First in Line for InfoComm 2016

6 March 2016 by , No Comments

Zimmerman_450InfoComm 2016 lands in Las Vegas this June 4-10 and registration is officially open. Tom Zimmerman, design engineer for BT Conferencing, didn’t waste any time. He was the very first to sign up for the big show. Tom is a long-time InfoComm attendee, first coming to the show in 1993. He says InfoComm has definitely gotten bigger since then. But what brings this industry veteran back year after year? I connected with Tom to find out.

What led you into a career in the audiovisual industry?

I turned a love of stereo audio equipment and music into a career.  I graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in finance. I had a 6-year career in finance with General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Business Group. That was enough for a lifetime. I built some of the first IBM PCs to use in finance and taught programming so I wouldn’t have to fill in 13-column spreadsheets by hand. Then for a few years I sold background music for a radio station and learned to design my own systems for local churches and temples using Bose Modeler. My first job at Bose was managing Modeler, eventually becoming the Manager of Technical Operations in Pro Products.

What is your current role with BT Conferencing?

As a design/sales engineer, I focus on pre-sales support, surveys, CAD designing and quoting for AV projects.

What prompted you to register for InfoComm 2016?

It’s the only way to network and see new things for a designer working from home.

How does attending InfoComm help you with your job?

I had my first call for a retractable ceiling mic on a project today, and I remembered seeing just the right piece at last year’s show.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s show?

I have worked for many manufacturers and AV houses over the years. At the show, I see everyone I know; it’s like having a class reunion every year.

Are there any specific products you’re interested in seeing up close at the show? What trends from customers are you noticing?

Even though huge displays seem to be all the rage these days, I think the next big move will be to personal displays along the BYOD model. There doesn’t seem to be the attention span to sit in a conference room or auditorium for hours anymore. I’ll be looking at streaming and simple videoconferencing applications for tablets.

How will you use what you learned from this year’s conference?

My CTS is up for renewal again this year so I’ll be going to many classes to get the credits I need, and I always learn something new that I can use at the classes.

What types of courses are you interested in attending?

I’m interested in courses on streaming, networks and what the educational market is up to. At last year’s show, I was the room host at Mark Valenti’s “Future Trends for Higher Education” class, and there is a reason the room was standing room only. That is where you’ll see the future.

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