CEAVCO Audio Visual just shared the news that CEAVCO’s founder, Jack Emerson, passed away on July 11 after a courageous five-month battle with cancer. He was 90 years old.
CEAVCO put out a statement via LinkedIn that said, “Jack was a man of integrity and exacting standards who believed in service, accountability, and a job well done. He was also one of the warmest, most genuine, and most compassionate people you would ever meet.”
Jack built CEAVCO in 1961 with the goals of creating a great workplace and providing exceptional customer support.
CEAVCO’s post went on to say, “He developed a lifelong reputation for honoring his vision and doing the right thing. He was immensely proud of CEAVCO, our team, our clients and partners, and the work we do. Jack lived life with great passion and joy. This time last year, at age 89, Jack rode his bike 50+ miles a week and skied 30 days. Last year he also took his family to Sweden to visit the land where his great-grandparents farmed before emigrating to the United States.
Our thoughts go out to Jack’s wife, Ann Daley, to Jack’s children, Sara, Lisa, Nina, John and CEAVCO President Matt Emerson and to their entire family. The entire AV industry will miss him.
To give you a feel for Jack’s impact, I’ll quote AV-veteran Nelson Brough’s 2010 post about Jack on LinkedIn, “Jack is without exception one of the smartest and genuine business customers I have had the opportunity to work with in my 25 years in the Audio Visual industry. He is respected not only by his vendors, but also by his employees and customers. He and his sons have built an enormously successful company and I do believe it comes from the philosophy of Jack that he treats all with dignity and honesty. He is sincerely respected by all his business contacts, whether vendors or customers. Any manufacturer in the AV business would be well served if they can gain his respect. I consider him not only a customer but more an example of how to conduct business and more importantly, how to treat all with integrity.”
I echo Nelson’s comments. When I traveled for Extron in my early industry days in the late 1980s — as a completely unknown college graduate new to AV — he not only invited me to his home, but he was also genuinely supportive of my interest in the industry technology. His reputation was earned. RIP Jack.