Todd Thibodeaux

CEDIA this week announced a lineup of special events for this fall's CEDIA Expo, which is set to take place this Sept. 10-12 in Denver. 

From smartphones to souped-up servers, a plethora of technological tools can help small businesses as they expand. Yet with so many options — and so many business demands that need to be met — technology can be daunting for even the most experienced entrepreneurs.

"It's this feeling that you're falling behind constantly," says Todd Thibodeaux, CEO of the Computing Technology Industry Association, the country's largest IT trade association.

Industry group CompTIA (The Computing Technology Industry Association) announced Friday that it supports the economic stimulus package proposed last week in the U.S. House.

The Consumer Electronics Association on Monday announced that Jason Oxman has been promoted to the position of senior vice president of industry affairs. Oxman, previously the organization’s spokesman, will retain that role and add management of market research and strategic relations to his responsibilities. Oxman will replace Todd Thibodeaux, the senior vice president of industry relations, who will leave the organization, CEA said. In addition, CEA has promoted John Tunnell to the position of vice president of member relations, and named Annemarie Ramirez its new senior vice president of human resources. And Laura Hudson has been promoted to the title of corporate

The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) said Thursday that it has named four new ex oficio directors to its board, from across the certification, education, and finance sectors. The move is in conjunction with ESPA’s planned launch of new education and certification programs early next year. The new board members are Norah Hammond of the National Systems Contractors Association, Kerry Moyer of the CEA, Jeff Quint of the National Systems Contractors Association, and Margaret Sheehan of CEDIA. They join Chairman Chuck Wilson of ESPA, as well as Secretary Don Gilpin and Treasurer Todd Thibodeaux.

You can tell something’s taking hold in the retail channel when, without actually looking, it hits you from all sides and from a variety of sources. The overall message became clear while I was editing the stories for this month’s issue: To survive in this tough environment, in which competition increases as fast as margins fall, retailers of all stripes must take the initiative to recommend full solutions to their customers and clearly explain the services they offer to optimize, maintain and upgrade those solutions. Ignore the full solution—the combination of hardware, software and services—and you’re leaving dollars on the floor. This isn’t new. What

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