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Jul 14, 2009 12:00 PM


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InfoComm also presented its Educator of the Year Award to L. William Nattress III, CTS-D, CTS-I, an associate principal at Shen Milsom & Wilke in Chicago. An AV expert, educator, and youth leader, Bill Nattress has served as a member of InfoComm's Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC) since 1999. He served as PETC chairman from 2006 to 2008 and chairman of the Certification Subcommittee from 2003 to 2005. He is currently a senior faculty member for InfoComm Academy and has taught InfoComm's design track courses and presented at InfoComm tradeshows worldwide. Most recently, Nattress played a key leadership role in the technical research and editing of InfoComm's power and grounding curriculum. His experience in control system design and programming was used as the foundation for his authoring of the chapter on remote control systems in the book Basics of Audio and Visual Systems Design: Revised Edition.

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"Bill Nattress has helped InfoComm's education program make incredible strides," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director, InfoComm International. "As chairman of InfoComm's Professional Education and Training Committee, Bill has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of instruction and expand InfoComm's educational offerings to match the changing needs of our technology-based industry."

InfoComm also recognized the achievements of Adele De Berri, the founder of Da-Lite Screen Company, who was posthumously issued the first InfoComm International Pioneers of AV Award. De Berri invented the "silver screen" at the company she founded in 1909, De Berri Screen and Scenic Company, later renamed Da-Lite Screen Company. Born in 1885, she was influenced by Thomas Edison, George Eastman, and their inventions. De Berri applied her knowledge of aluminum ware and her curiosity about the reflective nature of paints to create the first projection screens sold to the motion picture industry. Through the years, she continued to develop new projection screen products, including Da-Tone, a perforated projection screen that allowed the audience to hear new sound "talkies" through the screen. Soon after, De Berri introduced the glass-beaded projection screen surface. Later, she developed the electric projection screen, a major success in nonmovie theater applications.

"InfoComm is pleased to recognize the technological and entrepreneurial achievements of Adele De Berri," said Randal A. Lemke, executive director, InfoComm International. "She was one of a few people able to develop a technology that is still relevant a century after its invention. We honor the memory of Adele De Berri and her business, Da-Lite, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year."



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