ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Todd Mares: Director of Emerging Technologies, Peerless-AV
As Director of Emerging Technologies,Todd Mares leads Peerless-AV’s Emerging Technology division. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new technologies to complement Peerless-AV’s current offerings and showcase the company’s expertise over its competitors. Mares specifically focuses on wireless devices, technology requirements for TVs and displays, and touch applications. In addition, Mares provides technical training and development to the Customer Care team.
Mares joined Peerless-AV as an application field engineer in 2011 after a decade of installation and integration work for cable TV and specialty audiovisual and electronic solution companies. In 2014, he was promoted to Senior Application Field Engineer/Technology Consultant, where he tested and deployed Peerless-AV’s display/TV and kiosk solutions. He also worked directly with Peerless-AV customers to solve site-specific implementation and integration challenges and provide direct support for these solutions.
Mares previously worked as Senior Project Manager at Vivid Systems, where he managed custom electronics and audio systems installations, including home theater, whole house AV, lighting control and security systems for residential and commercial customers. His experience also includes positions as Lead Integrator at KM Technologies, a Vivid Systems predecessor; and as an independent contractor with two cable companies.
Mike Luttrel: Sales Application Engineer, Peerless-AV
Mike Luttrell started with Peerless-AV in 2012 providing technical support for the Emerging Technologies Group. Recognized for his strong service skills, Luttrell was tapped to share his knowledge with Peerless-AV customers through trainings. In his current role as Sales Application Engineer, Luttrell provides installer training, consultation and application engineering, along with system integration expertise, utilizing a wide range of Peerless-AV products.
Luttrell has over 18 years of experience, having served as an installer, systems programmer, sales engineer and project manager. His expertise lies in the Custom Audio/Video field, including all low voltage needs such as Security Systems, Central Vacuum Systems, RF Networks, Data Networks, Phone Networks, Distributed Audio/Video, Custom Home Theater designs, Lighting Control and Whole Home System Integration.
Luttrell attended the Illinois Institute of Art before beginning his work with low voltage systems in 1995. He is a graduate of the Lutron Lighting Control Institute and is certified in Universal Remote Control Systems, AMX Design/Install, Russound Distributed Audio/Video Systems, Elan g! and most recently, InfoComm CTS.