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"Fundamentals of RF (Radio frequency) Theory and Practice with Hands-on Demonstrations"


Pete Putman, ROAM Consulting LLC

Pete Putman is the president of ROAM Consulting L.L.C. and consults on technology and economic trends in display devices, wireless connectivity, display interfacing, video compression, and mobile electronics. Pete is also a contributing editor for Sound and Communications magazine, the leading trade publication for commercial AV systems integrators, and the editor of, a Web blog focused on HDTV, digital media, wireless, and display technologies.

Pete holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Science degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University. He is an InfoComm Senior Academy Instructor for the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA), and was named ICIA’s Educator of the Year for 2008.

"Planning for Effective Projection - With a Focus on Image Quality & Calculating Proper System Brightness & Contrast"

Steve Cook, Draper Inc.

Steve Cook has over 30 years in the AV industry with product and application engineering experience from a variety of manufacturers in the projection industry starting with Kloss Video in 1981.  Steve spent 15 years at NEC Display Solutions, 4 years at Stewart Filmscreen and is now National Consultant Manager at Draper.

"Do Your Homework! How Much Did that Last AV System REALLY Cost You?"

  Mario Maltese, The Association for Quality in Audio Visual Technology, Inc.

Mario J. Maltese, CQD, CQT, CTS-D, CTS-I, Exec Dir, The Association for Quality in Audio Visual Technology, Inc. — 45  years’ experience in AV systems design and installation, as well as the leadership and management of the engineered systems integration business.  He holds a MSEE (Electro physics) and a BSEE (Microwave Engineering).  Recipient, 2004-5 “Educator of the Year”, Senior Academy Instructor InfoComm International, and Curriculum Chair for 5 years.  Recipient, “Fred Dixon Award for Excellence”, InfoComm 2011. Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Author, “AV 9000:Defining Quality in Engineered Audio Visual Systems”.