Kate Ford (She/Her)

Audiovisual Coordinator, Presbyterian Ladies' College Melbourne
Rich Sasson

Global Director Pro Community, Crestron Electronics Inc

A long-term AV enthusiast and professional, looking to expand knowledge about the Audio-Visual Industry to the next generation.  A Balloon Pilot and Inflation Team Leader for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Iulia Popescu - AVIXA

Coordinator, Digital Content, Avixa

A University of Central Florida double-alum with a Master’s in Digital Media, Iulia Popescu is a content creator who loves bringing people together over shared interests.  As AVIXA's Coordinator of Digital Content, she produces articles on a myriad of technology topics. She has been working on virtual reality projects lately, transforming folk tales into VR narratives. 

Romina Soliz

General and Operations Manager , konnectus

Sammi Lu

Sales Director, CZUR Tech Co., Limited

Mark Patterson

Audio Visual Manager, Knox Grammar School

Matt McDonald

Head of Audio Visual Services, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Michael Long

AV Coordinator, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Luka Janicijevic

AV Manager, Melbourne Business School

Andy Ciddor

Writer / consultant, The Kilowatt Company

Andy is a deeply committed tech head who's been playing with a broad range of AV technologies since well before there was something called AV.  He loves to know how and why things work, and stumbled on the fact that he has a talent for explaining what he's learned, so he's been teaching and writing about all kinds of technologies for a while now.  He has worked in AV, broadcast, live production, IT, publishing, consulting, and events. Over the last five years he's written the new editions of the CTS, CTS-I, and CTS-D Exam Guides. The most fun part of what he does is research into developing technologies to see how they fit into the future of AV and IT. He is presently heavily involved in initiatives to improve the sustainability of the technologies we use in the audiovisual industries.

Ben Thomas

Head of Pro AV, Sr. Director of Publishing, MarketScale

Ben currently serves as the Head of Pro AV and the Sr. Director of Publishing for MarketScale, a B2B publisher and strategic marketing firm.

He has over a decade of award winning experience in media publishing for large scale events, OTT & live streaming platforms, marketing, network television, and podcasting. Ben decided on his career path at the age of 7, and to date has led some of the most influential brands in the world including Intel, Nokia, Samsung and Segway, to billions of content interactions.

A huge hockey fan (Go Stars!), and former contestant and current fan of Family Feud, Thomas resides in Dallas, Texas.

Rainy Fu

Sr. Art Director, Spotify

Creative Director | Branding & Motion Graphics | Entrepreneur

Rainy Fu is an accomplished Creative Director based in New York with a stellar reputation in the music and entertainment industry. With over 10 years of experience, Rainy has honed her skills in Branding, Graphic Design, and Motion Graphics, initially specializing in luxury events and art direction for high-production commercial houses. Her passion for the arts flourished from a young age in Singapore, contributing a unique cultural perspective to her work bridging Asia and the US.

In 2018, Rainy was ranked the global 4th Art Director of the year at The One Show, the pinnacle of recognition in advertising, design, and digital marketing. Collaborating with renowned brands such as Spotify, Pepsi, Lexus, Audi, Stella Artois, Super Bowl XLVII Show opening, and Adidas, Rainy has consistently demonstrated exceptional creativity and expertise in crafting impactful branding strategies and captivating visual designs for events. To date, Rainy has worked on 60 events and counting.

Education and Early Beginnings:

Rainy's dedication was acknowledged in 2009 when she was chosen as one of the 20 National Scholars by the Singapore Media Authority. This prestigious recognition granted her a fully sponsored scholarship at the esteemed Savannah College of Art and Design, where she acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in the competitive world of Motion Graphics & Broadcast design. She graduated with a Summa Cum Laude honor of Bachelor of Fine Arts.


- Creative direction and strategic thinking
- Branding and identity design
- Graphic design and visual communication
- Motion graphics and animation
- Storytelling and narrative development
- Project management and team leadership
- Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects)
- Client relationship management
- Innovative problem-solving

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Rainy actively advocates for AAPI representation, diversity, and inclusion within the creative industry. She generously shares her insights and experiences as a guest speaker at NYP, Singapore Polytechnic, and SCAD, inspiring and empowering emerging designers. Rainy's commitment to fostering collaborations and contributing to the growth and inclusivity of the Singapore-New York design and arts community remains unwavering.

If you seek a Creative Director who combines exceptional talent with a passion for diversity and inclusion, let's connect. 

Mitch Brown

Assistant Director of Media Technology Services, Claremont McKenna College

Frank Alaimo

Senior Audio Visual Systems Specialist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mark Eggert

Audio Visual Technician, Macalester College

Mark Pezzelato

Senior AV & Event Production Engineer, Humber College

Bill Larsen, CTS

District AV Technology Coordinator, Independent School District 197

Managed Audio Visual services for School District 197 that includes Two Rivers High School, two (2) middle schools, and five (5) elementary schools. Provide leadership and management to the Audio Visual department. CareHawk system administrator for the two middle schools. Started a service club for Two Rivers High School and District called Tech Warriors. Tech Warriors provided level 1 computer support, event production services, and TV/Streaming production.

Garris Brown

Coordinator of Audio/ Visual Services, John Wood Community College

Furery Reid

AV Tech / Coordinating Producer, Spelman College

Tammy Fuqua

Developer Partner Manager, QSC

I have been in the Audio-Visual industry for 20+ years in various sales and marketing roles in both the private and public sectors. My work history includes working with integrators and manufacturers such as Christie Digital, Epson, and currently with QSC. I am passionate about helping women succeed in the industry and have spent the past 6 years working with the AVIXA Women’s Council, a group of professionals committed to supporting and empowering women who work in the technology and AV industry – first as a member, two years ago appointed as co-chair to the Los Angeles/Orange County region, and at the start of 2022, Co-Chair to the council. The council has over a thousand members and 50 groups throughout the world.