Date Archives May 2014

Learn About the Improvements in the Sharp Aquos Board

Sharp Aquos BoardRegister for our June 4 webinar on the next generation of the Sharp Aquos Board and how it improves upon the way people in business collaborate in real time with one another. Learn about the new features that make the Aquos easier to use and essential to efficiency and productivity at work. Don’t worry if you’re new to the Aquos – this presentation will cover all of its features and how they help users present materials and work together.

Register for Aquos Boards: Improving Workplace Collaboration.

About the presenter

Gary Bailer is in charge of leading the product management efforts for Sharp’s professional display products and brings over 25 years of business technology experience to Sharp Electronics Corporation.

Dallas/Ft. Worth Small Business Administration Honors AVI-SPL’s Francine Hawkins-Alegeh

The Dallas-Fort Worth Small Business Administration recently honored AVI-SPL Senior CAD Technician Francine Hawkins-Alegeh with the 2014 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award

Here at AVI-SPL, Francine has been part of our CAD design team since 2008. She and another Senior CAD Technician manage and create all CAD projects for the Texas region, and also regularly support our other offices. In addition to working with us full-time, Francine owns two Dallas businesses: Alegeh Autocad Design and F.D. Hawkins Painting and Remodeling, which focuses primarily on helping low-income families and senior citizens with their home needs.

Francine kicks off her weekdays by making three pots of coffee for the Dallas team around 6am and jumps right in to meetings with engineers and project managers in between design projects. After work, Francine divides her time between community events, public speaking, professional organizations and, don’t forget about the two businesses that she owns and manages.

She regularly attends National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) meetings (she’s the President of the Dallas chapter), and is a public speaker. She recently spoke with women at Fluor Engineering and Construction in Houston about her experiences in the industry. Francine mentors local high school students, meets with them 3-4 times each month, and plans field trips for them to NAWIC members’ companies.

Francine works on projects for her drafting company in the evenings, and her painting and remodeling business on the weekends. She freely admits that balancing so much can be hard, but that she finds it to be very rewarding. “I work hard and play hard,” said Francine. “My husband and I spend a lot of time on the lake and travelling during our free time, but I just love working in the community and with children, and going to big fancy parties. [laughs] I also love working with NAWIC. The organization has changed me as an individual. I am the president this year which means I get very little sleep between all of the phone calls and emails. My mind is always wandering with new ideas.”

Francine makes a difference in her community and also here at AVI-SPL. “Francine is always willing to help others at work and in her community,” said Dawna Payne, AVI-SPL regional vice president. “She loves mentoring and coaching the youth in her community as well. We are glad to have her on our team at AVI-SPL.”

Please join us in congratulating Francine on this honor, and in thanking her for her hard work! You rock, Francine!

Read more about Francine in these articles:

New Shure Discussion Units for Meeting Rooms

Shure discussion unit for meeting roomsLast month, we shared the news that Shure was adding hands-free mics to its professional series of microphones. They’ve followed that by announcing another enhancement for collaborative meeting spaces: the addition of flush-mount discussion units to its DDS 5900 Digital Discussion System.

This means system integrators like AVI-SPL have yet another option for audio when we design and implement meeting rooms for our clients. The DC 5900 F features:

  • Flush-mount design
  • Configurable to the requirements of the installation
  • First on the market to use optical sensing to configure the unit (as Chairman or Delegate)

If you’ve been tasked with putting together a meeting space, don’t go it alone. We’re here to help. Call AVI-SPL at 1-866-559-8197 or fill out our contact form.

Harman to Acquire AMX

Harman, an AVI-SPL partner that delivers audio solutions for the professional market, made the news today with the announcement that it plans to purchase AMX for 365 million. AMX is also a vendor partner of AVI-SPL, and specializes in control and automation systems.

Take a look at the AMX page at AVI-SPL and see how its products make it easier for users to control and manage their AV technology and promote the creation of intelligent buildings. AVI-SPL can bring those types of systems into your work environment. Contact us at 1-866-559-8197 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.

What You Should Know About Digital Displays in the Classroom

Classroom with NEC displaysIf you’re an educator, make time between 1 and 2 p.m. on Wed., May 28, as AVI-SPL presents a webinar on display technology in the K-12 and higher education markets.

This webinar will be led by product specialists who will take a look at:

  • Differences between flat-panel and projector technology
  • Projector applications within the K-12 and higher education markets
  • Using large-format displays in the education space

Register for Display Solutions in Education.

About the presenters

Benjamin Hardy, Sr. Product Specialist for NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., focuses on the technologies and design of NEC’s large-screen products. He is responsible for product launches with specification details, technical documents and competitive matrices to support the sales department.

Rich McPherson, Product Manager of Projectors for NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is responsible for the company’s full projector lineup. Rich manages the marketing and messaging of projector families, pricing and inventory issues, product roadmaps and all engineering and technical aspects of the projectors. Rich works closely with the sales and channel marketing teams, and has an extensive background in product management. He has been with NEC since 1995.