Christa Bender

Christa works for an inbound marketing firm that develops revenue-driving lead generation programs for hi-tech and professional audio visual companies. She is host of the Tech Chaos rAVe RADIO podcast and is a contributor to the rAVe BlogSquad. She loves music, literature and sports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @AVChrista.

Tech Chaos — Episode 26: The #AVTweeps Community Brought Them Together


Note: This show does not discuss the Legrand acquisition of Milestone AV Technologies. In this episode, Mark Coxon (@AVPhenom) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk about how he chose his Twitter handle. Christa and Mark talk about how the #AVTweeps community on Twitter made the dive into social media easier. Mark talks about how […]

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Regional Trade Shows Bring Value


Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Symco Philadelphia Technology Showcase. This isn’t my first time talking about how I find industry shows to be valuable, but as I walked around yesterday it really solidified the fact that regional shows are getting better and better. Let me explain. How Regional Shows Have Gotten Better […]

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Tech Chaos — Episode 25: Is Your Content Preserved?


In this episode, Sean Brown (@Sonic_Sean) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk about how Kansas State University is preserving up to four decades of content with Mediasite. They also talk about the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and how they are using Mediasite to record lectures, continuing legal education […]

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Tech Chaos — Episode 22: The AV Honey Pot Snares Another One


In this episode, Chris Turner (@AAVChris) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) and she proclaims him to be one of her favorite people (shocking, I know). Chris talks about his time in California before he joined the AV industry. Chris provides the perfect example of how being friendly and keeping in contact with people can lead […]

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Tech Chaos — Episode 21: Tech We Love & ISE


In this episode, Victoria Barela (@barelAVictoria_) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss what technology they are currently loving. They share their thoughts on wearables, microphones, and phone apps. Christa and Victoria also talk about Integrated Systems Europe and how they are excited to be attending the show in Amsterdam, NL. Christa provides Victoria with […]

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What 2016 Taught Me


Another year has been logged in the book of life. I miss the days of being a child when 20 minutes seemed like eternity. Now I blink and I lose 20 minutes. However, in those fleeting minutes I acquired knowledge and have three takeaways from the year. Work-Work-Life Balance Yeah, I just made that term […]

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Tech Chaos — Episode 20: What We Learned in 2016


In this episode, Alexis La Broi (@AlexisLaBroi) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss what they learned in 2016. Christa continues to mispronounce the company Alexis works for (she’ll get it right one day). Christa and Alexis talk about what trends they think will continue into 2017. They talk about their love of remote working […]

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Tech Chaos — Episode 18: Finally, Legal!


As always, Christa announces that the guest on this episode of Tech Chaos is her favorite! Johnny Mota (@JMOTA3) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) and they discus Johnny’s new beard and what a leaf peeper is. Johnny renames the show “Techpocalypse”. They also discuss music, movies, virtual reality, and augmented reality. If you want to […]

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Communication is Key


Communicating is a part of life. Whether you are at the grocery store, a sporting event, or work, at some point in the day you communicate your likes, dislikes, needs, and wants. Effective communication is important, especially in the workplace. So why is it that we are still trying to figure out how to communicate […]

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Still Pushing The Button


Can you believe that I am still pushing the record button seven months later? In January I wrote about my experience with starting my own rAVe Radio podcast, Tech Chaos. I was super excited to be the host, producer and editor of my own show. I still am. I am delighted to have the chance […]

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Tech Chaos Episode 10: Double Digits or Binary Episode 2


Hope Roth (@beerandpie), Crestron Certified Programmer with Riordan Brothers Integration, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss volunteering and the upcoming InfoComm show in Las Vegas, NV. Hope and Christa are joint recipients for the Harald Thiel Volunteers of the Year award. Both women understand the importance of volunteering and agree that you should not […]

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Am I Wearable Material?


I am fascinated by wearables. Unfortunately, I am a late adopter to integrating them into my life. The reason? I am hell on watches. You put a watch on my arm and suddenly my arm likes to bang into furniture, doors, walls, etc. I dipped my toe into the wearables pool about a year ago. […]

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Why Roku Is My Jam!


Like many people, I have many variations of television streaming at my fingertips in my house. I use Amazon Prime and Netflix for my content, but I need a delivery system to get that content onto my television. Hello, Roku! I previously used the Roku 3 to stream content to my projector in my living […]

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Change Is Good


As many of you may know by now, I have started a new chapter in my AV career. Last week I changed companies and now work for Pivot Communications. I am very excited for this opportunity and love that I get to continue to be a part of the AV industry and community. After thirteen […]

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QSC Makes Speakers?


A couple of weeks ago, I walked the floor of ISE in Amsterdam. I came across many interesting products and solutions that I am excited to integrate into my company’s offerings. One of the products that caught my eye was the AcousticDesign series of loudspeakers and ceiling speakers by QSC. I have used QSC products […]

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Preparing for ISE 2016


I am preparing to attend the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam on February 9th – 12th.  Now this is not my first time attending a tradeshow, but it is my first time attending an international tradeshow in another country. So there is slightly more research that is required for preparing for ISE than for a tradeshow […]

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When I Grow Up


This is a saying that we’ve all said and heard for most of our lives: When I grow up I want to be a scientist, cowboy, policeman, fireman, doctor, teacher, etc. The list of possibilities is endless to a young imagination. However, once you grow up, do you actually become what you wanted to be […]

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Why Tradeshows Matter


By Christa Bender and Rich Prevete As you may know by now, I attended InfoComm Connections in NYC last week.  Rich Prevete joined me on the trip to InfoComm Connections and you know what? It was a first for either of us to attend this show. Trade shows mean many things to many people. Some […]

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InfoComm Connections — Was It Worth It?


This was my first time attending an InfoComm Connections show and I was facinated that InfoComm partnered with NAB, CCW and SATCON to provide an all-encompassing show to the attendees. As I walked the aisles, I quickly realized that any kind of AV technology was at my fingertips… digital signage, displays, projectors, collaboration, UC, automation, […]

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