Meet Media Vision’s Women in AV : AV Nation Podcast Ep: 1!!

Posted by Kelly  |  September 29, 2015, 1:59 pm

Women in AV are thrilled to partner with AV Nation and bring you a series of WAVE video podcasts where you get to meet the real WAVE behind the companies that drive our AV industry every day.

We are so pleased in our inaugural episode to meet and talk with Media Vision’s Women in AV!! Michelle Shimizu, Annabelle Gazzo, and Alissa Massey are 3 of Media Vision’s most successful, influential, and BUSY employees you will find in ANY company. Between them all, they manage and lead the companies sales, marketing and PR, and HR/Administration departments. Learn how these women manage business, being a women in a male-dominated industry and balancing it all with taking care of their families here.

Media Vision has continued to increase it’s sales and growth in such a way they continue leading, not only the AV industry, but all technology sectors with best-in-class awards and fastest growing private companies. In 2014 alone, they were #19 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area and #3 in the East Bay. Read more about a company who makes continuing 40-45% growth year after year look easy here.

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Media Vision and it’s CEO Fardad Zabetian have been one of Women in AV’s first and biggest supporters since the group founded in 2011.  Media Vision has always given their greatest and most generous efforts to promoting and encouraging women in the AV industry.  We couldn’t be more thankful and thrilled to be one of the organizations they believe in and support.  You can see everything they do and put their efforts and hearts into turns to gold!!

Learn more about the wired and wireless audio/video conferencing solutions Media Vision can offer you and your company here.

Thank You to our partners AV Nation, the AV industry’s leading high-quality broadcast resource for the AV industry news, information, trade show event coverage, and technology innovation. Learn more about their blogs, videos, podcasts, and the latest breaking industry news here.

Check out Media Vision’s Women in AV: AV Nation Episode 1 NOW!!  Click for details.

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2015 WAVE Mentor Award Winner Jill Renninger Talks Women in AV, Leadership, and Mentoring

Posted by Kelly  |  June 22, 2015, 10:51 am



Please join us in congratulating the 2015 Women in AV Mentor Award Winner, Jill Renninger, President of IMS Technology Solutions!!  WAVE had the chance to speak with Jill and she shared her expertise and insights on being a leader and women in a male-dominated industry, why mentoring is important to the future of the industry, and what steps we need to take to encourage women to join us.




IMS President, Jill Renninger 2015 Women in AV Mentor Award Winner


Please tell us about your business, it’s history, how you’ve evolved, and what you do for the AV industry? What sets you apart from your competitors and why is that important to being a leading company in the AV industry? What are the trends you see in where our industry is evolving to with the convergence of AV and IT and how can we stay relevant and successful?

I started in this business with my husband, John, after his experiences traveling as a sales and marketing executive, and trying to conduct client presentations on the road with inadequate equipment.  We saw an opportunity to fill a void in the market by renting high-quality projection technology to local hotels, meeting venues and traveling professionals. As that market started to change and the size and cost of projectors was reduced, we expanded into event staging services and shortly thereafter, some of our larger clients asked for help with systems integration projects so we brought that into the business too. Over the past several years, we have embraced this shift toward AV-IT convergence, and have further expanded our IT offerings, including adding video streaming, managed services, content creation, video collaboration, and digital signage.

The willingness and discipline to recognize and embrace market trends, and keep our company agile enough to quickly commit to change has been a critical competitive differentiator for us. Once we identify a growth area or an opportunity to expand our business, we fully commit to not only the opportunity, but to doing it better than anyone else in the industry.

To be a leading company in this industry, you have to be innovative, and continually add significant value to your clients.  A key component to doing that is recruiting and keeping top talent. We provide end-to-end accountability to our clients, so the strength and commitment of our team is critical.


IMS Technology Solutions is driving the use of Augmented Reality and it’s latest offerings allow for video and 3-dimensional content to be displayed on mobile devices via any image trigger. It’s a great tool for visualizing 3d renderings and models from a printed schematic and IMS is looking at bringing to all of client’s meetings, events, and training experiences.


Watch IMS describe and demonstrate their latest Augmented Reality Application
Director’s Corner: Augmented Reality
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Tell us about how you feel winning the award and what does mentoring mean to you, as a woman and also as a company owner? What qualities make someone a good mentor and how does a person get started to become one in their own lives? Why is mentoring important and how do you foster that environment in your professional and personal life?

