Rants & rAVes — Episode 1191: The First Video Interview With Outgoing and Incoming Exertis Almo EVPs Sam Taylor and Dan Smith

Sam Taylor is a legend — even his competitors would admit that. And now, he’s retiring. So what’s he going to do now? And what can we expect with new incoming EVP, Dan Smith (who’s leaving his VP role at LG Electronics USA to lead the new ProAV team at Exertis Almo)? Well, fortunately, they […]

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Sam Taylor of Exertis Almo Is Set to Retire This Year, Dan Smith to Replace Him

Exertis Almo announced Tuesday that its executive vice president and COO Sam Taylor is set to retire later this year. As part of this transition, Dan Smith, most recently US vice president of sales, IT and commercial large format displays at LG, has been named his successor. Smith is assuming the position of Exertis Almo […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1189: Here’s How (and What) ProAV Integrators Can Sell to Hotels

Today’s Rants & rAVes is all about how ProAV integrators can sell into the hospitality market. It’s not just about TVs in the rooms anymore. Now, hotel AV includes digital signage, impressive lobby structures, huddle spaces outfitted as UCC rooms, coworking spaces and, of course, event spaces — all packed with AV tech. Exertis Almo’s […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1188: How Should AV Integrators Sell Services?

If you’re an AV Integrator and at least 20% of your total annual sales aren’t coming from services, you’re in trouble. Seriously. If you rely totally on hardware sales, you’re unlikely to survive the next ProAV price squeeze that will occur by the end of 2023. What services should you be selling — besides system […]

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Webinar: UCC Gets Personal

By Sophie Gustafson Exertis Almo In a recent webinar, “UCC Gets Personal,” rAVe’s Gary Kayye and special guest, Dana Corey, discuss the ever-changing trends and future of unified communication and collaboration. With the effects of the pandemic producing permanent change for corporate and educational spaces, Kayye and Corey take a close look at the technological […]

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Exertis Almo Acquires Caddrillion to Provide Dedicated CAD/Engineering Expertise

Nearly one year after being acquired by Exertis, Exertis Almo announced it has reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of Caddrillion Engineering & Drafting, LLC, a provider of engineering, drafting and programming resources for technology integrators and consultants. The acquisition, officially effective Jan. 1, 2023, gives Exertis Almo partners greater access to CAD/Engineering services […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1186: Why Exertis Almo Acquired Caddrillion, an AV Systems Design Firm

Exertis Almo Executive VP Sam Taylor joined me on my latest videocast to talk about the company’s acquisition announcement — it has acquired Caddrillion. Caddrillion is an AV systems design firm that was started by Justin Gregory, and it’s clear that Exertis Almo sees its future in offering more and more services. Watch Sam give […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1185: What’s Up With Sharp NEC Display Systems and MS Teams Rooms?

Although you can use LED walls and projection to build Microsoft Teams Rooms — and the new Front Row feature that leverages 21:9 and 32:9 aspect ratios — Sharp NEC hasn’t introduced a dedicated solution for it … yet. However, Sharp NEC solution architect, George Borden, hints at what is coming and when we might […]

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Dealerscope Magazine Selects Melody Craigmyle for ‘2022 Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology’ Award

Almo Corporation announced Monday that Vice President of Marketing and Communications Melody Craigmyle has been selected as one of Dealerscope Magazine’s 2022 Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology. Dealerscope’s Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology is an annual program that acknowledges the “contributions of women to the betterment of the consumer technology business.” Despite challenging […]

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Exertis Almo’s E4 Experience Boston Features First Double Showroom

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST This week, Exertis Almo, the largest and most specialized value-added North American AV distributor, will deliver the fourth and final installment of its 2022 E4 Experience program. On October 20, the one-day education and business event for resellers, integrators and their end users is featuring the first double showroom, which will be packed […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1175: Lumens Could be the Secret PTZ Powerhouse; Here’s Why

