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6 Leading Integrators Merge to Form International Luxury Brand - Julie Jacobson, CE Pro

6 Leading Integrators Merge to Form International Luxury Brand - Julie Jacobson, CE Pro | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
With $73 million in combined revenues, six CE Pro 100-worthy dealers form VIA International, hoping to become the first international company for luxury home systems integration.
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Is consolidation like this the future of our industry? Not sure, but I'm excited to personally be a part of it.
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$20M Project: Why We Did It, Lessons Learned - CEPro

$20M Project: Why We Did It, Lessons Learned - CEPro | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
$20M Project: Why We Did It, Lessons Learned
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What a ride it has been for consultant Mark Sipe, Cinemagic (the project integrator), and CE Pro readers who got to witness second-hand the ups and downs of the job.
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Anyone in the high-end residential game probably wasn't all that surprised by the number of bumps and bruises incurred on this project.  Notwithstanding, it was an interesting blog series to follow.  Kudos to CEPro and Mard Sipe.

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rAVe Reviews! HDMWhy? - rAVe [Publications]

rAVe Reviews! HDMWhy? - rAVe [Publications] | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
One of my previous articles on my HDMI Extender Shootout at InfoComm13 yielded a few comments.  One of those came form Jason Griffing at DSI in Los Angeles, and asked if I had read “HDMI Uncensored” by Boccaccio and Flickinger.  I related that I...
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Great Review of HDMI Uncensored from rAVe Review's Mark Coxon.  

 

If you haven't read this book, and you work in the industry, you're doing yourself a great disservice.  

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AVShout.com Presents the REDBAND Bloggers

Here is the latest introduction video from AVShout.com and its REDBAND Blog group.
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Honored to be part of such a great crew! Redband is doing big things in the AV blogosphere! Stay tuned!
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This Is Why LinkedIn Doesn't Suck - rAVe [Publications]

This Is Why LinkedIn Doesn't Suck - rAVe [Publications] | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
So fellow blogger Lee Distad just released a blog on LinkedIn and why, as he says, “it sucks”.
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Mark Coxon and Lee Distad over at rAVePubs have been having a bit of debate about the value of LinkedIn.  I tend to side with Mark on this one.  LinkedIn has been good to me personally...

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REDBAND: Technology Leadership Series – Communication By Mike Brandes

REDBAND: Technology Leadership Series – Communication By Mike Brandes | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
I’m beginning a multiple part series on what makes a successful CIO. I’m hoping to explore, in dpeth, the individual personality factors and job responsibilities required to succeed in technology leadership.
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Another great write-up from MikeBrandesAV.com about why it takes more than tech know-how to be an effective tech professional

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REDBAND: 8 Tips For Google Hangouts On Air by Nate Schneider

REDBAND: 8 Tips For Google Hangouts On Air by Nate Schneider | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
It's one thing to use Google Hangouts the same way people use Skype for a private video chat with friends. It's another thing when you decide to experiment with the "On Air" feature to make your v...
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Thinking of starting a 'Hangout On Air' to boos your visibility? Save yourself some headaches with this How-To from BigNate84.
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REDBAND: The How, Why and What of REDBAND Radio's live podcast with Verrex Corp. by Christopher Neto

REDBAND: The How, Why and What of REDBAND Radio's live podcast with Verrex Corp. by Christopher Neto | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
The idea behind REDBAND is simple…Find unique individuals in the AV industry and give them a platform to air their views. George Tucker was the first to use the opportunity and write about the onli...
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Looking forward to episode 3!
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Separating Value Engineering from Cost Reduction - Commercial Integrator

Separating Value Engineering from Cost Reduction - Commercial Integrator | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
If approached properly and with the client's best interest in mind, value engineering can be a good thing.
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Right on the money. Too many clients and purchasers approach value engineering with a butcher's knife when what they need is a scalpel.
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REDBAND: Client Interactions Reinforce Management Best Practices by Todd Anthony Puma

REDBAND: Client Interactions Reinforce Management Best Practices by Todd Anthony Puma | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
Just four weeks ago, I wrote a blog titled “Knowing When to Cut Ties with an Unresponsive Custom Install Prospect." Back on July 1, I had yet to receive a payment for the several site visits...
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"Money attracts, it doesn't motivate or retain" - Love it. Great write up about the importance of a positive culture in the workplace.
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What is the Value of CTS Today? - rAVe [Publications]

What is the Value of CTS Today? - rAVe [Publications] | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
There is an interesting discussion taking place on LinkedIn in the AV Industry Professionals Group.  Sam Malik of Premier Mounts asked a great open ended question,  “What is the Value of CTS Today?
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Discussions about the value of certifications are always interesting....

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Technology Leadership Series: Emotional Intelligence

Technology Leadership Series: Emotional Intelligence | AV Thought Leaders | Scoop.it
Jason Thomas writes about the necessity for emotional intelligence to the success of any leader, especially one in technology.
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Nice to read a tech blog that covers more than gadget reviews and industry gossip.  MikeBrandesAV.com nailed this one.  The importance of Emotional Intelligence in Tech Leadership.

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