Let’s face it—you probably already know Alesia Hendley. In just over a year, she’s burst onto the pro AV scene with her trademark smile, social astuteness, and extreme networking skills. The 29-year-old has been working in audio her whole life, but made a conscious decision to get more involved in the industry in late 2016. She began reaching out to industry influencers via social media and asked them for their top tips. The rest, as they say, is history.
Kaleo Lee has deep industry roots. His father bought his first AV company in 1978. When Lee was five, his father bought The Audio Visual Company (AVCO) of Hawaii, and Lee spent his entire life around the AV industry. His strong family background combined with his energetic vision for the future and strong leadership skills means Lee is primed for success in the AV world.
With a degree in electrical engineering from UCLA, you’d be forgiven for wondering how he’s come to working with DSPs instead of engineering them. In fact, he really didn’t even know much about the AV industry until some friends introduced him to the integration firm TEECOM, where he landed one, then two, internships during college. But then he never looked back.
If you haven’t seen Van De Coevering’s work yet, chances are you will very soon. Currently providing digital signage, creative development, and brand experience solutions for clients throughout Las Vegas and beyond, he’s also worked on such projects as American Idol, Germany’s Next Top Model, Vegas’ Drai’s Nightclub, and what would constitute a music lover’s must-see list of festivals and events in the U.S. and abroad.
Vanco International’s president Mark Corbin talks about the company’s continuous development of products designed to meet installers’ specific needs.
Charmaine Torruella, global managed services executive at Verrex, discusses the growing importance of managed services brought on by the proliferation of spaces like huddle rooms, how she works with clients to develop service plans, and what she thinks the future holds for this increasingly vital aspect of AV integration.
Intel’s Jose Alvaro Avalos shares insight on the growing importance of interactivity, data analytics, and AI in digital signage.
In her eventful 15-year tenure at ClearOne, Zee Hakimoglu led the voice and visual communications specialist through its most difficult period and created a model of success. Far from showing signs of complacency, she embodies an executive who remains extremely excited about the work yet to be done—which she details in this Q&A.
LG Electronics’ VP of hospitality sales, Mike Kosla, discusses how the company is striving to stay ahead of the evolving expectations of hotel guests.
“Happy chaos.” That’s how Richard Ventura, vice president of strategy at NEC Display Solutions of America, describes the appeal of the AV industry. Having been in nine roles across sales, marketing, operations, business development, and now strategy in his 17-year career at NEC, Ventura thrives on the panoramic view he has gained and has been inspired by innovation from every quarter.
When Penny Sitler first began attending AV tradeshows more than 30 years ago, there were only a handful of women in attendance. Now she chairs the AVIXA Women’s Council and is helping grow local chapters and guide career empowerment and CTS certification education.