L. William Nattress III, CTS-D, CTS-I, Principal, Biamp Systems
L. William Nattress III, CTS®-D, CTS-I, worked in the audiovisual industry for 15 years before joining Shen Milsom & Wilke in 1999. He began his career as an electrician while studying electrical engineering at Northern Illinois University. He is well known throughout the professional audiovisual industry, and has more than 30 years of project management experience in the design, engineering, installation and integration of audio, video, conferencing and control systems. As an Associate Principal at SM&W, he was responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships, maintaining project deliverable schedules, quality control of deliverable documents and drawings, and ensuring that the project's established budget is maintained. His experience in control system design and programming was used as the foundation for his authoring of the chapter on remote controls systems in the book Basics of Audio and Visual Systems Design: Revised Edition.
Nattress has been recognized by the industry for a number of his facility designs along with assisting many manufacturers in designing and improving system integration products and applications. His extensive "hands on" project experience and interest in his profession have fostered practical and creative approaches for audiovisual systems. Nattress developed the technology concept that lead to construction of Chicago's Millennium Park Video Fountains using LED video wall technology in a true waterfall environment. This project was awarded first place honors by ARCHI-TECH Magazine in 2005 for its design excellence.
A member of InfoComm’s Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC) since 1999, he has served as chair of the certification subcommittee from 2003-2005 and PETC chair from 2006-2008. He is a senior university faculty member for InfoComm. He has taught several sessions of InfoComm’s design track courses and presented at InfoComm trade shows both in North America and abroad. He played a key leadership role in the technical research and editing of InfoComm’s power and grounding curriculum. He was awarded InfoComm’s Educator of the Year in 2009.