IMS News

Warren Abraham Joins IMS as VP, Business Development

Posted on: April 12th, 2018

GARNET VALLEY, PA — April 12, 2018 – IMS Technology Services, an award-winning provider of event staging and systems integration solutions, is pleased to announce that industry-veteran Warren Abraham has joined IMS as vice president of business development for the event staging division. Abraham has nearly 4 decades of experience in the hospitality and meetings industry, and most recently served as the vice president of account management with PSAV’s Premier Global Events (PGE) Division.

“Warren is a long-time, well-respected member of the meetings and events industry, and we are incredibly fortunate to now have him as part of the IMS team,” said IMS event staging COO Paul Wedesky, CMP, CASE. “Warren brings a very unique skillset to IMS that will play an integral part in helping us achieve our growth and expansion plans.”

Abraham is a member of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). Prior to joining PSAV, he worked in various hotels in Philadelphia and Las Vegas in front office and food and beverage positions during his college years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“I am looking forward to using my years of event technology and audio visual experience to bring new IMS products and services to the marketplace and expand our client base,” said Abraham. “IMS has built a reputation of quality and commitment to excellence in the events industry, and I am confident in the role I will play in the exciting growth plan IMS has in place.”

With offices in Garnet Valley, PA and Orlando, FL, IMS is an award-winning provider of high quality solutions that are designed to foster collaboration, productivity, learning and business communication with a team of certified technology professionals. A partner for organizations such as American Express, Comcast, Deloitte and KPMG, IMS specializes in audio visual system design, managed services, event staging, video productions, content creation, and projection mapping.

IMS Announces New Team Members

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018

We are pleased to announce that BJ Strote and Warren Abraham have joined the IMS team.

BJ Strote joins IMS as a National Account Manager, Event Staging and will be based in Chicago. BJ comes to IMS with 13 years of large event production experience, including hundreds of events produced across the U.S. ranging in size from 5 people to 250,000 people. He specializes in program and production development with an expertise in event technologies. In his words, “there is nothing quite like bringing back the lost art of customer service which begins with hearing a client’s purposes/goals/needs and ends with excellence in event delivery.” BJ earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business/economics from Wheaton College. BJ comes to IMS after 7 years with Encore Event Technologies, a Freeman Company.

Warren Abraham joins us as our new VP of Business Development, Event Staging. Warren’s first exposure to the meetings and events industry was at the age of 13 when his dad had him work a registration desk. His first hotel job came at 18 when he become a busboy at Philadelphia Marriott Hotel’s Kings Wharf. While working at the Marriott, Warren earned an associate degree in hotel administration from Brandywine College in Wilmington, DE. He continued his education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) were he earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration. After graduation, Warren began working at Bauer Audio Visual, which, through various acquisitions, is now PSAV. Warren returns to his Philadelphia roots at IMS, after spending 35 years with PSAV where he held several positions, including account manager, sales manager, branch general manager, regional vice president, and Vice President of Account Management with PSAV’s Premier Global Events (PGE) Division.

IMS Technology Services and Alliance Exposition Services Announce Partnership

Posted on: March 21st, 2018

This partnership will provide a single point of contact for
event production and tradeshow management.

GARNET VALLEY, PA — March 21, 2018 – IMS Technology Services, an award-winning provider of event staging and systems integration solutions, and Alliance Exposition Services, the only Nationwide General Service Contractor (GSC), focusing exclusively on smaller to mid-size events, today announced a new partnership to provide a single point of contact for managers of small to mid-sized shows to coordinate all event audio visual and production needs as well as show and exhibitor management services.

Providing one point of contact to coordinate all event production and show management details allows IMS and Alliance to expand upon their commitments to provide personal attention and a dedicated team, allowing clients to save time, eliminate learning curves, and create more compelling events.

The tradeshow management market typically focuses on the large and mega shows that fill convention centers, leaving a professional show management void for smaller shows that can fit into a ballroom but need the same services. IMS works with many of these clients and is well-positioned to bring this needed service to those shows. Alliance clients will benefit from the addition of an experienced production team that will streamline and enhance all event audio visual, production, creative, and content services.

“We have changed the model for show management by providing dedicated account teams and making strategic inventory decisions that make general service contractor services affordable for small to medium shows. Our partnership with IMS will add high-quality, state-of-the-art event production services that will elevate the experience of the entire show, both for the show manager and show attendees,” said Mark Yuska, president of Alliance Exposition Services.

