The Latest Tech News from the Exertis Almo ProAV Podcast + rAVe Radio's "rants & rAVes"
OCT 5, 2023 | On the latest episode of Rants & rAVes Exertis Almo’s Tom Kehr, CTS, CTS-D, CTS-I, LEED Green joined Gary to promote our All-About-Audio webinar coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. EDT. It’s free, it includes AVIXA RUs for CTS, CTS-I and CTS-D holders (just for attending), and the mega-audio company, Sennheiser, sponsors it. This session will be a bit different as it will be a casual panel discussion touching on all things audio and where it’s all heading. So, if you’re doing any audio in your ProAV systems, join us and register here: https://www.exertisalmo.com/education/list/webinars
SEP 28, 2023 | Today’s videocast features Samsung’s Lisa Bohnsack, James Rose and Lisa Gilmour as we talk about how the company has a suite of healthcare products that transform not only the patient experience but also that of the nurses and doctors. Using all sorts of display technologies, Samsung can help you make the overall healthcare experience better, smoother and more accessible. Watch this to see how! P.S. Exertis Almo handles all these products from Samsung.
SEP 27, 2023 | If you haven’t heard of Xilica, you’re not alone. But there’s no time like the present to get acquainted — if you need a stand-alone PoE audio DSP, the company has one. (It’s also modular, so you pick the input port!) Need to distribute audio anywhere affordably and across the network? Xilica has that too. The latest Rants & rAVes videocast features Xilica VP Shaun Robinson to tap into all things Xilica — distributed exclusively through Exertis Almo!
SEP 6, 2023 | It’s right about the time that LG became LG — from Lucky Goldstar — to differentiating itself from every other display company in the world. It all started with a curved LCD panel and exploded from there. Now LG leads in OLED, Transparent OLED, Touch OLED and all-in-one LED, impacting nearly every display technology globally. Today, Exertis Almo’s own Todd Heberlein talks about the LG differentiation and why he thinks LG should be your first display choice in designing systems.
AUG 28, 2023 | On Wed, Sep. 27, Gary Kayye, thanks to Avocor, will bring his workplace keynote session to the Exertis Almo webinar series at 2 p.m. EDT. So, if you want AVIXA CTS credits or want to know how to integrate better tech into workspaces to make people want to come back to work, register for this webinar! In the meantime, watch this interview with Gary and Avocor’s Dana Corey to get a glimpse of what you can expect next month!
AUG 22, 2023 | Autel Robotics’ director of business development, Joseph Scaperrotta, joined me on my latest Rants & rAVes episode to detail why now is the perfect time to sell drones. Every emergency services organization is buying and onboarding drones, and every division of the entire public safety market is too. You can sell them too via Autel’s partnership with Exertis Almo.
AUG 2023 | In this episode of the Exertis Almo Pro AV Podcast, guest Jonathan Brawn (Brawn Consulting) talks about his history with Samsung and reviews "What's New at Samsung" - including The Wall, the transition from QXB to QXC, the BEC-H series, and interactive display / whiteboarding. Jonathan also clues us in on Emerging Verticals - markets where is Pro AV becoming increasingly important, such as Healthcare, Government, Hospitality...
JUL 7, 2023 | It’s unlikely that any esports venue has ever existed without a little bit (or a lot) of Sony gear. From cameras to LEDs and everything in between, Sony has it and has likely raised an entire generation of players via its PlayStation console gaming systems. Sony’s Rich Ventura joins Gary Kayye to talk about esports and Sony’s sponsorship of his “The State of eSports Webinar and Panel”...
JUN 29, 2023 | Panasonic Connect’s Dir of ProAV Solutions & Connected Ecosystems, Petro Shimonishi, takes an in-depth look at its new UCC ecosystem, including mic arrays, auto- and AI-tracking PTZ cameras, DSPs, wireless presenting, facial recognition and new displays designed for UCC applications...
