Countdown to the 2018 SCN Think Tank​!

Connecting AV Innovators for Next-Level Business and Design Opportunities

Systems Contractor News invites the most forward-thinking minds in AV and experiential design to explore the next-level technologies and techniques that will position their business for the next wave. This symposium is designed for AV integrators, consultants, content creators, developers, creative services providers, designers/architects, and manufacturers to exchange ideas with leaders from the fields of UX design, content creation, music curation, digital signage, and venue operations.


Manolo Almagro

Managing Partner

Q Division

Angelique Burke

Enterprise Client Care Manager

McCann Systems, LLC

Megan A Dutta

Content Director

Systems Contractor News

Dr. S. Ann Earon


Telemanagement Resources Int'l Inc.

Joseph Gillio

Senior Director

Casio America, Inc.

Steve Greenblatt

President and Founder

Control Concepts, Inc.

Jeff Joseph

Global AV Lead


Malik Khan

VP, Products and Integration

ANC Sports

Robert Kotsopoulos

Team Lead, Production Services

Law Society of Ontario

Steven Lamphear

Channel Development Manager


Matt Pruznick (Moderator)

Content Director, AV Technology

Future US, Inc

Michael Scalero

Director of Learning Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology

Rony Sebok

Vice President and co-founder

1 Beyond, Inc.

David Title

Chief Engagement Officer

Bravo Media

Gisela Torino

Systems Engineer

Audio Visual Resources, Inc.

Charmaine Torruella

Managed Services Account Executive

Verrex LLC

Matthew Wilk

Associate Director, Digital Classroom Services

Rutgers University

Kahlil Williams

General Manager

Design Electronics



Session & Details

8:00 AM Breakfast & Networking
9:00 AM Welcome

EY Conference HUB

Megan A Dutta, Content Director of Systems Contractor News
9:10 AM Keynote Address: AV/IT Collaboration

Dr. S. Ann Earon, President, Telemanagement Resources International Inc. Founding Chairperson, IMCCA
EY Conference HUB

Dr. S. Ann Earon, the Godmother of conferencing & collaboration (note we did not say Grandmother), with over 40 years experience, will address issues of importance to working in an environment where both AV and IT are important.

Learn about user experiences and steps to take to make the ongoing merger of AV and IT successful and seamless.
9:45 AM Mental Processing Break
10:00 AM Panel Discussions

What's Next for the UX?
Westin Boardroom

Experience designers, AV integrators and consultants identify the hallmarks of a solid user experience, both from a customer perspective and a user point of view. In an ROI-driven, big-data scenario, what are the quantifiable metrics in the great equation of experience?

Megan Dutta

Malik Khan, Senior Vice President, Operations, ANC
Gisela Torino, CTS-I, CQT, CQD, Systems Engineer, Audio Visual Resources
Charmaine Torruella, Managed Services Executive, Verrex
Khalil Williams, General Manager, Design Electronics
11:00 AM Panel Discussions

Real Talk — Tech Manager Spotlight
Westin Boardroom

Tech Managers give the inside scoop on their ideal integration experience including their role within the industry and how to create and maintain effective client relationships.

Megan A. Dutta

Jeff Joseph, Global AV Lead, Indeed
Robert Kostopoulos, Team Lead, Production Services, Law Society of Ontario
Michael Scalero, Director of Learning Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology
Matthew Wilk, Associate Director, Digital Classroom Services, Rutgers University
12:00 PM Lunch & Sponsor Networking
1:00 PM Combined Session

The Future of AV — What's Next?
EY Conference HUB

Manufacturers discuss new technologies and the impact they'll have on the Pro AV industry. They'll tell us what the field will look like in one, three, and five years.

Margot Douaihy, Editor-at-Large, AV Technology

Joseph Gillio, Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing for Business Projectors, Casio
Steven Lamphear, Channel Development Manager, BARCO
Rony Sebok, VP and Co-founder, 1 Beyond
1:45 PM Networking, sponsor & caffeine break
2:15 PM Panel Discussions

Integrated Experiences - What's Next?
Westin Boardroom
Foremost experience designers specializing in merging the digital with the physical talk about their work creating unforgettable experiences for museums, stadiums, and all manner of brand activations and events. This panel of experts reveals what we can expect from a future where storytelling determines technology.

Megan A. Dutta

Manolo Almagro, Managing Partner, QDivision
Steve Greenblatt, President, Control Concepts, Inc.
Frank McCann, President & CEO, McCann Systems
David Title, Chief Engagement Officer, Bravo Media
3:00 PM Mental Processing Break
3:15 PM Combined Session: Lessons Learned

EY Conference HUB
Margot Douaihy, Editor-at-Large, AV Technology
Megan Dutta, Content Director, SCN

Through case studies, AV integrators, tech managers, manufacturers, and IT experts discuss how they labor together to redefine working relationships. We will synthesize what we've discussed today and how you can take those lessons home to create more effective teams and a more profitable business.
4:00 PM Venue AV Tour
4:30 PM Cocktail Reception in the Observatory


Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ


Interested in sponsoring? Smart move. Contact Adam Goldstein at 212.378.0465 or for more info.

What is a Think Tank anyways?

SCN Think Tank is series of sessions in which panelists from different sides of the design, integration, manufacturing, and experience development process ask tough questions about technology and the future of the AV industry. As these factions take turns moderating and answering questions, with audience participation encouraged, the resulting conversations will provide real-world in-depth insights and contrasting viewpoints on evolving challenges and opportunities. No slide shows, this is a chance to challenge those who know.

Who attends Think Tank?

SCN's Think Tank is open to audiovisual integrators, consultants, and technology design practitioners. This includes content creators, developers, creative services providers, designers/architects from the fields of UX design, content creation, music curation, digital signage, venue operations, and more.

I'm sold. How do I attend?

Visit to register today.

Why should I sponsor Think Tank?

Think Tank isn't your average industry event. We're looking to challenge the best and brightest minds in the biz. If your company is looking to connect with forward-thinking integrators, consultants, and designers, this is the place for you. You'll get to spend one-on-one time with industry thought leaders. Contact Adam Goldstein at 212.378.0465 or for more info.


Sponsorship Opportunities
Adam Goldstein
Speaking Opportunities
Megan Dutta
Event Producer
Cindy Davis
Events Manager
Brie Johnson