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AVWeek 580: Blurred Lines

When Worlds Collide

Even with CEDIA Expo just happening in Dallas, there is no better time to look at the news coming out of the commercial side of the AV industry. Yes, even for a residential focused trade show! Joining us this week is Jetbuilt CEO Paul Dexter, Associate Editor for Commercial Integrator Amala Reddie and the Director of AV, Multimedia Design & Operations at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Fernando Mora.

As previously mentioned, CEDIA Expo 2022 took place in Dallas last week, focusing on the innovations made within the residential space. So why are we covering it on a mainly Pro AV commercial podcast? In the past few years, the lines between residential and commercial have been bending just a bit. Remote working is more popular than ever, and now residential clients are looking to get that higher grade of appliances into their home. We discuss what it means for these worlds to merge for the AV industry at large.

On a similar note, the owners of CEDIA Expo have announced the launch of the Commercial Integrator Expo set to co-locate with CEDIA Expo 2023 in Denver next year. We reached out to AVIXA, and CEO Dave Labuskes had this to say. “The growth and resilience of the AV industry are always going to make it attractive to for-profit tradeshow companies looking to enhance their bottom line and shareholder value. We believe the role that AVIXA and its tradeshows have played in that growth, and the unique understanding of the AV marketplace that our affinity with the industry gives us as a non-profit association, will continue to make InfoComm the North American event of choice for our industry and the community it serves.” To that end, we talk about the hopes for this show and what Emerald will hope to accomplish with both CEDIA Expo and CI Expo in tandem.

Finally, we discuss the diversity transformation taking place within the AV industry. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is exactly what it says on the tin. DEI builds an inclusive space for marginalized communities in both the industry and across the globe. NSCA has created their own DEI Action Council, joining the ranks of similar organizations such as AVIXA’s Diversity Council and Women’s Council. What can we already in the industry do to help push forward councils like this and make the space mor welcoming to everyone?

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  • AVNation studios production equipment provided by Shure and Vaddio.
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