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


Dr. S. Ann Earon


Telemanagement Resources Int'l Inc.

Jeff Joseph

Global AV Lead


Malik Khan

VP, Products and Integration

ANC Sports

Robert Kotsopoulos

Team Lead, Production Services

Law Society of Ontario

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





Wednesday September 26
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Meet and Greet Join us for a casual networking meet-up before the event begins. Meet SCN and AV Technology editors and pitch yourself for a story. Network with your peers, trade stories and business cards, and score exclusive product information from our vendor partners. Fun fact: 50% of AV Technology's 2017 cover stories resulted from great impressions made at an AV/IT Leadership Summit. Location to be announced.
Thursday September 27
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 AV/IT Summit: Lifecycle Planning for a Softer AV Ecosystem
EY Conference HUB

Drill down of the new AV/IT Model and software-based AV designs. Discussions will be centralized around analysis, refresh cycles, upgrade paths, network investment, BYOx and how to ensure a better ROI

Margot Douaihy

Jennifer Lamkins, Director of Technology, Lakeside School, Seattle
Johanna Pierson, Media Support Specialist, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Michael Duda, Program Manager, AV Operations, Google

SCN Think Tank: 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, VP, Operations, ANC Sports
Charmaine Torruella, Global AV Service Partner, Verrex
Gisela Torino, CTS-I, CQT, CQD, Systems Engineer, AVR
Khalil Williams, General Manager, Design Electronics
11:00 AM Panel Discussions AV/IT: Real Talk — Integrator Spotlight
EY Conference HUB

Panel discussion of the role an integrator plays in the evolving industry and cultivating the relationships that maintain the growth and strength within their businesses. Discussions of managed services,SaaS, AVaaS, AI and support to in-house AV/IT teams

Margot Douaihy

David Schwartz, President, Essential Communications
Leonard Suskin, CTS-D, Senior Systems Designer, Spectra Audio Design
Hope Roth, CTS, Lead Programmer, Riordan Integration
Dan Barron, Director of Brand Strategy, HB Communications

SCN Think Tank: 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
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
1:45 PM Networking, sponsor & caffeine break
2:15 PM Panel Discussions AV/IT: Enterprise Deployments — What's Next?
EY Conference HUB
Sharing success stories with the unified collaboration adoption, real-time operations support models, commissioning AV on secure networks and standardized system designs

Matt Pruznick, Content Director, AV Technology

Tim Van Woeart, Senior Project Supervisor, Digital Classroom Services, Rutgers University
Maximiliano Flores, Senior Director, Technology Group - AV & IT, Liberty Science Center
Michael Duda, Program Manager, AV Operations, Google

SCN Think Tank: 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

David Title, Chief Engagement Officer, Bravo Media
Manolo Almagro, Managing Partner, QDivision
3:00 PM Mental Processing Break
3:15 PM Combined Session: Lessons Learned EY Conference HUB
Margot Douaihy

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?

Registration will be open soon!

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
Senior Producer, Events
Andy Friedman
Events Manager
Brie Johnson