadcast and Christie MicroTiles. New products will include NEC's interactive classroom tablet software and latest 3-chip DLP projector; Sharp's 80-inch Aquos flat panel; and LG's 47-inch direct LED with a super-narrow bezel for video walls and Supersign Elite-S compatibility.
Both cities will feature a new lineup of training sessions, including a just-added class from Christie MicroTiles on designing for high impact signage. The session, "Fun with Christie MicroTiles - The New Digital Canvas," will be presented by Christie's Bob Christopher, who will demonstrate how the product can be configured into any shape and size with no practical limit to the number of tiles in a display.
Other training sessions include:
â€¢ Keynote: How to Design and Sell Green A/V Systems, with Gary Kayye, chief visionary, Kayye Consulting;
â€¢ Power and Grounding Best Practices with Paul Streffon, staff instructor, InfoComm International;
â€¢ On-The-Job AV Apps with Paul Streffon;
â€¢ Basic Acoustics and Quantifying Background Noise with Paul Streffon;
â€¢ Content is King but Placement is Crucial: Mount Solutions for Digital Signage with products technical specialist Mike Moon and instructional designer for classrooms Douglas Bauernschmidt, both with Chief;
â€¢ CAT5 Connectivity for HDMI & HDMI Plug and Play with Mike Tsinberg, founder and president, Key Digital (Chicago session only);
â€¢ Videoconferencing: The Business Case Why Now is the Time with Alan Brawn, principal, Brawn Consulting; and
â€¢ The Art of "Techorating" with Displays for Commercial Applications with Alan Brawn.
The E4 AV program can be accessed
during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.
Almo professional A/V division serves professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants with a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S., and displays and peripherals for the pro A/V channel. The tour, launched in 2009, drew more than 3,000 partners last year. For more information, call (410) 560-2890 or visit