Get Involved To Help Hurricane Sandy Victims and Beyond

Posted by Kelly  |  November 12, 2012, 7:16 pm

Our industry is always known for being a small, tight-knit community. We are not just companies, competitors, and professional colleagues. We are friends, confidants, and supporters of each other – in the best of times and the worst.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people and businesses (many of our own) in the Northeast who have been devastated by and will continue to suffer the effects of the second largest storm in our country’s history, both personally and professionally.

 

We, as an industry, can partner with the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) and others to provide short-term and long-term support to help those affected by disasters to recover and rebuild.

Please join us and get involved in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy who desperately need our help. Let’s come together as we have so many times and bring much needed support and technical solutions to help people rebuild and return to their lives with hope and encouragement.

Our immediate goal is to equip shelters with a portable projection screen and projector or a flat panel display in time to watch the Macy’s Day Parade. This is a cherished and long standing tradition for the people of New York and New Jersey and your assistance will help bring the sense of community and togetherness that makes up the very fabric of who they are.

We also need volunteers, both with delivering gear and installing it, as well as, creating a database of AV professionals who can respond in the future when a disaster hits around the country.

So, let’s do this everyone, time is of the essence! Our entire industry is about helping and making life easier for our customers and clients. Well, there are people who need us RIGHT NOW that we will never meet, will never be a return customer, and will never know who we are. But, they will ALWAYS remember that we appreciate the challenges they face and in some small way, hope to make their road ahead a little less riddled with twists and turns.

Volunteer: Can you volunteer a day or more worth of work? (Installer, engineer, clean-up!) We are looking for both short-term volunteers for the NY/NJ area and also volunteers to sign-up in the event of a future disaster in other parts of the county. Please fill out a quick form here.

Donate: We want to help shelters with providing large audience viewing displays in time for the Macy’s Day Parade and assist the ITRDC with providing Internet connectivity to shelters long-term.
Can you donate the following new or used equipment?

• Projector(s);
• Portable projection screen(s);
• Flat panel display(s);
• Cabling (Cat 3/5/6, HDMI, fiber);
• Equipment racks;
• Power conditioning equipment;
• And, UPS.

Please ship these items to:

Staten Island

Attn: Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund
18 Hervey Street
Staten Island NY 10309

Long Island

Attn: ITDRC c/o Digital Sales Group New York
1227 Walt Whitman Rd.
Melville, NY 11747

The ITDRC is in significant need of UPS, power protection, and network equipment. If you can donate any of these items or other IT equipment, please email: partner@itdrc.org

The ITDRC also needs our help in winning $5,000 worth of gas to continue providing relief. Please vote for them in the Fueling Good contest! You can vote once a day, every day through Wednesday, November 28th. It takes 2 seconds; let’s help them win by voting here.

Partner in Sound Productions and JD Systems are helping Staten Island receive all necessary items to recover and rebuild through the Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. This fund was started in memory of Carl V. Bini, a New York firefighter tragically taken during 9/11. They can really use gift cards to major department stores and Home Depot, as well as, cash donations. You can find information on how to help here.

The Red Cross is in need of blood donations. You can make a local appointment to give blood here.

Our special thanks to the generous contributions of Access Networks, ITDRC, Partners in Sound Productions, JD Systems, Digital Sales Group NY, rAVe [Publications], Kramer Electronics, FSR, Inc., and Crestron. They are leading the efforts to get help to those in need and we applaud you for all you are doing to help!

For more information or questions, you can contact womeninav@gmail.com, info@itdrc.org or sarah@accessca.com

This column was reprinted with permission from rAVe [Publications] and was originally published here.

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THE WEEK – Episode 5: The WAVEs and Hurricane Sandy- You can Help!

Posted by Kelly  |  November 6, 2012, 7:28 pm

In this episode of rAVe Radio’s The WEEK,  Joel Rollins speaks with Jennifer Willard and rAVe’s Sara Abrons about Women in AV not being just for women.  And, they also discuss the effect of Hurricane Sandy on New York and the AV industry and how you can help support the recovery efforts.

http://is.gd/O1X2LW

For further information about how you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy, see the following stories for details:

Story Links:

Sandy by Joel Rollins: http://bit.ly/Uu05Gf

Please Help Our AV Friends by Jennifer Willard: http://bit.ly/Uu1vkd

The WEEK is brought to you by rAVe Radio and this episode originally appears at: http://is.gd/O1X2LW

To sign-up up for rAVe Radio and receive updates on all the AV industry’s leading podcasts, visit: http://is.gd/QywMTa

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Who are we WAVE?!

