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InfoComm presented its new Young AV Professional Award to Steve Garber, president of BP Marketing Group. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100.

InfoComm presented its new Young AV Professional Award to Steve Garber, president of BP Marketing Group. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100.

First Young AV Professional Award Winners

InfoComm presented its new Young AV Professional Award to Steve Garber, president of BP Marketing Group, and James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, president of Audio Visual Resources. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100.

The Young AV Professional Award was created by InfoComm to recognize up-and-coming professionals in the audiovisual industry. These debut award winners are held in the highest esteem by their AV industry colleagues of all ages.

Steve Garber began his professional outsourced sales and marketing company, BP Marketing Group, in Savage, Minn., in 2001. Beginning by representing just one manufacturer, Garber has grown his business to include representation of more than 16 manufacturers in 18 states. His extreme work ethic and commitment to the AV resellers and consultants in the territory he represents is recognized on a national basis.

As a manufacturer’s representative, Garber used his background in the office furniture industry to help Chief Manufacturing develop a division marketing to that segment. He was instrumental in bringing together two of his manufacturers, APC and Chief, to create several new products that use the power conditioning of APC in projector and flatpanel mount accessories from Chief. Garber was also one of the first firms to begin working in the digital-signage field. He has taken great lengths to service dealers by creating a centralized office location within his territory, which is used for regular training sessions and product showcases. Additionally, in 2008, Garber launched Global Business Services with several manufacturers and local service providers, creating the only telepresence suite in the greater Minneapolis area. Garber has served on InfoComm’s Independent Reps Council and its steering committee, participating in three consecutive InfoComm leadership forums.

InfoComm presented its new Young AV Professional Award to James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, president of Audio Visual Resources. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100.

InfoComm presented its new Young AV Professional Award to James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, president of Audio Visual Resources. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100.

As president of AVR, Jim Maltese is directly responsible for the growth and development of all on the operations staff, and he has constantly helped improve the AVR Quality Management System, in Williston Park, N.Y. With engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford University, his disciplined thinking skills directly contribute to the growth and development of the corporation. Maltese has been praised for the patience he displays at working with demanding clients, and he is widely viewed as an example to those desiring customer-driven organizations.

Maltese has been an instructor for the InfoComm Academy; a CTS-D and CTS-I candidate evaluator; a retest evaluator; a reviewer for InfoComm Academy content, including the AV Installation Manual, Second Edition; and various course content materials. He has served on several subcommittees for InfoComm’s Professional Education and Testing committee. He was a volunteer judge at InfoComm’s two-rack building contests. He also regularly visits local high schools and middle schools to discuss AV career opportunities on behalf of the industry and is a regular seminar/workshop presenter at InfoComm.

“In a relatively short time Steve Garber and Jim Maltese have left an indelible imprint on the audiovisual industry and InfoComm International,” Lemke says. “If the future of the AV industry hinges on their knowledge and record of success, I know the industry will be in good hands for generations to come.”

Performance Standards Program has 200 Volunteers

The Performance Standards Planning committee is pleased to announce that more than 200 people have volunteered its professional expertise and time toward the development of international audiovisual standards. This milestone reflects the commitment among the leadership of the audiovisual community to audiovisual systems excellence. New standards task groups are being formed throughout this year, and additional volunteers are always welcome. More information is available at www.infocomm.org/standards. If you would like to participate as an expert contributor in the InfoComm Performance Standards Program, please email standards@infocomm.org.





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