I am honored and humbled to receive this award. We have grown IMS from renting projectors from our basement to managing events and system installations across the country and around the world… we’re not a huge company, only 80 people, but that’s still 80 people… and that’s really where I believe mentoring comes into play.  Any company can rent gear, truck equipment across the country or install AV systems.   We pride ourselves in building a team of highly skilled and creative people, and it’s their talent and dedication that makes the difference between a one-time customer and, and lasting and loyal customers.  Our Team is the PRIMARY reason we’ve experienced the tremendous growth throughout our 20 year history.

Each year we create a theme to base our yearly initiates around. Last year’s theme was “Rising Above to Shape Your Future”.  We asked each of our employees to first come up with ways in which they could “Rise Above” and how they could improve their performance or advance their skills.  The second part was what that would mean to them personally either within IMS or totally outside of work.  We received great insights into what was important to them…to their families and friends…things that their employment here at IMS was helping them build towards.

Part of being a mentor means recognizing what motivates your employees, respecting each one as an individual, and creating an environment where they can thrive and have the opportunity to reach their full potential, professionally as well as personally.

Being a mentor means investing in training and professional development for every position in the organization, including your own.  It means keeping a close eye on your growth and expansion and recognizing the needs of the future before they arrive. It means taking the time to listen to your employees, showing them you care and giving them the individualized attention that they deserve.


See IMS’s President, Jill Renninger, 2015 WAVE Mentor Award

Acceptance Video here.


How do you see the AV industry in being welcoming and/or encouraging women? What, if anything, do we need to do to bring or open the possibilities for women to want to join us and make a career of AV? What would you like people to know about being a what it takes to be a women leader in our industry for women who want to follow in your footsteps?  

We work in a tremendously fast-paced, ever-changing environment, with new technologies emerging every day, but there are still those old-fashioned principles that I believe everyone- not just women – in AV needs to live by:  hard work, honesty, integrity and a never-ending commitment to listening to your customers.

What does it feel like being a woman in a male-dominated industry? Have you experienced barriers in your career and where do you feel we are at now as an industry? What did you want to be growing up as a young girl and what interested you about it that stood out? Did any of those dreams play into your career and where you are today?

As a women in a male-dominated industry, I can honestly say that the AV business is no different from any other industry. I believe that creativity, hard work, honesty and perseverance are the keys to being successful in business. I just think women have to be better than their counterparts and must prove themselves over a period of time whereas men are accepted much quicker. Unfortunately it is the world we live in but in the scheme of things it really just makes women that much better as they rise to the top of their profession. I have two daughters, both of which are in the business and I couldn’t be prouder of the job they are doing and the profession they have chosen.

Growing up, I watched my parents work side by side and create a thriving business. I knew early on that I was meant to be an entrepreneur based on the role models of my parents.


How do you see the AV industry in being welcoming and/or encouraging women? What, if anything, do we need to do to bring or open the possibilities for women to want to join us and make a career of AV?

I think that organizations like WAVE are exactly what this industry needs to help women see the industry as a viable career. At IMS we are encouraging diversity in the workplace by implementing an internship program with some of the local universities. This gives us the ability to find excellent talent and introduce the industry to more women.


Thinking back ,what is something that “if I had known then, what I would do now” scenarios can you see for yourself that could help shape a young woman’s path in a meaningful way?

Simply believe in yourself and know that you are as good as anybody in the workplace.


To learn more about Jill and to contact IMS, please visit

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Women in AV Honors IMS’s Jill Renninger with the 2015 WAVE Mentor Award

Posted by jhwillard  |  June 18, 2015, 3:24 am



 San Francisco, CA / June 17th, 2015 — Women in AV (WAVE), a global organization dedicated to promoting the growth and performance of women in the AV industry through education, networking and mentoring today announced Jill Renninger, Owner and President of IMS Technology Service Inc, has been selected to receive WAVE’s 2015 Mentoring Award. The award was presented at the InfoComm 2015 NSCA/FSR/SYNNEX Women in AV Reception.

View Renninger’s Acceptance Video here. To learn more about IMS Technology Services, visit

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“I am honored and humbled to receive this award. We have grown IMS from renting projectors from our basement to managing events and system installations across the country and around the world… we’re not a huge company, only 80 people, but that’s still 80 people… and that’s really where I believe mentoring comes into play”, says Renninger.

