IMCCA And InfoComm Announce Inaugural Group Of Emerging Technology Fellows

Honorees to Present Informative Sessions During Emerging Trends Day at InfoComm 2017

February 13, 2017, New York, NY – IMCCA International® in partnership with InfoComm International®, will host a day of Emerging Trends education on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida. This special day of insights into the future of the UC and Collaboration industry, held prior to the opening of InfoComm 2017, will feature the inaugural group of Emerging Technology Fellows, experts chosen for their knowledge of critical technology within key vertical markets.

The first of a kind program will feature rapid-fire, 30 minute presentations on specific topics, presented by the Emerging Technology Fellows being honored.  Attendees will be able to join any or all sessions of interest to them. To further add value to the event, Emerging Technology Fellows will be available in an adjacent lounge for ad-hoc, in-depth discussions on their area of expertise, when not presenting.

“We selected our Emerging Technology Fellows for their deep-rooted knowledge of technology that spans across manufacturers,“ said Rachel Bradshaw, Director of Expositions Content, InfoComm International. “It’s our goal that attendees will leave these sessions better informed and ready to get the most out of the show floor.”

The 2017 honorees and their topics for discussion are:

Mike Sinclair, Vice President/Owner, Audio Incorporated
Microphones and Audio Processing

Joel Silver, President, Imaging Science Foundation Inc.
Display Technology

Manolo Almagro, Managing Director, Innovations, TPN
Digital Signage

Hope Roth, CTS, Programming Specialist, OneVision Resources
Control Systems

David Danto, Director of Emerging Technology/Principal Consultant, IMCCA/Dimension Data
UC, Videoconferencing and Huddle Rooms

Irwin Lazar, Vice President and Service Director, Nemertes Research
Workstream and Team Chat Solutions (Slack, Spark, Microsoft Teams)

Tim Banting, Principal Analyst, Collaboration and Communications, GlobalData
Collaboration Using Apps and APIs

Brent Kelly, President and Principal Analyst, KelCorInc.
The Cloud and XaaS

Ira Weinstein, Senior Analyst and Partner, Wainhouse Research
Monitoring and Managed Services

Dr. S. Ann Earon, President of Telemanagement Resources International and Chairman Emeritus of the IMCCA, will moderate the day’s session, ensuring that attendees can obtain the up-to-date information they need on either specific topics of interest, or obtain a full snapshot of where all the technology is headed.

“It’s our pleasure to provide timely and actionable information to InfoComm attendees in the rapidly changing world of UC and Collaboration,” said Carol Zelkin, Executive Director, IMCCA. “In light of other industry conferences minimizing or removing their conferencing tracks, our commitment to these kinds of events and our support of the Emerging Technology Fellows becomes even more important for the industry. We believe that events like these will become a staple of our industry going forward, as the information offered by these experts can be used to craft intelligent and cost effective UC and collaborative solutions across a broad range of applications.”

Ms. Zelkin goes on to say that this inaugural group of Emerging Technology Fellows will be personally recognized at the IMCCA State of the Collaboration Industry Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, June 14.

Speaking on behalf of the Emerging Technology Fellows, Dimension Data’s David Danto said, “It is an honor and privilege for us to represent our individual areas of expertise and be asked to present our insights at InfoComm’s inaugural Emerging Trends Day.  We’re each taking our responsibility seriously – to present what has changed in the last year with brief, understandable and actionable points, so that attendees can rapidly come-up-to-speed with the information they need.”

The Emerging Trends Day is part of InfoComm’s expanded Seminar and Workshop Package. For 2017, package programming starts on Tuesday, June 13 through Friday, June 16 at the Orange Country Convention Center in Orlando, FL.  In addition to the Emerging Trends Day and InfoComm’s regular training programs, the package includes the Standards Plenary, all manufacturers’ training programs, new solution selling courses, the Digital Signage Summit, and more.

At InfoComm 2016, more than 2,500 attendees opted for the package, which allows them to pay one price for unlimited access to education sessions.

To learn more about InfoComm 2017 and register, visit

For more information about the IMCCA, visit or contact Carol Zelkin, Executive Director at 516-818-8184 or email at

The Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA) is a not-for-profit user application and industry focused association with membership comprised of service and product providers, consultants, and users. Members benefit from the understanding and the use of various interactive and collaborative communications technologies in their professional and everyday lives.


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