Industry Hot Takes from the Total Tech Summit

See what Total Tech attendees had to say about this year's event.

Industry Hot Takes from the Total Tech Summit

The Total Tech Summit has wrapped in Atlanta, a conclusion accompanied by forged connections, signed contracts, closed sales and invaluable education.

Nearly 700 TecHome manufacturers, security, commercial and custom integrators joined together at the Omni Atlanta at CNN Center to learn, network and boost their business. Over the course of three days, they collaborated on crafting the integration industry of the future. This year, the Summit combined the eight-year-old CE Pro Summit, the four-year-old Commercial Integrator Summit and the brand new Security Sales and Integration Summit.

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The Total Tech team scoured the event to gather hot takes on how this collaborative Summit brings the industry together.

Checking in at registration.
Checking in at registration.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been to an event like this. It is a lot of information to take in in one flow, but it’s been fantastic. There are things I’ve learned we do extremely well as security integrators, and there are things I’ve learned we could be doing better or differently. From that perspective, this has been enlightening. Great, great event.”

Dan Viotto, Sales Manager, Knight Security Systems

Discussing best business practices
Discussing best business practices

“I love this event, because it gives me the opportunity to get into a room with people who know a lot more than I do in regards to running a business, so I pick their brain. It’s more than just seeing vendors who I see all the time. It’s interacting with other business owners and that’s what I love about it.”

Ralph Campochiaro, Owner, Maximum Sound and Security

Valuable education.
Valuable education.

“It has been an excellent opportunity. For me, this is my first time at the event. Meeting with some of the people who work with our most important customers, it has been excellent to understand how our products are being used and what their needs are. Being in this environment, talking to the leaders of companies—it’s a great way of finding out where the gaps are in what we offer today and what we need to offer in the future.”

Scott Lowder, Senior Product Manager, Middle Atlantic Products

Engagement.
Engagement.

“This is a fantastic show. There is so much in this industry that is coming together between security, audio and video, etc. Any businesses that stay within their own silos are basically going to be outmoded. It’s opportunities like this that allows us to learn more from each other. Everybody is open to learning, and we’re realizing that clinging to the old ideas is not what the future is going to be about. This, to me, has been a phenomenal couple of days.”

David Meurer, President and CEO, Armed Response Team

Collaborating on ideas.
Collaborating on ideas.

“It’s great to be here at the Total Tech Summit. We have come here many, many years. For us, it’s an opportunity for us to reinforce our message coming out of CEDIA. We get to do a lot of networking with our key customers. The one-on-ones and boardrooms reinforce our story to our best customers, emerging customers and folks who have never done business with us. It’s a really great opportunity to drive new business.”

David Weinstein, Vice President of Sales, Lutron Electronics

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