ANAHEIM, CA--Extron Electronics announces Steve Somers, Extron vice-president of engineering, has been presented the Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year award by InfoComm International. This award reveals and celebrates the volunteer who has contributed greatly to the InfoComm association, and who is not recognized in other ways for that contribution. Somers was recognized for being the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out Committee and Event Chairman from 1998 to 2001, and for being the driving force behind the creation and annual production of the accompanying Shoot-Out CDs and DVDs. During his tenure as Shoot-Out chair, he was also the Shoot-Out's Engineering Manager, directing and managing the technical design of the event from 1992 to 2001.
"Steve Somers has been a tireless champion of the AV industry and InfoComm International," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., xecutive director, InfoComm International. "From his service in the days of the Projection Shootout to his stellar teaching at InfoComm Shows, Steve has personified the ultimate InfoComm volunteer. It is InfoComm’s pleasure to honor Steve Somers with this award and also to thank Extron Electronics for supporting Steve in his volunteer service to the AV industry and the association."
Steve Somers joined Extron in 1989 and has 36 years in video and 16 years in display development. His involvement in Extron’s product development over the past 20 years significantly augmented the explosive growth of the company during a time of unprecedented technological advances in information display. A member of SID and SMPTE, as well as former CEDIA SME and SME Committee Chair, he presents a variety of technical seminars for the information display market through InfoComm International, NSCA, and CEDIA. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the InfoComm Academy.