We’ve shared our favorite opinion-shapers and the young Twitter stars who make it so much fun to be part of the AVTweeps community. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the groups and associations we rely on to do our jobs better every day.
As an added bonus, don’t forget to follow the man who was once one of you before squaring off with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a quest for a Turbo-Man action figure in the holiday classic “Jingle All the Way.”
See the other categories of AVTweeps to follow at the bottom.
Here we go. Have your phone out and those following fingers ready!
The association formerly known as InfoComm International is a go-to resource for training opportunities, trade shows around the world and regional meetings.
You should also check in with executive director David Labuskes, senior director of communications Brad Grimes, senior staff instructor/bacon enthusiast Chuck Espinoza and COO/triathlete Heidi Voorhees among others for their perspectives on what’s going on in AV and beyond.
— AVIXA (@AVIXA) July 25, 2018
The National System Contractors Association offers white papers, training tools and one of the industry’s highest-regarded annual shows, the Business and Leadership Conference, along with the Pivot to Profit conference focused on recurring revenue. Executive director Chuck Wilson is a sporadic tweeter, but you should be there when he drops his 140- or 280-character knowledge bombs.
When you’re looking for a firm to purchase, look for these things!https://t.co/xEtSdhySTg
— NSCA (@NSCA_systems) July 25, 2018
The NSCA Education Foundation raises money for the Ignite workforce development initiative, PASS K-12 school safety effort, programs aimed at bringing former veterans in the AV space and more.
One of the PASS K-12 steering committee members – Michele Gay, founder of Safe and Sound Schools – recently released its 2018 report on the State of School Safety. Get it here –>> https://t.co/yzux2SjQWY #PassK12 @PASSK12
— NSCA Education Foundation (@nsca_foundation) July 19, 2018
The AV Nation crew — including founder Tim Albright and the other side of his brain, George Tucker along with show hosts Dawn Meade and Steve Greenblatt — touts itself as “the go-to source for audiovisual news and information.” These men and women seem to add a new podcast or feature every week aimed at keeping AVtweeps informed.
— AVNation (@AVNationTV) July 16, 2018
This industry association focuses on the needs of the IT community. CEO Todd Thibodaux is a go-to resource for all matters IT.
Speakers address how the #tech industry is addressing the data privacy debate and how the midterm elections will affect tech policy. Oct 17-18, D.C. #CompTIATechSummit. Register here: https://t.co/wf2hdk9gW9 pic.twitter.com/Xu9MaZ1fBf
— CompTIA (@CompTIA) July 25, 2018
The Security Industry Association is always thinking about ways to keep people safer.
— Security Ind. Assn. (@SIAonline) July 26, 2018
This group knows how to party and prides itself on advocating for the concerns of women trying to navigate the AV industry.
— Women in AV (@WomeninAV) July 26, 2018
The former Women of InfoComm are making more of a name for themselves under their new name and hosting more local events than ever before.
Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Today, we celebrate the women in our industry. Your hard work and dedication is a key part of advancing us forward.
— AVIXA Women’s Council (@AVIXAWomen) March 8, 2018
This feed focuses on some of the many causes AVTweeps can support to help those in and related to their industry.
— AVGivesBack (@AVGivesBack) July 6, 2018
The PSNI Global Alliance now covers the entire world, but it will never forget its humble roots.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TBT</a> to this snazzy logo circa 1987 😎 <a href=”https://t.co/GsHPQEky3d”>pic.twitter.com/GsHPQEky3d</a></p>— PSNI Global Alliance (@PSNI_AV) <a href=”https://twitter.com/PSNI_AV/status/1022512755256053762?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 26, 2018</a></blockquote>
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This group looks at technology from the end user perspective.
— AV User Group (@AVUserGroup) June 6, 2018
The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center is comprised of volunteers who help those who need new or replacement technology in the wake of a crisis.
Our friends at @Obihai started a chain reaction of #SocialGood – donating 1K phone adapters for disaster relief! @IAUG members answered our plea for telephones, and they’re ready to go! Thx to @JohnCarrollU @MJShuck @Polycom and @Pennsylvania811 for supporting our mission! #CSR pic.twitter.com/bP52nlZhdE
— ITDRC (@ITDRC) July 6, 2018
If you’re looking for a new job, Marika Aquino and her team have all the resources you could possibly need.
