In Press Releases

SDVoE Design Partner Training and Certification Program Now Approved for AVIXA CTS Renewal Units

Almo Professional A/V’s E4 Experience Features All-Star Industry Educators Teaching Thought-Provoking Sessions

All-Stars Leading Nearly a Dozen AVIXA CTS-Certified Courses, SDVoE Alliance & DSF Certifications; Autograph Session with Former Chicago Bears Quarterback Jim McMahon

Philadelphia, PA — February 21, 2019 — On March 12, an All-Star team of industry educators and AV/IT experts will gather in Chicago to share their knowledge at the Almo Professional A/V, 2019 E4 Experience, a rebranded, expanded version of the award-winning E4 AV Tour. These All-Stars will deliver thought-provoking business and technical sessions worth AVIXA CTS Renewal Units, as well as SDVoE Alliance and Digital Signage Federation certifications. All the sessions are designed to propel resellers, integrators and their end users forward in their professional careers. The Chicago E4 Experience also features a special autograph session with former Chicago Bears quarterback and two-time Super Bowl Champion, Jim McMahon.

To view a video about the E4 Experience, click here.

“We’ve recruited super star educators — influential and highly respected business professionals — to help our E4 Chicago attendees stretch their knowledge, spark new ideas and embrace the future of Pro AV and IT,” said Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing and communications, Almo Corporation. “Not only will attendees be rewarded for their participation with AVIXA CTS RUs and other valuable certifications through SDVoE and the Digital Signage Federation, they can also put what they’ve learned to immediate use.”

According to Justin Kennington, president of SDVoE. “We are happy to participate in the E4 Experience because we know that the right audience of system designers and installers will be there and we look forward to teaching them about the ways SDVoE will make their jobs easier and their customers happier.” He noted, “The Certified Design Partner program teaches attendees the differences between designing with matrix switches and designing with SDVoE – those who are certified become recognized experts in how to successfully design AV systems on this platform and how to communicate the benefits to customers.”

“As a truly independent and global organization, we bring unbiased and relevant information to those looking to further their digital signage practice,” added Brian Gorg, executive director, Digital Signage Federation. “The Digital Signage Federation is proud to participate in the E4 Experience where we may educate integrators, resellers and end users about the business and technical aspects of digital signage.”

E4 Experience Chicago sessions are listed below.

  • Introduction to Windows Collaboration Displays (.5 CTS RU)
    Matthew Shaw, Microsoft
    Brian Carskadon, Avocor
  • SDVoE AV-Over-IP Design Certification (1.0 CTS RU)
    Justin Kennington, SDVoE
  • An Unbiased Explanation of AV-Over-IP (1.5 CTS Rus)
    Gary Kayye, Kayye Consulting
  • Designing for User Experience (1.0 CTS RU)
    Tom Kehr, AVIXA
  • Exhibit Hall Production Tour; AV-Over-IP In Action (1.0 CTS RU)
    Gary Kayye, Kayye Consulting
  • Hotel Technology and the Customer Journey (1.0 CTS RU)
    Glenn Hausmann, Rouse Media
  • AV In An IT World (1.0 CTS RU)
    Joe Cornwall, LeGrand
  • Avoiding Pitfalls in Digital Signage Installations and Content (1.0 CTS RU)
    Todd Heberlein, Almo Professional A/V
  • Digital Signage Federation Certification – Foundations of Digital Signage (1.0 CTS RU)
    Spencer Graham, Real Digital Media
  • Universal Serial Bus (USB) Deep Dive Technology Exploration for AV Design and Integration (1.0 CTS RU)
    Joe Cornwall, LeGrand
  • Installation Issues for Converged AV/IT Systems (1.0 CTS RU)
    Tom Kehr, AVIXA
  • Kayye’s Krystal Ball (1.0 CTS RU)
    Gary Kayye, Kayye Consulting
  • Special Autograph Session with former Chicago Bears quarterback and two-time Super Bowl Champion, Jim McMahon
    Presented by Sharp

About the E4 Experience

Since 2009, Almo’s E4 program has offered AV professionals a full day of educational sessions, workshops and experience rooms worth AVIXA CTS Renewal Units (RUs) as well as exclusive access to the industry’s newest AV products and services. For more information, go to E4 Chicago is on March 12 at Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL and E4 Southern California is on April 5 at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, CA. Both run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time.

About Almo Professional A/V

Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s largest professional audio visual distributor with forward-thinking product integration, training and education, managed services, and technical support capabilities. With highly skilled sales and business development manager teams, reseller education programs, distribution centers across the U.S. and carefully chosen product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics, major appliances, furniture and housewares. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 888-420-2566 or go to Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on LinkedIn at to, Twitter at to and on Facebook at

About the SDVoE Alliance

SDVoE is an initialism for “Software Defined Video over Ethernet”. The SDVoE Alliance is a nonprofit consortium of technology providers collaborating to standardize the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments, and to create an ecosystem around SDVoE technology allowing software to define AV applications. The alliance participates in tradeshows and conferences, publishes white papers and case studies and promotes SDVoE technology, and solutions based on the technology, to system integrators, designers and consultants. Training and installer certification are also part of the mandate. The SDVoE Alliance founding members are Aquantia, Christie Digital, NETGEAR, Semtech, Sony and ZeeVee. All interested parties are invited to join the alliance and work toward its goals. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @SDVoE.


Media contact

SDVoE Alliance
Janet Matey
Marketing Coordinator
+1 (514) 446-2412

About The Authors