CASTLE Summit Brings Together AV, Lighting, and Security Integrators and Manufacturers New Event from the Integrator Network, Presenters of Tech Summit Events, Addresses Converging TechnologiesBy RS Staff Published: April 24, 2018 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 For 10 years, the Integrator Network and Technology & Business Summit has presented its highly successfully and tightly focused regional Tech Summit events, driven by a collaborative effort of multiple independent AV technology manufacturer rep firms. With the introduction of this year’s Converging Audio/Video Security Technology Lighting and Entertainment (CASTLE) Summit, to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 1-3, 2018, the Integrator Network expands and evolves with an event that includes not just the residential custom integration market, but manufacturers, reps, and dealers within the commercial AV, security, and lighting industries. A three-day focused, education-oriented gathering, CASTLE has been created to address the crossover between home automation, smart security, integrated A/V systems, and DIY products, and the skills and tactics needed for dealers across these channels to stay competitive as these technologies converge. [Crestron Masters 2018 Bridging the Gap Between Designers, Programmers] “We are adamant about helping integrators build their business by developing new skills and exploring new revenue streams. This is an amazing opportunity for integrators, manufacturers, and distributors to experience exactly how these industries complement each other,” said Integrator Network CEO Mark Cichowski. “As our Tech Summit events grow, we been working toward this goal, and we look forward to the opportunity to expand our reach and strengthen our connections with commercial AV, lighting, and security systems integrators and manufacturers.” Sponsored by manufacturer rep firms, but also open to manufacturers, reps, dealers, and integrators in the security, lighting, commercial and residential AV channels, the CASTLE Summit provides opportunities to network with industry heavyweights, two days of exhibits and live demos, and plenty of one-on-one time with manufacturers and reps. With CEDIA as an education partner, CASTLE presents numerous seminars providing real-world knowledge on hot tech trends, IoT technology, lighting, security, and network connectivity, as well as presentations on how to sell value, how to make the advanced sales, and other business topics. Lunch is offered for free, on-site, so attendees can stay for the day and soak in all the CASTLE Summit has to offer. The inaugural CASTLE Summit will take place May 1 – 3, 2018 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriot Coral Springs Hotel. Conveniently located to integrators across Florida and the Southeast U.S., the event is free, including a great lunch. “There is so much to see and do, we are encouraging people to attend multiple days. All you really need to do is get there, and we take care of most of the rest,” Cichowski said. “As we open our doors to lighting and security integrators for the first time ever, we expect they, too, will see the tremendous benefit such a small investment of time can deliver in terms of networking connections and business growth.” Qualified A/V, security and lighting dealers ca SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.