Third annual AV Awards Banquet at InfoComm 06 celebrates industry excellence
ORLANDO, Fla. -- InfoComm International®, the premier professional audiovisual trade association, presented its Distinguished Achievement Award to Fred Dixon, CTS, at the third annual AV Awards Banquet. The event was held as part of InfoComm 06, the largest professional audiovisual and information communications tradeshow at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
With over 53 years in the professional AV industry, Fred Dixon's accomplishments are unparalleled. Founding an audiovisual repair business while still in high school, Dixon was then launched into the position of Chief Engineer for the Audio Visual department at Michigan State University. Upon leaving Michigan State, Dixon devoted full attention to Projection Repair, the business he started in high school. Dixon sold Projection Repair to Newman Visual Education, Inc. in 1969, maintaining a management position within the company. In 1976, he was transferred to headquarters as State Service Manager, where he and his team would oversee the maintenance of over ten thousand pieces of equipment per year. Dixon spent countless hours conducting monthly seminars for service staff and in-service workshops for sales staff, as well as helping customers develop their own service departments.
Dixon left Newman Visual Education in 1979 and founded Dixon Media Systems & Design, Inc. As President and Chief Designer, he continued his hands-on approach to quality AV service. Dixon Media Systems & Design, Inc. has worked with Kellogg Company, City of Lansing Police and Fire Departments, Chrysler Corporation, and Ford Motor Company, to name a few.
Honored with the first ICIA-PETC Service in Education Award in 1999, the award now bears his name — The Fred Dixon Service in Education Award. In 2001, Dixon was appointed Chairman of the National Technology Committee for the Audio Visual Division of Skills USA program. He was named a lifetime member of InfoComm International and has been instrumental in helping to develop Academy programs.
InfoComm's Distinguished Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed on an industry member by the association. "When the InfoComm Board of Governors considers honoring a member with the Distinguished Achievement Award, two major criteria are applied — the career accomplishments of an individual, and the individual's contribution to the AV industry," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director, InfoComm. "Fred Dixon has the overwhelming respect and admiration of the industry, and we are proud to recognize his lifetime of achievement."
About InfoComm International
InfoComm International is the trade association of the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, the association's 3,900 members include manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end users and multimedia professionals from more than 70 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV market intelligence and news. Its training and education programs, along with its Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) credentials, set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide, and also co-sponsors the Integrated Systems events in Europe, China, India and Asia. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.
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