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USAV DAC

The USAV Dealer Advisory Council (DAC) is a group of elected integration leaders who advise USAV on programs, strategies, and initiatives. These individuals have a great depth of experience and knowledge and are essential component of the USAV team.

DAC Members

Travis Deatherage <br />DAC ChairmanTravis Deatherage
DAC Chairman

President
LINX Multimedia

Travis Deatherage founded Solstice Multimedia in June of 2002 and merged his company with LINX in 2011, forming LINX Multimedia. His experience includes technology design including audio visual systems, telecommunications and software development. Travis is focused on the Client Experience ensuring that our systems our simple, reliable and high performance. “It’s our process, our people and our partnerships with the best manufacturers that ensure we create raving fans.”

Travis will be involved throughout the project, spearheading the consistent flow of communication among our project team and overseeing all client needs. He will work closely with all project stakeholders, as well as LINX’s in-house engineering and design teams through each phase of the process.

Travis holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Virginia Tech. He is an owner/partner with LINX.

Robert HammondRobert Hammond

Vice President of Technical Operations
Stage Front

As VP of Technical Operations for Stage Front, Robert leads multiple teams charged with providing exceptional service for both external clients and internal staff. With over 17 years of experience in the AV industry, Robert has played key roles across a variety of areas including engineering, operations, and administration. His passion to learn and dedication to providing scalable solutions has been an asset in delivering high quality systems and services to Stage Front’s clients.

Robert currently enjoys life in Savannah with his wife and two dogs. They spend their time outside the office running and biking the area. They also have the privilege of being involved with local non-profits focused on the prevention of and education about childhood and at-risk population obesity.

Erinn HelphingstineErinn Helphingstine

VP Sales
Mission Electronics

Erinn has been in the audio-video industry for more than 12 years. Throughout this time she has been involved in sales and operations, and has played a key role in marketing directions. Currently as sales manager, she develops the sales strategy for her organization, oversees training and development of new employees, assists with preparing budgets, and manages expenses.

Erinn completed her Masters of Business Administration from Baker University in 2007. She has also earned Bachelor of Science Degrees from the School of Business and the School of Journalism from the University of Kansas. Additionally, she holds her CTS certification from InfoComm. She resides in the Kansas City area with her husband and daughter.

Dirk PropfeDirk Propfe

CEO
ET Group

Dirk is an entrepreneur passionate about helping organizations evolve to become happier, healthier, and more effective places to work. He believes we need to reinvent the way we live and work to better meet the challenges we are facing as a species. Thus, he has spent a considerable amount of time learning, practicing, and reflecting on new ways of working. Dirk is a business graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and has two Master degrees focused on Leadership and Sustainability. He is also the President and CEO of ET Group where he energizes a number of internal and client-facing roles. His main focus at ET Group is to find better ways of expressing the organization's purpose of Unleashing Human Potential in Organizations by Weaving People, Space, and Technology together.

Dirk lives and breathes communication and collaboration is constantly prototyping new digital and social technologies that allow us to work better together.

Brent BergerBrent Berger

Partner
Bridges System Integration

Brent Berger is a Partner at Bridges Systems Integration and is an innovative business strategist and sales leader who combines more than 10 years’ experience providing audio visual system consultation and contract negotiations, new business development, and system integration management to lead start-up, turnaround and high-growth organizations through explosive market growth and unprecedented profitability. With competencies that span both strategic and tactical planning, he’s been instrumental in building and leading cohesive teams, evaluating market trends, analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to develop strategy, as well as formulating sales and marketing plans to propel organizations to the next level of success. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Berger is a forward-thinking visionary with an ability to successfully balance the risks of continual change and innovation through disciplined implementation. He leverages this experience during the successful launch and management of Bridges System Integration in Herndon, VA. Mr. Berger has a proven track record as a change agent capable of turning around corporations with sales problems and earnings shortfalls in a short period of time. With Infra-structures Inc. in Brentwood, NY, Mr. Berger was charged by the organization to facilitate the opening of new Washington, DC location in Arlington, VA. As Systems Integration Manager at Connecting Point Multimedia in Arlington, VA, Mr. Berger was a key contributor to bottom-line profitability that captured the first $100K sale, followed by successive sales that set new records for the organization. Brent was stellar during the launch of campaigns that led to 80% of all clients in 2003 purchasing new systems or upgrading previous systems. Mr. Berger has completed various training and certification courses that have included InfoComm International (CTS), Systems Design School (ICIA), Facilities Design School (ICIA), Video Conferencing Facilities Design, Extron Advanced School of Audiovisual Technologies, Tandberg Training, and AMX NetLinx Design.

Jay KowalskyJay Kowalsky

Director of Audiovisual Operations
Red Thread

Jay started his audio-visual career in 2000. He has held a variety of operational positions such as Technician, Project Manager and Installation Manager. Since joining Red Thread in 2005, Jay has championed the role of technology in Red Thread’s effort to help organizations create engaging work environments. Outside of being directly responsible for various technical elements and project management, he also plays a key role in customer engagement & liaises for the various business segments within Red Thread. Jay is very passionate about people, place and culture.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Endicott College as well as the AVIXA CTS-I designation. He lives north of Boston with his wife and their extended family, enjoying all the benefits of being native New Englanders.