InfoComm’s Latest Award Winners
Jun 5, 2012 1:22 PM
Educator of the Year
Join us in congratulating Nelson Baumgratz , for being named InfoComm Educator of the Year. Baumgratz has been in the AV industry for more than 30 years, specializing from transmitter design and manufacturing to IT consulting and systems design. Baumgratz currently runs and co-owns ‘EAV – Engenharia Audiovisual’, an AV engineering design company located in Brazil. He, along with a team of CTS professionals develop AV designs, and perform system integration and maintenance. Baumgratz has been a member of InfoComm University faculty since 2008, teaching sixty classes in Latin America and at InfoComm trade shows in the United States. Baumgratz was also instrumental at developing an AV technology program for a Brazilian technical school, FAPCOM, where he serves as an adjunct faculty member.
Adele DeBerri Award
The Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award is given annually to current or former employees of InfoComm member companies who have made important contributions to the science of audiovisual technology, whether as an inventor or thought leader who advanced the development of a new product, segment or service of the AV industry. This year the award was presented in memory of Everett Hall, founder of Everett Hall Associates Inc. The award was presented at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at InfoComm 2012. In his 55 years in the audiovisual industry, Hall’s passion, determination and mentorship were pivotal in developing technologies that changed the course of AV. His discoveries helped drive the AV industry from the 1950s through the 1970s. Along with the development of the first method for adding sound to 8mm film, Hall was instrumental in the development of the cartridge film loop, as well as the installation of the first motion picture projection system in a commercial airliner.
The cartridge film loop was recognized as an important AV innovation for training programs and sales departments worldwide. Hall’s role in the implementation of in-flight movies helped drive the general public to airline travel, which increased tourism and created a new field in AV.
Hall’s love of photography and AV as a rural child during the Great Depression inspired him to move off the farmlands, and into the U.S. Army, where he learned the essentials of photography and cinematography. Hall’s civilian promotional work as a worldwide cinematographer for Pan Am can still be seen today in travelogues and documentaries. After his time with Pan Am, Hall founded Cine Magnetics, where most of his innovations were born. Today, Everett Hall Associates is one of the oldest operating AV firms in the United States.
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