Any company can rent gear, truck equipment across the country or install AV systems. We pride ourselves in building a team of highly skilled and creative people, and it’s their talent and dedication that makes the difference between a one-time customer and, and lasting and loyal customers.

Our Team is the PRIMARY reason we’ve experienced the tremendous growth throughout our 20 year history.”


2015 Women in AV Mentor Award WinnerJill Renninger, President IMS Technologies

Women in AV are grateful to Listen Technologies for sponsoring this important industry award for the third year in a row and greatly appreciate their on-going efforts and support to encourage the development of WAVE.

Women in AV are grateful to Listen Technologies for sponsoring this important industry award for the third year in a row and greatly appreciate their on-going efforts and support to encourage the development of WAVE.

“We are delighted to recognize Jill with this award for all the mentoring that she has done within our industry,” said Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder & Vice President of Business Development Worldwide at Listen Technologies. “She is an outstanding role model of how rewarding it is to support and uplift others. She has given selflessly to her company, aspiring young women in AV, and her community. I love that she is being recognized for it with this 2015 award. It’s nice to recognize and share with others all of her efforts.”

“WAVE received many excellent nominations for the WAVE Mentor Award”, said founder Jennifer H. Willard. “Jill stood out to our judges because she demonstrates the type of leadership and inspiration we need in our industry. Her thoughtfulness, generosity towards helping others, and example as a role model that all women in AV can aspire to be are exactly the qualities that align with the mission and values of the Women in AV organization. We are thrilled to celebrate and recognize Jill for her outstanding service and dedication as a mentor to not only young women following in her footsteps, but, the AV industry as a whole.”

About Women in AV
Founded in 2011, Women in AV (WAVE) strives to promote collaboration, sharing of ideas and brainstorming about all things AV in a compassionate environment where treading in new areas for the first time is appreciated and encouraged. WAVE aims to support a balanced work/life principle where having success in one area never compromises the other. At the same time, WAVE provides research and education to women about opportunities for advancement within the AV industry. WAVE members mentor and offer young women assistance to advance their education and experience while pioneering sustainable business models to streamline daily requirements of commerce and advocate responsible, social and economical business practices. For more information, visit
About IMS Technology Services Inc.
IMS Technology Services Inc. is one of the fastest expanding AV companies in the Philadelphia Region; growing at more than 40% per year. 
IMS operates several business units; Show Services/Event Staging; Audio Visual “Design/Build” Integration; Digital Signage Integration and Content Management; Audio Visual Service and Support; and Media Production. IMS is all about their people — with a combined Show Services experience of 100+ years and a combined Integration experience of 100+ years! We invite you to learn how IMS can be a true benefit to you and your organization. 
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Are the Women in AV Offensive For Existing?

Posted by Kelly  |  June 15, 2015, 8:15 pm


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Happy and safe travels everyone InfoComm15-bound, see you in hot and humid Orlando!! Our very best Women in AV wishes to everyone for a fantastic and successful show. Enjoy the true warmth and communications that is the most welcoming and enjoyable part of our industry!!

Whether you’re hitting the show floor or following around the globe, bookmark AV Nation , AV Technology Magazine, and Commercial Integrator for all the latest videos, blogs, product launches, and AV/IT industry news!!

DON’T forget our FAVORITE Drunk Unkles, play on Day 1-Wednesday, June 17th. and stop by any sponsor booth to get tickets for their can’t miss  10th Anniversary Rising fr M the Swamp!!

And, of course say HELLO to all your Women in AV and JOIN US and our awesome sponsors for the 4th Annual Women in AV Reception and 3rd Annual AV Nation AVTweetup with WAVE!

We couldn’t be more thrilled and inspired to turn 4 years-old in Orlando, Happy Birthday WAVE for all your achievements, talents, and success we’ve accomplished together, just 9 shy of our 1,000th member. Let’s make it happen at IC5, join our WAVE Group here!!

So far in 2015 alone, our industry has sent 3 WAVE scholarship winners to NSCA’s Business and Leadership Conference, our rocking UK WAVE Chapter has held 5 networking business events, the 4th WAVE Mentor Award winner will be honored at IC15, SF/Bay Area’s WAVE Chapter went live in May, and woman-owned FSR celebrates 35 years in AV.  Way to go WAVE, get involved now!!

