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Advanced AV Achieves Cisco Express Collaboration Specialization

Press Contact:
Marina Gregory
Marketing Director, Advanced AV, LLC
610.491.0377
Marina.gregory@advancedav.com

 
Advanced AV, LLC Achieves Cisco Express Collaboration Specialization in USA
 West Chester, PA– December 8, 2014 – Advanced AV, LLC announced today that it has achieved the Cisco® Express Collaboration Specialization. This specialization recognizes Advanced AV, LLC as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support integrated Cisco network solutions. The Express Collaboration Specialization brings together key solutions for Cisco routing, switching and wireless products.

“Advanced AV, LLC is pleased to achieve Express Collaboration Specialization status. As part of our commitment to our employees, Advanced AV has always made the investment of time and training necessary to achieve Cisco Certifications. We consider this achievement part of our responsibility to better serve our clients and professionally address their needs in the Unified Communication Technology Space” stated Advanced AV’s John Green, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Designed to focus on a customer’s collaboration infrastructure and to support new application capabilities, the Cisco Express Collaboration Specialization is a prerequisite for Cisco Premier Certification.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program’s specializations and certifications, Cisco recognizes a partner’s expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services.

About Advanced AV, LLC

            Advanced AV, LLC has evolved with the advancement of technology into a specialized integrator of professional audiovisual systems for business, education, government, and worship facilities. Serving the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., Advanced AV has long proven track record of transforming clients’ technology objectives into reality. Advanced AV, LLC also offers Advanced Advantage, a fully customizable service solution. The range of offerings include; fully managed […]

By |January 8th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Cisco TelePresence Partner

Advanced AV, LLC Recognized as Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced Authorized Technology Provider Partner

West Chester, PA – 9/25/2014 – Advanced AV, LLC announced today that it has achieved TelePresence Video Advanced Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Advanced AV, LLC as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support Cisco TelePresence Video products and solutions at the Advanced level.

The Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced ATP Program is focused on providing a new way of working in which everyone, everywhere can be more productive through face-to-face collaboration with TelePresence Video solutions. The Advanced-level program’s goal is to enable partners to market TelePresence Video endpoints with a full breadth of infrastructure solutions in addition to managed videoconferencing services.

“Advanced AV, LLC is pleased to achieve ATP Status. As part of our commitment to our employees, Advanced AV has always made the investment of time and training necessary to achieve Cisco Certifications. We consider the ATP Status as part of our responsibility to better serve our clients and professionally address their needs in the Unified Communication Technology Space” stated Advanced AV’s John Greene, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

The Cisco Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) Program is part of the Cisco go-to-market strategy for emerging technologies. The program helps Cisco to define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to successfully sell, deploy and support an emerging technology. As the market changes, an ATP designation may be discontinued or may evolve into a Cisco specialization.

About Cisco TelePresence and Video Collaboration Solutions

Cisco TelePresence® and Video collaboration solutions provide life-like, high-definition, conferencing facilities with superior audio and video, allowing participants to meet their colleagues, customers and business partners across a virtual table. Participants can enjoy a […]

By |October 1st, 2014|News|0 Comments

Michael Boettcher joins NSCA Board of Directors

Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 22, 2014

West Chester, PA – Mr. Michael Boettcher, Chief Executive Officer of Advanced AV, LLC, joins NSCA Board of Directors. Mr. Boettcher has been a longtime supporter of the organization and was recognized by the NSCA in 2012 as an “Industry Mover and Shaker.” The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) is a leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial low-voltage electronic systems industry. NSCA is a powerful advocate for all who work within the low-voltage industry, including systems contractors, integrators, product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives, architects, specifying engineers, and other allied professionals. NSCA is dedicated to serving its contractor members and all channel stakeholders through advocacy, education, member services, and networking designed to improve business performance.

“I am extremely excited to be working with the NSCA, and joining a great cast of dedicated individuals.  The NSCA has provided tremendous industry support through the years and has been an important partner to Advanced AV, LLC; I am looking forward to helping continue that endeavor.” Stated Boettcher of the natural move to the NSCA Board of Directors.

Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Advanced AV has evolved with the advancement of technology into a specialized integrator of professional audiovisual systems for business, education, government, and worship facilities. Serving the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., Advanced AV has long proven track record of transforming clients’ technology objectives into reality. Advanced AV, LLC also offers Advanced Advantage, a fully customizable service solution. The range of offerings include; fully managed service operations with on-site staffing, remote monitoring via our state of the art Video Network Operations Center (VNOC), as well as maintenance and repairs. Today Advanced AV engineered systems and staffing can be found in boardrooms, conference centers, classrooms, auditoriums, […]

By |July 24th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Advanced AV welcomes Marina Gregory as Marketing Director

Advanced AV, LLC welcomes Ms. Marina Gregory as Marketing Director. Ms. Gregory has a wealth of experience in brand marketing and sales development. In her new role, she will be responsible for the planning, leadership, and general supervision of marketing services. Prior to joining Advanced AV, LLC, Ms. Gregory led the marketing efforts for several divisions of Robert Half in the eastern U.S. and Canada. She is a graduate of Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.

