If there is one word that sums up Jan Sandri it is commitment—to FSR, Inc., the company she co-founded; to the AV industry—especially the women—for whom she has served in various leadership roles; to the people of the town in which she lives, for whom she has worked in a variety of posts; to the political party that she has represented; and to the charitable causes that she supports.
Sandri has a short resumé, having dedicated 34 years to FSR, where she is president. Previously working with business partners Bill Fitzsimmons and Charlie Rodriguez, she said, “We decided that the industry didn’t have small audio, video, and control modules, it didn’t have infrastructure products, such as floor boxes and table boxes. So the three of us formed FSR.” The company, located in Woodland Park, NJ, now employees 115 people.
Having moved to neighboring Little Falls, NJ—population 11,000—from a much larger town, she recalled, “I said, ‘I bet I could get to know everybody in this town.’ So I started getting involved.” Initially sitting on the planning board, Sandri was subsequently elected mayor, later becoming police commissioner, fire commissioner, then president of the board of health. “I loved it. You truly can make a difference,” she said.
Sandri went on to become chairwoman of the Passaic County Republican Party, later representing the state at the 2004 Republican National Convention. More recently, she sat on the InfoComm board of directors and is on the board of WAVE (Women in AV).
- Two things motivate her, she said. One is the responsibility to her employees to ensure that FSR is well run and profitable. “The other thing that motivates me is to keep our manufacturing here in the United States, to keep growing the product line, and to make sure that we keep up with and exceed the competition.”
Steve Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been west coast editor for Pro Sound News since 2000 and also contributes to TV Technology, Pro Audio Review, and other NewBay titles. He has more than 30 years of hands-on experience with a wide range of audio production technologies.
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