Paul Konikowski

Security Engineer, Technology Consultant
Sebastian Faura - AVIXA

Specialist, Digital Community, AVIXA

Community building specialist, with 10+ years of experience in technology! Love meeting new people, learning more about them, cultivating insightful discussions, and helping however I can. Passionate about video games, cars, and swordfighting!
Our Community Spotlight highlights some of the most prominent, active users in the AVIXA Xchange community. These quick interviews touch on hot topics within the AV industry right from the minds of experts in their respective fields.
Bryce Chilcote

VTC Technician , Jacobs

As a VTC Hub Technician at Apex Systems, I support United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) with audio-visual and video teleconferencing systems. I have an active Top Secret Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) clearance and a CompTIA Security+ certification, which demonstrate my ability to handle sensitive information and protect network security. I am also a Front-End Developer at EP Marketing Source, where I create and maintain websites using Webflow, a no-code web design platform. I have a Webflow Layout Certification, Level 2, and an Inbound Marketing certification from HubSpot Academy, which show my proficiency in web design and digital marketing. I have over two years of web development experience, including seven months at Heirloom Cloud Corporation, where I developed quality products with no existing baseline to meet emerging requirements. VTC Hub Technician at Apex Systems supporting NORAD/USNORTHCOM HQ (Aug 2023-Current)  Responsible for all NORAD/USNORTHCOM headquarters AV/VTC equipment  Maintained 20+ VTC systems supporting scheduled and unscheduled UNCLASSIFIED, SECRET and TOP SECRET calls  Experience troubleshooting fiber connections and diagnosing network errors vs. hardware errors  Submitted and actioned Avante tickets regarding VTC outage issues physically and remotely  Troubleshooting Audiovisual rack-mounted systems and diagnosing problem connections  Remoting into various brands of Codec CISCO, Polycom etc., to troubleshoot configuration  Replaced/mounted TV and other AV equipment, including rack-based components AV/VTC Technician at Jacobs supporting Special Operations Command North/USNORTHCOM (June 2023-Aug 2023)  Maintained 8 VTC systems supporting scheduled and unscheduled SECRET and TOP SECRET calls  Developed continuity/visual aids for VTC operations and in-person training when needed  Submitted and actioned Remedy tickets regarding VTC outage issues physically and remotely  Diagnosing problems reported by users by asking questions and sitting in during meetings  Stress testing VTC systems during low operations days to find potential problems  Experience remoting into CISCO Codecs and fixing poor/outdated configurations
Antonio Vaca

Project Manager, Dextra Electronics Mexico

I´ve been in this industry since 2002, I graduated from electronics engineering while working as AV designer, after a while I realized that there were many things I couldn´t understand about sound that I was passionated about so I decided to do masters on sound and vibration in Sweden, during all these time had the chance to design and be responsible for relevant projects like Panamerican games athletic stadium, soccer stadiums, arenas, concert halls and many other of all kind
Aaron Weiler

Sr. Sales Engineer, Comcast Business

Sheila Bowman

Sr. Manager, Member Services, AVIXA

**
Michael Hooper, CTS-I

Education Solutions Manager , Biamp

Talks about #biamp, #triathlon, #audiovisual, #mountainbiking, #sci-fi, #technology #wine, #tacos, and #highereducation
Jamie Horner

VP Product Development & Marketing, HiCLIFF

Over 20 years of experience in engineering, product management, and systems architecture, working in the networking, media & entertainment, and AV industries. Led several industry-first enterprise video-over-IP projects. Founded HiCLIFF with a mission to help address the challenges of managing and securing new modern networked AV and media environments.
Mike Treacy

Regional Sales Manager, Barco

Nadala zarroca conill

Sound Enginiere, Freelance

Ben Barnard

Regional Manager, UK & Ireland, AVIXA

Get in touch for anything related to AVIXA in the UK & Ireland - we're here to help and waiting to hear from you!
Krasimir Peykovski

Communication & Marketing Senior Specialist, SpinetiX

At SpinetiX, I drive multichannel comms campaigns and oversee digital marketing, from website management to social media growth. I collaborate in cross-functional initiatives together with the product, support, and development teams to create product documentation. My role also involves directing our digital signage academy with AVIXA-approved courses and developing engaging brand-aligned content, as well as coordinating with internal and external partners to fulfill our marketing strategies. All this, while thriving in a multicultural setting of teammates from across the globe.
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.
The HDBaseT Alliance advances and promotes the adoption of HDBaseT technology as the global standard for ultra-high-definition multimedia distribution. Since its founding in 2010 by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Valens Semiconductors, the Alliance has brought together the leading names in the consumer electronics, professional AV, industrial and medical verticals, today boasting more than 200 members and thousands of interoperable products.
We are the community for the creative professionals who use technology to create integrated experiences. AVIXA is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Take a peek at what we do:  What Is the AV Industry? AV is the intersection of content, technology, and space. The AV industry is the community of manufacturers and myriad professionals that provide the tools and expertise necessary to convey ideas and enhance communication in virtually every human arena. Audiovisual systems and technologies are the building blocks that create memorable experiences and connect us to our world in every way imaginable. It’s the tremendous sound you hear at a concert, the amazing digital displays you see at a museum, the video conferencing system you use at your office, the projected images you see at your corporate gatherings, the cool stuff in the huddle space that connects your devices to the big display, the technical wizardry that’s used in theme parks to amaze and delight you. That is all part of the AV industry. Are you getting the picture? We’re Part Association, Part Society We’re part association, part society; a mix of professionals from all over the globe who create those cool experiences you have in meetings, classes, and events in offices, airports, museums, sports arenas, theatres, concerts… We’re the Hub for All People and Things AV AVIXA has more than 11,400 members – both companies and professionals. Find out why you belong in this community. Explore membership. [Membership | AVIXA] The Industry Leader for Professional Collaboration, Information, and Community We’re the industry leader when it comes to professional collaboration, information, and community, leading the world with all the necessary resources: AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence, and thought leadership. Learn More Dive into topics that interest you on our website: Conferencing and Collaboration Content Production and Streaming Digital Signage Higher Education Sign up to get the latest AV news and inspiration.
Mark Metzger

Digital Video Manager, AVIXA

Hector Rodriguez

Director, Network Operations, AVIXA

Hanane Abdalla

Audience Engagement Manager, AVIXA

Where audiovisual tech, business & foodie fascinations converge. 
Frank Padikkala

Snr, 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.
David Keene

President, digiDaybook

David Keene is Owner and Executive Editor of digiDaybook, a media and content marketing consultancy for the AV industry. His extensive involvement in pro AV and digital signage includes content creation and team leadership for top industry players in all parts of the AV ecosystem: equipment manufacturers, publishers, trade associations, and service/solution providers. He can be reached at DavidKeene@digiDaybook.com @digiDaybook