Auto-tracking, voice-tracking, NDI, frame-tracking and TAA compliance are just a few of the reasons Lumens Integration Inc. wants you to consider it as a PTZ supplier. Oh, did we mention the company is one of the largest PTZ camera manufacturers in the world? I spoke with Lumens’ zone manager, Eddy Boyette, on my latest Rants […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1174: The ScreenBeam Update: The Switch and 1100+ Are the BYOM Solution

I was joined by ScreenBeam’s sr. director – technical marketing, Jay Taylor, to talk about how its unique approach to BYOM includes the ability to build a Zoom Room or MS Teams room but still allow users to simply, with one connection point, still use their laptops as UCC devices and run a meeting using […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1173: The LG Update: What’s the Latest with OLED, LED and dvLED

In the latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Exertis Almo business development manager, Jennifer Fisher, joins me to talk everything LG. The company has a plethora of OLED and LCD options, but keep an eye out for the big growth area for LG — LED and dvLED. Watch to learn more!  Podcast: Play in […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1172: Sharp NEC Display Leverages the Legacy of the AQUOS Line for Its Future in Collaboration

One could argue that Sharp Corporation invented the interactive display with its first AQUOS commercial display some 21 years ago. Now, Sharp NEC Display has an entire line of AQUOS displays aimed at collaboration, with a plethora of options thanks to either an OPS or an SDM slot. Gary was joined by Sharp NEC’s George […]

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Epson America to Exhibit at Exertis Almo’s Boston E4 Experience

Epson America will be exhibiting at next week’s Exertis Almo E4 Experience AV event in Boston on Thursday, Oct. 20 and here’s what it will demo: Epson Pro EB-PU2220B with the X02 Ultra Short-Throw Lens – This live demo will showcase the world’s smallest and lightest 20,000-lumen projector1 with the ELPLX02 ultra short-throw lens. The projector is optimized for live […]

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Here Is a List of Some Products You’ll See at Exertis Almo’s Fall 2022 E4 Shows

Exertis Almo says it is expecting the showroom floor of this week’s Washington, D.C. E4 Experience to be buzzing with local-area resellers, integrators and their end users looking to see the newest in AV. The E4 Experience is heading to Washington, D.C. Sept. 23 and Boston Oct. 20. Both will feature dramatic showrooms packed with […]

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Exertis Almo Announces Full Plans for Fall E4 Shows

For the first time as a unified division, Exertis Almo is bringing the award-winning E4 Experience to the east coast this fall. As the largest single-day event in the audiovisual industry, E4 works to connect resellers, integrators, and end users with unparalleled educational opportunities from AV experts. By attending E4, guests receive the opportunity to […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1161: Avocor Conquers Teams, Zoom and Even Google Meet

Avocor’s senior VP and general manager, Dana Corey, joined me on my latest videocast to talk all about the company. Avocor recently signed an exclusive deal with Google that will allow the AV integrator community to service the Meet video platform as well as MS Teams and Zoom. In fact, Avocor is doing it creatively […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1160: How Sony Is Approaching Digital Signage

Gary invited Sony’s VP of B2B, Rich Ventura, on his latest Rants & rAVes videocast to talk all about digital signage. Sony’s approach is unique as the company simultaneously supports both SoC (system on a chip) and external media players. Thus, its solutions, highlighting the BRAVIA displays, include everything from retail to transportation and corporate […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1159: Digital Signage Trends for 2023 Include the Metaverse, NFC and AI; Are You Ready?

Michelle Montazeri, Legrand AV’s manager of digital signage, joins me on my latest Rants and rAVes videocast today. This is an interesting one, #AVtweeps — Legrand sits in an interesting place in the world of digital signage. (The company works with everyone: Media player companies, signage companies, display companies, content producers, etc.) With 2023 just […]

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Exertis Almo Enters Partnership With Project Crew Multiplier LLC

Exertis Almo has announced an addition to its service offering through a partnership with Project Crew Multiplier LLC (PCM). The new partnership with PCM gives Exertis Almo resellers and integrators the ability to outsource qualified services to expand current projects, grow their businesses and achieve higher short- and long-term profits. Co-founded by Chris Whitley (founder of USAV Group) […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1157: The E4 Experience is Headed to Washington, DC and Boston This Fall!

