Technology & Business Summit Celebrates Its 10th Year with More Events and New CASTLE Summit to Address Converging Technology 

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Technology & Business Summit Celebrates Its 10th Year with More Events and New CASTLE Summit to Address Converging Technology 

Technology and Business Summit expands its focus with CASTLE Summit and announces event dates now to help dealers plan their 2018 schedules

December 12, 2017 – Orange County, CA – The Technology & Business Summit, a business development event supported by multiple independent manufacturer rep firms in their respective regions, celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2018 with an expanded schedule that spans from California to New York. Residential integrators and home technology professionals can connect, learn, and network in intimate settings at Tech & Business Summits to be held in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, the New York Tri-State area, the Southeast U.S., Southern California, and Texas.

As part of its dedication to differentiate program offerings and add value for attendees, the Integrator Network, organizer of the Technology & Business Summits, has also introduced a new event, the Converging Audio/Video Security Technology Lighting & Entertainment (CASTLE) Summit.

CASTLE Summit Addresses Converging Trades
The CASTLE Summit is a two-day event that will debut in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in May 2018. A full day of education will be offered on May 1 (a day before exhibits open) and keynotes, morning training sessions, and exhibits will be available on May 2 and 3 (same location both days). The CASTLE Summit presents both residential and commercial integrators the opportunity to network and connect with manufacturers, rep firms, and dealers in the fields of not just residential A/V, but security, lighting, and commercial A/V channels.

As home automation, smart security, integrated A/V systems and do-it-yourself (DIY) products grow in popularity, professional integrators need to evolve to remain competitive. By addressing the crossover and convergence amongst these traditionally separate industries, and arming integrators with the skills and tactics they need to keep pace, the CASTLE Summit fills a significant and necessary role in a changing industry.

As with other Tech & Business Summit events, the CASTLE Summit will feature approachable, hands-on displays, an education-focused format, and keynotes by industry heavyweights.

“The Integrator Network, organizer of the Tech Summits, is investing in significant outreach to bring these industries together,” says event founder Mark Cichowski. “While keeping fundamentals of the Tech Summit and its well-received rep focus, the first-ever CASTLE Summit will help integrators build their business by developing new skills and new revenue streams while demonstrating how these technology industries complement each other.”

Dates Announced For Tech Summit 2018 Tour
As part of the Integrator Network’s commitment to continued growth, the organization has announced the dates and locations for upcoming 2018 events, enabling attendees to better plan their travel schedules and budgets for the new year:

  • April 3              Houston, TX                Texas Tech Summit
  • April 5              Dallas, TX                    Texas Tech Summit
  • May 2 & 3        Fort Lauderdale, FL     Florida CASTLE Summit
  • May 22            Los Angeles, CA         So Cal Tech Summit
  • May 24            Irvine, CA                    So Cal Tech Summit
  • June 14           Lansing, MI                  Great Lakes Tech Summit
  • October 2        Long Island                  NY/NJ Tech Summit
  • October 4        NJ                                NY/NJ Tech Summit
  • October 25      Atlanta, GA                 Southeast Tech Summit
  • November 15   Phoenix, AZ                Arizona Tech Summit

Independent Manufacturers’ Reps Collaborate to Support Their Dealers
The Tech Summit is largely driven by the collaborative efforts of multiple Independent Manufacturer Rep Firms in each territory. Hosting rep firms for 2018 events are anticipated to be:

