The Virtual Collaboration Experience includes a FULL day of one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with many of the the top thought leaders in Pro AV including....


Rochelle Richardson

Senior Vice President

Rochelle Richardson has spent 25+ years in the Hospitality Industry in various leadership roles implementing effective strategies to steer companies to unparalleled growth and is currently Senior Vice President, Exposition and Event Services for AVIXA InfoComm USA, AV Executive Conference (AVEC), TIDE and Experience Events. Rochelle joined AVIXA in March 2019 and will lead the growth strategy for the audiovisual and integrated experience association’s largest trade show in North America and executive conference events.

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Rebecca Frazee

Faculty @sdsuLDT | Associate Director at FLEXspace.org

Rebecca has been helping organizations, large and small, to design, build, launch and assess learning and professional development programs. Whether the solutions include instructors, eLearning, performance support tools, or a blended approach, the result is improvement in both individual and organizational performance that is strategically aligned with business outcomes.


Robert Emery Smith 

Director of Classroom Innovation, Stanford University

Robert Emery Smith is the Director of Classroom Innovation for the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University.  He works with faculty, engineers, architects and AV/IT professionals to design, implement and support the use and evaluation of classroom activities using contemporary tools and media. An experienced lectromechanical engineer, Bob returned to Stanford University in 2000 to direct the design team that created Wallenberg Hall, where he has overseen learning space research operations since the facility opened in 2002. 


Christopher Neto

Market Development Manager overseeing Engagement and Experience programs.
Starin Marketing

Chris Neto has over 20 years of experience in the Pro AV industry.  Since 2011, Neto is noted for his social media presence elevating the profile of the industry and achieving global recognition for his efforts.  His unique combination of technical expertise and marketing activity have included creating the Sunday morning industry chat forum #AVintheAM, which brings millions of impressions and hot topics of discussion to the table each Sunday morning.  He has also provided on-site AV awards commentary, hosted various AV podcast on YouTube and has been a guest moderator and panelist at many industry events.

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Mike Rich

Vice President, Business Development at Panopto

Head of global partner relations, Mike develops strategic partnerships that drive efficient video-based workflows for the world’s top enterprises and educational institutions. 

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Tom LeBlanc

NSCA's director of industry outreach and media channels

Editorial director of Commercial Integrator from 2010 to 2019, plus various roles at CE Pro before that. At NSCA, he focuses on sharing NSCA's resources aimed at improving member company's business, and NSCA community success stories.

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Frank Pellkofer

Founder and President of Utelogy

Frank’s vision was to enable the AV industry to deliver true managed services.  The enterprise software he envisioned to accomplish that is now a thriving 10 year old company. 

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Tim Albright

Founder of AVNation and the driving force behind the AVNation network

He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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Craig Park 

Principal at Sextant Group/NV5 Engineering & Technology

Award-winning technology and professional services marketing thought-leader. Chair for Professional Development for the North Central Region of the Society for College & University Planning (SCUP).

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Joe Way 

Director of Learning Environments, University of Southern California

2019 AV Professional of the Year. Host of the Higher Ed AV podcast and co-founder of the Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance. Regular AV industry keynote speaker and writer. 

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Lisa Stephens 

Assistant Dean for Digital Education in the UB School of Engineering

Also Senior Strategist for Academic Innovation in the Office of the SUNY Provost. At UB, Lisa is responsible for strategic development of online programs, promoting interdisciplinary opportunities, and helping to coordinate operational program delivery. Her SUNY portfolio includes serving as Program Manager of the Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) seed fund program to support the Chancellor's strategic innovation plan, leadership of the Open SUNY Coursera initiative, and Interim Director of FLEXspace™.  

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Jeff Robshaw 

Vice President for Learning Innovation and CIO, Gateway Technical College

Over 25 years hands-on experience in education, instructional design, and technology leadership. Focused on delivering optimized Information Technology services for the Gateway community including digital instructional technologies, classroom multimedia design & development, cybersecurity training, and synchronous distance delivery models.