JUN 2023 | Exertis Almo's ProAV Podcast invited special guest, Scott Grimm, Channel Account Manager at Barco ClickShare, to discuss all things wireless collaboration, including the new CX-50 Generation 2, meeting security, partner programs, and more.
MAY 22, 2023 | Last month, Samsung quietly launched a new WAC series of interactive displays — aimed primarily at K-12 but can be used in all sorts of other applications. Why? Well, it not only includes embedded Android OS on board but also simple USB-C connectivity...
MAY 2023 | Hot or Cold? 🥵🥶 Enjoy this gamified Exertis Almo ProAV Podcast discussion with guests Michael Ha and David Boerlin (from LG) + Jennifer Fisher (BDM at Exertis Almo) on Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) technologies including AI, automated POS, robots, and LG digital signage – including LG’s new Self-ordering Kiosk.
MAY 2023 | Exertis Almo sat down with Megan Zeller, Sr Dir Business Development at Peerless-AV, to discuss the company's history, bespoke mount production, and what you need to know about installing mounts for digital signage...including Direct View LED...all in front of this stunning dvLED video wall in Las Vegas.
APR 18, 2023 | After 40+ years in AV, Sam Taylor found his next passion — raising $1 million for Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Kentucky State University. The university needs its pool renovated — not only to run its swim program but to save lives as well...
APR 13, 2023 | Obviously we have digital signage and scoreboards that have been outside forever, but we have a lot more coming. Just watch this teaser with LG’s Clinton Roudenbush, then hurry and register for the opportunity to bring anything and everything AV to the great outdoors!
MAR 2023 | In this episode of the Exertis Almo ProAV Podcast, we take a Deep Dive into Direct View LED technology with Jennifer Fisher, Business Development Manager at Exertis Almo. She shares expert insights on the LG One:Quick - a powerful, easy to install solution for building conference rooms.
FEB 28, 2023 | The Exertis Almo E4 Experience tour will kick off 2023 in Dallas TX, you can hop on over to E4Experience.com to register. Stops will include: Santa Clara CA, Teaneck NJ + Phoenix AZ! There are a handful of new educational sessions at this year’s E4 (all with AVIXA CTS RUs) & Gary Kayye is doing a live show floor tour with nearly 50 exhibitors & new products! Listen to get the most out of your E4 Experience...
JAN 3, 2023 | Sam Taylor is a legend — even his competitors would admit that. And now, he’s retiring. So what’s he going to do now? And what can we expect with new incoming EVP, Dan Smith (who’s leaving his VP role at LG Electronics USA to lead the new ProAV team at Exertis Almo)? They both sat down with Gary Kayye to answer both these questions and more.
JAN 3, 2023 | Today’s Rants & rAVes is all about how ProAV integrators can sell into the hospitality market. It’s not just about TVs in the rooms anymore. Now, hotel AV includes digital signage, impressive lobby structures, huddle spaces outfitted as UCC rooms, coworking spaces and, of course, event spaces — all packed with AV tech...
DEC 20, 2022 | If you’re an AV Integrator and at least 20% of your total annual sales aren’t coming from services, you’re in trouble. What services should you be selling — besides system support and remote management? Well, watch the latest videocast with Rob Voorhees...
DEC 16, 2022 | PPDS is the technical name for what is commonly referred to (by us industry insiders) as Philips Digital Signage. And, for the last six years, the company has been building a global strategy for becoming a top-three display company; the plan was accelerated last month with the appointment of 20+ year industry veteran Nick Begleries to the role of commercial market VP. He joined Gary, along with Bruce Wyrwitzke, director, professional displays, to talk about the state of the plan and how they see Philips differentiating itself here in North America. Oh, and both these guys have something in common with the cast of the movie “The Goonies,” too. So, watch!
