"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Vince Lombardi

AQAV 2018 Awards Program

Presentations at the Annual Networking Event

Ben Loy, CQD

formerly of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Currently with Google

The 2018 recipient winner is Benjamin Loy. 

 

Ben manages projects fairly and demands quality from all his vendors and his team members. He took the time to get his CQD as a show of his commitment to quality. He keeps a level head and sense of humor in very tense, time-crunched situations where quality could very easily take a back seat. However, for his users and his community, he strives for a higher level of AV systems.

 

One nomination said  Ben has "an amazing dedication to thorough testing and complete buy-in on all that is the AV9000 standard and the success it brings to Ben's company and projects.

 

Quality Champion Award

 

Each year AQAV recognizes companies that embark down that daunting path of forging Quality into their very essence.  These companies establish a system of organized processes in order to assure quality for their customers, manage information and provide for continual improvement that is the very definition of Quality management.  it starts with an enlighted management that recognizes the value of quality, which then identifies a Champion that becomes authorized to transcend normal organizational lines and bring their special skills of Coach, Information Systems Engineer, Listener, and Leader.  These Champions also have the articulation to actually create a paper model for their companies in which information and material flow in a consistent manner, and instill the discipline for all to follow and improve the plan.  Whereas we recognize these Champions, we must also recognize that the Champion cannot endure without that enlightened management to back that Champion.  That combined management team is what brings quality to the customer . To these companies "Better Quality through Marketing" just doesn't cut it.  They actually do what they say.

The 2018 recipient winner is Tom Iasiello

"Tom has been leading the charge against mediocrity in Av.  He holds himself to the highest standards and inspires those around him to excel in all aspects of quality management."

 

Along with his undeniable talent, Tom has always been an absolute joy to work with.  He is a true team player and always manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out of other individuals in addition to being a dedicated and knowledgeable manager.

Tom Iasiello,  CQT, CTS

Visatacom

Quality Volunteer Award

 

AQAV is a volunteer operation.  We depend on those who live for the operational art and recognize the benefits, both economic and emotional, of embracing and living quality in their work.  We recognize those who gave up their own valuable time to this noble cause to keep the Movement speaking throughout the industry.

 

The 2018 recipient is Gina Sansivero.

 

In her first year as a board member of AQAV, Gina has been exceptional.  She championing our first fundraiser, establishing key liaison with other organizations and sponsors, and continually promotes the cause. 

Gina Sansivero

Director of Business Development

FSR, Inc.

Certificates of Recognition

 

This year's Certificate of Recognition goes to the one person with arguably the most experience in testing and verification of some of the most complex AV systems on the planet, and one who volunteers her time to the cause, even instructing when necessary, and presenting this year at Infocomm 2018. Someone whom I have the pleasure of working with at Audio Visual Resources in Mineola NY,  Gisela Torino CQD, CQT, CTS-I, who is in a management position that actively supports AV9000 in the workplace.

Marla Suttenberg Sapphire Marketing, a Sponsor that actively supports AV9000 in the workplace.

 

 

Nominees for the 2018 Awards:

 

Frederico Fernandez, Baltimore City Schools, - nominated for Quality Champion

James Patterson, Baltimore City Schools, nominated for Mark L. Peterson

Brian Roth, AV Services, nominated for Quality Champion Award

Jose Velez, AV Services nominated for a Certificate of Recognition

2018 EVENT SPONSORS

AQAV 2017 Awards Program

Presentations at the Annual Networking Event

Mark Peterson Technology Manager Award for AV Quality Excellence

 

Mark Peterson was the former head of Multimedia of Morgan Stanley and a pioneer of AV quality.  In 2004 during a rollout of approximately 350 or so rooms, Mark insisted on quality monitoring and actual performance measurements, enlisting the services of a third party testing and verification provider, and applying the precursor to the Av9000 standard's staging and commissioning checklists to every room.  Mark's courageous dedication, discipline, and fairness in applying the Standard made him the bellwether in an industry where the pirates and cowboys prevail.  the outcome was very successful, and Mark presented this solution two-years later at InfoComm.  He became the model for those who insist on quality despite the inertia of thosie who would accept the status quo.

The 2017 recipient  is Matthew Sherer.

 

The University of Illinois was an early adopter of AV9000, placing it into their RFP's, and insisting on AQAV certifications from its vendors.  matt and his predecessor Dan Doolen engaged with the bureaucracy of the fine university, its purchasing silos, and lawyers to do so.  It takes commitment, courage, and dedication to quality.  the results have been subjected to as it is assimilated into the IT world has been dramatic.  Matt, who holds both CQD and CQT credentials, has been holding his own in the chaos, assuring the AV900 Standard remains as the quality assurance language of their procurement processes.

Matt Sherer, CQT, CQD, CTS-D, CTS-I

Assistant Chief Engineer

University of Illinois

Quality Champion Award

 

Each year AQAV recognizes companies that embark down that daunting path of forging Quality into their very essence.  These companies establish a system of organized processes in order to assure quality for their customers, manage information and provide for continual improvement that is the very definition of Quality management.  it starts with an enlighted management that recognizes the value of quality, which then identifies a Champion that becomes authorized to transcend normal organizational lines and bring their special skills of Coach, Information Systems Engineer, Listener, and Leader.  These Champions also have the articulation to actually create a paper model for their companies in which information and material flow in a consistent manner, and instill the discipline for all to follow and improve the plan.  Whereas we recognize these Champions, we must also recognize that the Champion cannot endure without that enlightened management to back that Champion.  That combined management team is what brings quality to the customer . To these companies "Better Quality through Marketing" just doesn't cut it.  They actually do what they say.

The 2017 recipient winner is Jeremy Elsesser.

 

Jeremy has very successfully applied AV9000, enjoys the benefits, became an Educational Partner of AQAV and has become a well-practiced member of the AQAV faculty.  He actively participates on the Revision Committee, promotes AQAV in InfoComm classes, podcasts and AV literature.

Jeremy Elsesser, CQT, CQD, CTS-I, CTS-D

Level 3 AV

Quality Volunteer Award

 

AQAV is a volunteer operation.  We depend on those who live for the operational art and recognize the benefits, both economic and emotional, of embracing and living quality in their work.  We recognize those who gave up their own valuable time to this noble cause to keep the Movement speaking throughout the industry.

 

The 2017 recipient winner is Mike Keadle.

 

Mike has hosted CQD training at his facility, actively promoted AQAV training programs to his colleagues and customers alike, assisted by instructing for us in our troubleshooting class and actively participates in the AV9000 Revision Committee.

Mike Keadle, CQT, CQD, CTS-I, CTS-D

NCS - TX

CERTIFICATIONS OF RECOGNITION

 

Lawrence Politi  Vice President Global Media Implementation, JP Morgan Chase & Co., CQD & CQT

Gary Malick - Manager of Audiovisual Technologies, Western Washington University, CTS-D, CTS-I, CQD & CQT

Shane Springer - Engineer, One Workplace, CTS-I, CQT

 

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

QUALITY CHAMPION
QUALITY VOLUNTEER
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
2014 - Dan Doolen
2015 - Alan Treitman
2016 - Darrick Knutson &
           Matthew Boyer
2015 - Craig Basten &
            Richard Wilkens
2016 - William J. Lawrence, Jr.
2014 - Ian Muir
           Malissa Dillman
           Mark Peterson
           Paul Depperschmidt &
           Elaine Manfredonia
2015 - Dan Doolen
2016 - Tom Melms

2019 NOMINATIONS:

Do you have a name of a potential recipient for one of these awards?

Send your nomination today ... just press the button!   Please submit your entry by May 24, 2019.

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