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Andy Borts 

Instructional Technology Support Specialist, Office of Information Technology, UNLV

Oversees training, support, and administrative functionality for lecture/content recording, web/video conferencing, and audience response systems campus-wide. 

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Mike Gleason 

Director of Digital Workplace at Netrix

Mike has over 15 years’ experience in Collaboration, AV as a Service and Managed Services.   Netrix is a global IT consulting firm based in Chicago with over 500 employees. 

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Frank D. Alaimo 

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

He has over 20 Years of experience in Higher Education and the Entertainment / Hospitality industries, with a wide variety of experiences in the Audio-Visual industry.  Responsible for the Audio / Visual design and project management for the installations in the classrooms and AV equipped spaces on campus.

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Randy Tritz 

Partner at Shen Milsom & Wilke, Managing Principal of SM&W Chicago

Global head of Education Sector at SM&W. A regular speaker at conferences and symposiums bringing his experience and perspective to the importance of education and technology. 

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Mike Pedersen 

Audiovisual Experience Manager, Iowa State University

Holder of both the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certifications in Design (CTS-D) and Installation (CTS-I). AVIXA CTS Holder of the Year in 2018.  Currently Chair of the Technology Manager’s Council and a member of the Certification Steering Committee for AVIXA.   

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Josh Srago  

Juris doctor candidate, Santa Clara University School of Law

Award-winning AV pro with wide-ranging industry experience. A frequent contributor to industry publications and conversations, often covering the legal and ethical bounds of integrating technology into the workplace.  

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Mike Fornander 

CEO & Owner of Neurilink

Well-known thought leader in the Northwest for all things video collaboration, digital signage, AV/IT solutions architecture, and instructional technologies. Focused on learning and communication, Mike has a B.A. in Elementary Education, and an M.S. in Educational Technology.  


Rebecca Jean-Baptiste

Founder & President of RJB Consulting Management Group and Government Funding Gurus.

Primary interface with clients in providing strategic consultation, governance support, and funding development. Subject matter expert in program implementation, program management, government contracting, bid and proposal preparation, federal certification, small business development, business formation, grant management, and research assessment with extensive experience in program leadership, management, and administration.


Michael Brooks

Executive Director - National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE)

NACE’s members are developing the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate esports in the varsity space. Areas of collaboration include: Eligibility, Path to Graduation, Competition & Scholarships, IP Rights, and Program Implementation.


Rob Moss

Pacific Northwest Sales Director, WolfVision USA

A true industry veteran with over three decades of successful experience in the professional audio visual integration market. He has served in leadership positions with some of the most successful and influential manufacturers and integrators in the industry.


John Palmore

Independent Manufacturer’s Representative

John is a knowledgeable, trusted and highly respected industry technologist who has been heavily involved with commercial A/V systems integration and the rental & staging market for over 20 years. He has consulted with countless higher education institutions, corporate customers, resellers and system designers regarding a wide-range of solutions and applications.

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Mark Coxon

Technology Sales Director at Tangram Interiors

Mark has been in technology for 20 years. He frequently writes and speaks about opportunities for innovation in both business models and the way we approach technology. He is best known for his passion of connecting people to technology in ways that leverage their humanness.


Joey D’Angelo

Founder, D'Angelo and Associates (DNA)

Drawing on his unique hands-on fabrication skills, creativity, design skills, and extensive project experience, Joey provides unique and cost effective solutions whether they are tried and true, or cutting edge. DNA is a place for industry-leading consultants to flourish, and provide their often-different consulting techniques to loyal and demanding clients.

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Michael Dannenberg

Associate Principal | Director of New & Emerging Technologies
Vantage Technology Consulting Group

With over 25 years of technical project management and systems engineering experience, Mike helps to create learning environments that are both engaging and secure for the students and academics alike. Mike excels in classroom system design and implementation. Known for his innovative solutions and creative approaches, he has worked on a wide variety of award-winning facilities and institutions. Mike is well versed in integrated audio-video design and environmental integration. 


