InfoComm Green AV Award Presented to Da-Lite and WolfVision

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InfoComm Green AV Award Presented to Da-Lite and WolfVision

Oct 11, 2011 4:59 PM

InfoComm International, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, presented its Green AV Award to Da-Lite Screen Company and WolfVision. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100, a conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers.

The Green AV Award was created by InfoComm to recognize people and organizations for implementing environmentally sustainable practices in the manufacturing of products, integration of AV systems, reduction of waste in the workplace, or through similar strategies.

As a sustainable manufacturer, Da-Lite Screen Company gives validity and trust to specifiers, integrators, and end users who select Da-Lite products to comply with stringent guidelines for environmental design, chemical or particle emissions and overall quality. To become a more efficient and responsible manufacturer, Da-Lite Screen Company's Warsaw, Ind. headquarters and primary production facility achieved ISO 14001:2004 Certified in April 2008. During the ISO renewal process in March 2011, production facilities in Wichita, Kan. and Cincinnati, Ohio were added to the certification. This revision ensures that all Da-Lite branded products will be manufactured in an ISO 14001 registered facility through March 2014 when the next renewal will be required.

Beginning in 2008, Da-Lite Screen Company began certifying all front and rear projection screen fabrics with the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. Through mid-2011, all 30 Da-Lite projection screen fabrics have received certification for GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality and GREENGUARD Children and Schools. These standards limit the use of over 2,000 individual volatile organic compounds. Da-Lite's GREENGUARD certified fabrics are recommended by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Rating System, NAHB Green Building Guidelines, Canada Green Building Council, United Kingdom Green Building Council, REACH, Green Guide for Health Care and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Best Practices Manual.

Da-Lite is a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and has a total of five outside salespeople and four inside sales people that are LEED AP certified, giving credence to Da-Lite product recommendations when environmental attributes are required. As a trusted Green manufacturer, Da-Lite is regularly specified in numerous LEED driven new construction and building renovation projects. In addition to the USGBC, Da-Lite Screen Company has been an active member of the Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program since 2008 and was renewed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in June 2011 for another three year term in the program.

The commitment to user-friendly environmentally responsible products comes full circle in the Da-Lite Screen Green Exchange Program. Old or unused Da-Lite projection screens can be returned to the Warsaw, Ind. production facility where they will be disposed of in a sustainably sensible fashion. This Warsaw, Ind. facility has a 100 percent landfill diversion rate. This fact gives customers the ease of mind that all materials used in the production of a Da-Lite product are fully sustainable.

WolfVision is a global family-owned company based in Austria. As a technology leader in the visualizer market, WolfVision is committed to sustainability innovation without sacrificing product quality or ease of use. WolfVision worldwide headquarters is an award-winning, state-of-the-art green building, designed to enable the company to place sustainability central to company operations. Completely independent of fossil fuels and utilizing the latest energy management processes, WolfVision sets a high standard of environmentalism.

WolfVision's contribution to the adoption of sustainability measures can be seen through the manufacture and distribution of products that are designed to have minimum impact on the environment, as well as by the example that they set to their suppliers and other manufacturers through their environmental responsibility. From the company's environmentally-friendly headquarters in Klaus, Austria, to the people who work within it, in manufacturing, purchasing, distribution, and logistics. All aspects of the business work together to ensure that environmental responsibility remains a core part of the company culture. When the company elected to build a new sustainable headquarters building, the Wolf family was so committed to finding the right building concept that an architectural competition was staged to ensure that the optimum design could be selected.

Social and ecological responsibility at WolfVision has always been a core issue. WolfVision is a family-owned company, and a full awareness of subsequent generations and the world that they will live in is an integral part of the company's nature.

"Today's sustainability practices are essential to building tomorrow's AV industry," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "InfoComm is pleased to issue the Green AV Awards to Da-Lite and WolfVision, for leading the industry by example."

InfoComm International Names Alan Brawn, CTS, Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year

InfoComm International, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, presented its Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year Award to Alan Brawn, CTS of Brawn Consulting. The award was presented at the InfoComm 100, a new conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers.

Alan Brawn is being recognized for his work on the new ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011, Projected Image System Contrast Ratio Standard. Brawn has been a loyal supporter of InfoComm's programs and generously contributed his time and expertise to create this new standard. As the Taskforce Chair, he helped members and other industry experts forge a conclusion on the technical specifications. In an industry with its heritage in visual display, there was no shortage of opinion and varying views on the direction the standard should take. Brawn's expertise and guidance proved essential to the development of the standard.

