Joel Rollins

Joel Rollins

rAVe Rental [and Staging] contributor Joel R. Rollins is the founder of Steamroller Digital 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.

Infocomm Live 2014 – 3pm

Well, the first speaker session has finished, and we are taking a half hour coffeebreak! Really, I have to compliment Infocomm on understanding this group. Long breaks allow for all of us to return calls and email, something it is hard to get this group away from. It also allows us to talk to each […]

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Infocomm Live 2014 2pm

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Infocomm Live 2014 – post 2 Our opening presenter is really quite interesting… Talking about the “Top Gun” experience. Well, looking around this room, I am struck by the real reason I love this event so much. There are few people in the room I don’t know, and none that I can’t learn from(or, in […]

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Home Again After ISE 2014

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I arrived home last night after a whirlwind day of post-show meetings and goodbyes in Amsterdam. Now, with a profound case of jet-lag, I am sitting down with all my notes and recordings to put this year’s show into some perspective. First, however, let me say something about the effort in which I was fortunate […]

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The Skill Set

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Happy New Year, readers! Last month’s column left our hero (yours truly, since I’m writing this) promising to explore the skill set required for the successful rental and staging technician. It’s quite a list, starting with a firm understanding of how things work in the physical world, and this month moving on to include interpersonal […]

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A Guide to Standard Resolutions

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In my last newsletter article, I took on the art of end-of-year predictions.  Predictably, I copped out by predicting that we wouldn’t get any smarter about a lot of things. Today, let me continue my proud tradition of journalistic excellence with another major exposé of a bogus holiday tradition that many of us indulge in […]

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2 B or not 2 B (What Makes the Next Gen Client Different)

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Last month, we talked about the idea that the next generation of client will have changing standards in quality, production values and even the very nature of work and communication. I proposed that these changes would create fundamental differences in the way they made purchase decisions, especially those involving the public communications aspect of what […]

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Damning With Faint Praise

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From my first days in the industry, I was cautioned against knocking the competition. And, truth to tell, it’s a really bad idea. The CIA would call it blowback, my wife would call it uncouth, and my old-time hippie neighbor Dave would call it bad karma. Whatever, saying nasty things about the competition always, always, […]

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Infocomm Day 2

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Big day today – trying to see the show while hosting half a dozen podcasts. Great guests today, Gary, Jennifer Willard from WAVE, Jim Smith from Polycom, and this afternoon a group of attendees from “Down Under” at 2:30. In terms of the show floor, it is packed, much busier than yesterday. Lots of new […]

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Is Your 401k HDCP Compliant?

I have discovered a new way to keep my employees from talking to clients in intimidating AV jargon. It’s easy – just send them to open a retirement account. I did this yesterday, and realized that they talk just like we do – and it is an eye-opener. “Good afternoon, Mr. Rollins. I understand you […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 30: InfoComm Spotlight – PLANAR’s Steve Seminario Talks with rAVe RADIO’s Joel Rollins About Where They Are and Where They’re Going

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In today’s THE WEEK, rAVe RADIO’s Joel Rollins talks to PLANAR’s Senior Director of Global Product Marketing Steve Seminario about the future of Planar and what the company is going to have at InfoComm. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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InfoComm: 10 Trends in Live Events 2013

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The live events industry has grown massive, driven by a confluence of factors. The music industry continues to rely heavily on concert touring to replace revenues lost to digital distribution and piracy; sporting events are getting bigger and more global, with branded spectaculars from ESPN’s X Games to a year’s worth of run-up games to […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 29: Upcoming for InfoComm

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This week, following the news Joel speaks with Matt Ivey of Atomos about the new products they’ll be bringing to the show. With this episode, The Week begins a series of interviews with manufacturers and participants about the upcoming Infocomm Exhibition. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes.   Podcast: Play in new […]

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Open Up!

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The world of commercial audio visual, the world of shows and installations, is a world that is increasingly multilingual. But it’s not just the languages that we people speak — it’s happening in our inventory as well. Think about this: Only twenty years ago, virtually all AV equipment was controlled through switches or relay closures, […]

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TerrorBytes

Like most of you, I have been watching the evolving story in Boston over the last couple of days. Like most of you, I am aghast at the depths of human cruelty – and yet uplifted by the fact that, while causing bloodshed, mayhem and death, the terrorists (and that’s what they are, no matter […]

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Deadly AV

Well, it has been an interesting, and not necessarily good, week. First, the story about the digital signage system collapsing and killing a child in an airport, and this morning, the news that a crew member was killed in a horrific fall from the rigging in San Antonio. Around my office, we often use the […]

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