Transition 2021: Restart, Reshape, Reinvigorate

July 8, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT


TRANSITION 2021 is a virtual event that brings together a diverse and enterprising group of people from the AV staging, production, and broadcast industry, to share their experience, motivations, strategies, and incomparable drive to succeed in the face of COVID.

Here’s why you should make every effort not to miss this unique virtual event.

  • You’ll walk away with actionable tips that you can immediately apply toward the success of your next virtual, live, or hybrid event.
  • You’ll get to benefit from hearing how others, who are facing the same challenges you’re facing, are finding solutions to resolve those challenges.
  • You’ll hear the state of the industry from those who are on the show floor, as well as from those who are in the office and responsible for the strategy of their company.  

  • If you have been searching for a job you’ll get a chance to see first-hand which company is hiring because they will be posting open positions throughout the conference.
  • You’ll get to ask questions that will be answered by a stellar cast of speakers.

So, sign up now! We’re truly looking forward to seeing you at TRANSITION 2021!

We are excited to partner with Cue Audio to offer a second screen experience. 

Please use the QR or link to download the Cue Live app to your Apple or Android smart phone. You will be prompted at the start of the conference to open the app on your phone to receive exciting content.


All times EDT

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Welcome and Keynote Presentation

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Session 1: The Way Forward

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Session 2: The Hybrid AV Environment

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Session 3: Recruiting and Developing Talent in this New Era

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 4: Realigning the AV Ecosystem

Keynote Speaker

Bob Mitchell

Mitchell Partnership Alliances

Bob Mitchell’s corporate marketing background is highlighted by his professional experience as a New York City-based TV and digital executive at such companies as Viacom, Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, and various digital start-ups. Several years ago, he was recruited and relocated to Washington, D.C. where he transformed, reimagined, and reinvented the B2B events-based speakers bureau business. With a focus on the power of storytelling and emotional connections through audience experiences, his fresh, unique, and forward-thinking approach brought a content-driven and media-focused lens to the traditional role of events, conferences, and meetings.    

Bob Mitchell was recently named one of the most influential people in virtual events. As a principal at his consulting firm, Mitchell Partnership Alliances, he currently advises Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and associations, on operational, strategic, and communications alignment across integrated channels that build continuous engagement and community, utilizing virtual, hybrid, and physical in-person events as the core of the customer journey.

Event brought to you by SWAN Alliance Group

Suley Usman 

Founder & Principal
SUUSconnect, llc

Three decades as a communications industry professional with executive level management and leadership experience across product development, live event AV presentation, staging, production, integration, conferencing & meeting software; unified communications; hospitality, and virtual conferencing. Currently providing companies with strategically designed virtual, hybrid, and live, audience engagement campaigns that focus on their attendee’s ability to recall key conference content once they’ve returned to their careers and everyday lives.

Wallace L. Johnson, CTS

Principal & Founder
WLJ Consulting & Digital Xperience Group

Wallace L. Johnson, CTS, has spent over 20 years leading live event audiovisual enterprises as an executive in sales, operations, and marketing. Today he advises individuals &  event audiovisual companies on achieving their business goals, practicing his “The Successful Process” ™ methodology and helps them elevate their digital experience in virtual and hybrid events. Wallace formerly sat on the AVIXA Board of Directors and was Secretary-Treasure of AVIXA’s Foundation Board. He sits on several advisory boards to schools and institutions that have curriculum related to the studies of audiovisual production.

Alexis Bryant La Broi, MBA, CTS, CMP

Director of Sales
PRG Gear 

Alexis has had a successful career in professional audiovisual and technology services for over 25 years.  She planned and executed event technology projects for 17 years at venues in Chicago, Nashville, and the Washington, DC metro area. She designed and sold integrated systems for spaces from board rooms to ballrooms on corporate, association, education, and federal/ state  government projects for 6 years. In 2019, Alexis returned to live events and is now the Director of Sales for PRG Gear (formerly VER).  Alexis currently serves on AVIXA’s Board of Directors and the BOD for the AVIXA Foundation. Alexis is also on the BOD of Integrate Baltimore.  She plans workforce development events in the metro Baltimore community that engage young people by introducing them to the AV technology industry as a viable career choice.  Alexis talks with young people regularly about choosing a career in a technology field.

