Each USAV team member is committed to cultivating the bond that brings USAV affiliates together. We understand that the highest level of success is best achieved when effectively working together. Our team offers a variety of experience, knowledge, and personality making us well equipped to deal with nearly every situation. Most importantly, we believe work should be fun and we strive to incorporate that mentality into our everyday activities.
Chris Salazar-Mangrum, MBA, PMP is the Managing Director for USAV, a PSA Company. In this role, he leads the USAV Division of PSA to create value between integrators, manufacturers and other Pro AV associations and service providers. Chris’s experience is drawn from leadership positions within a variety of industries including IT, Pro AV, Security, Telecommunications, and Engineering & Construction. He has an Executive MBA from University of Colorado, a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Regis University, and Project Management Professional certification from Project Management Institute. Chris and his wife, Michelle, are Colorado natives with three children. He enjoys family travel, coaching baseball and softball and cheering for any Colorado-based sports team.
Katie Blough is a project manager and business analyst with a BS in computer information systems from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Currently seeking her PMP certification, she is attending the University of Colorado project management certification program. Katie began her career working in software support – turned software QA testing engineer – turned project manager.
As a project manager for PSA and USAV, Katie ensures that all projects have clear, defined goals and that they are delivered on time, within scope, and within budget. As a business analyst, she ensures that PSA and USAV’s business processes are current, documented, and consistently reviewed for possible updates.
When she isn’t working, Katie is wrangling in her two hyperactive boys and enjoying the benefits of living in the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband, DJ.
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Chris graduated from the University of Arizona and shortly after earned his CPA license working with Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) audit and tax practices in Tucson, Ariz. Following his tenure at E&Y, Chris became the CFO of a high-tech engineering design firm that he helped sell to Fluor Corporation. After the sale, he moved to Denver and became the CFO of Fluor’s Mining and Metals Operating Company and a member of Fluor’s acquisition and integration group. Following the mining crash in the mid-late 1990’s, Chris moved to Southern California and worked with E&Y’s merger and acquisition group. As a senior manager, Chris managed numerous engagements over several years for both financial and corporate strategic acquisitions. Missing the mountains and outdoor activities in Colorado, Chris moved back to Denver starting his own business consulting practice providing business valuation, acquisition, integration, and CFO consulting services. While consulting for a local audio-visual company in Denver in 2001, Chris co-founded USAV. He has been a full-time employee and shareholder in the company ever since.
Chris, his wife Melanie, and their five children—two boys and three girls—enjoy living in Colorado. Melanie manages the busy schedules of a large family and is a fitness instructor. Chris is an avid cyclist and enjoys running, competing in duathlons (run-bike-run races), and climbing Colorado’s many Fourteeners. Chris is also active in the local community serving on the Easter Seals of Colorado Board of Directors.