Citing economic forecasts that point to a continued and expanding recovery
throughout most of the European Union zone, Stampede, the world’s largest value
added distributor of integrated ProAV system solutions, recently announced a Fall
2017 series of sales and vendor summits that will take place next month in Munich
and London. The goal of the summits, according to Stampede president and COO
Kevin Kelly, is to provide sales teams, resellers, and end-user customers with the
information, products, and support tools needed to capitalise on rapidly improving
economic conditions throughout most of the region.

“After years of stagnation and uncertainty, the European Union is, in our opinion,
poised to grow substantially over the next several years,’ Kelly said. “While the UK
continues to face post-Brexit challenges, the EU is now growing on par with the United
States. A recovery that began in Germany and Spain is now gaining traction in other
member economies. In fact, in the Q2 period, the zone grew by 2.5%, as compared to
U.S. growth of 2.6% for the same period.’

According to Kelly, improving economic conditions dovetails with a growing
understanding by vertical market customers that they need to find better ways to
connect with and stay engaged with their customers. “Corporate, higher education,
retail, and hospitality customers, in particular, are leveraging the power of integrated
audiovisual experiences to achieve new and more powerful relationships with their
young, completely tech-centric consumers. Our customers understand that if they
don’t do this, they risk becoming irrelevant to their own customers.’

The Stampede Summit Series kicks off in Munich, Germany on September 23, at the
Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel with a two-day planning Sales Summit involving
Stampede’s entire UK and European sales management team. “We will emerge from
this intensive two-day session with our 2018 goals and objectives defined, our
strategies set, and the outline of our channel specific promotion programs well
underway,’ Kelly emphasised. “There will also be a good amount of team and skill
building, training, and recreation. This will serve as the launch of our 2018 sales and
marketing initiatives and will prepare everyone for a strong ISE in February.’

From Munich, the Stampede team travels to the London metropolitan area on Monday,
September 25th for a two-day combined Stampede Vendor Summit and Big Book of
AV Tour and Conference Series event at the Radisson Blue Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
The Vendor Summit will feature a mix of business presentations and panel discussions
and wrap-up with a Vendor Appreciation Party that will set the tone for the upcoming

On Tuesday, September 26th, the London venue converts into the first stop of the Fall
2017 UK and European Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series. A dealer panel
discussion focused on emerging trends and ways to leverage them will kick-off the day
at 9:00 AM. From 10:00 AM to 14:00 the vendor exhibit area will open for resellers
and their customers to see the latest offerings from leading exhibitors in every major
product category — including Stampede’s largest exhibit of drones ever staged in the
UK that includes a live Drone Cage for attendees to demo specific drone models. The
afternoon kicks into a higher gear at 14:00 when a series of pre-scheduled 1:1 power
sessions take place that connects individual resellers with manufacturers to discuss
specific individual needs. The second day concludes with a networking cocktail
reception and Power Up Dinner designed to send attendees off to a Q4 of continued
sales growth.

“There has never been a better time in our history to capitalise on a rising economic
tide and a generational shift in consumers that is driving demand for integrated
audiovisual experiences that are compelling and immersive,’ Kelly concluded. “These
European summits will help to make sure that Stampede’s entire sales team is poised
to help partner vendors and resellers profit from improving economic times.’