DEC 12, 2022 | Exertis Almo Executive VP Sam Taylor joined me on my latest videocast to talk about the company’s acquisition announcement — it has acquired Caddrillion. Caddrillion is an AV systems design firm that was started by Justin Gregory, and it’s clear that Exertis Almo sees its future in offering more and more services. Watch Sam give some insights in how Exertis Almo will benefit from the acquisition as well as how this might affect what the company has planned in the future.
NOV 15, 2022 | Although you can use LED walls and projection to build Microsoft Teams Rooms — and the new Front Row feature that leverages 21:9 and 32:9 aspect ratios — Sharp NEC hasn’t introduced a dedicated solution for it … yet. However, Sharp NEC solution architect, George Borden, hints at what is coming and when we might see it in this episode of my Rants & rAVes.
OCT 17, 2022 | Auto-tracking, voice-tracking, NDI, frame-tracking and TAA compliance are just a few of the reasons Lumens Integration Inc. wants you to consider it as a PTZ supplier. Oh, did we mention the company is one of the largest PTZ camera manufacturers in the world? I spoke with Lumens’ zone manager, Eddy Boyette, on my latest Rants & rAVes videocast. Watch! If you want to learn more Lumens will also be at the upcoming Exertis Almo E4 Experience.
OCT 14, 2022 | I was joined by ScreenBeam’s sr. director – technical marketing, Jay Taylor, to talk about how its unique approach to BYOM includes the ability to build a Zoom Room or MS Teams room but still allow users to simply, with one connection point, still use their laptops as UCC devices and run a meeting using their preferred UC application.
OCT 13, 2022 | The LG Update: What’s the Latest with OLED, LED and dvLED? In the latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Exertis Almo business development manager, Jennifer Fisher, joins Gary Kayye to talk everything LG. The company has a plethora of OLED and LCD options, but keep an eye out for the big growth area for LG — LED and dvLED.
OCT , 2022 | One could argue that Sharp Corporation invented the interactive display with its first AQUOS commercial display some 21 years ago. Now, Sharp NEC Display has an entire line of AQUOS displays aimed at collaboration, with a plethora of options thanks to either an OPS or an SDM slot. Gary was joined by Sharp NEC’s George Borden, solution sales architect, to talk about the line for this podcast for Exertis Almo.
Avocor’s senior VP and general manager, Dana Corey, joined me on my latest videocast to talk all about the company. Avocor recently signed an exclusive deal with Google that will allow the AV integrator community to service the Meet video platform as well as MS Teams and Zoom. In fact, Avocor is doing it creatively with two different collaboration boards...
Gary invited Sony’s VP of B2B, Rich Ventura, on his latest Rants & rAVes videocast to talk all about digital signage. Sony’s approach is unique as the company simultaneously supports both SoC (system on a chip) and external media players. Thus, its solutions, highlighting the BRAVIA displays, include everything from retail to transportation and corporate signage.
Michelle Montazeri, Legrand AV’s manager of digital signage, joins me on my latest Rants and rAVes videocast today. This is an interesting one, #AVtweeps — Legrand sits in an interesting place in the world of digital signage. (The company works with everyone: Media player companies, signage companies, display companies, content producers, etc.) With 2023 just a few months away...
Exertis Almo’s VP of marketing, Melody Craigmyle, joined Gary Kayye on his latest videocast to talk about what you can expect from the company’s E4 Experience this fall — and what you should bring your customers! Gary will attend both cities as the keynote speaker again...
AUG 17, 2023 | Gary was joined on his podcast today with Samsung Sr Manager, Shari Sentlowitz, to explain Samsung’s new All-In-One THE WALL MicroLED solution. It’s not only an all-in-one LED but it’s actually packaged together in ONE box – including a 110” HD version or a 146” HD or 4K resolution version that is packaged with the mount, speakers, a media player and all the trim accessories you’d need to finish a complete install in 2-hours. Yes, 2-hours.
