Amherst, N.Y. – Stampede, the
value-added distributor of professional audio/video solutions, has increased
its Big Book of AV Tour this year to 14 locations.
With an increase of stops
from five to 14 and an expected attendance of more than 8,500 dealers, this
year’s tour has earned the nickname of the “Even Bigger” Big Book of AV Tour,
The 2011 tour will kick off
March 16 with a stop in New Orleans. Other spring shows will include
Miami, Cleveland, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and
Vancouver. The fall tour will hit Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago,
Houston, Phoenix, Montreal and Toronto.
“Our dealers across North
America couldn’t get enough of the Big Book of AV Tour in 2010,” said Kevin
Kelly, president/COO of Stampede. “So for 2011 the tour is â€˜even bigger’
than last year, up from five cities to 14. We will still hold the shows
in live-music venues, and we will still have tons of valuable information for
our dealers. Our goal is to keep the atmosphere fun and energetic to
remind everyone how much fun our products deliver to the end users.”
Each show will enable dealers
to meet with their local Stampede representative, as well as representatives of
InfoComm, and more than 40 of Stampede’s partners, including NEC, Hitachi,
Amplivox, Atlona, Canon, Sharp, Casio, Chief, Luidia, Epson, Infocus, Lumens,
LG, Mitsubishi, Mustang, Optoma, Peerless, Denon, Pinnacle, Samsung, Xpand,
Bretford, Kramer and more, the company said.
At each show, dealers will
have a chance to see live projector and display shootouts. To expand
their knowledge, dealers can take part in Stampede University live training
events on such topics as touch technology, digital signage and 3D
technology. In addition, dealers in attendance will have the opportunity
to become CTS and DSCE certified, the distributor said.
“Strong product knowledge is
a core value at Stampede,” explained Kelly. “The Big Book of AV Tour
enables us to bring valuable Stampede University training directly to thousands
of dealers. This training helps our dealers to better serve their
customers and grow their business. It’s a win for everyone.”
In 2010, Stampede University
trained more than 1,000 dealers through training events, webinars, Stampede
dealer shows and more. Training consisted of both product and technology
topics, including 3D training provided by Insight Media and xPand Cinema.
In addition, Stampede’s own sales force invests 20 percent of their time in
training through Stampede University, improving their product knowledge so they
can spec the right products for the right jobs. In fact, the entire
Stampede sales team is DSCE certified, and many are CTS certified.
Early bird registration for
the Big Book of AV Tour 2011 is open now at