The 6th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards- Open for Nominations!

Our Reader’s Choice Awards blow away ANY other industry award. And, I can say that with 100 percent confidence.


Well, first off, in 2014, we had over 54,000 votes and then 2015 and 2016 both saw over 81,000 voters (Yes, you read that right – OVER 81 THOUSAND voters) — no one has those kinds of numbers! No one.

Secondly, over 92% of the votes came from INTEGRATORS — not manufacturers stuffing ballots or people voting multiple time — nah, we have technology to prevent that. These are REAL votes.

Third, these are FREE. Free. No, we don’t charge manufacturers (or integrators) to nominate a product, a company or even themselves. Nope, it’s free. Then, when we award the winners, we give them a trophy that we spent between $240 to $350 on (for each trophy). And, we don’t chagre for it – we give out the trophies for free. Did I saw this is all free?

Those other awards charge you. Nearly all of them. Unethically.

In case you haven’t heard, we are now accepting nominations for our 6th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards. You, the readers, will tell us who you think the best of the best is in the AV industry. But we need your nominations for each category before we open up the awards for voting.

Be sure to nominate your favorite display manufacturer, your favorite distributor, your favorite control system product along with 22 other categories, it is not required, but why not? It’s fun!

We will close the nominations on April 21st at midnight. After we count each nomination we will open the awards for general voting on the top three or four nominated in each category and it will all culminate in an announcement of the winners at this year’s InfoComm in Orlando.

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So, what are you waiting for – go nominate your favorites NOW:

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at