“IMS is thrilled to enter into a preferred partnership with Alliance Exposition Services. Alliance and IMS have a very similar approach to the industry; to treat the small show with a big show mentality,” said Paul Wedesky, CASE, CMP, chief operating officer of IMS. “We will work together as one team to provide everything needed to seamlessly support show management teams.”

About Alliance Exposition Services

Founded by Mark Yuska in 2008, Alliance Exposition Services is currently the only Nationwide General Service Contractor (GSC), focusing exclusively on smaller to mid-size events. Alliance is dedicated to helping show organizers and exhibitors achieve their goals and maximize return on investment by providing easy access to cost-effective, high-quality service. Alliance is based in Sterling, VA with offices throughout the US and a central Europe office in the UK. Learn more at www.alliance-exposition.com.

About IMS Technology Services

With offices in Garnet Valley, PA and Orlando, FL, IMS is an award-winning provider of high quality solutions that are designed to foster collaboration, productivity, learning and business communication with a team of certified technology professionals. A partner for organizations such as American Express, Comcast, Deloitte and KPMG, IMS specializes in audio visual system design, managed services, event staging, video productions, content creations and projector mapping. Learn more at www.imsts.com.

IMS Expands Orlando Office

Posted on: March 6th, 2018

IMS Technology Services, a six-time INC 5000 Fastest Growing Company honoree and award-winning provider of event staging and systems integration solutions, is pleased to announce the expansion of our Orlando, Florida office.

“Our expanded Southeast Regional office will help us to continue serve our clients nationally, as well as support all IMS clients with events in Florida and the surrounding states. IMS will deliver creative, innovative solutions to our clients and expand IMS’s operational footprint.” said IMS COO Paul Wedesky, CASE, CMP. “With the expansion of the office, we have also hired a team of experienced professionals to ensure that clients receive the outstanding level of service and professionalism that they have come to expect from IMS.”

The new IMS team members in Orlando are:

Dieter Burgoa, CMP – Director of Sales

Dieter Burgoa, CMP is a passionate AV and production leader with nearly 20 years of sales, operations, and hospitality experience. He has excelled in operations, sales and leadership roles for PSAV, where he spent 8 years in Mexico and 6 years in Orlando. Dieter is a Certified Meeting Professional and holds a BA in Electronic and Communications Engineering from UIA in Mexico City. He has been active member of MPI since 2008, and has served on the board of directors for both the Mexico and Orlando chapters.

Freda Agner – Senior Project Manager

Freda Agner brings 21 years of audio visual and project management experience to IMS. She has maintained long-term relationships across North America with hosting venues, technology vendors and talented experts in the AV industry during her career. Career highlights include being awarded the technology and AV rental contract for The World Symposium of Endometriosis (4000 physicians attending, representing 39 states and 41 countries) which was internationally broadcast and webcast via satellite up/down link featuring incoming and outgoing video conferencing from Tennessee, California and Italy. This was flawlessly executed to educate the attending clientele and over 2000 virtual attendees about the advancement in Women’s Health and surgery techniques. Freda’s specialties include large-scale conferences, tradeshows, corporate events, associations and multiple location training efforts, with a proven track record of managing sophisticated, concurrent programs.

Stephanie Willingham – Event Staging Technician

Stephanie hails from Georgia and attended Georgia State University before she was accepted for an internship with the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. After the completion of her internship, Stephanie attended the Art Institute of Seattle for Video Production, where she worked as a student ambassador and teaching assistant until she graduated with honors in 2008. She received national recognition on two of her demo reel videos which were used to recruit future students. Stephanie spent at 8 years at Walt Disney World, holding iconic roles like being a Jungle Cruise Skipper, Haunted Mansion maid, and Kilimanjaro Safari Guide before moving on to a leadership role in Fantasyland to help open the world’s largest theme park expansion, new Fantasyland. In 2015, Stephanie accepted a position with PSAV to return to her technical roots. Stephanie comes to IMS with extensive experience in large general sessions, and is excited to bring this experience to IMS clients through her role as an event staging technician in Orlando.

“The expansion of our office in Orlando was a key component of our growth plan,” said IMS principal John Renninger. “Orlando is the first in a series of new office locations that are part of not only our strategic growth plan, but also a reflection of our commitment to building the best culture for our team. A network of offices across the country will allow us to be more efficient in supporting and staffing projects and provide a better balance of home versus travel time for our team.”

IMS Technology Services Achieves AVIXA AV Provider of Excellence Distinction

Posted on: February 14th, 2018

IMS Technology Services has qualified as an AVIXA AV Provider of Excellence, or APEx. The AVIXA APEx program is a marketing recognition program for integration companies and AV design consulting firms dedicated to upholding industry excellence by providing quality service to customers.

