CE Pro & Commercial Integrator Summits Reach New Heights in 2015

Hosted events grow again in sponsor investments and value for VIP integrator guests, head to Atlanta, Nov. 2-4 in 2016.


AE Ventures and EH Publishing produced another successful edition of the CE Pro and Commercial Integrator Summits earlier this month at the spectacularGaylord National Resort in the greater Washington, DC area. Almost 250 of the nation’s biggest and best custom and commercial integrators were hosted for 2.5 days of intensive engagement with sponsors, integrator peers and high-level market and management information. The advice shared at the events was designed to help the VIP attendees evolve, improve and grow their businesses.

Post event surveys show the positive effects of the Summits on multiple fronts.

Statement CE Pro Guests Agree CI Guests Agree
We’re considering adding new product and service categories as a result of the Summit 96% 88%
We’re considering the development of new business processes as a result of the Summit 96% 83%
I got information and advice that will help me develop/improve our company operations and financial performance at the Summit 98% 95%
I made valuable business contacts with peers at the Summit 100% 100%
I was motivated and inspired by my experience at the Summit 100% 95%
I am considering switching vendors as result of interactions at the Summit 85% 83%
I learned more about vendor sponsor products and services at the Summit 100% 100%
I established and enhanced relationships with vendor sponsor staff at the Summit 98% 93%
The Summit was a professionally managed and produced event 100% 100%

Comments from the post event guest surveys reinforce the numbers.

“I really enjoyed and found value in: networking with peers, the roundtable sessions, and more individualized access to vendors.”

“The Summit is a great opportunity to expand our partner network—both with other integrators and with vendors. It also offers motivational keynote presentations. But nothing beats the reception networking and roundtable discussions. Top notch and would love to see more of it.”

“Best event in the industry. Puts the best and brightest executives of AV industry in the same room. Inspiring presentations. New relationships with manufacturers and peers.”

“It’s all about sharing ideas among the best in the business and meeting with high level-vendor staff. I felt that I came away with lots of new and good stuff to use.”

“Great mix of successful decision makers and manufacturers all in one spot for the purpose of getting better… A unique event.”

“Once again I can say that I’m bringing back a lot of info that’ll help me make some improvements on my business.”


This year’s Summits were sponsored by 120+ manufacturers, distributors and industry services providers, with overall sponsor investments up 27% after a year of 35% growth in 2014.

Each year more and more vendor companies recognize both the quality of the audience and the quality of engagements to be had via small group boardroom presentations, scheduled one-on-one meetings, general session presentations and contacts made at social events and in the showcase exhibits.

“Every year I’m astounded by how many good and practical ideas are shared by the guests,” said Jason Knott, Vice President of Consumer Electronics and Security for EH Publishing.

“These events serve as a kind of living, breathing and evolving guide to what it takes to operate a successful, growing integration business.”

fa409bcb-6368-4da4-a201-a03e13daedce-1“The purpose and value of the Summits is now well established,” said AE Ventures president, John Galante. “Gathering the best of the best and getting their interactions started around key questions—like product mix evolution and business process improvement—provides unique value to VIP integrators. Sponsors benefit from quality connections with channel partner leaders at the moment they are deeply considering the future of their businesses. It’s a win-win for sponsor and guest alike.”

The 2016 CE Pro and Commercial Integrator Summits will be held November 2-4 at the Omni and Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.