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First Women in AV Award Winners
InfoComm presented its new Women in AV Award to Deborah J. Britton, CEO of K2 Audio in Boulder, Colo., and Bridget K. Cline, president and CEO of Industrial Strength Inc. & Pilot House Audio Visual in Pinellas Park, Fla. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100, a new conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers.
The Women in AV Award was created by InfoComm to raise awareness of the growing role of female professionals in the field of audiovisual technology. These debut award winners are entrepreneurs in the upper echelon of AV professionals.
As K2 Audio’s CEO and lead project manager, Deb Britton manages AV and acoustic design projects ranging from local recording studios and schools to the new audio system for the U.S. Senate Chamber. She has taught classes in audio networking, chaired an audio networking panel for the Audio Engineering Society, and lectured to groups for Women in Engineering. She also taught acoustics at Berklee College of Music in Boston and contributes articles on audio networking to leading industry trade magazines.
Before leading K2 Audio, Britton designed and specified sound reinforcement systems, and collected and analyzed architectural, industrial, and environmental sound and vibration data for Cavanaugh Tocci Associates. She later joined Kirkegaard and Associates and then Peak Audio, managing their AV systems consulting group and designing and managing projects for clients including Disney and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Britten also developed training programs to educate audio professionals about the basic principles of audio network design.
Bridget K. Cline has been the owner, president and CEO of Industrial Strength Inc. & Pilot House Audio Visual for five years. In that time she has grown the business at an exponential rate, quadrupling the company’s warehouse space, acquiring several trucks for local and national shows, opening offices in the midwest and California, and achieving an increase in sales that have doubled each year since she assumed control of the company. She also updated the infrastructure such as control processes and monitoring of ROI.
Cline’s rental and staging company specializes in corporate productions, and it provides a range of services including national tours for pharmaceutical clients, large and multiday annual meetings and award shows, video production, and destination management. Recent accomplishments include the installation and operation of the LED walls for the NFL Experience during the Super Bowl and creating and operating sets for CNN. In addition, Cline created FAVE (Female Audio Visual Executives)an international, non-profit trade association designed to mentor and encourage young women to join the ever-expanding AV/media/visual arts field, while providing support, scholarships, and networking opportunities to seasoned veterans.
“Both Deb Britton and Bridget Cline have reached the highest level achievement in the audiovisual industry,” Lemke says. “We are fortunate to have such strong female leaders who can both mentor and inspire the next generation of audiovisual professionals.”
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