As I write this, I'm wrapping up my first official week as Editor of Systems Contractor News. My quote to everyone has been "I'm so excited for this new adventure". And that's what it is - a new adventure. I love that I was fortunate enough to take on a new challenge in the AV industry. Everyone has been so supportive of my transition, from my former employer Peerless-AV to the NewBay team to my #AVTweeps.
I'm very much looking forward to bringing a fresh perspective to SCN. You'll read a lot of this in my first Editor's Letter (check out the September issue!) so I'll try not to repeat myself. I want SCN to be an industry collaboration now more than ever. I don't want to hear about your widgets, I want to hear why your products are making #AVTweeps and end-users lives easier. I want you to Tweet me (@MeganADutta or @SCNMag) and tell me why you LOVED the last issue or what you think we got wrong.
I want to see all of your faces at our cool new events like the SCN Think Tank. Trust me, you don't want to miss this - the genius that is Kirsten Nelson has lined up a BANGING group of innovators ready to discuss next-level technologies. Check it out here: http://www.scnthinktank.com/
I'll end this with a quick thank you to everyone at NewBay who has been as kind, thoughtful and helpful as you expect, especially Adam, Margot and Jeremy. And a special shout-out to Gene Kinsella who is an all-around wonderful human and has spent the last 10 years encouraging my growth in the industry. Looking forward to this new chapter in my life. Hope to hear from all of you soon!
The time has come for me to close a significant chapter of life - today is my last day at Peerless-AV.
I've spent 11 wonderful years here making great memories, learning new skills and pushing the team to think outside the box.
What am I going to miss most?Hands down: my amazing team. I'm honored to manage such a young, talented group of women. All three of them will go far in both life and the business world. If you haven't met them yet, you should definitely connect with them on LinkedIn: Kelly Yuen, Rachael Hinds & Yesenia Martinez. I wish them much success in the future and look forward to seeing the big things they do!
As my time here ends, a new story begins. Stay tuned to hear about my next adventure!
As with many of you, I feel lucky to have an incredible mother. She is always there for me and the Captain of #TeamMegan. She's put up with my teenage angst, crazy antics and #adulting problems.
Thank you Mom for molding me into a respectable human. Love you!
Last week, I was elated to discover I am the recipient of a 2017 InfoComm Young AV Professionals Awards. This award calls attention to the AV industry by recognizing that young people are achieving rewarding and successful careers in the audiovisual and information communications industries.
I am honored to be among this elite group of men and women leading the charge into the future of AV. Over the past 11 years, I have worked closely with the staff of InfoComm and have had the privilege of watching the association, show and staff grow and evolve. I’m proud to say I’ve been able to participate in this evolution and that my contributions are meaningful.
Congratulations to Wallace Johnson, CTS, who will also be receiving the Young AV Professionals Award. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 14th at 2 pm. I hope to see you there!
To see the full list of winners: https://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/32865.htm
As I've heard in nearly every digital signage presentation I've attended, Content is King...so I'm happy to announce I passed my Digital Content & Media Expert certification test!
To learn more about the program, visit http://www.dseg.org/digital-content-and-media-expert.
One of my favorite non-work activities is hiking. Even if I'm on a business trip, if I'm anywhere near the mountains, you better believe I'm packing my boots and Camelbak!
I always say nature feeds my soul and my mind. When I'm out being "one with nature" I feel better, think clearer and feel refreshed. Today I came across this article that affirms my beliefs: Doctors Tell Us How Hiking Can Change Our Brains.
Check it out and tell me what you think. And, in the meantime, enjoy some pictures from my outdoor adventures!
This one's personal but too exciting not to share. Today, Sid and I eloped! We got married in the middle of the desert in a small ghost town outside of Las Vegas. It was a short, beautiful ceremony and we were surrounded by a gorgeous landscape.
On a professional note, my name will be officially changing to Megan A. Dutta (formerly Megan A. Frohlich).
Megan A. Dutta