Exertis Almo’s Rob Voorhees joins Gary on this episode of Rants & rAVes to talk about the benefit of offering recurring revenue-based services to your clients. Exertis Almo’s Business Communication Services include bandwidth, voice, live TV, Mobility, cybersecurity and more. It’s all explained in this videocast! Watch to learn more information.
APR 19, 2022 | Almo Corporation’s VP of marketing and communications, Melody Craigmyle, joined Gary on his Rants & rAVes podcast to talk about (what is about to be) the biggest E4 ever. With over 60 brands, likely the largest collection of all-in-one LEDs ever assembled in one building and two hospitality robots that AV integrators can sell, the May 3 E4 Experience in Chicago will truly be that — an experience. Watch this interview, then register at E4Experience.com.
APR 18, 2022 | Executive vice president and COO of Exertis Almo, Sam Taylor, joins Gary on his latest videocast to update us on Exertis’ acquisition of Almo Corporation and Almo Pro A/V’s consequent rebrand as Exertis Almo. Gary also took the opportunity to ask Sam his thoughts on how 2022 will play out, the impact of supply chain issues on the AV, UCC and Digital Signage markets and what’s on the horizon for the all-new Exertis Almo.
MAR 14, 2022 | Everyone pivoted during the pandemic — some more than others. Panasonic, however, was lucky — it was already armed with a host of hybrid-focused educational products, and it upgraded a bunch of others. Now, the company has a complete lineup of K-12 and higher-ed laser projectors, direct-view displays and PTZ cameras (and something called Moonshot) that are all aimed at helping EDU do AV right. Watch this podcast with Panasonic’s Darryl Krall and rAVe’s Gary Kayye!
MAR 11, 2022 | Next week in Anaheim, California, Almo Pro A/V will kick off the 2022 E4 Experience tour — an annual regional show with 50+ manufacturers of AV, UCC and Digital Signage gear. AV integrators in Southern California have always been big supporters of the E4 Experience (now in its 12th year). But don’t forget: The 2022 event also provides you an opportunity to show the newest tech to your end-user partners too. So, what do you get by attending an E4, besides free breakfast and lunch? Watch this interview between rAVe’s Gary Kayye and Almo Pro A/V’s own VP marketing and communication, Melody Craigmyle.
FEB 25, 2022 | On this episode of Rants & rAVes, Gary’s guest was Samsung’s Dir, enterprise retail sales key accounts, Parish Chapman. The two talk about how Samsung has gone well beyond the physical sign to help its clients implement solutions. Examples include building an integrated social media display, some unique kiosk solutions and support for content generation, too.
JAN 27, 2022 | Gary caught up with LG’s Adam Coleman and Dan Baker to talk about the company’s new collaboration boards/dvLED products: an all-in-one for meeting room applications and new direct-view LCDs. LG’s entry into the collaboration board market (with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Edition) means you can use this company for UCC and Education applications. Watch this videocast and consider signing up for Gary’s 2022 Kayye’s Krystal Ball Predictions webinar, brought to you by LG Business Solutions and Almo Pro A/V! You can register here for free; if you attend, you’ll get access to Gary’s Krystal Ball article 24 hours before the rest of the universe! Enjoy!
DEC 16, 2021 | rAVe’s own Gary Kayye was the first reporter to have a chance to record a video interview with Exertis International’s managing director, Clive Fitzharris, and Almo Corporation’s president and CEO, Warren Chaiken less than 24 hours after the bombshell announcement of Exertis’ acquisition of Almo. This is a candid look into how it happened and what’s next — including organizational details and the companies’ outlook on 2022. Watch to find out how they think this could help solve many of the supply chain issues facing AV integrators in the coming months.
NOV 16, 2021 | We’re excited to be partnering with Almo to bring the first (ever) truly hybrid AV event to the market. Using the LAVNCH HYBRID Platform, Almo Pro A/V will hold its live, in-person E4 Experience as it does annually, in Dallas, and — in an exclusive partnership with HB LIVE — Almo will deliver curated content to a global online audience in real-time. This will NOT be a streamed event. Instead, it will be truly curated content for the online audience (and will be different from what the local audience sees). All the details are inside the videocast I recorded this morning with Almo’s VP of marketing, Melody Craigmyle.