Exertis Almo’s VP of marketing, Melody Craigmyle, joined Gary Kayye on his latest videocast to talk about what you can expect from the company’s E4 Experience this fall — and what you should bring your customers! Gary will attend both cities as the keynote speaker again, and he’ll also do a live group tour of […]

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Exertis Almo Plans Two Single-Day E4 Experience Events for Fall 2022

For the first time in three years and as a fully unified division, Exertis Almo is returning to the Eastern region to deliver two single-day E4 Experience events that cater specifically to local area resellers, integrators and their end users. Billed as the most recognized and valuable one-day education/training and product showcase, the E4 Experience is heading to Washington, D.C. […]

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Exertis Almo Unveils ‘Ireland Bucket List’ Ultimate Trip

Exertis Almo is encouraging reseller partners to make their “bucket list” a reality by registering to participate in its newest “Ireland Bucket List” ultimate trip promotion. Six partners will earn an all-expense paid adventure trip to Dublin, Ireland, home to Exertis Almo’s parent company, Exertis/DCC Technology. The contest period, which runs between now and March […]

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The E4 Experience Will Be Back in Washington DC Next Month!

For the first time in over 4-years, Almo Pro A/V — now Exertis Almo — will bring the E4 Experience to DC — this time in Reston, Virginia, too. The E4 Experience is not like any other regional trade show. It’s a 10-time award-winning regional event that includes 10+ AVIXA-approved classes — including a keynote […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1155: Did You Know the Samsung THE WALL LED Now Comes as a 2K or 4K All-In-One Display?

Gary was joined on his podcast today with Samsung Senior Manager, Shari Sentlowitz, to explain Samsung’s new All-In-One THE WALL MicroLED solution. It’s not only an all-in-one LED but it’s actually packaged together in ONE box – including a 110” HD version or a 146” HD or 4K resolution version that is packaged with the […]

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Exertis Almo Announces Winners of 2022 Manufacturer Excellence Awards

Exertis Almo has officially revealed the winners of its 2022 Manufacturer Excellence Awards. The awards were presented during the company’s first National Sales Meeting as a fully integrated marketing, sales and service entity since rebranding earlier this year. The awards were presented on July 28, 2022, at a Gala with a “Roaring ‘20s” theme at The Belvedere Baltimore in historic Mt. Vernon […]

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Nureva Receives Exertis Almo Vendor of the Year Award

Nureva announced that it has received the Exertis Almo Vendor of the Year – Essentials award for achieving the highest year-over-year sales growth. Part of the Vendor Awards of Excellence, the Essentials award recognizes Nureva’s “consistent outstanding achievements in growing the business for its revolutionary audio conferencing product line.” Some of the company’s customers include […]

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Exertis Almo Enters Distribution Partnership With Spectrio

Following its debut on the global stage at AVIXA’s InfoComm 2022, newly rebranded Exertis Almo has a new distribution partnership with Spectrio. A customer engagement and content creation industry company, Spectrio offers a digital signage content creation product suite that is “easy-to-use, scalable and reliable.” As a result of the partnership, Exertis Almo says it […]

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Exertis Almo Makes Its Debut at InfoComm 2022

Newly rebranded Exertis Almo (Booth #N2531) is making its debut on the global stage this week at AVIXA’s InfoComm 2022, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 8-10. With the Exertis Almo booth theme, “Combined for You,” InfoComm marks the first major trade show to feature the distributor’s fully integrated marketing, sales and […]

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A 4-Step Signage Strategy

By Todd Heberlein Exertis Almo The global digital signage market size was estimated at around $23 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% from 2022 to 2030,* with the largest market being North America. We’ve all seen digital signage in our daily lives, and have come […]

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Old Dog, New Tricks: What I’ve Learned About dvLED

By Brian Rhatigan Exertis Almo One thing that keeps me interested in my career is that our industry is ever-evolving as technologies are introduced and evolve over time. After 17 years of working in the world of ProAV distribution, I never stop learning new things. Most recently, I was tasked with learning about dvLED to […]

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