Boxlight Corporation Announces Acquisition of Mimio
Expands opportunity for growth and extends leadership position
across K-12 market with innovative and proven solutions
Lawrenceville, GA (March 1, 2016) BOXLIGHT Corporation, a leading interactive classroom technology manufacturer and K-12 education solutions provider, announced that it has acquired Mimio, one of the world’s leading providers of interactive teaching technologies.
Boxlight’s innovative classroom solutions are a resource for such districts as Round Rock (Texas) Independent School District, Department of Defense Schools worldwide, Atlanta (Ga.) Public Schools plus Fort Worth and Dallas Independent School Districts. The combination of Boxlight and Mimio will empower a greater number of K-12 education technology partners with an expansive selection of premier classroom technology solutions from two of the most respected names in the industry.
“The benefits of the Mimio acquisition are two-fold,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight Corporation. “It brings a comprehensive lineup of award-winning, proven educational solutions to meet the instructional needs of K-12 districts, schools and students. It also helps Boxlight Corporation take another step forward in its journey to become the single, worldwide education technology solution provider.”
Through the purchase of Mimio, Boxlight Corporation will be able to provide the best in both interactive hardware and software solutions. By combining Boxlight’s manufacturing of patented, award-winning interactive classroom technology and Mimio’s advanced line of classroom hardware and software solutions, Boxlight will have the most complete line of progressive, integrated, classroom technologies available on the market today. Both companies provide a wide range of technology solutions, but the union will also extend the complementary hardware, software and resources with the offering of the best-in-class 24/7/365 U.S.-based service and technical support that is synonymous with Boxlight.
Elliott continued, “This investment represents an important strategic opportunity to offer the best and most attractive product portfolio in the education technology industry and to be the single source for fully integrated classroom solutions in the United States and worldwide. It also incorporates an incredibly talented team of executives with decades of experience and resources from both companies.”
Mimio President Christopher Leonardo added, “We are excited about what this acquisition enables us to bring to today’s education market: a combined passion for learning and a powerful integrated solution of hardware and software that is unmatched. But even more inspiring is where this will take classroom educators and their students in the years ahead.”
Boxlight, founded in 1985 by Herb and Sloan Myers, quickly became the leader in presentation technology, climbing Inc. 500 lists and becoming synonymous with projection and displays among business, government and education verticals up until the 2000’s. In 2009, when Myers retired, couple Hank and Sunshine Nance took over U.S. and worldwide operations based outside of Seattle, Washington, growing Boxlight year over year and focusing the company on the education industry. Hank Nance serves as Boxlight president and COO while Sunshine Nance serves as the vice president of marketing and communications.
Mimio was founded in 1997 by the way of five creative-thinker students at MIT. Originally known as Virtual Ink, founders Yonald Chery, Manuel Perez, William Moyne, Matt Verminski and
Andrew Kelley III saw that students were so busy taking notes they weren’t able to pay attention to the actual class. They believed there had to be a better way. By combining innovation and a passion for education, they created their flagship product, the ink capture system. That passion for creating leading-edge technologies that fuels learning has been integral to their mission from day one.
Boxlight has been developing and manufacturing award winning projectors and interactive technology since its inception in 1985. The company takes pride in offering industry leading technical support and ISF Certified® service available 24 hours / 7 days per week / 365 days per year – for the lifetime of the product.
Boxlight’s ability to respond to customer needs allows for personalized service and an unbeatable relationship with dealers and partners. BOXLIGHT is able to build products to specification or customize product on an individual basis.
Boxlight operations encompass sales in the United States and worldwide. Headquarters are located in Lawrenceville, Georgia with offices in Belfair, Washington, Mexico City, Taiwan and China. BOXLIGHT products and services are available on-line at www.boxlight.com or by calling 360.464.2119.
Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. For more than 19 years, Mimio has created award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware and software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit www.mimio.com.
New Advisory Board Appointed to Guide National Future of Education Technology Conference 2017
Orlando, Fla. – March 1, 2016 – The National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), one of the largest edtech events in the U.S., announces its new hand-selected 2017 Advisory Board comprised of top leaders representing an array of education organizations and districts including Discovery Education, Google, Scholastic Library Publishing, Vanderbilt University, and more. In addition to a new board, FETC reveals Jennifer Womble as its newly appointed Conference Program Chair for 2017.
“The Advisory Board serves an important role in guiding our world-class educational technology conference,” said Womble. “We believe it is critical that our partners provide advice, focused input and inspire change through a collaborative and informed dialogue on rapidly evolving educational technology issues impacting our attendees. The Advisory Board extends the influence of FETC by providing insight into trends and making recommendations on highly effective professional learning strategies, as well as offering guidance into overall program and conference development.”
