Northeast Integrators Aren’t Red-Headed Step Kids
But there has never been a regional event in the Northeast that allows integrators to quickly and inexpensively get their technicians training, a taste of new products and a venue to share best practices in the field.
The oversight is even more remarkable given the fact that cumulatively there are more integration companies in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine than any other area of the country. Is it our funny accents? Cold weather? When did New England and Mid-Atlantic integrators become akin to red-headed step children?
The wait is over! The new CE Exchange event from May 6-8 (when the weather is much warmer) at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut is centrally located to allow integrators from multiple states have a close-by venue to get some intensive, one-day technical and sales training for their technicians.
I recently spoke with a CE Pro 100 integrator about how many technicians she can send to CEDIA. Attending the big Expo is a great perk for technicians. They get an opportunity to see the excitement of the industry and more importantly take multiple technical trainings. But from a financial standpoint, an integrator can’t send too many technicians. When you factor in lost productivity from a three-day trip (at minimum), not to mention the cost.
For CE Exchange, it could be a one-day trip out of the office to a fun location, with food, networking and entertainment if you and your staff want to hang out for the evening when no formal events are scheduled.
I hope to see you there.