The AVIXA APEx program recognizes companies based on the number of employees holding key industry certifications, including AVIXA’s CTS credential, completion of continuing education classes, and positive customer survey responses. APEx providers must also prove that they meet or exceed the requirements within 2 ANSI/INFOCOMM standards, the Standard Guide for Audiovisual Systems Design and Coordination Processes and the AV System Performance Verification Standard, to foster better communication between the AV provider and the client.

“The APEx designation gives AV companies a mark of distinction in the marketplace,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, AVIXA’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers of APEx companies can be confident of the AV provider’s professionalism and commitment to ongoing training, customer service and dedication to excellence.”

“We pride ourselves on delivering a quality product on time and on budget to our customers, so the AVIXA APEx distinction really solidifies our mission,” said Patrick Whipkey IMS’s Director of Project Management.

For more information on the APEx Program, visit avixa.org/APEx.

IMS a 6-Time Inc. 5000 Honoree

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017

IMS Technology Services has been named on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies for the sixth consecutive year!

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Check out our INC. profile

Paul Wedesky, CASE, CMP Joins IMS Technology Services as COO

Posted on: August 10th, 2017

GARNET VALLEY, PA — August 9, 2017 – IMS Technology Services, an award-winning provider of event staging and systems integration solutions, is pleased to announce that Paul Wedesky, CASE, CMP has joined IMS as Chief Operating Officer for the event staging division. Wedesky has nearly 3 decades of experience in the meetings, events and trade show industry. Most recently, Wedesky was the senior vice president of audio visual services for GES, and he served as senior vice president of national operations for PSAV and senior vice president of PSAV’s sales, convention & tradeshow division prior to that.

“As a 6-time INC 5000 Fastest Growing Company honoree, IMS has been on a growth path for several years, and we are now in a position to implement the next phase of our growth” said IMS principal John Renninger. “We have outlined an acquisition strategy that will accelerate our growth plans, and Paul will have direct responsibility for this plan. His extensive experience and relationships in the events industry will be invaluable to executing our acquisition strategy.”

Wedesky is a Certified Association Sales Executive through Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and a Certified Meeting Professional through Meeting Professionals International (MPI). He is a member of PCMA, MPI, and International Association of Exhibition and Events.

“I was drawn to IMS because of it’s people, culture and customer service focus. IMS has the technical and creative capabilities to produce any size event, but their customer service focus gives them the edge in the sea of mega Event AV companies. I am looking forward to working with the sales and operational teams to implement IMS’ acquisition strategy.” said Wedesky. “This will be a new professional challenge for me, and I am excited about this opportunity.”

With offices in Garnet Valley, PA and Orlando, FL, IMS is an award-winning provider of high quality solutions that are designed to foster collaboration, productivity, learning and business communication with a team of certified technology professionals. A partner for innovative startups through Fortune 50 organizations, producers, associations and prestigious institutions of higher education, IMS specializes in audio visual system design, managed services, event staging, video production, and content creation.

Jill Renninger Nominated for Technology CEO of the Year

Posted on: June 2nd, 2017

Congratulations to our CEO, Jill Renninger, on her nomination for Technology CEO of the Year at the Enterprise Awards!

IMS Wins Excellence in Business Award

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016

ims-excellence-in-business-awardIMS recently won the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) 2016 Excellence in Business award in the category of employee engagement.

“This year’s winners are an inspiring collection of integration firms,” says NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson. “We’ve never seen a more diverse group of award winners in terms of company size and scope of work. The information they will convey during the opening-night program will deliver so much value and set the stage for an incredible event. The shifts these companies have made to achieve business goals, improve the customer experience, engage employees, and differentiate themselves are changes we can all learn from.”

This year’s Excellence in Business awards honor five systems integration firms in their efforts to adapt to the constantly changing industry, and this is what NSCA said about IMS:

“IMS Technology Services, winner in the Employee Engagement category, was impacted by Keynote Mike Abrashoff’s presentation at the Business & Leadership Conference in 2015 so much that the company decided to shift its focus to empowering each team member to make decisions. To recognize employees for working so hard to achieve their goals in 2015, IMS Technology Services hosted its annual meeting at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. The entire event was centered on the employees – not the company or its managers – which helped continue to build engagement and rapport.”

Congratulations to all IMS team members for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence.

IMS in Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine

Posted on: November 16th, 2015

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Check out the article about Augmented Reality written by our content creation and production coordinator, Tim Wingert, that is featured in the current issue of Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine.

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