Two-Day Azione Key Leaders Meeting Provides Crucial Information for Members
At their annual June meeting, operations managers, COOs, and other high-level managers congregated at Azione Unlimited’s second annual Key Leaders Meeting.
Aligning with the 2018 theme “Perfect Partners,” the Key Leaders meeting acknowledges the multiple facets of running a residential AV and smart home technology integration firm and the importance of the folks on the ground to the organization’s overall success. The Key Leaders meeting provides stakeholders—people other than company owners and CEOs—the chance to experience the many benefits of Azione membership, including the camaraderie characteristic of the group’s Spring and Fall conferences.
The two-day event kicked off with a roundtable discussion by dealers, for dealers, discussing today’s biggest challenges and brainstorming ideas to meet those challenges head-on in a world where both technology and the economy are constantly changing. A second roundtable enabled dealers to candidly explore and share their successes of the year so that others may learn and embrace new ideas.
"As a first-time attendee of the Azione Key Leaders Meeting, I was impressed with the insights shared and details delivered and the overall dynamic, as well," said Derek Fox of Surround Sounds in Exton, PA. "I now have a far better understanding of Azione vendor programs and group benefits and am already seeing where I can take better advantage of all that the group has to offer and have an established peer group I can tap into whenever I need an assist or a second opinion. For myself personally and for Surround Sounds the Azione Key Leaders Meeting was well worth the time and effort."
Ending the first day, Brad Whitehead kicked off his first of two presentations, “Implement EOS to Get the Most from Your Business.” Whitehead is the principal of VX Strategy, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, and tactical execution. The Entrepreneurial Operating System is a methodology for managing a business by focusing on its key components, maintaining alignment and cultural health, and simplifying daily operations through standard language, process, and communication rhythm.
The next day, Whitehead will build upon the theme of embracing new ways of thinking and business strategies with the presentation: “Embracing and Thriving on New Ideas – An Operational Imperative.” During this session, conference participants will learn how to be the agent of change in their organization and glean ideas, actions, revenue opportunities, management tools and more.
Both days included presentations from the event’s sponsors, Azione vendor members: Samsung, AudioControl, Access Networks, Savant, Integra, and SurgeX. These vendors took the spotlight for 45 minutes each, showcasing their latest products and discussing sales strategies.
“The response at last year’s meeting was phenomenal, with dealers and vendors sharing tips and tactics candidly, with the best interests of the custom integration industry front-of-mind," said Azione Unlimited President and COO Richard Glikes. "We have an intense schedule this year, packed with high-quality educational content, thought-provoking roundtable topics, and networking opportunities that we are sure will excite and inspire attendees,”