Date: 9/22/2020


Direct View LED technology is now an architectural design consideration for everything from building lobbies and storefront facades to the signature visual features both inside and outside new sports and entertainment venues.

Designers and integrators are confronted with a dizzying variety of options on the core technology - from conventional surface-mounted LED modules to mini and micro LED, and LEDs on different materials like mesh and window films.

In this AVIXA Digital Signage Power Hour, top manufacturers and industry insiders discuss the current state of LED, the evolving technologies, and the new, innovative ways they're being applied. We'll try to clear the fog on confusing terms like micro versus mini LED, and also discuss what's still coming.

A monthly series of highly-topical digital signage conversations, each Power Hour kicks off with an industry update on the latest in the digital signage realm followed by a roundtable discussion for a broad cross-section of input on these topics.

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Chris_RiegelChris Riegel

  • Chris Riegel is the founder and CEO of STRATACACHE, leading strategic direction, technology development and engineering operations.  
  • Chris has deep knowledge of full scope of hardware manufacturing, industry trends and emerging technology. 
  • As an expert in emerging technologies, he has over 20 years of experience in systems and networking technology ventures, including acquisitions of technologically advanced companies to build the STRATACACHE family, including a new 1.2-million-square-foot facility in Eugene, OR that will be focused on developing and manufacturing microLED displays. 

  • Reece KurtenbachReece Kurtenbach
    Daktronics, Inc.

  • Reece Kurtenbach is the Chief Executive Officer for Daktronics, Inc.
  • Previously, Kurtenbach served as Executive Vice President for Live Events and International, and provided corporate oversight for the company’s design and development engineering.
  • The Live Events Business Unit encompasses the sales and service departments for our Large Sports Venues and Special Projects.
  • The International Business Unit serves our customers outside of North America and is organized into the regional areas of: Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), and Latin America/Caribbean.
    The Video Products Engineering development group is responsible for the design and development of displays and control systems for Large Scale Video Displays.
  • Kurtenbach’s responsibilities for engineering included oversight to the company’s product strategies and platform developments.

  • Samantha_PhenixSamantha Phenix
    Phenix Consulting

  • Sam Phenix’s 20+ year career has spanned engineering, business development, and corporate leadership. 
  • She has a history of driving display technology innovations across multiple, demanding vertical markets, while serving in leadership roles at companies such as Leyard, Planar, Intel, Dell, and Barco. 
  • She is currently on the AVIXA board. 
  • In 2017 she was named an Industry Innovator by NewBay Media for her outstanding contributions to the industry.  
  • In 2018, she was awarded AVIXA’s “Women in AV”.

  • Johanna_OcampoJohanna Ocampo 
    Director of Marketing
    D3 LED

  • Johanna Ocampo is an AV industry veteran with nearly 15 years of LED experience in both outdoor and indoor displays.
  • She works for technological LED leaders who create memorable large scale displays; such as the ABC Ribbon Marquee in Times Square, The Comcast Center Lobby, U2’s 360° transformable display, Wynn Race and Sports Book and numerous other remarkable experiences using pixels to tell a story.
  • Currently she serves as the Marketing Director for D3 LED in Rancho Cordova, CA.

  • Rich_VenturaRich Ventura
    Vice President of B2B

  • Rich Ventura is Vice President of B2B for Sony Electronics’ professional division, overseeing the company’s A/V portfolio including display, remote cameras, projectors and A/V solutions.    
  • He leads business strategy, product management and marketing for the corporate, education and government markets.  
  • Throughout his 20+ year career, Ventura has remained an active member of the technology community and previously served as a Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Digital Signage Federation.

  • florianrotbergFlorian Rotberg 
    Managing Director
    Invidis Consulting

  • Florian founded the Invidis Consulting,a digital signage boutique consultancy, in 2006.
  • Invidis Consulting GmbH is a renowned European consulting firm for digital signage and retail technology, with expertise in consulting, research, communications and events.
  • The Munich, Germany based consultancy is also the leader in digital signage market research for EMEA, collecting and analyzing exclusive market data. 

  • davehaynesDavid Haynes
    Founding Editor

  • Dave is best known around the industry as the publisher and principal writer behind Sixteen:Nine - an online trade publication that has covered the digital signage and visual communications business since 2006.
  • 16:9 has a global readership and generates 1,000s of page views daily.
  • There are more than 7,000 posts on 16:9, and the count grows almost daily.

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