SEP 30, 2021 | The future of UCC is more than software and rooms; in fact, it’s well beyond rooms. So here’s a teaser of what you’re going to learn about in next week’s webinar — worth 1 AVIXA CTS RU, too!
AUG 18, 2021 | Get ready for my next webinar, “The State of the AV-over-IP Market,” presented by Almo Professional A/V on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at 2 p.m. EDT. NETGEAR’s Cody Kleven sat down with me earlier to chat about the growing AV-over-IP market, the future of the technology in the ProAV space and the numerous opportunities AV integrators can take advantage of today.
Gary was joined by Almo Pro A/V and ARHT Media today to talk about the new all-in-one HoloPod — a $55,000 3D HoloPresence Display solution for business. This is truly game-changing, and every AV integrator should sell this to corporate AV, any judicial branch of the government or any coworking space provider. Watch, and you’ll see why...
On today’s episode of Rants & rAVes, Avocor’s Dana Corey joined Gary to discuss Almo Pro A/V‘s upcoming State of the Collaboration Market webinar on Wednesday, March 24, at 2 p.m. EDT. Check out this video and then register for the free webinar here.
Gary caught up with Almo’s VP of marketing, Melody Craigmyle, today to talk E4v — the E4 Evolution show, a virtual version of the E4 Experience. If you attended either of the 2020 E4vs, you know that it wasn’t like any other virtual event as it exclusively used the LAVNCH VTS platform. Now with the 2021 event, Almo has added LAVNCH NETWORKING...
Get ready for Gary’s annual Krystal Ball webinar presented by Almo Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at 2 p.m. EST. LG’s Adam Coleman and Dan Baker joined Gary in the latest Rants & rAVes videocast and gave a sneak peek of what to expect in 2021 from LG, related explicitly to microLED and webOS technologies.
Register for the (AVIXA CTS-RU-approved) webinar next week with Gary and Almo Pro A/V — sponsored by LG — and receive access to the corresponding Krystal Ball article 24 hours before anyone else!
The Sony REA-C1000 has won four industry awards — including two from rAVe — and you’d never know it. Dubbed the “Edge Analytics Appliance,” the REA-C1000 is really four separate products in one: a chroma-key-less CG Overlay (meaning it can generate a virtual background anywhere at any time without a green screen), a PTZ auto-tracking system, a handwriting extraction generator and a streaming appliance. Yep, all four — in one box.
Gary was joined Thursday by VDO360’s founder, Dan Freeman, to talk about the $1,000 reduction on the company’s AutoPilot UCC system as well as the company’s line of SEE Series cameras. Since the pandemic, VDO360’s business has skyrocketed and all of it’s been through AV dealers — and they’re distributed by Almo Pro A/V. Watch!
For the first time ever, Gary Kayye and Jonathan Brawn will be presenting together. Both AVIXA Educator of the Year recipients, Gary and Jonathan are well-known and respected as some of the most knowledgeable display technologists in the AV market — Jonathan, a flat-panel display guru, and Gary, a projection and LED tech expert...
Almo is incentivizing its Encore Week of the E4v (E4 Evolution) show by giving away a 4K TV, a sounder (with sub) system and a new VDO360 OSHA-approved headset EACH DAY of the event (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) to three lucky #AVtweeps! So, if you missed any of the E4v sessions last month...
Gary’s doing an encore presentation of his famed “4K No Myths, No Exaggerations — Just the Facts” presentation, exclusively for Almo ProAV clients. Plus, he’s added all-about-4K in UCC, too! Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect when you register here for the webinar Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. EDT...
