In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I decided to reach out to my fellow audio visual friends to find out what they love about working in the AV industry.  Their responses vary, but have a common factor: collaboration.  This stood out to me because I especially love the alliance we all have built together within the industry.  Everyone works together to continue to bring consumers the next best, and it’s definitely an exciting thing to be a part of!

Keep reading to see what others love about being in the AV industry:


Patrick Flynn

“I love working in the AV Industry because: People in the AV world seem to have an intangible passion for the industry. The willingness to support continued changes in technology and personal sacrifices made to advance the AV market is inspiring!” -Patrick Flynn, Director of Exposition Sales, InfoComm International



Ashley Larbalestier“Since digital signage has a very visual and sometimes audio component, it is safe to say that much of what BroadSign does would be next to impossible without AV. In other words, my job would not exist without the AV industry. Well-implemented audio-visual features enhance my everyday life, whether it be digital out-of-home billboards I pass while driving or simply the digital communications I see every day at work. Too many people take AV for granted without fully appreciating its impact nor understand how much work goes into properly setting up hardware. So this Valentine’s Day, I’m sending some love to everyone out there involved in the AV industry!” –Ashley Larbalestier, Marketing Coordinator, BroadSign International, LLC


Gene Kinsella


“Seeing friends and colleagues at InfoComm is always productive. Everyone is energized, sharing ideas, working hard and ready to go out. The technology is always evolving, and game changers like 4K/8K and AVoIP keep the market fresh.  It’s always something.  AV is cutting edge.” -Gene Kinsella, Media Sales – Midwest, NewBay Media



Michael Fletcher“Working in the AV industry provides me with a fantastic opportunity to use my talents as well foster my desire to help others. Whether through my primary role at a Christian university or through my private consulting for churches and local organizations, I get the privilege to design and develop a way to effectively communicate a message to be shared with their intended audiences.  This industry is a perfect mix of my strengths and what gets me excited.” -Michael Fletcher, Media Services Lead Analyst, Taylor University


Valerie Banakis


“The AV Industry is ever evolving with newer technology to constantly challenge the status quo.  It is the visual face of technology with flashy lights and content providing the clearest mode of communication to get across a message.” –Valerie Banakis, NEC Brand Manager, CDW




Michael Lima“Working in the AV industry always offers a new and exciting way to bring customer applications to life.” Michael Lima, Ingram Micro, Inc., Sr. Manager, Vendor Business – Advanced Solutions





Brian Schumacker“There is a lot to love about AV. Technology is a fun and ever changing industry that keeps you on your toes and challenges you to keep up daily; however, what I love most is what a small world the AV industry is and the great people I have met over the past 21 years or so.” Brian Schumacker, Regional Sales Manager – Central, Peerless-AV




Now that you know what gets our hearts pumping in the AV industry, it’s your turn!  Tell us what you love about your industry in a comment below.

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