CE Pro VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups Form to Promote Idea-Sharing

CE Pro VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups of 10 to 12 non-competitive, like-sized integration companies will meet regularly to share business advice.

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CE Pro VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups Form to Promote Idea-Sharing

The CE Pro VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups will be a moderated forum for small groups of integrators to share their ideas on operations, HR, product selection, customer service, marketing and more.

Idea sharing is the lifeblood of the industry. So in that vein, here are some tidbits CE Pro received just over the past several months from integrators just like you. Ask yourself if your answer is “no” to any of the following questions:

  • Do you have service agreements in place for your landscape lighting projects?
  • Did you bring in a financial and legal consultant for your staff during the COVID-19 outbreak and provide guidance for them on mortgage? forbearance, help renegotiate their rent, or refinance their mortgages?
  • Have you considered a four-day, 10-hour work week for your staff?
  • Have you started to see a dip in staff productivity from working-from-home compared to the first months of the pandemic, and how are you monitoring it (or correcting it)?
  • Did you develop a written waiver/agreement for your employees to sign regarding their obligations/rights and your own company liabilities? regarding having them work in the field during the coronavirus crisis?
  • Have you taken steps to add an electrical division to your company to help cement your lighting fixture installation business?
  • Have you considered a geographic growth strategy by opening a new office in a different city, or even a different state? If so, did you find a solid person to be the champion for your company in that expansion?
  • How have you successfully approached builders and general contractors with an offer to produce lighting layouts and load schedules, while taking on the role of lighting designer also?
  • Have you approached your suppliers about receiving some sort of compensation for labor on warranty repairs?
  • Do you have a design services agreement in place with your clients?
  • Have you done the analysis on allowing technicians to take their vehicles home every night?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, then CE Pro is here to help. We all know that peer-to-peer exchange of information is one of the key values of attending an event, whether it is CEDIA Expo, Integrated Systems Europe, ISC West, the CEDIA Tech Summits, a buying group event, or the Total Tech Summit. And, of course, we all know what has happened to those events during the pandemic.

That’s where CE Pro comes in. Our mission statement is simple: We Help You Do Your Job Better. That mission has not changed over the past 28 years, and it certainly has not changed in the past 20 years that I have been here. Whether it be through our publication, website, white papers, webinars, podcasts, YouTube channel, events or friendly conversation, helping you succeed is what CE Pro is all about. When integrators are successful, it elevates the entire industry.

CE Pro VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups

That’s why I am excited to introduce a new avenue of idea sharing for the industry: the CE Pro VIP Peer Networking Groups. These regular gatherings (digitally of course during this COVID-19 timeframe) are another format to present some of the great operational tidbits you might have missed along the way.

But more importantly, these VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups will allow like-sized integration companies to share ideas with each other in a relaxed unencumbered fashion. The chances are that any situation you are facing has already been faced (and solved) by another custom integrator. We also know how busy everyone is, so the time commitment will be minimal. Plus, the information will be available to the individual members of the group afterwards.

How can you participate? It’s simple. Just go to https://totaltechsummit.com/apply/ to apply. We will be coalescing integrators into small groups of 10 to 12 non-competitive companies over the coming weeks. The plan is to kick off the VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups in conjunction with our digital Total Tech Summit, which occurs December 7-10, with discussions aimed at dealers on both the East and West coasts, as well as everywhere in between.  

The goal is to continue our mission of elevating the industry and doing our small part in helping you do your job better. Are you with us? We are here to help.

VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Group FAQS

URL: https://totaltechsummit.com/vip-peer-to-peer-networking-groups/

What: Exclusive and private networking groups made up of 10 to 12 integrators like you who are of similar size and of non-competing geographical locations.

When: All year long! These groups meet once per month from January to October via Zoom for discussions ranging from predetermined topics to a place where you can find shared experiential solutions to a challenge you are having. You’ll have additional access to 24/7 chat forums, where you can get a problem solved now, instead of waiting until the next meet up.

Why: This is an exclusive opportunity for the elite in the integration industry. Only the very best are invited to participate. Within these groups is where the most influential integrators can meet to discuss business, how they are planning to continue to grow, and bounce ideas off each other. How much would you pay to have all your problems solved? We are giving you access for free.

What You Get if You Are Accepted:

  • Private Year-Long Peer-to-Peer Networking
  • Private 24/7 Access to Networking Group Chat Forum
  • Exclusive World-Class Research
  • Exclusive Deep Dive Reports
  • Exclusive Master Class Webinars
  • Exclusive In-Person Meetups
  • Exclusive Marketing Email Blasts to Your Target End-User Markets
  • Exclusive Marketing Promotional Video Production by The CE Pro, SSI, and CI Teams
  • Access to the CE Pro Kick-Off Events
  • One-on-One Meetings with Leading Suppliers in Your Vertical

Discussion Topics Could Include:

  • Cybersecurity best practices
  • COVID-related challenges and opportunities
  • Video analytics applications
  • Expanding Your Technology Offerings
  • Business Management Best Practices
  • Navigating the Growing IT Aspects of AV Integration
  • Software Selection
  • Lighting Fixture Business
  • Marketing
  • Designer/Builder Relationships

Kick-off Event Dates:

CE Pro Summit Kick-off Event:

East – December 7 & 8 (8am – 1pm CT)

West – December 9 & 10 (8am – 1pm PT)

About the Author

Jason Knott
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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald's Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.