Amherst, N.Y. - Stampede, the distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat-panel displays, kicks off its
Thursday with an event-packed program at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.
The inaugural 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.
According to 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