Amherst, NY--Stampede has announced the locations for its 2011 Big Book of AV Tour. With an increase of stops from five to 14 and an expected attendance of more than 8,500 dealers, this year’s tour has earned the nickname of the “Even Bigger” Big Book of AV Tour.
- The 2011 tour will kick off March 16 with a stop in New Orleans. Other spring shows will include Miami, Cleveland, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver. The fall tour will hit Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Montreal, and Toronto.
“Our dealers across North America couldn’t get enough of the Big Book of AV Tour in 2010,” said Kevin Kelly, president and COO of Stampede. “So for 2011 the tour is ‘even bigger’ than last year, up from five cities to 14. We will still hold the shows in live-music venues and we will still have tons of valuable information for our dealers. Our goal is to keep the atmosphere fun and energetic to remind everyone how much fun our products deliver to the end users.”
Each show will enable dealers to meet with their local Stampede representative, as well as representatives of InfoComm, and over 40 of Stampede’s partners, including: NEC, Hitachi, Amplivox, Atlona, Canon, Sharp, Casio, Chief, Luidia, Epson, Infocus, Lumens, LG, Mitsubishi, Mustang, Optoma, Peerless, Denon, Pinnacle, Samsung, Xpand, Bretford, Kramer, and more.At each show dealers will have a chance to see live projector and display shootouts. To expand their knowledge, dealers can take part in Stampede University live training events on topics such as touch technology, digital signage, and 3D technology. The shows will also feature the latest industry news from Insight Media, Brawn Consulting, Gary Kayye and rAVe, ProAV Magazine, System Contractor News, Commercial Integrator, TWICE and more. In addition, dealers in attendance will have the opportunity to become CTS and DSCE certified.
“Strong product knowledge is a core value at Stampede,” explained Kelly. “The Big Book of AV Tour enables us to bring valuable Stampede University training directly to thousands of dealers. This training helps our dealers to better serve their customers and grow their business. It’s a win for everyone.”
In 2010, Stampede University trained more than 1,000 dealers through training events, webinars, Stampede dealer shows, and more. Training consisted of both product and technology topics, including 3D training provided by Insight Media and xPand Cinema. In addition, Stampede’s own sales force invests 20 percent of their time in training through Stampede University, improving their product knowledge so they can spec the right products for the right jobs. In fact, the entire Stampede sales team is DSCE certified and many are CTS certified.
Early bird registration for the Big Book of AV Tour 2011 is open now at bigbookofavtour.com.