Stampede, a value-added distributor of professional audio video (ProAV) solutions, has announced the locations for its 2011 Big Book of AV Tour.

With an increase of stops from five to 14 and an expected attendance of more than 8,500 dealers, Stampede has dubbed this year's tour the "Even Bigger" Big Book of AV Tour.

The 2011 tour will kick off March 16 with a stop in New Orleans. Other spring shows will include Miami, Cleveland, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver, British Columbia. The fall tour will hit Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Montreal, and Toronto.

Each show will enable dealers to meet with their local Stampede representative, as well as representatives of InfoComm and more than 40 of Stampede's partners, including NEC, Hitachi, Amplivox, Atlona, Canon, Sharp, Casio, Chief, Luidia, Epson, Infocus, Lumens, LG, Mitsubishi, Mustang, Optoma, Peerless, Denon, Pinnacle, Samsung, Xpand, Bretford, Kramer, and more.

At each show dealers will have a chance to see live projector and display shootouts. To expand their knowledge, dealers can take part in Stampede University live training events on topics such as touch technology, digital signage and 3-D technology. In addition, dealers in attendance will have the opportunity to become CTS and DSCE certified.

"Strong product knowledge is a core value at Stampede," Stampede President and COO Kevin Kelly said in the announcement. "The Big Book of AV Tour enables us to bring valuable Stampede University training directly to thousands of dealers. This training helps our dealers to better serve their customers and grow their business. It's a win for everyone."

In 2010, Stampede University trained more than 1,000 dealers through training events, webinars and Stampede dealer shows, the company said. In addition, Stampede's own sales force invests 20 percent of their time in training through Stampede University, improving their product knowledge so they can spec the right products for the right jobs, the company said. The entire Stampede sales team is DSCE certified and many are CTS certified, according to the company.

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