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InfoComm Recognizes Industry Achievement

Jun 1, 2010 11:12 AM

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InfoComm International announced several awards at the InfoComm 100, a conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers.

Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year Award

InfoComm presented its Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year Award to John Pfleiderer, CTS-D, CTS-I, of Cornell University. Pfleiderer is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of communications experience. He has been a strong advocate for InfoComm’s certification and education programs and the role these programs have in creating a well-trained workforce that is grounded in strong technical knowledge. He served on the InfoComm Board for three years, and he has chaired several InfoComm councils and committees, including the Technology Managers Council and the CTS Renewal Committee. He has also served as a member of the InfoComm Academy Adjunct Faculty for three consecutive years, and he was part of the InfoComm Membership and Professional Education and Training Committees. Pfleiderer has participated in many CTS-D and CTS-I exam review meetings and has served on the Scheme and Technical Committees for both the CTS-D and CTS-I.

Women in AV Award

InfoComm International presented its Women in AV Award to Helène Andersen, CTS, of AVI-SPL, and Laureen Jones, CTS, IT teaching services manager at Victoria University. The Women in AV Award was created by InfoComm to raise awareness of the growing role of female professionals in the male-dominated field of audiovisual technology. These award winners are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in technology management.

For more than 35 years, Andersen has distinguished herself as an AV professional dedicated to breaking down barriers and building networks. Her roles have included everything from sales support to running a multimillion dollar AV business. Andersen was one of the first women to hold a management role in an AV company and to provide direct sales leadership. She has served on numerous Dealer Advisory Councils and the InfoComm Board. Andersen was a board member of the dealer network PSNI. In her current role as general manager at AVI-SPL, Andersen runs the Boston-area office servicing New England. She is a strong supporter of industry training, encouraging employees to earn their CTS and educating clients through Lunch & Learns.

Laureen Jones, CTS, has coordinated audiovisual solutions to support teaching, learning, and research at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, for more than 12 years. As a member of the University’s Information Technology Services senior management team, she has provided strategic and operational leadership on a wide variety of AV issues. She has overseen a transformation of a university that would occasionally wheel in a CRT projector into a classroom to managing more than 200 spaces with fixed AV technology across four campuses.

Young AV Professionals Award

InfoComm presented its Young AV Professionals Award to Joseph A. Legato IV, CTS-D, CTS-I, of Verrex Corporation and Jennifer H. Willard, CTS, of the California Administrative Office of the Courts. The Young AV Award was created by InfoComm to recognize up-and-coming professionals in the audiovisual industry. These award winners are held in the highest esteem by their AV industry colleagues of all ages.

Joseph A. Legato IV, CTS-D, CTS-I, is a project management supervisor for Verrex in Mountainside, N.J. He is a champion of project management’s role in the success of AV systems integration. He oversees Verrex’s project management team, serving as a mentor and setting the company’s project management policies and procedures. Legato places strong importance on the technical aspects of AV design and integration, and has earned all three of InfoComm’s certifications.

Prior to joining Verrex, Legato was a lead AV technician at McCann Systems, a technical support representative for Sprint PCS, a network integration field engineer at Lucent Technologies, and an installation technician at Cross Roads Audio Video.

Jennifer H. Willard, CTS, is a supervising AV/video Systems technical analyst for the California Administrative Office of the Courts in San Francisco. She is the primary AV staff person reviewing the work of architects and consultants on more than 13 new courthouse design and construction projects throughout the state of California. Over the past decade, she established herself as an AV professional, contributing to the design standards for training and conference spaces. Willard serves on InfoComm’s Standards Committee, which established the first performance standard for the AV industry. She also advocates for the AV industry through her participation in American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice (AIA AAJ) building industry technology forums. She provides information on audiovisual trial court design standards, trends, and new technologies. She serves as InfoComm’s Performance Standards Liaison to the AIA AAJ.

Prior to joining AOC in 2005, Willard was with Avidex and supported IP-based control systems, digital signage applications, and all other AV systems for the newly renovated 40,000 square foot Cisco Executive Briefing Center.

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