Kramer Electronics and Women in AV Unite to Launch Monthly Webinars in 2013

Posted by Kelly  |  January 14, 2013, 5:39 pm

Kramer Electronics, Inc. a leading global provider in audio and video signal products is pleased to announce it will sponsor monthly webinars in partnership with the Women in AV (WAVE) organization to educate, support and inspire women in the AV industry. Topics and experts will cover a range of interests for women; including career advancement, mentoring, personal presence, and cutting edge technical topics such as digital to analog conversion and AV/IT convergence.

The webinars will be held the last Friday of every month from 3-4PM EST and each session will be recorded for on-demand playback. The kick-off webinar will be held Friday, January 25, 2013 and will provide an overview of the series and seek input from attendees on the topics and areas women are most interested in receiving expert advice and guidance on in future webinars.

Attendees can register for the event at the following link:

After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the training.

“The Women in AV (WAVE) are thrilled and honored to partner with Kramer Electronics in delivering a monthly webinar series for the women in our industry,” says founder Jennifer H. Willard. “As females in a male-dominated industry, we can never have enough opportunities to come together in the spirit of learning and helping each other further our careers. This webinar series directly supports our core mission to promote the growth and performance of women by empowering women to feel recognized, respected, productive, and important to the AV industry. With the breadth of Kramer’s experience and expertise in providing industry leading technical training and education, we look forward to delivering relevant and critical content throughout the year.”

Clint Hoffman, Vice President of Marketing at Kramer Electronics had this to say, “At Kramer Electronics we believe whole-heartedly in education.  We are on a mission to teach to as many people as possible the newest technologies and principles all Pro AV professionals should know in order to best design, sell, and install profitable digital AV systems in today’s market.  Partnering with WAVE to help us accomplish this goal is a tremendous privilege.  WAVE is one of the most active and most important groups in the AV market today.  We are so proud of what they are doing and we also are proud that our Manager of Education and Training, Malissa Dillman is one of InfoComm’s two winners of the 2012 “Women in AV award” and an active member of WAVE.”


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NEW rAVePubs RADIO WAVEcast: Year in Review 2012!

Posted by Kelly  |  December 29, 2012, 2:04 pm

On this episode, we take a look back at our first seven episodes and share with you the highlights, the advice and all the experiences our guests shared with us.  We are so lucky and grateful to have been able to share and learn so much from all of our guests on the WAVEcast! Thank you for your time and listening to the Women in AV, we are excited for all we’ll achieve together in 2013!

To listen to all episodes of the WAVEcast and all the other AV industry’s leading podcasts, visit!

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Season’s Greetings from the Women in AV!

Posted by Kelly  |  December 21, 2012, 1:49 am


As 2012 draws to a close and the holiday’s are upon us, we want to thank everyone for another successful year lifting and inspiring women in our industry and wish you all joy and happiness for your holiday season.  The support and encouragement of our colleagues, friends, and organizations changes the course of the future for the women in our industry and those who will join us.  We’re excited to think about what we will accomplish together in the New Year!!

Blessings to all, Your Women in AV Planning Board

And, cheers to you from WAVE members and partners!

“Genders share a variety of common bonds. In this male dominated industry I used to feel like I was the lone girl in an “all boys only” club. WAVE has opened my eyes to see that I’m not alone, and gives us a chance to connect and share those bonds. It is incredible to see how the group has been embraced by everyone, both male and female alike, which ultimately brings us all closer together!” — Victoria Ferrari, North America Sales Manager, Boeckeler Instruments, Inc.

“From mentoring and fostering community to helping women join the industry and gain access to education, Women in AV has done so many important things for women, young people and others within the AV industry. Women in AV is a hugely valuable addition to our community and rAVe is proud to support the organization.”  — Gary Kayye, Founder, rAVe [Publications]

“I am thrilled that a group like Women in AV exists, and to be a part of it. There is a great balance of goodwill, knowledge sharing and encouragement between its members, wonderfully from both women and men. I immediately felt there was a sense of collaboration and a shared vision for what the group wants to accomplish – bringing our entire industry together to encourage and mentor career growth for women. I look forward to more great things from WAVE, and all of us, in 2013. Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays & peace in the New Year. Cheers!”  —  Theresa Hahn, Director, Marketing & Business Development, Verrex Corporation

“NSCA is pleased to support the efforts of women in AV.  Mentoring is such a vital aspect of our future and this organization is showing great leadership with that. Thanks for all you’ve done in building a sense of belonging and community. We look forward to a great 2013 and helping the women in AV demonstrate that there is no longer a position unavailable to qualified and talented women in this industry.”  — Chuck Wilson, Executive Director, NSCA

“Thanks to Women in AV for making the holidays much brighter for so many!  Keep up the great work; we raise our glass for a safe and prosperous New Year!”  —  Joe Hillis, Co-founder and Operations Director, ITDRC

“What I like about both WAVE and AWIT (Advancing Women in IT) is that we are not just saying ‘women can do anything’ we are living it.  Working together — strength in numbers — makes it easy for other women and girls to see role models of women who embrace technology.”  —  Cathy Alper, Director Member Communities, CompTIA

“WAVE is another opportunity for us to make meaningful connections with our industry peers, and an opportunity to find like-minded women who share similar passion and experience in both their lives and profession. I know that if I have to bring my daughter to a WAVE event (as actually happened to a colleague recently!), there will be a thread of understanding and sympathy.”  — Midori Connolly, Chief AVGirl, AVGirl Productions

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Support Local Women in AV – First Global AV Holiday Party!

Posted by Kelly  |  December 6, 2012, 12:32 pm

Mark your calendars for our first AV industry holiday party / TweetUp on Thursday, December 13th. We’ll gather regionally (please see below for locations and contacts in your area) and connect globally via Twitter. We will be gathering at 4 PM PT and 7 PM ET. This is a networking event celebrating the AV women of your community. Both men and women are welcome.

Please RSVP below for the Tweet-Up nearest you so everyone can get a head count. And, if you can’t attend in person, we’re all meeting over Twitter using the hashtag #WAVE.  Join us!!

A special thanks goes out to our sponsors who are making this possible: Access Networks, Advanced AV, AMX, AV Girl Productions, Boeckler, Control Concepts, Contemporary Communications Consulting, Crestron, Da-Lite, FSR, KBZ, Kramer, Listen Technologies, Mary Meeker Design, Pivot Communications, Relampit, Sapphire Marketing, Total Marketing, Vaddio and Verrex.

We are incredibly lucky to be in an industry with such supportive companies and people who care about advancing women in AV.  Thank you for supporting the women in AV.

If you have any questions please contact us at or by phone at (612) 298-7688.  Twitter: Everyone use the hashtag #WAVE!


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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:

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, or

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

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