Almo Pro A/V E4 Tour Reaches Record Attendance
Distributor Almo Corp. held its fourth and final Almo Pro A/V E4 Expo of the calendar year in the Metro New York City area Nov. 13, attracting over 600 pre-registered dealers to the one-day event – up from about 400 attendees in 2012. Thirty-five vendors ringed the perimeter of the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J., showing their newest products to dealers, who also availed themselves of 11 educational courses that counted towards InfoComm CTS certification renewals.
Four new vendors – Barco, Epson, ClearOne and Harman Professional – joined the exhibitor ranks this year, but Almo’s vendor number remains stable at about 35, said Sam Taylor, Almo Pro A/V’s executive vice president and COO. “We’re selective about the partners we choose,” he said. “We always look for ‘solution’ lines for our dealers – for vendors who can provide their training and technical expertise.”
Digital signage and video conferencing products are among the hottest product areas moving into 2014, as are large-format video displays, which are increasingly replacing projector use in smaller venues, with projectors still dominant in large venues such as houses of worship, Taylor said. For next year, he said he expects interactivity in displays to become even more dominant as a feature.