2012 NYC WAVE Chapter AV Holiday Social


So, that’s all she wrote, right!?! Onward and saddle up Orlando! Skies are blue and we’re just a happy group of hard-working, down-to-earth, Rock Stars ready to make moments that last a lifetime.

Uhh-huh.. I guess every party has one Debbie Downer and with show doors yet to even open, apparently someone’s idea of #AVLove is throwing cheap shots at Women in AV mission and values and doesn’t think we should exist. Go AVTeam!

Speculating on what purpose it serves is a waste of time. Pretty sad someone sees disparaging women AND men helping other’s fulfill their dreams as either relevant or a cool thing to do…  Maybe they need the website views or being nasty must feel good. Who knows??

Enter left and thank you Mr. David Danto. Like most of us, I’ve been up since Sunday herding the last minute surpises. Raise your hand WAVE if your lists have lists now!! Just before 6:30a PDT, an email came through asking if WAVE had seen Mr. Danto’s opinion on Sexism In the AV Industry.


Here you go:


Sexism Is Offensive – All Sexism. Booth Babes have no place at InfoComm. Bravo to us that we finally have greater awareness of that now. Regrettably, neither does a Women in AV movement. As beneficial as the intent is, it is as offensive to me as a Catholics in AV or Caucasians in AV might be to others. As an industry we should not be celebrating any special group. We should be celebrating the best and brightest contributors regardless of labels. It’s sad that we tryy to compensate for inappropriate past recognition levels of the contributions of one class of industry participants by inappropriately recognizing only one class of industry participants. 

And, please. If you’re looking for a real and honest discussion on this topic, visit our WAVE LinkedIn Group here and be heard.



WAVE Founding Board InfoComm Award Winners
L-R: 201o Young AV Profesional Jennifer H. Willard, 2013 Young AV Professional Gina Sansivero, 2014 Women in AV Cory Schaeffer

Back to the original post, I know I pretty confused myself!!

So, what exactly is it Mr. Danto takes such exception with WAVE’s mere existence that offends his perfect sensibilities? (I still can’t figure this one out??) And, am I the only who sees it talking out both sides of your mouth singing “Bravo’s” for reducing the number of scantily-dressed women trying to sell your products and then try to tell us we have no place being at InfoComm15. Does using the word “Regrettably” make you feel less arrogant than it sounds?


  • For the record, WAVE adores special-interest groups with a clear, stated mission and purpose and would love to support and partner with you. So, if you’re out there Tin Foil Hats in AV, puuhlease get in touch!!!


It appears Mr. Danto’s measuring stick to justify his argument comparing WAVE’s presumption to exist with conceivably the 2 biggest majority classes of all time’s existence. OK.


  • In that line of thinking we should stop all further ttempts to bring starving kids around the world fresh water. Because, who are they to consider themselves anything special since we privileged folks don’t call ourselves special simply having the likes of Perrier, Brita, and any of the fancy filtered refrigerator facet-stuff. Because, if the privileged majority who owns privilege don’t think there’s any value or merit to it, then surely it’s of no good in the world.

Where or how did Mr. Danto come up with the gem inappropriate past recognition…. Is that really a thing??


  • Anyone heard of anything inappropriate with recognizing and celebrating our awesome AVGents, who happen to also be some of WAVE’s biggest supporters? Can anyone show me the recognition that motivated months of planning between NSCA and WAVE, multiple AV industry sponsors, and Drunk Unkles fundraising concerts to provide 3 WAVE scholarships to NSCA’s 2015 BLC Conference, all expenses paid? Someone must be able to name all those who logged 20-100 volunteer hours to send three winners to one of our industry’s premier Business and Leadership Conferences I missed the PR recognition train behind that one somehow…


  • And, what Women in AV baiting and fishing expedition is complete without mentioning our Booth Babes. They are just as hard-working women with families, bills, and a life to support like Mr. Danto himself. If there is any one offense the Women in have with this post is the implied righteousness of “ as long as it’s not in my backyard”… So per Mr. Danto, bravo AV industry becoming the enlightened Buddha’s to have “seen the light” of how objectifying women to sell your product says a lot more about why I shouldn’t buy your product than anything else and there may now be a single 23 year-old mom out of a job. Bravo for being so philanthropic.


  • And, how exactly does Mr. Danto think this big epiphany came about in the AV industry? Perhaps he may be in with the Catholics in AV and it was a case of divine intervention? Surely it couldn’t have been the Women in AV celebrating 4 years hustling day after day to recognize, mentor, inspire, advance, and educate women in the AV industry. Nope, we are just love all the face time and getting recognized.


