Industry News


Kim Garcia
Director of Marketing
USAV, a PSA Company

Meet the USAV Dealer Advisory Council Members
, September 12, 2018

The 2018/2019 term is well under way for the USAV Dealer Advisory Council. This group provides critical insights that guide the strategy of USAV to help the organization further leverage it’s industry leading role to help move its members move forward in their own businesses. DAC members are term limited to two consecutive two-year terms and elected based on their business acumen and leadership skills. Elections were held during the USAV Integrators’ Meeting held in Denver in March 2018 for two vacancies on the council. The current USAV Dealer Advisory Council members are as follows:

Travis Deatherage
President, Linx Multimedia
Robert Hammond
VP of Technical Operations
Stage Front
Erinn Helphingstine
VP Sales
Mission Electronics
Lisa Perrine
Cibola Systems
Brent Berger
Bridges System Integration
Dirk Propfe
ET Group

Brent Berger and Dirk Propfe were elected to two-year terms by fellow USAV integrators to serve on the six-member council during the USAV Integrators’ Meeting in March. In addition, the DAC elected a new Chairman, Travis Deatherege, for a one-year tearm. Along with Deatherage, DAC members continuing their service on the DAC include Robert Hammond, Erinn Helphingstine and Lisa Perrine.

Outgoing members from the previous term include Former Chairman Barry Goldin (President, Unified AV), and Barry Sawayer (CEO, Trinity Video Communications) who have both served for the past four years.

Learn more about your 2018/2019 DAC members >>

, July 11, 2018

WESTMINSTER, CO –  JULY 11, 2018– PSA (, the world’s largest security and systems integrator cooperative, today announced the call for presentations for PSA TEC 2019 is open.  Proposals can be submitted at until August 10, 2018.

TEC, presented by PSA, is the premier education and networking event for all professional systems integrators in the security and audio-visual markets. TEC features industry leading education and certification programs, networking, and dedicated exhibit hours designed to advance the skills and expertise of industry professionals nationwide. This premier training venue is open to all industry professionals and is designed to meet the educational needs of all employees within an integrator’s organization. TEC 2019 will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Denver in Denver, CO on March 11-15, 2019.

PSA is accepting submissions to complete the education program with content that provides industry-leading knowledge for professional systems integrators in the physical security and pro-AV markets or sessions that will help advance their personal skillsets within their professional disciplines. Attendee job functions represented at TEC include C-Suite, IT, management, marketing, operations, project management, purchasing, sales/customer support and technicians.

Proposals are welcome for both certification programs and general education sessions for the security and pro-AV markets. All sessions must be unbiased with no brand or product emphasis and minimize commercial references and overt branding. Submissions are evaluated based on topic relevance, speaker expertise, and originality of the content. Additional guidelines are provided in the call for presentations submission process.

Accepted and approved presenters will receive complimentary registration to TEC 2019 and will have the opportunity to solidify their reputation as an industry resource and subject matter expert while expanding their own professional network and gaining access to strategic partnerships. PSA does not pay honoraria or expenses for accepted proposals.

Submissions will be accepted until August 10, 2018.  To submit a proposal or for more information about TEC 2019 visit


About PSA
PSA is the world’s largest systems integrator cooperative made up of the most progressive security and audio-visual systems integrators in North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in security, fire, life safety and pro audio-visual installations.

PSA’s mission is to empower its owners to become the most successful systems integrators in the markets they serve. PSA brings this mission to life by partnering with industry leading product and solution providers, delivering unparalleled education and training programs and by offering a variety of distinctive services that can enhance any company’s operations. Learn more at

Media Contact:
Kim Garcia
Director of Marketing
PSA Security Network
Office: 303-450-3467

Education Contact
Anthony Berticelli
Director of Education
PSA Security Network
Office: 303-450-3461

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Commercial Integrator, July 29, 2016

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13 Standout Projects of 2016
Commercial Integrator, July 6, 2016

The goal of the fifth annual Commercial Integrator Integration Awards contest is to highlight impressive projects with the hope that our coverage will inspire new ideas and carry lessons for other integration firms. USAV Integrator Videosonic was recognized as the Best Retail Project of 2016. Read More>>

AQAV Names Level 3 Audiovisual Education Partner
AV Network, June 14, 2016

The Association for Quality in Audio Visual Technology (AQAV) will be naming Level 3 Audiovisual as an approved training center for AV9000 CQT classes on the West coast of the U.S. “It has been my ambition to bring basic quality management principles to the audiovisual technology industry, as other industries have done, primarily for the benefit of the consumer, and therefore for the benefit of all who manage, procure, manufacture, design, install, program, and service that industry,” said Mario Maltese, executive director for AQAV. Read More>>

Unified AV Systems Expands Senior Management
AV Network, June 14, 2016

As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Unified AV Systems has made two strategic management team changes. Tom Taylor has taken on the newly created role of senior vice president—Greenville branch manager. Amy Truitt has taken on the role of Vice President—PMO. Read More>>

Road to InfoComm: Q&A Travis Deatherage
AV Network, June 2, 2016

My top priority at InfoComm this year is to understand what products and service our best manufacturing partners are developing and releasing that will allow us to deliver on our promise of simple, reliable, and high performing solutions for our clients. Read More>>

Meet Katie Chism, the Woman Behind the BLC
Commercial Integrator, May 5, 2016

Katie Chism started working for NSCA as director of education and tradeshows about six weeks before the first Business and Leadership Conference (BLC; back then called the Fall Leadership Conference), which has developed into a must-attend gathering of industry leaders in its 18 years. She was thrust into fast-paced planning mode, since those six weeks included two weeks of vacation by her boss. Read More>>

Media Vision’s CEO Makes In-person Delivery for First Assistive Listening Order
Media Vision Website, April 26, 2016

Delivering the first order of a new product line to a customer is a milestone for any company. For Media Vision’s CEO, Fardad Zabetian, there was no doubt it had to be a personal delivery. A few weeks after the commercial release of their new assistive listening system, the lucky first customer was known: Plymouth Congregational Church in Coconut Grove, Miami. Read More>>

Interactive Solutions Prepares to Celebrate 20 Years
The Daily News, February 16, 2016

Anniversaries can be perfunctory milestones in the life of a business, mile markers along the road to longevity that represent a cause for reflection on the past and future. There’s a simple reason why for Jay Myers, preparing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his videoconference technology company Interactive Solutions, the milestone he’ll be celebrating is more momentous than that. Read More>>