  • Arizona: AV Partners, ByDesign Vision & Sound, Calwest Marketing, Current Marketing, Morris Tait Associates, Oliver Marketing, Paul Collins Group, Scowcroft & Associates, Soundtech Marketing
  • Florida: AMI Sales, C&E Marketing, Higher Fidelity, High Note Sales, LK & Associates, LP Hench Company, Maverick Marketing, Orion Integrated Systems
  • Great Lakes: Boyle Davis, EMI Integrated, Mike Pecar Sales, Progressive Sales & Marketing, Sales & Marketing, Inc., Tandem Marketing
  • NY/NJ: Bach Sales, Big Apple Technology, DMC Enterprises, DSG Metro, J&G Audio Sales, New York Marketing Team, Opus Marketing Group, Sapphire Marketing, Specialty Sound & Vision, Thea AV
  • Southern California: AV Partners, ByDesign Vision & Sound, Calwest Marketing, Chris Dixon Company, Envisage Sales, I Rep Green, Morris Tait Associates, Oliver Marketing, Paul Collins Group, ProWest Sales, Studio Décor, Sutherland AV Marketing
  • Southeast: AVR Inc., Brand Rep USA, Carolina Controls Group, C&E Marketing, Market Makers, PSG Reps
  • Texas: Bell & McCoy, Dobbs Stanford, Elite 3 Pro, Integral Marketing Associates, Lucas Sales, Marketing Concepts, Momentum Sales, Sage Solutions, Summit Sales

Tech Summit Events: Building Relationships and Business
Every Tech & Business Summit event, including the new CASTLE Summit, features an exhibitor showcase with many different brands on tabletop displays, and skilled factory staff who are present to answer questions and demonstrate products. The intimate venue and focused displays encourage an interactive environment.

Dealers have the chance talk at length with exhibitors, getting the deeper-dive detail that helps them succeed in the marketplace while establishing stronger ties to the brands they work with, as well as discover new ones.

Attendees and exhibitors enjoy a networking lunch within the venue, giving them even more face-to-face time with representatives, and the opportunity to spend the entire day at the event.

“The people and collaborative atmosphere combine to set our events apart, providing greater value to attendees,” says Cichowski.

“Our continued direction is to provide integrators with cutting-edge education to help their businesses NOW, as well as down the road,” adds Frank White of Integrator Network. “We create an atmosphere that builds business and puts purchase orders in the hands of the manufacturers and reps with focused exhibits.”

For interviews please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc. by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

About the Technology & Business Summit
The Technology & Business Summit is a cooperative effort between multiple Independent Manufacturer Rep Firms based in various territories. It is a business development event to benefit integrators and exhibitors of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.techsummitevents.com.

All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Event Contact:
Mark Cichowski, Integrator Network
(949) 472-4141
info@techsummitevents.com

Stewart Filmscreen’s New Gemini Dual Projection Screen System Chosen For Acoustic Evolution Showroom

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Stewart Filmscreen’s New Gemini Dual Projection Screen System Chosen For Acoustic Evolution Showroom

The difference is night and day when two projection screens are combined in one system

TORRANCE, CA (December 7, 2017) Stewart Filmscreen®— the only two-time Academy Award®-winning manufacturer of professional projection screens and reference standard, projection screen materials for the audiovisual industry, not only debuted an impressive new dual-roller projection screen system called Gemini™ during CEDIA 2017, but also celebrated the first installation of its award-winning product at the Acoustic Evolution showroom in San Diego. Featuring Stewart’s reference standard StudioTek or SnoMatte screen materials and Phantom HALR™ high ambient light rejection screen material on two separate rollers, the Gemini screen system features a contemporary new case designed to accommodate dual aspect ratios for both HDTV (16:9) and CinemaScope (2:35:1) viewing experiences. Delivering a true big screen experience, Gemini can accommodate Phantom HALR screens up to 156-inches diagonal and StudioTek or SnoMatte screens up to 196-inches diagonal.

Gemini Plays a Starring Role in Dealer Showroom
Home technology professionals recognize the opportunity Gemini represents and say it’s the solution they’ve been looking for because it provides a simplified and superior approach to delivering a best-in-class entertainment experience, day or night. As such, Gemini was specified and installed in the San Diego showroom of Stewart Filmscreen dealer Acoustic Evolution, where it is the showroom centerpiece. Paired with a Barco Balder Cinemascope projector, the Gemini system uses a 16:9 aspect ratio Phantom HALR screen for daytime viewing, and StudioTek 100 screen in 2.35 widescreen format for nighttime movie watching.

