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Prior to Extron, Somers was Manager of Research and Development for Conrac Corporation’s computer graphics monitor group. His early industry experience began in color television design support at RCA Corporation. He is a member of SID, SMPTE, and an electronics engineering graduate from Purdue University.In addition, Somers is past-chairman of the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out Committee and the Projection Shoot-Out event, he managed and directed its technical design and Show operations for 10 years. The Shoot-Out embodied one of the largest scale video and graphics distribution systems for high performance image presentation. In the residential design sector, Somers is chairman of CEDIA’s Home Theater Design Specialist Committee composed of subject matter experts from various disciplines focused on production of certification exams for the custom design and installation market. He regularly writes technical articles for ExtroNews and other industry trade magazines. Somers presents a variety of technical seminars for the information display market through InfoComm, NSCA and CEDIA. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of the InfoComm University.