“We are excited to have Marina join Advanced AV, LLC. Her leadership and marketing expertise is a valuable addition to the sales and marketing department,” stated John Greene, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Advanced AV has evolved with the advancement of technology into a specialized integrator of professional audiovisual systems for business, education, government, and worship facilities, serving the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.  Advanced AV has long proven its dedication to transforming clients’ technology objectives into reality. Today its engineered systems can be found in boardrooms, conference centers, classrooms, auditoriums, and many other venues that have benefited from the company’s sound, video, and networking expertise.

 

By |July 15th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Advanced AV Welcomes Back Keith Clizbe, CTS as Production Manager

Keith Clizbe brings over twenty-seven years of direct experience in the audiovisual industry. Keith’s job responsibilities for Advanced AV will include management of Project Managers, Project Coordinators, Project Administrator, Fabrication, Technicians and Installers. Keith will work closely with Senior Management to develop and execute procedures. He will be challenged to develop new processes for projects and assist in strategic planning for the future.

Keith has certification in Microsoft Project Levels 1 and 2 and has achieved Extron’s AV Associate (EAVA) and Configurable Control Systems certifications. Keith has received numerous achievements from InfoComm International®, the premier international trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry, including accreditation as a “Certified Technical Specialist” (CTS), as well as Project Management and Technology Support Online certifications. In addition, Keith is a certified Manager of Environmental, Safety and Health Programs and OSHA trainer with over a dozen supplementary safety certificates. He also has extensive video production experience and electronic graphics training.

“We have worked very hard through the years to develop processes for Production, but as we continue to evolve, we want to have someone familiar with what it takes to deal with the landscape of A/V integration to help mold our teams. That said, we are extremely excited to announce our new Production Manager, and old friend, Keith Clizbe.” Michael Boettcher, President, Advanced AV

By |May 10th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Five focal points for the Classroom of the Future

As I began this article, I did a quick Google search to see what you might be seeing if you began your planning on the web. There were 226 MILLION pages on the topic.

Start to sort through the results and the array of articles you’ll find can be dizzying, each of them with a different take or focus on how technology and learning will merge in the years to come.

Sift through those articles, and the countless seminars and webinars on the subject, and you will see some patterns develop. Add to that our background of building hundreds, if not thousands of electronic classrooms, and those patterns get added to experience. The patterns begin to become tools and knowledge that can help you plan with confidence.

Fortunately, while technology is constantly changing, we’ve now lived in the techinical era of education long enough that we can see trends and learn from history a way that we couldn’t a decade ago.

What have we learned? In general, your planning will have to focus on five key points:

Changes in the classroom space – Effective use of technology, both what we are using today and the newer technologies that are emerging, also mean we have to rethink our classrooms spaces. How do we plan our space to make our investment in technology more effective? And how do we plan for now, yet create a space that can be effective as technology evolves?
Changes in the teacher’s role – As technology plays a larger role in teaching, the teacher’s role evolves too. Far from dehumanizing education, technology offers the possibility of making the teacher even more important in the process. But only if we understand and plan for the changes.
Connectivity – For the […]

By |May 1st, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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Managing your Project #2: Culture

A few years ago I was helping a university as they sorted through their options in a $12M media facility. As their consultant, I had worked with them and their architect for several months, helped write their RFP, and now we were reviewing the final three Vendors. The client asked for my opinion. When I gave them my thoughts, they were not based on capability, but on culture.

Why?

Here’s the truth – almost every AV Vendor can plan and build an AV system that works and meets whatever specs you throw at them. But if you want the process to be a positive one, and you want the right kind of support after the system is finished, you need to be aware of the vendor’s culture. Here are some questions you may want to ask…

You want to know how their change order process works, and at what level it kicks in. Some vendors build a little wiggle room so every little hiccup does not spawn a changeorder, with its increase in price, and its delays.
Ask them how their people are trained. InfoComm has several levels of acredidation, and each one translates into a percentage of technicians formally trained. The higher the level (Diamond is the highest) the larger percentage of technicians that been through the certification process. A high level of certification means the vendor consistently invests in quality people to work on your system.
Talk to them about their design philosophy, and make sure you have a clear understanding of who is responsible for what in the design and build process.
Have a clear understanding of how much of your project is being “farmed out” to freelancers. Some vendors work primarily with their own people on […]

By |April 5th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Managing your Project

Not long ago I was reviewing files on past projects. I realized I have spent almost 30 years designing, building and managing projects in the AV, Broadcast and Media-Centric IT world. I did the math and that translates into roughly 700 projects in that time period. And while the technologies have consistantly evolved, some things have remained the same, particularly the lessons about what makes a successful project.

When I first got in this business, I thought the success of a project depended mostly on the equipment I chose. If I chose the right mix of gear and software, then I and my clients would feel the system was a rave success.

But I was young then. And mostly wrong.

For the past couple of decades, I have done post-mortem meetings with almost everyone I have done a project for. Whether it’s a single conference or edit room, or a huge multi-million dollar complex, I make a point to sit down after a project and pick my client’s brain about what they think made a project a success or failure.

And over that time, the answers have been remarkably similar. And they have a great deal more to do with process, people and promises, than products. Here are a few of the most important lessons I have learned.

Explain your organization’s culture. If a vendor understands your corporate culture, what expectations are, how decisions are made, what time and money pressures you have, how you work, what makes life easy for you, they can plan for those things, build them into their bid and their process, and you will end up happier. But if you don’t tell them, they won’t know.
Good, consistent communication is the single most important factor in […]

By |March 28th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments
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