USAV Group Announces New Dealer Advisory Council

WESTMINSTER, CO – March 29, 2019 – USAV Group, a division of PSA, today announced changes to its Dealer Advisory Council (DAC). The USAV 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. During the USAV Spring Partners Meeting held in Tampa, FL in February 2019, USAV integrators elected:

  • Jay Kowalsky, director of audiovisual operations, Red Thread
    Elected as DAC Member
  • Robert Hammond, VP technical operations, Stage Front
    Reelected as DAC Member
  • Travis Deatherage, president, LINX Multimedia
    Reelected as DAC Member and Chair

Incumbent members remaining on the DAC are:

  • Erinn Helphingstine, VP sales, Mission Electronics
  • Dirk Propfe, CEO, ET Group
  • Brent Berger, partner, Bridges System Integration

“The Dealer Advisory Council provides critical insights to ensure USAV consistently delivers value to our stakeholders,” said Chris Salazar-Mangrum, managing director of USAV. “I am looking forward to working with this council to further leverage USAV’s industry leading role to help move the organization and its members forward in the industry.”

USAV would like to thank outgoing DAC member Lisa Perrine, CEO of Cibola Systems, who has served on the USAV DAC from 2015 to 2019.

For more information about the USAV DAC, visit

Chair: Travis Deatherage
President, LINX

Brent Berger
Partner, Bridges System Integration

Robert Hammond
VP of Technical Operations, Stage Front

Erinn Helphingstine
VP Sales, Mission Electronics

Jay Kowalsky
Director of Audiovisual Operations, Red Thread

Dirk Propfe,


USAV is a division of PSA, the world’s largest systems integrator consortium 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. USAV bonds pro audio-visual affiliates together as an elite industry team. With integrator members through the U.S. and Canada, partnerships with top pro AV manufacturers and service providers, and alignment with leading industry associations, the advantage USAV provides is unparalleled by any other industry association. USAV integrators provide clients with the benefit of a nationwide network of pro AV specialists and personal relationships with local AV experts. For more information, visit


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Chris Salazar-Mangrum
Managing Director, USAV