"Alan Brawn has been a tireless champion of the AV industry and InfoComm International," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "From his service as chair to the Projected Image Standard Task Force to his stellar teaching at InfoComm shows and events, Alan is a gracious and enthusiastic InfoComm volunteer. It is InfoComm's pleasure to honor Alan Brawn in recognition of his volunteer service to the AV industry and the association."

The Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year Award uncovers and celebrates the volunteer who has contributed greatly to the Association and who is not recognized in other ways for that contribution. It is awarded annually for contributions made to the Association within the last one to two years.

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InfoComm Green AV Award Presented to Da-Lite and WolfVision

Oct 11, 2011 4:59 PM

InfoComm Names Young AV Professionals Award Winners

InfoComm International, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, presented its Young AV Professionals Awards to Justin McArdle, CTS-D, CTS-I, Lead Engineer, Zeller Digital Innovations, and Gina Sansivero, Partner, Projector Lamp Services. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100, a conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers.

McArdle has worked in the AV industry for 10 years, moving up the ranks from installer to project manager to designer and now, engineer. He is a champion in the development of processes and procedures that comply with InfoComm standards. He also works with local colleges and universities to stress the importance of the AV industry to the next generation. McArdle stresses the importance of advanced training and certifications to union technicians and colleagues. With more than 25 industry certifications, his in-depth understanding of AV integration and the value he places on AV standards, best practices and continued education make him an advocate for the AV industry.

For more than six years, Sansivero has dedicated herself to AV and the environment. This can be seen in the sales and marketing campaigns she develops and implements for Projector Lamp Services as well as her creation and leadership with Project Green AV. As director and founder of this environmentally conscious industry resource, Sansivero aids in the development of company policies and missions committed to environmental responsibilities and furthering green business practices.

The Young AV Professionals Award was created by InfoComm to recognize up-and-coming professionals in the audiovisual industry. These award winners are held in the highest esteem by their AV industry colleagues of all ages. "In a relatively short time Justin McArdle and Gina Sansivero have left a large impression on the audiovisual industry and InfoComm International," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director, InfoComm International. "The industry should be proud of what these young leaders have accomplished."

Women in AV Award Presented to Erin Bolton, Pivot Communications and Helen Meyer, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.

InfoComm International, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, presented its Women in AV Awards to Erin Bolton, Partner and Strategic Development, Pivot Communications and Helen Meyer, Executive Vice President and Cofounder, Meyer Sound Laboratories. The awards were presented during the InfoComm 100, a conference designed to bring together the top 100 AV industry thought leaders and volunteers.

Erin Bolton is recognized as an ally to those seeking to understand and sell to IT buyers. Her extensive background, more than 15 years in technology marketing, combined with her direct work in the AV industry for the past eight years, enables her to identify opportunities and aid in narrowing the gap between AV and IT. The programs and strategies Bolton develops for those in the AV industry ensure that independent reps, consultants, manufacturers and integrators become invaluable resources to IT professionals and stay current with technology advancements.

For more than 32 years, Helen Meyer has taken a practical and human approach to building a business environment that supports innovative technology and the community. After experiencing poor audio at a major concert, Meyer, and her husband John, decided to dedicate themselves to inventing new technology and developing a business that would change the live sound market and audience experiences. Although Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. is rooted in research and development of advance technologies, Meyer works to expose employees to events that their products are used in so they can see their hard work in action. An active member of the Alameda County Workforce Board, Meyer is also involved with local, regional, and international performing arts organizations and festivals.

The Women in AV Award was created by InfoComm to raise awareness of the growing role of female professionals in the male-dominated field of audiovisual technology. These award winners are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in technology management.

"Both Erin Bolton and Helen Meyer have reached the pinnacle of achievement in the audiovisual industry," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "We are indebted to these strong leaders as each continues to advance the industry while mentoring and inspiring the next generation of audiovisual professionals."

Economic Snapshot Results Revealed

InfoComm's October 2011 Economic Snapshot Survey indicates that the market is stable, but not quite as rosy as AV dealers and design consultants predicted. The most recent InfoComm Performance Index (IPI) is 68.0, indicating that the AV industry has experienced sustained stability for the past six months. However, technology managers indicate a more conservative approach toward spending in the near future. Visit to ready the full report.

Calling All STEP Pilot Projects

If you have an upcoming AV project that incorporates sustainability, the STEP Foundation wants to know about it. Make it a Sustainable Technology Environments Program Pilot project. Visit for more information.

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