Posted by Kelly  |  November 5, 2012, 3:36 pm

We are beyond thrilled to launch the very first Women in AV demographic survey– we want to know about YOU WAVE!! Who you are as a business professional, what are your interests in furthering your career, and what types of opportunities you would like to see offered more by our WAVE group. We’ve put together a brief survey and we need your input and help! Please share with us who you are and pass it along to every woman you know in our industry.

http://womeninav.polldaddy.com/s/wave-demo

Gentlemen, your support in gathering this data is valued and critical. While this survey is only for women to fill out, we’d greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide in sending this article to every woman in your company and that you know in the industry to be sure she participates. Thank you for your help!

Never before has our industry collected information on who, what, and how many women there in AV and we can’t wait to find out and share the results with everyone!! We’ll put together an infographic that shows where we are right NOW and this will help identify what types of opportunities we should pursue to advance the women who make up our industry and recruit new WAVE!! We are also developing demographics from these questions so we can get a clear idea of what our mentoring pool needs are.

This is our chance ladies to understand where we stand today so we can take another giant leap forward together!

Let’s use those networking skills that we are known for and get on spreading the word everybody — the faster we get the information, the SOONER we get results!!

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Salt Lake City and Women in AV Take on AV Week 2012

Posted by Kelly  |  September 12, 2012, 6:35 pm

Underscoring the contribution of the audio-visual industry on everyday lives, Salt Lake City Mayor Peter Corroon, today joined with Cory Schaeffer of Listen Technologies Corporation and Erin Bolton of Pivot Communications, both Utah-based companies and other industry groups including InfoComm, to officially declare of October 14 – 20, 2012 as AV Week.

A host of companies and organizations from around the world will celebrate AV Week with special events at schools, job fairs and community outreach activities.

Commenting on the declaration, Cory Schaeffer, VP of sales worldwide noted, “AV Week is a great way to build awareness in our community about the industry and to generate interest in careers for women in AV. We’re pleased to partner with Salt Lake County and 37 Utah InfoComm members to showcase the value of this exciting industry and it’s solutions. Utah boasts a wealth of AV professionals in manufacturing, design, consulting, and system integration. We’re proud to be a Utah companies and to have our solutions deployed around the world.”

WAVE is organizing a series of special events to take place over the course of AV Week including educational presentations at a local area schools. Ms. Schaeffer is hoping to collaborate with other industry women to broaden the activities of AV Week. “This is an important opportunity for us to come together and promote the AV industry,” she said. “I encourage my industry associates to join me in creating events for their community.”

For more information about InfoComm’s AV Week and to get involved with the Women in AV initiatives, visit here.

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Women in AV: Let’s Meet up at the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour!

Posted by Kelly  |  August 23, 2012, 2:44 pm

 

 

The Women in AV (WAVE) are honored and excited to join the Almo Pro A/V Fall E4 Tour at their two stops in Dallas and New York!  Registration is open for both events and you can sign-up here.

We are headed your way, WAVE, and can’t wait for us all to get together!   First up is Dallas on Wednesday, Sept. 13th, and then we’ll meet in New York on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.

In partnership with InfoComm International, these training and networking events provide AV professionals the opportunity to attend shows on their home turf, bringing to you manufacturers, new products, and educational course — many of which offer CTS Renewal Units (RU) to help you keep up with your continuing education requirements.  With the theme of the fall tour being “Your AV Future Revealed,” you can expect to see hundreds of new products and courses designed for the latest technologies and trends impacting our industry.

rAVe Founder Gary Kayye will deliver the keynote where he’ll predict A/V’s Future with Krystal Ball from 9 – 10:30 a.m.  I wonder what he sees for the future of Women in AV in our industry?!?

WAVE will have special events throughout the day and this is a unique opportunity for us to get together with other local WAVE members, share stories, and learn from each other experiences!

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  — Stop by the Almo Pro A/V table to talk with members of WAVE Planning Board about how to get involved
  • 12 – 1 p.m. —  Join all the ladies for lunch at the special tables designated for WAVE to dine together
  • 3 – 4 p.m. — Attend my class titled “Mentoring and Why It’s Important to You” to learn about implementing company programs and the WAVE Mentoring Program

Our most special thank you to Almo Pro A/V, Chief, NEC, Premier Mounts, and Samsung for making it possible for WAVE to be part of these events.  It is through their generous sponsorship WAVE can offer the Women in AV a chance to be together and we truly appreciate your support in the continued advancement and encouragement of the Women in AV!

We’re excited to see you there, WAVE!! Please help us spread the word to all the WAVE you know so we make sure everyone attends!!

 

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