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Exclusive: AV User Group membership numbers double in under a year

Upcoming launch in San Jose, plus continued interest from end users and support from the industry locally and internationally credited for the rise

The AV User Group has seen membership numbers more than double in the past 12-months as its reputation nationally and internationally continues to go from strength-to-strength.

The not-for-profit company, formed in 1996 to help AV end user professionals network and share best practice advice, is present in London, New York (2012), Hong Kong (2016) and – from next month (October 18) – San Jose.

Speaking to AVTE, chairman Owen Ellis (pictured) revealed the group has added more than 650 members since September last year (and by 1,250 since 2005) taking numbers to above 1,300 for the first time.

Ellis said the group typically receives half a dozen membership requests through its website every week, whilst the recent announcement to launch in San Jose has added around 350 new members from the Bay area.

“We’re seeing some great support from the industry,” said Ellis, approaching his first year as full time paid employee of the group. “We’ve worked extremely hard to build a strong and positive reputation by providing a valued service to our members and our sponsors and word about what we do and the benefits we provide is spreading.

He added: “The support we’ve experienced from our sponsors ahead of launching in San Jose has been incredible. Ever since we launched in New York, there has been a strong appetite for us to set something up on the West Coast. With more than 350 members already signed up from around 250 different organisations already, we’re extremely positive.”

An extended interview with Owen Ellis will feature in the September issue of AV Technology Europe magazine, out later this month. To secure your complimentary copy, please subscribe here.