SmartSource Names Chicago Entrepreneur & Business Leader Mike Fayette to General Manager Position

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Mike Fayette's new role as General Manager follows a career history spanning more than 20 years as a business professional and media industry "Thought Leader". Amongst other accomplishments, Mike was CEO and Founder at Chicago's famed 'Post Effects' - one of the most widely recognized full-service Digital Communications companies in the world.

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At SmartSource, I feel that I have found a group of people who share my passion for deploying digital technology that engages an audience and allows them to view, interact and even contribute to the success of meetings, tradeshows & other special events.

SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals (Hauppauge, NY), a leading provider of computer and audio visual technology rentals to the Tradeshow and Events Market, announced today that Mike Fayette, Chicago area business leader has been named General Manager of the SmartSource Chicago branch operation. Fayette has a strong record of business success in the Media Industry that fully complements the SmartSource business approach.

“I am incredibly excited to join CEO Mike McClernon and the entire SmartSource team as General Manager of their Chicago office.” said Fayette. “I came to SmartSource from both a creative and a technical background, which is a place where meeting deadlines and delivering on a tradition of failsafe technology is simply where we began.”

Selecting a General Manager with a history of involvement in the media industry is directly inline with SmartSource CEO Mike McClernon’s ongoing efforts to expand on existing tradeshow and meeting technology offerings. As technology continues to change, so does the way tradeshow attendees and convention visitors interact with it. SmartSource has been able to draw from a long history of collective knowledge in computer and peripheral rentals and expand this insight to new product and service offerings for the tradeshow and meetings industry. Digital signage, interactive kiosks, and real time lead retrieval are just some of the tools used to optimize clients’ event experiences.

Fayette echoes this stating, “For my entire career, I have helped organizations use technology to tell their stories to audiences all over the world. At SmartSource, I feel that I have found a group of people who share my passion for deploying digital technology that engages an audience and allows them to view, interact and even contribute to the success of meetings, tradeshows and other special venue events."

Along with the decision to hire media industry veteran Mike Fayette to be General Manager in Chicago, SmartSource has recently opened a full service branch location in New Orleans, one of the nation’s premier sites for tradeshows and conventions. McClernon notes this intensified focus on the tradeshow and meetings industry “was a direct response to the needs of our national client base. Our approach is to seamlessly integrate our national, 24 branch network with an expanding product/service line up to execute with excellence wherever our clients need us.”

About SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals

Founded in 1984 and formerly known as Rent-a-PC, Inc., SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals serves broad-based corporate IT, association, professional AV and tradeshow technology rental needs. The company is widely recognized for its outstanding customer service, technical expertise, geographic reach, breadth of product, and end-to-end solution. Its extensive line features brand name products from Apple, Dell, HP/Compaq, IBM, NEC, Eiki, Meyer, Stumpfl, and others. Among its products are computers, servers, copiers, professional AV equipment, LCD and plasma monitors, kiosks, digital signage and video walls. SmartSource employs over 250 including over 100 field technicians. Its 24 strategic locations are in: Anaheim, CA; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; College Station, TX; Dallas, TX; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Eugene, OR; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Long Island, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Queens, NY; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO and Washington, DC. For more information, visit:

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