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Technology & Business Summit Adds New Events

Technology & Business Summit's new stops in New York and New Jersey feature keynote speech by Amazon executive Dan Quigley.

The Technology & Business Summit, an education and networking event hosted by independent manufacturers’ rep firms in the home technology industry, has added dates in New York and New Jersey to its Fall 2017 schedule. Earlier this year, the Summit was held in Texas, Southern California, and Florida.

The event provides the opportunity for AV integrators and installers to get to know their regional manufacturers’ rep firms in an intimate setting while taking advantage of educational opportunities that can yield increased profits for those who attend and implement what was learned. 

The Technology & Business Summit 2017 will be held in Long Island, NY, on October 3 and East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium) on October 5. A November event in Atlanta is being planned for a date to be determined.

The Tech Summit is largely driven by the collaborative efforts of multiple independent manufacturer rep firms in each territory. This year’s hosting rep firms in New York/New Jersey are Atlantic Integrated, Bach Sales, Big Apple Technology, DMC Enterprises, DSG Metro, J&G Audio Sales, NY Marketing Team, Sapphire Marketing, Specialty Sound & Vision, and Thea AV, (with others to be confirmed.) 

Technology & Business Summits feature an exhibitor showcase with typically nearly 100 different brands on table top displays and skilled factory staff who are present to answer questions and demonstrate products.

“Our talented manufacturers’ reps drive the Tech Summit and it is rewarding to see the collaboration, as well as growing dealer participation,” said event founder Mark Cichowski. “Exhibitors see the value in the events and have asked us to expand into more territories. We are proud to bring the Tech Summit into cornerstone markets such as New York/New Jersey in October, and Texas earlier this year. We are doing something different for a venue in New Jersey and are excited to be holding the Tech Summit at MetLife Stadium, home of the NY Giants and NY Jets. We work to continually evolve the event wherever we can.”

Attendees and exhibitors enjoy a networking lunch within the venue, giving them even more face-to-face time with representatives, and the opportunity to spend the entire day at the event. The Tech Summit also has CEDIA as an ongoing education partner.

Seminars for 2017 include Service Plans Are Easy, Execution Is Hard from Joseph Kolchinsky, One Vision Resources; Make Quickbooks Work For You from Susan Sipe, Salez Toolz; The Evolution of HDMI & The Future Of Fiber from Eric Bodley, Future Ready Solutions; Next Generation Networking from Michael Maniscalco, Ihiji.

New this year, Dan Quigley, principal technical product manager for Alexa Whole Home at Amazon, presented at the Tech Summit’s first-ever keynote address at each event. Quigley will be presenting his “Building a Smarter Home with Alexa” in New York and New Jersey, as well. In his keynote, Quigley demonstrates how advancements in speech recognition not only create new, user-friendly experiences for customers, but provide additional profit avenues for integrators who design, install, and service smart home systems. 

“Dan’s keynote at the Tech Summit this year drew amazing crowds, some standing room only. His cutting-edge content was right on target and broadened the understanding of voice control not only now, but what is coming in the future. He exposed opportunities for dealers to grow their business in ways that they may not have already thought of.”