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Super-bright LCD finds home in downtown Chicago conference center

Summit Executive Center Conference RoomWould it surprise you to find a world-class downtown conference center designed specifically with corporate training in mind? One preferred over local hotels by clients such as Quaker Oats, Sara Lee, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Amoco, and Inland Steel?

"Due to the nature of today's business environment," says John Potterton, Director of the Summit Executive Centre at 205 North Michigan, Chicago, "there's a need to educate employees continuously. But it can be hard to find meeting space designed with training in mind." In offering their facility for rental, the Centre competes directly with downtown hotels, but Potterton feels they have an advantage in understanding the needs of the professional trainers they cater to. The Centre, formerly KPMG's Center for Leadership Development, provides meeting space, equipment, and meals, lacking only the sleeping rooms that a hotel might provide.

3M MP-8650 Projector in use, rear projection"Because of who we are and what we need to accomplish," says Potterton, "everything we do in this facility has to be done very well. That goes from the audio/visual down to food and beverage to the distraction-free environment that we provide. We look at ourselves as in the business of adult learning. If we can enhance the adult learner’s experience, then we’re doing our job."

The audio/visual, of course, has become more and more important to adult learning in recent years.

 

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A large portion of the training conducted at the center is computer-based; thus good computer projection systems are critical. For this reason, the Center purchased a super-bright 3M MP-8650 projector from United Visual last year. "We’d been looking for something for many years," says Potterton, "that an instructor could use throughout the day, with the lights on. Doug Carnell was aware of this need, but had to keep telling us to be patient, that the technology was changing. When he brought us this new 3M projector, we were finally there."

One challenge Potterton faces is the size of the facility and the demand for its a/v systems. The space includes two rooms with rear projection. United has fitted the 3M to serve one of these rooms, a Sony graphics projector the other. But with 13 other meeting rooms also needing computer projection, the 3M is moved frequently. "The portability of it is wonderful," Potterton says. "We can just take it from one room to the next without a major setup issue."

For more information about Summit Executive Centre, please e-mail Potterton at [email protected]