Technology Integrator August 2014 issue
Today’s integrators are facing a challenge they have not dealt with in some time: finding and hiring qualified entry-level technicians. Being busy (and needing more people) is a good problem to have, but finding them can be nearly impossible. Hiring has become a hot topic among CEDIA members, and has consistently come up at “Connect with CEDIA” events over the last year.
It’s September; it’s CEDIA EXPO month. You’ve planned your trip, booked your flight and made a hotel reservation.
I’ve recently started cleaning out my file cabinets. I have everything I’ve accumulated since the fire that burned my store to the ground in 1992.
Ira 2014: So why did you start Bay Audio?
What are your top five brands and/or product categories, and why are they more accessible to dealers/integrators through distribution?
Many in our business bemoan the commodity mentality seemingly afflicting today’s consumers. The condition we helped create instills pessimism. We now view our CE careers, once labors of love, merely as paychecks. But there’s evidence that enthusiastic consumers exist. We need only look to other product categories for encouragement.
CEDIA EXPO is nearly here … are you ready? CEDIA EXPO 2014 will take place Sept. 10-13 (show floor open Sept. 11-13) at the Colorado Convention Center. Registration is open; visit cedia.net/expo to start planning your trip.
Technology Integrator: What led to the development of the Niles Auriel MRC-6430 product?
When you deliver your proposal package to your prospective client, everything is riding on that stack of papers you hand him. You may win a big job and celebrate or you may lose to your completion and wonder how and why you could have lost.
The thrill of winning a big sale can make you feel great. On the other hand, getting the dreaded phone call that you lost a big job can be a depressing experience that stings for weeks.
I work for integrators. My focus is to deliver them an all-inclusive toolkit that makes them well-equipped for every job they want to complete. I need to organize tools for their job preparation, sales execution, the fine points of installation, and other elements they may not even consider.