E4 Evolution

Nov. 30, 2021  |  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST

The E4 Evolution is something you’ve never seen before, and trust us, you can’t miss this event! It is a true hybrid event that includes live curated coverage of the E4 Experience so you can join the event from anywhere in the world. And no, it is not simply streaming live sessions from a show floor or stage. It’s a totally unique experience with people on stage that aren’t even on stage! 

The E4 Evolution includes its own tour guides, hosts and curated content intended and optimized so you can be there without actually being there. Join Almo Pro A/V for the E4 Evolution to learn about new products and solutions, interact with presenters, network with peers and explore everything the E4 Experience Dallas has to offer.

SESSIONS

Spark new ideas and embrace the future of Pro AV & IT while earning AVIXA CTS RU credit.

Join us for a can’t miss, totally new and engaging keynote with Gary Kayye featuring HoloPresence technology from AHRT Media, sessions from expert presenters, an NSCA roundtable, show floor tours with Tim Albright and Megan A. Dutta and more!

Keynote | Presented by Epson

The Future of Workspaces Is All About Experiences

Speakers: Gary Kayye, Scott A. McPhail

Whether we liked our office before the pandemic or not, it’s clear that workspaces will be different when life returns to “normal” after the pandemic. We have a generation of workers who took the “work from anywhere” mantra literally and loved working from home, hotels, or Airbnbs; another generation of people who are nervous about returning to the office; and there’s a team of others who need to be surrounded by work to, well, work. 

Then, there’s the #AVtweeps, who are charged with formulating plans to bring everyone back. And the approach isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. But one trend is emerging as the overriding winning formula to bring everyone together again, and it involves a combination of tech sprinkled with some design thinking.

So, what’s the solution? In his 12th annual opening keynote at the E4 Experience, rAVe’s own Gary Kayye won’t just tell you about it. He’ll demonstrate it LIVE. It will be the industry’s first-ever truly hybrid keynote and it’ll include a special, live appearance from Paramount Pictures’ global creative operations executive, Scott A. McPhail. And, this promises to be a keynote you’ll never forget, so make sure your iPhones are fully charged as you’ll be shooting video of this and posting it all over social media!

The future of workspaces is in the hands of AV, UCC and digital signage systems sales and design engineers. You! 

Presented By

1.5 CTS, CTS-D RUs

The HoloPresence Tour | Post-Keynote Exclusive

A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of AHRT Media’s Holographic Technology

Immediately following the E4 keynote, Gary Kayye will take you on an exclusive tour of how it all worked. Using proprietary holopresence technology, chromakey and standard projection equipment, AHRT Media delivers a turn-key solution to beam presenters into one or multiple venues at the same time from anywhere to anywhere in the world via the internet.

It allows presenters to be anywhere without going anywhere – in life-sized proportions with the ability to both see and interact with the audience, live. Join us to see how it works and in-depth look at the technology and product involved.

Session 1 | The Power of Place

The New Next Workplace

Speakers: Rachel Rouse, Kay Sargent

COVID-19 not only changed the way we work, it also changed how we interact with people and physical objects. As we return to the workplace, we will have to rethink not only the way we engage with the space but also how we interact with each other. A new social dynamic will be created with potential for unease, increased anxiety and conflict. Add that to the fact that we are living in a world where we are constantly connected, and the inflow of information seems never-ending; the inability to disconnect is causing a dramatic increase in stress levels among today’s workers.

We are living in a time in which exponential change is being driven by advances and rapid development of new, autonomous technology. Hence, we are seeing the parallel rise of the machine age and the rise of the human factor. These two streams were already converging in the workplace and changing not only the tools we use but also when, where and how we work. Going forward, we need to create environments that can help accommodate all and address both the physical and social challenges we are now faced with.

Presented By

1.0 CTS, CTS- D, CTS- I RUs

Session 2 | NSCA Round Table

Elephants in the Room: Integrators’ Biggest Challenges & Opportunities

Speakers: Tom LeBlanc, Dawna Payne, John Riley, Scott Adeylotte

There is no blueprint for how to run an integration company in today’s climate. Integrators face enormous pandemic and post-pandemic related challenges. Meanwhile, the value that integrators bring their customers has never been higher. In this special session at Almo’s Dallas E4 Experience, join a discussion of the big elephants in the room. For example, everybody in the integration industry is talking about frustration related to supply chain. Let’s talk about it.

So many integrators are thrilled to be working their way out of the pandemic only to find that they can’t recruit and hire talent to help them tackle new projects. Let’s vent about it. We’ve all collectively come to the realization that what customers wanted pre-pandemic differs from what they need from their integrator partners now. Let’s embrace it. Yes, there are challenges – but there are so many opportunities.

