This years’ top educators and forward-thinking AV experts in the industry will offer you a glimpse of what’s new in technology and explore what the future holds for the AV and IT throughout 2022. Expand your possibilities and open opportunities with the E4 Experience.
Director and Co-founder - THE rAVe Agency
Gary Kayye is a co-founder of rAVe [PUBS] and the director of THE rAVe Agency, the AV industry’s only creative agency. Also a teaching assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Gary has a longstanding history in AV – more than 25 years – in roles like VP of sales and marketing for Extron and executive VP at AMX (now Harman); he is an expert in technology marketing and branding.
In-House System Designer & Trainer - Almo Pro AV
Tom Kehr, CTS-D, CTS-I, LEED Green Associate serves as Almo’s full-time system design and training resource for manufacturers and authorized resellers. A technical subject matter expert, he is responsible for the development and delivery of a curriculum to improve the education, performance and certification levels of all Almo stakeholders. He is also a lead trainer for Almo’s regional E4 Experience and virtual E4 Evolution (E4v) programs. Prior to Almo, Tom was Senior Staff Instructor for AVIXA and before then, he worked as Senior Designer for a large Washington, D.C. area design/build firm.
In addition, Tom has been heavily involved in church audio, leading ministry teams and training volunteers in both permanent and portable venues. He also owned a regional sound reinforcement company for more than 16 years. Tom is a member of SynAudCon and AES and is a licensed amateur radio operator. Tom is certified by AVIXA as a CTS-D and CTS-I. He also holds CompTIA Network+, ATD Master Trainer, LEED Green Associate and ISF-C professional designations.
senior staff instructor at avixa
As a Senior Staff Instructor at AVIXA, Chuck has over 26 years’ experience in the AV industry with 13 years in the United States Marine Corps. In the U.S. Marine Corps, Chuck was the Chief Sound System Engineer for the United States Marine Corps’ Musical field units. Since retiring from the Marines, he has held a variety of AV positions supporting commercial and federal government clients as well as contributing to the development of hundreds of audio-visual professionals. Chuck has served on the Scheme and Item Writers committee, as an AVIXA’s Leadership Search Committee Member and Chair of AVIXA’s Certification Steering Committee, as well as a contributor the InfoComm Installation Handbook.
Business Development at Audinate & Multimedia Journalist
Alesia Hendley is an Audiovisual professional that found her passion at a young age as a sound engineer within her Father’s church. Now you can find her making connections within AV, Digital Signage and IT, along with executing creative ventures. As a young professional she’s finding ways to bring AV technologies, and creative visions together in the effort to leave her mark by making an impact.
Sony Sr Sales Support Engineer
Keeping whole AV solution goals in mind, Chrissy thrives not just in digital signage but also in presentation training of Pro AV technology. From her start in Broadcast TV in ’09 to her current home in Pro AV, Chrissy has spent her 12 year career gaining skills in technical training design, video presentation, video signal transport, IoT connectivity, AV system control, video system commissioning, and technical support.
Chrissy Sara’s latest work focuses on supporting Sony Pro Electronics’ B2B division with a concentration in IoT digital signage solutions, Hybrid presentation solutions, internal technical education, and fostering Central US consultant relationships.
Chrissy has achieved a well-rounded understanding of the five key aspects of the AV industry (audio, video, control, networking, and project management) through her experience teaching AVIXA’s CTS and CTS-I ANSI certified certification programs. Sara achieved the Educator of the Year award in 2021 from AVIXA’s InfoComm 2021 in Orlando, FL.