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InfoComm Opens European Headquarters

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Professional Development

Published on October 10, 2008 with No Comments

InfoComm International, the trade association representing the professional audiovisual industry, announced the opening of its European headquarters in the United Kingdom. 

InfoComm International is a global organization for the professional AV industry, with membership activities, tradeshows, and training opportunities worldwide, said Terry Friesenborg, InfoComm senior vice president, international development. With more than 17% of InfoComm members located outside of North America and the largest segment of that group working in Europe, establishing an office in the UK that can provide additional services and support to the greater European AV community is essential.   

InfoComm has hired additional staff to meet the growing needs of the European membership. Christopher Lavelle, CTS, has been named UK Regional Manager. Lavelle studied sound engineering, computer networking, and web development in South Africa. He most recently worked for PSAV, serving as director of event technology for the Maybourne Hotel Group. This provided Lavelle with a broad spectrum of event technology experience, ranging from luxury brand product launches to press events for film releases. He started his career at PSAV Presentation Services London as an event technology specialist at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel and also served as event technology operations manager at Claridges Hotel.

Sarah Carless has been named European programme coordinator. She comes from an extensive computer data networking background, working with leading manufacturers such as 3Com & Siemens Network Systems Ltd. Caress spent the past five years working for an interactive telephony company as a production executive, developing and implementing interactive telephony products. She gained a broad knowledge in sound assisting her father, an Emmy award winner and Bafta nominated location sound recordist.

In addition, Godwin Demicoli, CTS has been promoted to regional director, Europe. Demicoli has been a European representative with InfoComm since 2004. He is responsible for overseeing member activity throughout Europe. He will continue to work from an office in Germany.

InfoComm Internationals European Headquarters is located at 2 Victoria Square, Victoria Street, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3TF United Kingdom. InfoComm will continue to maintain regional offices serving Asia, Australia, and Latin America. The international headquarters is located in the United States, in Fairfax, VA.

Established in 1939, InfoComm has 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end users, and multimedia professionals from more than 70 countries. InfoComm International is a resource for AV market research and news. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Asia, China, and India.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at schwartz@groupc.com.

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