CASTLE Summit Provides Education, Networking, and Tech Showcase for AV, Security and Lighting Professionals

CASTLE Summit Provides Education, Networking, and Tech Showcase for AV, Security and Lighting Professionals

New event from the Integrator Network and the Technology & Business Summit events addresses converging technologies, delivers valuable education, and offers impactful insights

The Technology & Business Summit, a business development and education event produced by Integrator Network and supported by independent manufacturer rep firms across the US, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2018 with an expanded schedule that spans from California to New York and the addition of the new CASTLE Summit.

The CASTLE Summit, an acronym for Converging Audio/Video Security Technology Lighting and Entertainment, is a trade-only event that will take place at the Fort Lauderdale/Coral Springs Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 1 – 3, 2018. The event will include manufacturers, rep firms, dealers, service providers and consultants within the residential and commercial AV, security, and lighting industries.

A focused and fun, education-oriented trade show and industry gathering, CASTLE addresses the crossover between home automation and smart home technologies, security, integrated A/V systems, and DIY products, and offers education providing the skills and tactics needed professionals across these channels need to stay competitive as technologies continue to converge. CASTLE includes three days of education, two days of exhibits and live demos, and plenty of one-on-one time with manufacturers and reps. Day 1 is Manufacturer/Rep Seminars only. Day 2 is Exhibits, Live Demos, a Keynote and Industry Oriented Seminars. Day 3 is Exhibits and Live demos and a different Keynote and Seminars.

Two Keynotes are offered; Both take place from 8:00 – 9:15 AM:

  • Wednesday, May 2nd, features Julie Jacobson of CE Pro magazine discussing The Uberization of Smart Home Services.

  • Thursday, May 3rd, is an All-Star panel session exploring Hot Topics & Disruptive Technologies That Will Affect Your Business with experts Eric Bodley, Julie Jacobson, Frank White, and Bryce Nordstrand.

“Like the Technology & Business Summits, the new CASTLE Summit is structured to help professionals develop, grow, and fortify their business by developing new skills and exploring new revenue streams,” says Mark Cichowski, CEO of Integrator Network. “There is so much to see and do, we are encouraging people to attend multiple days. The CASTLE Summit provides attendees a new opportunity to experience exactly how distinctly different industries can effectively complement each other. Every year, more professionals from outside the AV trade are attending the Tech Summit events and we realized it was time to expand our reach and strengthen our connections with commercial AV, lighting, and security systems integrators, manufacturers, distributors and associated pros supporting the market. We are excited to see the CASTLE Summit debut in Florida this year. We appreciate the reps coming together to drive this evolving event and the support of the displaying companies working to further develop the converging marketplace.”

With CEDIA as an education partner CASTLE offers top-notch seminars and workshops delivered by entertaining and insightful subject matter experts and providing real-world knowledge. Training on trending technologies, networking and IoT, lighting, security, and network connectivity will be offered while presentations will teach attendees how to sell value, how to make advanced sales, and will detail other business topics. The CASTLE Summit is free to attend and lunch is provided at no charge, enabling attendees to stay for the day — or all three — and soak in all the CASTLE Summit has to offer.

The inaugural CASTLE Summit is conveniently located for attendees from across Florida and the Southeast U.S. “All you really need to do is get there, and we take care of most of the rest,” says Cichowski. “As we open our doors to lighting and security professionals for the first time ever, we expect they will see the tremendous benefit such a small investment of time can deliver in terms of knowledge, networking connections, and business growth.”

View the CASTLE Summit schedule of events here.

Register to attend the CASTLE Summit here.

Book discounted hotel rooms here.

About the CASTLE Summit
The Converging Audio/Video Security Technology Lighting & Entertainment Summit (CASTLE Summit) is a two-day event in Florida, that offers home automation, security, lighting, and integrated A/V systems integrators the opportunity to interface with manufacturers, reps, and dealers in residential and commercial Security, Lighting, and Commercial A/V channels. To learn more, visit www.techsummitflorida.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.

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

 

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.”

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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.

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