Gemini at Acoustic Evolution Showroom - shades open

“Media rooms and open space plans are all the rage today, and Gemini gives me the capability to show large-format video, along with the ability to watch movies in these areas,” says Allen Tremble of Acoustic Evolution. “Being motorized makes the system especially appealing. It’s there when you need it and rolls up, out of the way, when not in use. Now you see it, now you don’t,” Tremble adds. “It’s also an easy install, thanks to Gemini’s well-designed enclosure that simply drops into a framed hole.”

Recognizing it as a unique, problem-solving solution, AVS Forums awarded Gemini a Best of CEDIA Award.

Gemini at Acoustic Evolution Showroom - shades open

Best of Both Worlds Viewing Capabilities Simplify Sales
For integrators, the introduction of Gemini presents a new opportunity to easily and effectively sell two-piece projection systems. The necessity to explain aspect ratios, content formats, and the effects of ambient light on the overall viewing experience, coupled with the necessary question “which screen material should we use?” often presents recurring challenges that complicate the sales process. Gemini solves this problem.

Because Gemini offers a screen system that provides “best of both worlds” viewing, it doesn’t matter if the customer wants to watch news or sports during the day, and movies at night. With dual screen materials and aspect ratios, Gemini means consumers no longer have to choose a single screen type to fit their viewing preference. Now, they can have it all in one projection screen system.

Stewart Filmscreen Balόn™ Borderless Also Earned Accolades at CEDIA 2017
The Gemini system shared the CEDIA spotlight with another Stewart Filmscreen innovation making its residential debut. Balόn™ Borderless, a new fixed frame projection screen, provides a contemporary, “floating image” appearance throughout the home or in dedicated theaters took home a 2017 CE Pro BEST Award in the Projection Screen category. Judges selected products based on various criteria including innovation, functionality, competitive advantages, as well as benefits to the end user and the integrator. Balόn™ Borderless also earned a Residential Systems Best of Show award, which honors outstanding products and solutions exhibited at CEDIA 2017.

Multiple award wins and enthusiastic dealer response for Stewart Filmscreen’s latest solutions stand as a testament to the company’s incredible innovation and engineering expertise. As Stewart celebrates its 70th year and the Next Generation of people, products, and technological advancements in screen design, the company encourages integrators and consumers to consider what’s possible with two-piece projection and Stewart’s timeless offerings.

About Stewart Filmscreen®
Stewart Filmscreen Corporation is the premier manufacturer of professional projection screens since 1947. Headquartered in Torrance, California, with additional manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Singapore, Stewart Filmscreen is the preferred choice for major movie studios, discerning integrators and consultants, architects, and audio-video enthusiasts alike. With unparalleled ISO 9001:2015 manufacturing capabilities, and unrivaled image fidelity, two-time Academy Award-winning Stewart Filmscreen produces the most optically immaculate projection screens for the most demanding customers in the world. Utilizing proprietary material science, innovative manufacturing methods, along with a solutions-driven design team, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need.

Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it.

All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Media Contact
For interviews or media tours, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc. by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

D-Tools’ December Online Training Sessions Bring Expert Course Instruction to SI Users Wherever They Are

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Live, instructor-led online courses help SI users better understand and maximize their use of the platform 

CONCORD, CA (December 2017) D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, announces the addition of December Online Training sessions for D-Tools users, giving residential and commercial AV systems integrators the knowledge to use even more tools to help them maximize their investment in the System Integrator (SI) platform. Being held December 12 – 14, 2017, this live, instructor-led series of courses brings comprehensive D-Tools training via the web using GotoMeeting, enabling clients to take advantage of in-depth training from anywhere, through any internet-enabled device.

