Dawn MeadeSenior AV Architect / Project Manager, Northrop Grumman
- Northrop Grumman
- Xchange Members
- United States of America
Currently in my role as Technical Advisor for AVIXA I lead a technical editing role for the next edition of the CTS-D Exam Guide and our extensive technical training content (both new and existing).
My interests span the broad spectrum of AV/IT technologies and systems our industry provides. Prior to taking a staff role with AVIXA I worked supporting AV/IT solutions for both public and private education as a "Technology Manager" (roles including repair, installation, design and project management) as well as a longtime volunteer for AVIXA education and standards programs.
I’m a has-been geek turned manager, turned executive, turned (hopefully) into leader. I love technology and even more I love people. So what I find really interesting is the intersection of people and technology…and in so many ways, that’s my definition of AV.
When I first started in AV, I remember hearing how AV professionals really care about the human experience, not just the tech. And it's true! I love connecting the dots to help people find the AV resources they need, building communities where people come together and being a part of such a vibrant (and welcoming) industry.
Senior Technology Engineer, Commercial Technology Integration, LLC
I have worked in AV since the early 1980s in various positions ranging from staging to video production. My responsibilities have included technical sales, systems design, product development, tech support, project management, customer service, CAD Management, drafting, purchasing, and marketing for A/V Integrators and Manufacturers.
I founded AV Give Back (https://twitter.com/AVGivesBack) in 2015 where we live by our motto of "Helping Others Help Others" We share your charity & community service projects #AVGivesBack
AVIXA Systems Integrators Council - Council Chair: January 2020 – Present (Member Since 2018)
AVIXA Diversity Council – Member Since December 2018
AVIXA Manufacturers Council – Member: August 2016 to April 2018
In the past, as a CAD Manager, I was responsible for managing successful drafting teams in the high-volume NYC Metro Area. While establishing CAD Standards and Drawing packages for A/V & Digital Signage companies I have also worked with the InfoComm International Standards development team that was working on the J-STD-710: Audio, Video, and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard.
As a Social Media Advocate, I am active on Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) helping to get out the company message and project information. I have appeared on industry Podcasts including AVNation’s AV Week, ArchiTech, and EDtech, as well as rAVe’s AV PowerUp, and The AV Edge. I have also presented online webinars for AVIXA's System Integrators Council on Change Orders, and FSR on AV Infrastructure and HDBaseT, for Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine on “AV and Structured Cabling” and “Twisted-Pair Copper Cabling Systems”.
I have been a volunteer firefighter in North Jersey since 1985 and currently volunteer as Fire Police in Pequannock NJ. I volunteer with my son's Boy Sout Troop 144 as the Advancement Chair, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Merit Badge Counselor. I also volunteer for the Northern New Jersey (NNJ) Chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon (Pink Fire Trucks) http://www.pinkhealsnnj.org/