FETC Advisory Board members:
- Christine Fox, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
- Tracy Hansen, Renaissance Learning
- Dr. Ted Hasselbring, Vanderbilt University
- Rushton Hurley, Next Vista for Learning
- Devin Knighton , Canvas
- Keith Krueger, The Consortium for School Networking
- Wendy LaDuke, eSchool News and Women In Technology
- Tricia Larson, Pearson
- Tia Lendo, Google for Education
- Gail Lovely, Trainer, Author and FETC Early Learning Summit Facilitator
- Sylvia Martinez, Invent To Learn
- Michael B. Meechin, Poinciana High School
- Tom Murray, Future Ready Schools and FETC Executive Summit Committee
- Coni Rechner, Discovery Education and Discovery Education Network (DEN)
- Mary Schillinger, Las Virgenes Unified School District
- Eric Sheninger, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and FETC Executive Summit Committee
- Mark Smith, Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and FETC STEM Excellence Awards Committee
- Kyle Christian Steele, SourceCodeB46
- Cali Stringer, Florida Department of Education
- Kari Stubbs, BrainPOP
- Evan St. Lifer, Scholastic Library Publishing
- David Tchozewski, Jenison Public Schools
- Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Teacher Trainer, Elearning Specialist and Author
- Bruce Umpstead, ScaleUp Education Partners
- Vincent Varrassi, Learning Disabilities Specialist
- Liz White, CDW
- Brent Williams, Kennesaw State University iTeach Center
- John Winkler, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“After a successful Future of Education Technology Conference 2016, our goal is to build upon that success,” said Rebecca McKenna, VP of Global Events and Publisher at LRP. “That’s why we hand-picked these expert leaders in the education technology industry to advise on expanding educational and technology offerings at the 2017 event.”
Nearly 10,000 professionals from all 50 states and 49 countries attended the 36th annual FETC in Orlando, Fla. Superintendents, principals and vice principals, educators, district-level leaders, curriculum designers, media specialists, technology directors/technologists, and instructional and non-instructional support staff gathered to gain hands-on exposure to the latest software and successful implementation strategies through keynotes, sessions, workshops, the expo hall and more. FETC 2016 experienced a 10 percent increase in attendees under its first year of management by LRP Conferences.
“Year after year, FETC attendees look forward to exploring new tech and strategies for successful technology integration,” said McKenna. “We will continue to exceed attendees’ expectations by being at the forefront of the latest edtech trends plus continue to help CTOs, CIOs, Innovation Directors, Special Ed/Pupil Services Directors, Early Childhood Directors, Media Specialists and other educators stay current with premium edtech content to ensure student success now and in the future.”
FETC 2016 provided pre-K to 12 educators and administrators access to more than 500 sessions and workshops focusing on key edtech trends such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; game-based learning; flipped learning; 3D printing; maker education; and mobile, online and blended learning. Keynote speakers included Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; Leland Melvin, engineer, astronaut and former NFL player; as well as Sean McComb, National Teacher of the Year.
FETC 2017 will be held Jan. 24 – 27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The conference is currently accepting proposals to present at FETC 2017. Leaders interested in presenting must submit proposals atwww.fetc.org/speak.html by April 30, 2016.
For more information on FETC, please visit www.fetc.org. Join the conversation by following the conference on Twitter (@FETC) and using and searching the hashtag#FETC. For even more FETC updates, “like” FETC on Facebook and join the FETC LinkedIn group.
About the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)
The National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders from around the world. Delivering strategies and best practices for student success and schoolwide advancement, FETC is known as one of the nation’s premier education technology events! Recognized for its outstanding program year after year, FETC provides CTOs, CIOs, Innovation Directors, Special Ed/Pupil Services Directors, Early Childhood Directors, Media Specialists, Technologists, Administrators and other Educators, the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of technology across the curriculum — from pre-K to 12 — through premium sessions, intensive workshops, various concurrent sessions, live demonstrations of several hundred hardware and software products, plus much more.
About LRP Conferences, LLC
LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually, including: Campus Technology Conference, Transformational Technology in Higher Education Conference, Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), HR in Hospitality Conference, HR Technology Conference & Exposition®, Recruiting Trends Conference, and National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo.
About LRP Publications
LRP Publications, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is known as educators’ most trusted source for practical and legal education administration guidance and produces newsletters (Education Daily®), books, pamphlets, DVDs, audio conferences, eLearning courses, online services (Title1admin.com, EducationDaily.com and Special Ed Connection.com) and training tools to help educators implement sound programs and avoid compliance errors related to Title I, autism, discipline and more. LRP also produces professional education conferences including: National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities®and Special Education School Attorneys Conference. For a complete list of LRP products, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.