ICIA Selects IEM as Producer of Awards Banquet

InfoComm 04 Awards include AV products, installation and staged events, as well as Educator of the Year and Distinguished Achievement. Banquet tickets available at $50 each for evening of June 8.

FAIRFAX, Va., April 30, 2004 - - The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) has awarded production of its first annual AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet to Integrated Event Management (IEM) in Decatur, Ga. The awards banquet is scheduled to take place on June 8 preceding InfoComm 04 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

ICIA selected IEM on the basis of its innovative concept for the event as well as the company's broad expertise in production and staging.

`ICIA received several proposals from very qualified firms,` said ICIA Executive Director Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D, `but we felt that IEM had the best combination of cutting -edge creativity and technical expertise. We anticipate that our audience of AV professionals will be impressed by the production of our awards event.`

AVW -TELAV will stage the event and XL Video will provide Barco Pixel Blocks. The full set of gear is being pulled together and Integrated Event Management is producing the banquet show to take full advantage of it.

The premiere event is being co -sponsored by ARCHI -TECH magazine and UEMedia's Rental & Staging Systems and Systems Contractor News magazines. The banquet is a professionally produced ticketed dinner event designed to honor key professionals and companies in the communications AV industry. Tickets are available through InfoComm 04 registration at www.infocomm.org/ic04 or by purchasing discounted tables of eight through sales@infocomm.org. Banquet ticket price for ICIA members is $50; non -member price is $75. Tables for eight are discounted at $350.

The following awards will be presented at the event:

• ICIA Distinguished Achievement Award - last year awarded to Jack H. Culp, CTS

• PETC Educator of the Year Award - last year awarded to Gary V. Kayye, CTS

• ICIA Volunteer of the Year Award - a new award recognizing exceptional volunteerism

• ARCHI -TECH AV Installation Awards - 6 awardees will be recognized by ARCHI -TECH magazine

• Rental & Staging Staged Events Awards - 10 awardees will be recognized by Rental & Staging Systems magazine

• Rental & Staging Product Awards - 14 products to be recognized through the magazine's reader poll

• Systems Contractor News Product Awards - a series of install -specific products to be recognized through the magazine's reader poll

The AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet will follow this year's Manufacturers Industry Forum and Opening Welcome Reception on June 8. For full details and registration, go to www.infocomm.org/ic04.

About Integrated Event Management

Integrated Event Management`s talents in technical event production, presentation graphics, show direction, video production, scripting, presentations media and audio and lighting design have been applied to events sponsored by clients such as Associated Press, Accenture and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. For more information about IEM, go to the company's website at www.integratedevents.com.

About ICIA

The International Communications Industries Association, Inc. (ICIA) is the premier trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the conference and trade exposition for audiovisual communications professionals who come to learn about the latest technologies and available services as well as new and alternative applications. As a key industry event, InfoComm is the educational and interactive marketplace for manufacturers, distributors, dealers, systems integrators, rental and staging companies, independent representatives, independent design consultants, architects, facilities managers, engineers, presentations designers and end users, including AV and IT professionals, sales and marketing staff, meeting planners and purchasers. InfoComm attracts a broad spectrum of market sectors, including business, government, military, education, religion, health care, entertainment and conventions. More information is available at www.infocomm.org.

ICIA is the industry leader in education and certification for AV professionals. The industry standard for professional expertise is ICIA`s certified technology specialist (CTS) designation. Companies that achieve a minimum level of certified staff members are eligible to become certified through the Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) program. These companies participate in ICIA's industry awareness campaign, AVolution (see www.AVolution.info), which promotes the professionalism of the AV industry. ICIA also offers information services including Market Intelligence, news, and InfoComm iQ, an online database of over 80,000 AV products.

Visit www.infocomm.org for news and information gathered from industry sources and publications. Contact ICIA at 800/659 -7469 or 703/273 -7200 for more information.

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