Based on D-Tools’ Regional Training Curriculum developed by the award-winning D-Tools Professional Services Group (PSG), D-Tools online training sessions are available as single-day or individual half-day online courses. These powerful training courses are designed to facilitate a broader use and deeper understanding of the full feature set of D-Tools platform and enable those using the software to become proficient, efficient, and effective.

Upcoming Online Training sessions cover processes and best practices within D-Tools for Sales, Design, and Operations and include:

  • Getting Started with D-Tools | December 12, 2017 – 8:00 am – 11:30 am PDT
  • Selling with D-Tools | December 12, 2017 – 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm PDT
  • Setup and Sales Training Full Day | December 12, 2017 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT
  • Design and Documentation Training | December 13, 2017 – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT
  • Purchasing and Item Tracking with D-Tools | December 14, 2017 – 8:00 am – 11:30 am PDT
  • Project and Field Management with D-Tools | December 14, 2017 – 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm PDT
  • Setup and Sales Training Full Day | December 14, 2017 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT

Delivering D-Tools PSG expert instruction straight to users’ desks or smartphones, without the added expense of travel or the hassle of spending time out of the office for training, the live, interactive format facilitates greater understanding of and ability to use D-Tools, while the GoToMeeting interface makes it easy for attendees to join in from any internet-enabled device.

Classes will take place December 12 – 14, 2017 and require pre-registration and payment, which can be managed online by visiting http://d-tools.com/online-training-december-2017.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

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D-Tools Introduces Mobile Quote 2.0 iPad® App

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D-Tools System Integrator (SI) users can now generate project scope and budget in real-time and gain customer approval right in the initial client meeting

CONCORD, CA — December 05, 2017 — D-Tools, Inc. the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the release of Mobile Quote 2.0, a native iPad® companion app for the D-Tools System Integrator (SI) platform. Redesigned for a more intuitive, expedient, and visually impactful experience, Mobile Quote 2.0 makes it easy for industry salespeople to seamlessly generate a project scope and pricing estimate for client review and approval during the initial client meeting. The data collected is then instantaneously transferred into D-Tools SI for further design development and project management, eliminating the need to transfer handwritten notes into instructions for system designers just to have that same data re-entered into a D-Tools proposal.

“Simply stated, Mobile Quote 2.0 shortens the sales cycle, cuts the proposal creation time in half, reduces the likelihood of multiple proposal revisions, and eliminates the competition by having the client sign off on a scope and budget, and even pay a design retainer, in the very first client meeting,” says Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools.  “Ultimately, the goal of Mobile Quote 2.0 is to drastically improve the sales success rate and production capacity of salespeople, while at the same time increasing the throughput for system designers.”

The flexibility of Mobile Quote 2.0 enables industry salespeople to be as general or specific as they desire. If the objective is to quickly capture what device types are required in which rooms and get a ballpark price, the iPad app can simply pull a price allowance from the list of items in the appropriate sub-category in the D-Tools product catalog based on a global or item-specific good/better/best selection. On the other hand, if a more precise design and pricing is required, Mobile Quote 2.0 leverages project templates and packages from the D-Tools’ product catalog to complete an accurate system design and price, by room and by system, in literally minutes. If details regarding item placement, product preferences, owner furnished equipment, and the like are desired, the app enables the entry of room notes, system notes, item notes and even images snapped right from the iPad. Users can also make pricing and labor adjustments on the fly.

For system integrators that collect a design retainer, Mobile Quote 2.0 has a built-in design retainer calculator based on a percentage of the estimated contract total, a dollar amount per square foot, or a designated fixed amount. Not only that, the app requests client approval via e-signature and allows D-Tools customers to collect the design retainer, or even contract deposit, on the spot using their preferred mobile payments solution (i.e. Square). Collecting a design retainer up front instantly locks out the competition and, importantly, compensates system integrators for their design efforts during the sales process, a cost often borne by the system integrator as a sales expense.