And, please let me disclose. Women in AV do NOT take this personally or too seriously. We’re only upset for the time lost it took clarifying Mr. Danto’s opinion so when a young woman who’s considering joining AV reads something like that she won’t expect that’s the environment she’s walking into when all she wants is to pursue her career. In fact, there’s a tremendous amount of very kind, generous, and helpful people who would be over the moon happy to show her that her presence is an enormous asset to AV and help her in any way she needs.



2014 WAVE Mentor Award Winner Theresa Hahn

We’re actually really GRATEFUL to get this “happens at least once a year” stuff out of the way early so those of us who have to go to work aren’t dealing with senseless and petty negativity that adds no value, has no benefit, and creates no winners when it comes to uplifting and encouraging to each other.


Mr. Danto saves his best sage advise for his last statement. This one always just really cracks me up though…

Wait for it…. “And finally, one important piece of advice I remind my colleagues of at this conference is to keep an open mind. “


There you have it Women in AV, our fabulous friends, and every one who will get up tomorrow and have a FANTASTIC InfoComm15 week promoting each other, RECOGNIZING the awesome communication technology solutions and services we provide,  and continuing to advance the AV industry and keep us all relevant and employed!

We love any and every reason to celebrate and being special sounds like a fabulous one to us! Every one is always welcome to come hangout at WAVE’s party any time! Except, next time please just leave Debbie at home….


Written by: Jennifer H. Willard, Proud member of the Women in AV


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Join FSR in Celebrating Their 35th Anniversary At InfoComm15!!

Posted by Kelly  |  June 10, 2015, 4:19 pm

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Press Briefing at the Booth on Thursday, June 18th at 12:30 followed by a champagne reception to honor FSR’s 35th year serving the AV industry. Click to RSVP.

FSR to Commemorate 35th Anniversary at InfoComm 2015 with

New Products, Upgrades Across Every Range, and Champagne

Significant Enhancements to Metal Line, Electronics and Collaboration Systems to be Unwrapped

Woodland Park, NJ (May 20, 2015)FSR, a leading manufacturer of products for all segments of the ProAV industry including, education, hospitality, government, corporate and religious markets will commemorate its 35th anniversary at InfoComm 2015 with a briefing and bubbly! The New Jersey-based manufacturer will brief the press on all their new products and upgrades at 12:30 PM on Thursday, June 18th in Booth # 1331 followed by champagne and cake at 1.

FSR will honor its founding philosophy of merging quality with affordability by launching an impressive number of products this year comprised of additions to its Metal range including: wall and floor boxes, and table coasters; its Electronics line with several new scaling and HDMI switchers, HDBaseT modules, a FLEX I/O interface unit, and upgraded Digital Ribbon Cable; and will show a new version of the award-winning HuddleVU collaboration system plus models with added flexibility.

“We’re thrilled to share this milestone with the most important people on the planet; our team, our customers and industry colleagues,” says Company President Jan Sandri. “Celebrating at InfoComm is like inviting family to a significant birthday party. We get to unwrap all our new products and show them to the folks that made this all possible. It couldn’t be better!”

FSR, an engineering and manufacturing firm, was established in 1981 by Sandri, Bill Fitzsimmons and Charles Rodriquez to answer the need for quality and cost-effective control modules and metal integration products in the installation, integration and ProAV communities. Among the Company’s initial product ranges was FSR’s flagship floor box series, which is still considered a staple in installations around the world today.

To accommodate an industry in constant motion, FSR keeps in close contact with customers to identify needs and respond with reasonably priced, operator-friendly products and systems that not only address current requirements, but also provide elegant and practical solutions for tomorrow. Over the years, the Company’s offerings have been extended from wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes to a wide variety of matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT and CAT-X signal delivery solutions, and a full line of interfaces.

An Energy Star partner, FSR is committed to preserving the planet and incorporates an energy efficient design into each product while employing a lead-free process. Engineering and manufacturing are accomplished in the Company’s Woodland Park, NJ facility which allows for on-site quality control, fast production turnaround, and the ability to quickly customize solutions to meet specific needs.

FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. FSR sells into countries worldwide, and has a global network of representatives and distributors.

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About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.
The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information:


FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 •
Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising • Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 •

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