Nick Remini

On Cue Collective, llc

With over twenty years’ experience in the live event industry, Nick has been responsible for the planning, design, and execution of numerous conferences and events across the country and has served in numerous leadership roles throughout his career. Nick leveraged his many years of industry experience and relationships with some of the most talented individuals in the industry to launch On Cue Collective which is a premier full-service production company focused on delivering the client’s message in an impactful and engaging way.

Panel Speakers

Andrew Beaudet 

Sr. Account Manager
LG Electronics Direct-View LED

Andrew Beaudet has been in the Professional AV industry for over 30 years, with a background in Broadcast Audio and Video, Distribution, and Digital Signage before transitioning to the Live Events / Rental and Staging markets for the last 10 years.  Until recently, Andrew was the Regional Sales Manager for Barco Entertainment covering the East Coast and several national Rental accounts, specializing in Large Format Projection and Folsom Image Processing.  Currently, Andrew is the Senior Account Manager for LG Electronics Direct-View LED product, covering the live production market in the US including Broadcast, Rental and Staging and XR applications.

Mark Bennardo

Founder and Creative Director
Transperia Group

Mark Bennardo is the Founder and Creative Director of Transperia Group, a corporate event and media production agency based in Chicago. Transperia Group helps busy corporate sales & marketing executives produce their best event or media project ever, by eliminating the stress, hassles, and budget anxieties often associated with those projects. Transperia is in its 20th year serving corporate clients from the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, professional services fields to non-profits and regional companies.

Rick Bloom

Founder and CEO

Rick Bloom is the Founder and CEO of intentionalAV, based in Ventura County, California. Founded in 2004, the company designs, manages and executes the complete audio visual and presentation technology requirements for corporate and association clients that produce conventions, meetings, trade shows and special events. Rick gets his sense of theater and staging live events in the AV industry from a 25-year career as a rock and roll tour booking agent in Los Angeles for many well-known recording artists.

Leigh Cook 

Executive Producer

Leigh Cook is an Executive Producer for Live, Virtual, and Hybrid Events and loves what she does! Her background includes over 30 years of production experience working in various behind-the-scenes roles for concerts, theatre, special events, conferences, & festivals. Originally from Texas, Leigh has lived all over the United States – including WeHo, NYC, & on a sailboat in Florida. She now resides in picturesque Vermont spending as much time as she can enjoying the outdoors. Leigh can be reached via

Alesia Hendley 

Multimedia Journalist & Content Creator

Alesia Hendley is an Audiovisual professional that found her passion at a young age as a sound engineer within her Father’s church. Now you can find her making connections within AV, Digital Signage, and IT, along with executing creative ventures. As a young professional she’s finding ways to bring AV technologies, and creative visions together in the effort to leave her mark by making an impact.

Flor López Jaime

Executive in the Live Events Industry, Mexico
Board Member, MPI Caribe Mexicano
Member, AFEET

With over 24 years of experience in the AV Industry, Flor started her career producing video clips, video home movies and TV commercials in Mexico City. In 1993 she joined UNICOM, the first AV Company established in Cancun, Mexico, producing Corporate Events for international firms. She played an important role with the company expansion in Mexico and in 2006 joined AVI-SPL as VP of Sales and Marketing. When the division she was working for was acquired by ENCORE in 2009, she continued on in her role responsible for developing business and marketing strategies for Mexico, engaging in negotiations with corporate accounts, managing Industry Relations, and expanding customer relations by helping them to achieve extraordinary events. As Director of Golf World Events, her focus is to organize Golf Events for corporate firms, groups, and Conventions.

Patricia McGoldrick

President & Founder
Immediate Connections

Immediate Connections was founded in 1986 by Patty McGoldrick, a leader in the av staffing industry. As a member of AVIXA, Patty co-founded the Independent Technical Services Council in 2009, sat on the Live Events Council for the last 25 years and was the recipient of the “2017 Women in AV” award from AVIXA, formerly InfoComm. Patty works hard to promote the industry, and in doing so, exceeds her clients’ expectations time and time again.

Jeff Winkler

J1 Consulting

Jeff Winkler is a dynamic operations leader who builds teams to deliver world-class services by spearheading the development and execution of effective growth strategies, creating winning and successful cultures, and streamlining processes with a commitment to continuous improvement. His 25+ years of C-level leadership experience in the event technology area provides him with a unique combination of operational expertise, leadership ability, and financial insight, to identify opportunities and create solutions, all while fostering the values needed to achieve organizational targets. 

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