On the E4 Experience stage NSCA Executive Director Tom LeBlanc leads a no-holds-barred discussion with Texadia Systems Executive Vice President Dawna Payne, Almo ProAV SVP of Channel Sales John Riley, and Sharp Business USA Director of Channel Sales Scott Adeylotte on the biggest topics facing integrators right now.

Presented By

0.5 CTS, CTS-D, CTS-I RUs

Session 3 | Let’s Get Down to Business

Post Pandemic AV Business Strategies

Speaker: Tom Stimson

Since 2006, Tom Stimson, owner of The Stimson Group, has worked with over 200 AV companies and organizations on business strategy, process, marketing, and sales. Now more than ever, Tom brings his years of experience coupled with what his clients have learned during the pandemic to provide timely and thought-provoking advice for AV companies including:

  • What about outsourcing for services such as labor or programming?
  • – What’s the government got to do with it? CARES act money, infrastructure and AV
  • – Working through the peaks and valleys of the AV business

Presented By

1.0 CTS, CTS- D, CTS- I RUs

SPEAKERS

Tim Albright

Chief Marketing Officer

Conference Technologies Inc.®

Megan A. Dutta

Director of Emerging Markets

THE rAVe Agency

Megan A. Dutta is a technology journalist, who puts her passion for the audiovisual industry on each and every page, whether print or digital. Dutta is currently the director of emerging markets at THE rAVe Agency where she explores new technologies like extended reality (XR). In her role, Dutta uses rAVe’s LAVNCH platform to investigate emerging trends while bringing new knowledge to the pro AV community and beyond.

Gary Kayye

Director and Co-founder

rAVe [PUBS]

Gary Kayye is a co-founder of rAVe [PUBS] and the director of THE rAVe Agency, the AV industry’s only creative agency. Also a teaching assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Gary has a longstanding history in AV — more than 25 years — in roles like VP of sales and marketing for Extron and executive VP at AMX (now Harman); he is an expert in technology marketing and branding.

Tom LeBlanc

Executive Director

NSCA

Tom LeBlanc, NSCA’s executive director, has supported the integration market since 2003. As editorial director of Commercial Integrator from 2010 to 2019 and in various roles at CE Pro before that, he specialized in developing content to help integration firms improve their businesses. At NSCA, LeBlanc is focused on sharing NSCA success stories and resources aimed at improving members’ businesses.

Scott A. McPhail

International Creative Operations Executive

Paramount Pictures

Rachel Rouse

Director of Interiors

HOK

John Riley

Senior VP of Channel Sales

Almo Professional A/V

Tom Stimson

President

Stimson Group, LLC

Tom Stimson is a Business Advisor, Coach, and Speaker who works exclusively with hands-on owners and management teams that want to improve their decision-making and elevate their strategic thinking. Now more than ever, Strategy will separate the Thrivers from the Survivors. Learn More at TRSTIMSON.COM

Kay Sargent

Senior Principal – Director of WorkPlace

HOK

As senior principal and director of the WorkPlace practice at HOK, Kay Sargent uses her more than 35 years of experience to shape workplace design and strategy. Also serving on the AVIXA Board of Directors among other boards, she’s supported organizations in various locations and functions to help define how, when and where people work with technology.

Alesia Hendley

Journalist and Content Creator

Audinate

Alesia Hendley is an AV professional that found her passion at a young age as a sound engineer with her Father’s church. In the early stages of the church’s foundation they couldn’t afford musicians. By utilizing different audiovisual technologies she and her Father found creative ways to go higher both musically and spiritually, taking the congregation with them. Now you can find her operating/installing audiovisual systems or executing creative ventures. As a young professional she’s finding ways to bring AV, creatives, and creative visions together in the effort to leave her mark by making an impact, and not just an impression.

Dawna Payne

Executive Vice President

Texadia Systems

Dawna Payne has been a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her career has spanned over several industries from automotive, to digital printing to travelling across Texas opening restaurants but an accidental and unexpected opportunity into the Audio Video industry turned her  work into a love for technology and has led her down an amazing path of learning and successes.

Dawna currently works for Texadia Systems in Dallas as the Executive Vice President overseeing HR, Marketing, Finance and Operations.  She has spent most of her career helping companies develop and drive business strategies, creating processes and procedures and a passion for helping employees learn their potential in developing, mentoring and coaching employee career paths.

She believes seeing a company grow and prosper is one thing – Seeing the people grow is what makes it all worthwhile.  

Scott Adeylotte

Director, Channel Sales

Sharp Business USA

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Almo E4 Evolution

Nov. 30, 2021
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST

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