2016 Awards Announced
AV technology is awesome. But behind all the gear and awe-inspiring installations are people. It’s those people, just like you and your team, who make the magic happen.
Congratulations to these creative, inspiring AV professionals!
Questions? Contact us. Stay tuned for the opening of applications for 2017.
Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award
This award highlights important contributions made by industry individuals to the science of AV. The award calls attention to the AV and information communications industries by recognizing pioneers who made scientific breakthroughs resulting in new AV technologies that impacted the manufacture and sales of novel products enjoyed by audiences worldwide.
2016 Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award
Dr. Roger Hajjar, Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Prysm
Growing up in Lebanon, Roger Hajjar was fascinated by light, specifically disco lights, which inspired him to launch a backyard business selling disco balls made of mirrors taped to Styrofoam orbs. As he got older, Hajjar’s business grew more sophisticated, leveraging light and electricity. When he immigrated to the United States and entered Boston University, his obsession with light remained with him. Today, Hajjar is known for developing laser phosphor display (LPD) technology and holds more than 100 patents in the U.S. and around the world.
CTS Holder of the Year Award
This award calls attention to the AV industry by recognizing Certified Technology Specialist™ holders (CTS®, CTS-D and/or CTS-I) who are achieving rewarding and successful careers in the audiovisual and information communications industries.
Luke Jordan, CTS®-I, Service and Small Systems Manager for Electro Acoustics Inc.
Luke Jordan was the first Electro Acoustics employee to receive CTS certification at his company and he inspired other employees to follow his lead. His commitment to quality led him to spearhead a cloud-based application that draws from ANSI/INFOCOMM 2M-2010, Standard Guide for Audiovisual Systems Design and Coordination Processes and ANSI/INFOCOMM 10:2013, AV Systems Performance Verification.
Educator of the Year Award
This award highlights important contributions made by an individual to the professional development, education and training of the AV industry. These contributions have impacted audiences worldwide. This award is presented annually for outstanding achievement in AV education for that particular year.
2016 Educator of the Year
Jeremy Caldera, CTS®-D, CTS-I, Lead Audiovisual Design Engineer, Zdi Inc.
A champion for brining young professionals into the AV industry, Jeremy Caldera established, and still teaches, audiovisual courses at Columbia College in Chicago. Caldera was also an early proponent of the International Communications Industries Foundation’s grant program, which was created to offer internships and mentoring to talented individuals entering the AV industry. He is currently chair of the InfoComm Certification Steering Committee and an InfoComm University™ faculty member.
Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year Award
This award uncovers and celebrates the volunteer who has contributed greatly to the association and who is not recognized in other ways for that contribution. It is awarded annually for contributions made to the association within the last one to two years. This award winner is determined by staff.
2016 Volunteers of the Year
Christa Bender, CTS®, Account Manager, Pivot Communications
Hope Roth, CTS, Programmer, Riordan Brothers
Bender, an industry blogger and podcast host, was cited as one of Commercial Integrator’s 2015 Top 40 Influencers Under 40 and a 2015 Systems Contractor News Power Player. She earned her CTS in 2010 and spent several years handling inside sales and marketing for Applied Video Technology before taking her current position at Pivot Communications.
Roth started her technology career by earning a degree in computer science before transitioning to commercial AV. She also was among Commercial Integrator’s 2015 Top 40 Influencers Under 40 and a 2015 Systems Contractor News Power Player. She earned her CTS in 2012 and became a Crestron-Certified Programmer.
Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award
This award's overall purpose is to call out an individual recognized by association members and the industry as worthy of a lifetime achievement award. Two major criteria are applied — the career accomplishments and the individual's contribution to the AV industry through InfoComm International. The Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed on an industry member by the association. Read about how InfoComm renamed the Distinguished Achievement Award in memory of Mackey Barron.
2016 Macky Baron
David Bright, President of Kramer Electronics USA
Dave Bright has been an active, committed member of the AV industry for more than 30 years. Bright started in pro AV selling cathode ray tube displays for Mitsubishi. He eventually formed the company’s Professional Electronics Division, which became one of Mitsubishi’s most profitable in the U.S. He became the first employee of Kramer Electronics USA in 1997 and spent the ensuing 19 years positioning the company as one of the most innovative and fastest-growing in the industry.
Women in AV Award Award
This award calls attention to the AV industry by recognizing women who are achieving rewarding and successful careers in the audiovisual and information communications industries.
2016 Women in AV
Rose L. Shure
Rose Shure, former Chair of Shure Inc., was in the AV industry for more than 60 years. She led Shure from a small manufacturer of microphones and phonograph cartridges to a global leader in audio electronics. Shure remained active in the company until her death, recently initiating research into applications of nanotechnology with Northwestern University and always investing substantially in R&D and industry education.
Young AV Professionals Award
This award calls attention to the AV industry by recognizing that young people are achieving rewarding and successful careers in the audiovisual and information communications industries.
2016 Young AV Professionals Award
Kelly Perkins, CTS®, Marketing and Communications Manager, AVI Systems
Josh Srago, CTS, Design Engineer, TEECOM
Perkins was an early adopter of social media as a means of communicating among AV professionals. She’s been a podcast host and presenter at InfoComm shows. During her time working for Vaddio, Perkins launched an internal CTS training program for sales and marketing staff. In her current role at AVI Systems, she’s implementing new marketing programs and spearheading a training initiative.
Srago is a respected voice in the AV industry and a frequent presenter at InfoComm events. At June’s InfoComm 2016 show, he will speak at the IoT Insights session on Super Tuesday and deliver the InfoComm University™ course Government Regulations and the AV Industry. He serves on the InfoComm Certification Steering Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the development and administration of the Certified Technology Specialist™ certifications, and often addresses industry gatherings on the importance of certification.