Dawn Meade

Senior AV Architect / Project Manager, Northrop Grumman

AVNation™ started in 2011 as a small community of friends having fun and wanting to share their knowledge and experiences working with audio visual technology and the av industry in general. Since our first show AVWeek™ we’ve grown considerably over the years, we’re still a community where everyone is welcome to share ideas, make new friends, and celebrate the AV industry. Most importantly, we’re still having fun.

Tim Albright created AVNation for the purpose of bringing high-quality broadcasts (or netcasts) to the AV community. Tim has envisioned building a network of industry professionals who are passionately engaged in furthering the AV industry through education and knowledge. One of the premiere functions of AVNation is to see industry professional provide first-hand knowledge to other professionals across North America and the World. Many of the hosts and people involved with AVNation are industry leaders in various ways.

The first AVNation podcast was the initial episode of AVWeek – “The Pilot,” recorded July 29th, 2011. Ever since that first recording, AVNation has continued to grow its show offerings encompassing all aspects of the AV industry through weekly AVWeek episodes, as well as many additional periodic shows. We continue to have a wide variety of guests including industry professionals who work in or own integration firms and corporate industry leaders.

Brandy Alvarado-Miranda

CEO/Owner, BAM! Marketing & PR Agency

Gina Sansivero

Vice President, Marketing & Corp. Communications, AtlasIED

Frank Pisano

VP of Sales, Americas, BrightSign

Thomas Stimson

President, Stimson Group LLC

Joe Way

Director, Learning Environments, University of Southern California

Coleen Sterns Leith

President, Marketing Matters

George "Red" Fournier Jr., CTS

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/

Frank Padikkala

Technical Sales Engineer, Audinate

Frank is an IT/AV Evangelist in the AV Industry. Frank strives to bridge the knowledge gap between Tech disciplines. As a self proclaimed "cert junkie" he holds more than 10+ IT/AV Industry certifications, along with an MS in Cyber-Security/Information Assurance and BS in IT Sec.

Frank is active on social media, is a life-long learner and believes in constant self-improvement. He contributes as an SME to AV publications and IT/Cybersecurity podcasts and events. He also hosts ITFactor, an IT - AV - Tech centric podcast on www.avnation.tv

He volunteers with AVIXA currently serving as the Chair of the Diversity Council where he is constantly mentoring and creating opportunities for community development through open communication.

Megan Dutta

Director of Emerging Technologies, THE rAVe Agency

As a technology journalist, Megan A. Dutta puts her passion for the audiovisual industry on each and every page, whether print or digital. Dutta is currently the director of emerging markets at LAVNCH and editor-in-chief of LAVNCH [CODE] where she explores new technologies like extended reality (XR), experiential advertising, projection mapping, and more.

Krystle Murphy

Communications Manager, AVIXA

Megan Hershey

Sr. Sales Manager, AVIXA

David Labuskes

CEO, Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association

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.

Annette Sandler

Director, Live Content, AVIXA

Erin Budnik

Manager, Market Intelligence, AVIXA

Narin Nara

Producer, Digital Media, AVIXA

Hello, I'm the Digital Media Producer at AVIXA! I'm a proud #AVTweep and love working in the awesome, vibrant industry known as AV. I'm Thai-'merican, overly-obsessed with cars, a hockey rink rat, and a doggo dad. (he/him)

Barbara Blaskowsky

Senior Director, Marketing, avixa

I head up the marketing for InfoComm, the greatest tradeshow on Earth. Chat with me if you want to talk about InfoComm, working at AVIXA, or shoes! Follow me on Twitter @AVshoeQueen. Fun fact: I've been with AVIXA since 2013, and in addition to working on the show, I'm very proud to say I was part of the awesome team that rebranded us from InfoComm International to AVIXA. (I'm also very happy that we changed the InfoComm show team apparel from red to purple.)

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Rochelle Richardson

SVP, AVIXA InfoComm

A driven business leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, passionate about people, interested in innovation and technology, and finding solutions that help transform and make a positive impact.  I am fortunate to have spent 30+ years in a career that I love!  

Joé Lloyd

Senior Director, Communications, AVIXA