Almo Pro A/V Focuses on West Coast with E4 AV Tour and Opening of Reno Distribution Center

Almo Pro A/V is taking care of its expanding West Coast partnerships by bringing the E4 AV Tour, its traveling education/training, networking and tradeshow event, to San Jose on April 19 and Irvine on Oct. 3. At the same time, Almo has opened a new, state-of-the-art distribution center in Reno, Nev.

According to Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V, “Our West Coast dealer base has grown substantially so we look forward to bringing the E4 AV Tour to California twice this year to give our local area resellers and integrators multiple opportunities to earn InfoComm CTS Renewal Units, participate in hands-on workshops and spend time with 35 of the industry’s top manufacturers.”

Craigmyle added, “Our new 300,000 square foot distribution facility in Reno enables West Coast partners to place and receive even the largest product orders in an extremely proficient manner.” She explained that the new facility features high-efficiency, environmentally-friendly heating and lighting as well as a state-of-the-art conveyer system for quick and effective processing and shipping.

The spring E4 AV Tour kicked off last month in Chicago to a record attendance of more than 500 local area resellers, integrators and consultants. To listen to a podcast about the E4 AV Tour, click here.

Thanks to a partnership with InfoComm, one of the highlights of the tour is the InfoComm IoT Insights Conference at E4. Based on the IoT Insights events InfoComm held in 2016, the conference focuses on raising awareness of the role of secure, connected, Internet-enabled devices in AV solutions and strategies. Worth a total of three CTS RUs, the conference includes two sessions, a panel discussion and an exhibit hall tour.

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Courses and workshops include:

  • Keynote by Gary Kayye: 4K: No Myths, No Exaggerations – Just the Facts (1.5 RUs)
  • OLED The Curve of the Future (1 RU)
  • Encouraging Interaction in the World of “Me”: Using Interactive LCDs for Productivity (1 RU)
  • Content Creation for Digital Signage (1 RU)
  • Designing Commercial Audio Systems for Maximum Performance & Profit (1 RU)
  • HDBaseT Installer Expert Program with ATEN (1.5 RU)
  • Creative Video Wall Designs (1 RU)
  • Introduction to Interactive Digital Signage: Learn how to easily create interactive content for digital signs using BrightSign’s BrightAuthor software. (1 CTS RU)
  • The Business Case and Technical Advantage for Collaboration: Learn to use and sell all the technical capabilities of the Barco ClickShare products. (1 CTS RU)

E4 San Jose is on April 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton. It is an entirely free event for Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, click here.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at