Ben Adams, international representative at IATSE, was recently named the recipient of AVIXA's Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award. We sat down with him to hear more of his story.
AVN: How did you get your start in the pro AV industry?
BEN ADAMS: The way I came to be involved in the AV Industry is a bit different. I retired around 2001 as a union director of photography, and then went to work with my union. I became an IATSE international representative, and, about six years ago, was assigned to our Education Department where I was asked to put together a training program for members to boost skills in AV. This program has been the better part of my work life since.
AVN: What do you believe will dominate tech conversations for the next year?
BA: The next year will be one of recovery and innovation due to the pandemic. I believe there will be more streaming and fewer live meetings. The industry will be challenged to make changes in their approach to the business.
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AVN: What was the greatest obstacle you faced in business and how did you overcome it?
BA: My greatest challenge was basically my lack of knowledge of the business. I had to fast track and learn quickly. Fortunately, I found people who had experience and insight and listened to them.
AVN: What is your leadership style and how do you influence your employees and others in the industry?
BA: My leadership style, believe, Is to surround myself with the best and brightest and listen to them. I also believe that if I work hard and smart, it will demonstrate to those working with me what my expectations are.
AVN: What can the pro AV industry do to attract and retain the next generation of technology professionals?
BA: We need people with a broad range of skills—computer knowledge, a sense of taste and style, and diverse technical skills. Finding and nurturing them isn’t always easy.
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