Joel Rollins

Joel Rollins

rAVe Rental [and Staging] contributor Joel R. Rollins is general manager of Everett Hall Associates, Inc. and is well known throughout the professional AV industry for his contributions to industry training and his extensive background in AV rental, staging and installation. Joel can be reached at  joelrollins@mac.com

Safety On Deck

Safety On Deck

Well, once again January has come around. Time to close out 2016, to send out all those final invoices that you forgot about and to make some dynamic …

A Season of Understanding

A Season of Understanding

I love the holidays. Even though they often come as a mixed blessing, combining some welcome time away from the office with seeing the relatives that I …

Surviving the 4K Temple of Doom

Surviving the 4K Temple of Doom

In a cold, punishing rain, only the brilliant flashes of lightning illuminate our hero, who stands at the entrance to the mysterious, forbidden jungle temple. …

The Future is Here, Part II

The Future is Here, Part II

Last month, my column spoke about the changing role of the AV rental and staging company in the client’s technical universe. As I stated in the article, one …

The Future Is Here

The Future Is Here

Over the last couple of months, a lot of the articles here on rAVePubs have had to do with new technology adoption, and the costs involved with being either …

Shooting the Messenger

Shooting the Messenger

Last night, I was watching the Republican convention from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. I will admit up front that I tend to watch political …

All Ticked Off

All Ticked Off

Just a couple of days ago, I was working with a colleague in the UK to troubleshoot a conferencing system with a client in a third location. We got together on …

Political Rentals

Political Rentals

Well, things are heating up in the quadrennial political circus: Our presidential election in the United States has begun. We are approaching the time when the …

Selective Memory

Selective Memory

As some of you will know, a few years ago I moved home to Connecticut, the state that I was born in. However, I moved to the southern part of the state, about …

How We Roll(odex)

How We Roll(odex)

Recently, a rep from a firm that we work with fairly frequently asked me to name the most important tool in my toolkit. I believe he was expecting me to name …

The Small World of AV

The Small World of AV

Well, February has come around again and I am in the process of preparing for rAVe’s annual odyssey to the ISE show in sunny Amsterdam. As with any trip of …

Remote Cubed, Part 3: Phoning It In

Remote Cubed, Part 3: Phoning It In

Last month, we looked at the ways that a rental and staging company can use videoconferencing and collaboration technology to maintain better contact with …

DocuDrama

DocuDrama

Well, fall is upon us, and along with it comes the fall meeting season. For those of you in the rental and staging portion of the industry, this is a time of …

The Backstage Cloud?

The Backstage Cloud?

This weekend, I was involved in a long conversation with a couple of colleagues from the industry. At one point during the discussion, I was asked what my …

Brave New Tradeshow World

Brave New Tradeshow World

Last month, we talked about the changes in trade shows that have come in the digital age, most notably the way we register people for shows now, and the way we …

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