Paul Richards

Chief Streaming Officer, Business Development & strategic Partnerships, PTZOptics

Paul Richards is the Director of Business Development for HuddleCamHD and PTZOptics. Paul is also the author of "Helping Your Church Live Stream,” “The Virtual Ticket,” and “The Online Meeting Survival Guide.” Paul is the Chief Streaming Officer at StreamGeeks and also teaches a free online Udemy course called “Helping Your Church Live Stream 2.0.” Richards teaches over 35,000 students on UDEMY on live video production, mobile streaming, and much more. 


Jon Bannan

Associate Director of Media & Technology Support Services, The College of New Jersey

Jon Bannan is the Associate Director of Media & Technology Support Services for the College of New Jersey located in Ewing, NJ and has been with the College for over 22+ years. Jon started out working for a private IT support firm. Fast forward a couple of years, a marriage and his first child on the way and Jon made the jump into the higher ed world when the opportunity arose. When Jon started, the College had 0 technology enabled spaces installed on campus and all classroom technology was delivered by a team of over 30 student workers. Since 1999, the College has implemented over 300+ tech enabled spaces and the number continually increases.


Jason Eitelbach 

AV Systems Design Engineer, ND Studios - AV Technologies,
University of Notre Dame

With over 15 years of experience in higher education, Jason leads the AVT Design team, building and maintaining campus core standards, providing system design and consultation for a broad base of enterprise AV projects throughout the university.


Melody Craigmyle

Vice President, Marketing & Communication, Almo Corporation

Melody’s primary role is to link all Almo Corporation divisions within an ecosystem of marketing resources to help business partners grow. She is in charge of all marketing, branding, promotion and education activity as it pertains to each business division within Almo Corporation, including Professional A/V, Major Appliances, Electronics and Premium Appliances.

Prior to Almo, Melody was Vice President of Marketing for Electrograph Systems and Vice President of Marketing at Avatech Solutions. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and French from the University of Kentucky.


Michael Goldman

Principal at Communications Design Associates, Inc.


Michael Lisi

WolfVision Solutions Consultant & Technology Evangelist

Michael is an industry veteran who specializes in networked-AV solutions for asynchronous video streaming and synchronous video collaboration.


Cindy Davis

Contributing editor, 
AV Technology and Systems Contractor News magazines

Cindy Davis is a contributing editor to AV Technology and Systems Contractor News magazines. For more than 20 years, she has developed and delivered content for the industry's top print and online publications as well as at live events and trade shows. Davis enjoys exploring the ethos of converged technology spaces as well as diving deep into the complex topics that shape the AV/IT industry.


Kevin Spillane

Channel Account Manager, CIT Financial

Passionate, relationship building, leasing and financing sales representative who is building a Territory of Repeat, Delighted and Satisfied Value Added Resellers and End-User Customers.


James Frazee

Chief Academic Technology Officer and Associate Vice President at San Diego State University

Dr. Frazee has published and presented widely on the subjects of obtaining, managing and leveraging large state and federal educational technology grants, designing faculty professional development programs, strategic technology and campus space planning, and using technology to push curriculum reform. In 2015, Dr. Frazee was honored with the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers Award.


Charmaine Torruella

Global AV Service Partner & Chairperson of AVIXA Diversity Council


Akintayo Adewole 

Audio Visual Design Engineer at Verrex

Akin has been designing audio visual and communications solutions for the last 18 years. With a BSME from Northwestern and an MSIS from NJIT, he’s always had a passion for applying engineering design principles to the creative presentation of information that is visually stimulating, engaging and memorable. As a professional photographer and filmmaker, he is a natural visual story-teller and working to introduce creative, immersive and experiential technologies within conferencing applications.


Mark Jones

Director, Information Technology at South College

Mark Jones brings more than 42 years of experience, information, and communication technology experience. Currently Mark is Director of Information Technology for South College where he has spent the last 13 years helping design and create an optimized environment for students, faculty and staff. Mark’s is well versed in Networking, Software development, Security and Audio Video solutions.