— TPM AV/IT Solutions (@TierPM) July 25, 2018
Pat Deeley’s feed is loaded with AV jobs from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and beyond, as well as a few fun surprises.
— Pat Deeley (@AVJobsEMEA) June 18, 2018
In addition to job listings, this resource includes articles chock-full of tips on career advancement and workplace politics.
AVTweeps Don’t let video wall content creation scare you from your next work opportunity! Listen to what @commintegrator has to say about this:
Video Wall Content Creation, But Easier: Episode 21 of AV#MondayMotivation https://t.co/T61rqdi1sa
— Audio Visual Jobs (@FindAVJobs) July 23, 2018
The most dangerous band in AV has been playing together for more than a decade, raising more than $1 million for the NSCA Education Foundation. Members Steve Emspak, Marc Hochlerin and Felix Robinson check in occasionally with news about the band and the AV industry.
— Drunk Unkles (@DrunkUnkles) June 30, 2017
Adrian Cotterill and his team are always on top of what’s hot when it comes to AV news and information.
“Will ISE Move To Barcelona?” We wrote Thursday, March 15th, 2012 !!!! https://t.co/0kyXfK2Jtt
— DailyDOOH (@DailyDOOH) July 13, 2018
The group focused on enhancing how audio and video signals are transported is relaunched with a new spirit—and a new network protocol supporting audio-video bridging it calls Milan [short for “Media-integrated local area network”.]
Registration discounts for #TSNA18 are available until August 9. Don’t miss updates from Avnu members across #industrial, #proav & #automotive. Register today: https://t.co/4sGaNWlgaR pic.twitter.com/8MzabMykns
— Avnu Alliance (@Avnu_Alliance) July 20, 2018
The charity arm of CompTIA provides education, training and certification opportunities to under-represented populations in the IT workforce.
To succeed working with technology, you must be a math wiz and earn a 4-year degree in coding, right? Nope, says CEO, author and social innovator, @FoundationEaton, in episode 3, Part 1 of the @TechnologisTalk #podcast https://t.co/euIT16weJZ #TechnologisTalk #workforcepods pic.twitter.com/bbu5Wh8L5p
— Creating IT Futures (@createITfutures) July 26, 2018
The Digital Signage Federation is focused on spreading the word about the versatility of digital signage.
— DSFederation (@DSFederation) May 23, 2018
The Global Presence Alliance celebrated its 10th anniversary at InfoComm 2018 and they expect to enter a new phase in 2018 and beyond to enhance the benefits coming from the group.
— Global Presence Alliance (@GPA_AV) June 13, 2018
This group is all about helping AV pros find better ways to share information quickly.
Congratulations to the 16 new HDBaseT Certified Trainers who completed two thought provoking days of training in Amsterdam. We wish you much success in sharing your knowledge. avtweeps #proav #proavinstall @AVIXA pic.twitter.com/xnSQfBIPGU
— HDBaseT Alliance (@HDBaseT) July 21, 2018
You can never learn too much about the ever-changing AV integration world. This feed keeps you well-informed with a slew of helpful training videos on all topics AV.
— HowToAV (@HowToAV) June 12, 2018
This alliance is trying to make it easier for customers to share their uncompressed videos, and has plenty of support in less than two years on the scene.
Matt Dodd @SDVoE celebrated his achievement on the giant Scalextric track during the @AVMaterial Technology Event at the Williams F1 Conference Center. Integrators, designers & AVTweeps heard talks & saw live demos on cutting edge technology. @ChristieDigital Terra was featured. pic.twitter.com/sYwNsorAPS
— SDVoE Alliance (@SDVoE) July 5, 2018
This professional comedian and actor, who left behind a career of pulling cable and hanging screens to hit the stand-up circuit, isn’t afraid to speak his mind in tweet-sized bursts—and doesn’t back down when someone challenges what he says.
Oh .. for all you twitter trolls and keyboard gangsters. You have to get new insults. “Sinbad, where you been?, etc. I have been working since the day I started entertainment. But you already know that or you wouldn’t know my name and bother to respond to what I say. Keep it 💯 !
— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) July 8, 2018