Lastly, Mobile Quote 2.0 supports iOS gesture controls and input methodologies—swipe left to delete a room or system, drag to reorder items, and even take advantage of talk-to-text functionality to enter the scope of work or room notes.

Mobile Quote 2.0 is available for download via the Apple app store here and can be installed for free. However, every customer must purchase Mobile Quote 2.0 licenses in order to fully use Mobile Quote. Device licenses are priced at $25.00 per iPad device per month, and available exclusively via the SI 2017 application. For more information on purchasing Mobile Quote 2.0, please click here.

Click here for a brief video introduction to Mobile Quote 2.0, or for a more in-depth video demonstration, click here.

For more information on Mobile Quote 2.0, visit http://d-tools.com/mobile-quote/.

Download Mobile Quote 2.0 from the Apple App Store here.

Additional information on the D-Tools SI platform can be obtained by signing up for a free personal tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or for a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by visiting http://d-tools.com/30-day-free-trial/.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved. 

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Torus Power Signs New Rep Firms

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Torus Power Signs New Rep Firms

Paving the way for a strong 2018, Torus Power bolsters sales team with new rep firms 

Toronto, ON, Canada (November 2017) Torus Powermaker of uncompromising, clean, isolation transformer-based power AV components, has announced the appointment of two new independent rep firms. Bolstering its presence across the U.S. as well as its commitment to providing U.S. dealers with effective, personalized service, Torus Power has signed Electronic Marketing Associates Inc. (EMA) of Kansas City, MO, and Specialty Sound and Vision of Montvale, NJ to represent the brand in their respective regions.

Torus Power Strengthens Service Across Midwest through EMA
Billed as much more than just a manufacturer rep firm, EMA serves as trusted consultants, designers, and advisors to technology professionals in the custom electronics space. EMA will serve Torus Power dealers in the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas (MINK) territory. Founded in 1972 by John Blando, EMA has a rich industry history of serving both retail and CI dealers. Torus Power joins such prestigious brands as Atlona, Core Brands LLC, McIntosh Group, Yamaha, and many more on the EMA line card.

Specialty Sound and Vision Serves Tri-State Area Dealers
Specialty Sound and Vision has a 20+ year history serving custom installers in the New York Metro area and is poised to assist Torus Power dealers across New York and New Jersey with not just product sales, but marketing services. Torus Power joins a robust line card of high performance, limited distribution brands including Leon Speakers, Wisdom Audio, and many others.

Powering Future Growth
These appointments come at the tail-end of a year marked by growth, expansion, and outreach for the Canada-based manufacturer of power products. With big plans for 2018 in the residential, pro audio, and commercial channels, Torus Power will kick off the New Year attending ISE in February. In June, Torus Power will attend InfoComm 2018 presented by AVIXA , where it will connect with commercial integrators requiring clean power for mission-critical applications in healthcare, recording studios, public auditoriums, educational facilities and anywhere else that the highest quality of audio/video reproduction matters. 

About Torus Power
Toroidal isolation power transformers by Torus Power are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Dramatically increasing performance levels of connected AV components from video displays to amplifiers and powered speakers, Torus Power products utilize Plitron Manufacturing’s patented NBT technologies and medical-grade toroidal isolation transformers to eliminate virtually all power-line noise artifacts and protect equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events while increasing system reliability and extending product life. Torus Power products deliver higher levels of instantaneous current which ensures that dynamic components and high-performance systems are never compromised, nor starved for power.

Built to rigorous specifications under Plitron Manufacturing’s ISO 9001 quality control system in Toronto, Canada, Torus Power’s toroidal transformers—the heart of the Torus Power product line—utilize similar technologies as those found in leading AV amplifiers as well as in industrial, medical, broadcast, telecommunications, IT, power conditioning, and energy management applications. For additional information visit www.toruspower.com and follow Torus Power on Twitter and Facebook.

All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Media Contact
For interviews, reviews, or media tours, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc. by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

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