Almo Pro A/V’s Stephen McKay joined Gary on his videocast to do a LIVE demo of the VDO360 2SEE USB Camera — designed to be a work-from-anywhere personal conferencing device. Using a native 1080p (30fps) camera and four integrated mics, the 2SEE includes echo cancellation and automatic gain control...
MAY 18, 2020 | COVID-19 made us all keenly aware of the value of collaboration. And, collaboration without video is just like watching a silent movie. Not only is audio a heck of a lot more profitable than video but, the post-COVID-19 world is going to bring us a plethora of opportunities to sell “personalized professional audio gear. Oh, and some of the new stuff we’ll be spec’ing is already available! Join Gary Kayye and Almo ProAV’s audio guru, Rob Ziv for the ultimate audio webinar exclusively focused on integrating better (and profitable) audio systems into the workplace post-COVID-19.
MAY 11, 2020 | On today’s special videocast watch as Gary Kayye and Melody Craigmyle talk about E4v. With COVID-19 impacting the AV industry — Almo Professional AV is the first industry distributor to announce a virtual trade show. E4v connects you to exclusive online education, all while earning up to 8 CTS RUs! Each day includes four tracks of education including UCC, eSports, Direct View LED Essentials and The Future of Projection. Watch the videocast below and then be sure to register here. The first online event for the west coast is Monday May 18, 2020 so don’t miss it!
APR 10, 2020 | On today’s podcast, Panasonic‘s NSM, Steve Milley, and Gary talk about the potential of the eSports market and how their upcoming webinar together, is specifically designed to help AV Integrators navigate entering the market. If COVID-19 didn’t convince you to enter eSports, maybe the fact that NASCAR is holding weekly e-races via eSports platforms will. Or, maybe the fact that over 125 universities in the USA and nearly 300 worldwide have eSports teams will. Or, the fact that eSports is all AV-over-IP and filled with AV gear will. Either way, you should consider joining Gary’s webinar with Steve next week — register here (it’s worth 1 AVIXA CTS RU, CTS-I and CTS-D too). Like all our webinars, AlmoProAV is our partner!
MAR 13, 2020 | This Wednesday, March 18 at 2:30pm, Gary Kayye (with guest star Dana Cory, of Avocor) will deliver an all-you-need-to-know about UCC webinar. So, what? Well, Gary will focus on every single product used in huddle or meeting spaces and call out the best (and not so best) products out there to use and, well, Dana will be more politically-correct and explain why some of the newest UCC features should be adopted by every IT-manager or facility – stuff like single-touch video calling, annotation, moderation, wireless collaboration and more. It’ll be worth the hour you’ll spend in it and, not only that, you’ll earn 1.5 CTS CUs from AVIXA just for listening and watching (no test required!!!). But, for now, here’s a podcast between Gary and Dana where they try to convince you to attend with a new product TEASE!
FEB 10, 2020 | Last week, Barco launched a totally new series of ClickShare products dubbed the ClickShare Conference (the CX series); and, of course, Barco still has the CS series – the original wireless sharing products for presentation rooms. The new CX series is aimed at UCC spaces — watch this videocast with Barco’s VP of Channel Sales, Kurt DeYoung, on behalf of Almo ProAV, so you’ll understand why!
JAN 25, 2020 | This videocast is all about why you should register for rAVe’s very-own Gary Kayye’s annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball webinar Wednesday, January, 29th at 2:30pm EST — register here. As a benefit for registering, you will get a copy of the Krystal Ball article before ANYONE ELSE in the industry – a full 24-hours! Can’t beat that! The webinar is sponsored graciously by LG and delivered perfectly by Almo ProAV.
SEP 12, 2019 | Absen recently added their first, ever, distributor in Almo ProAV. Their strategy is in the hands of one Adam Coleman and you get to hear his pitch of why you should put in an LED instead of a projector in classrooms and meeting rooms. It’s compelling and it gives reason to consider Absen’s iCon Series of all-in-one LED walls — especially in the 1.2mm pixel range — instead of a projector in long-term applications.
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