IMCCA to Honor Snorre Kjesbu and Jason McGraw At First Ever Collaboration Week NY

The IMCCA, an association for the UCC (Unified Conferencing and Collaboration) industry, today announced that it will be honoring Snorre Kjesbu and Jason McGraw with special Lifetime Achievement – Emerging Technology Fellow Awards as part of its three-day series of events focusing on new and exciting solutions and trends in the UCC space.

Collaboration Week New York is scheduled for February 25-27, 2019. On Monday, Feb. 25th, at the opening Gala Dinner, Kjesbu and McGraw will receive their awards.

Snorre Kjesbu has been the driving force behind first Tandberg’s and then Cisco’s collaboration hardware line-up for over fifteen years. Under his leadership, the Tandberg and Cisco endpoints gained a reputation for being the most advanced and most reliable collaboration hardware ever made. In addition to his technical prowess, Snorre ensured he kept the lines of communication with his customers open, presenting and networking at many industry events. Snorre is leaving the collaboration space to take a leadership role with Bang and Olufsen beginning in March.

Jason McGraw – formerly known as “InfoCommShowGuy” on Twitter – has been the leader behind the annual InfoComm exposition for twenty-five years. Every aspect of the event was managed and executed under his watchful eyes. It’s rare in our industry to find an individual in such a role that is as universally respected and appreciated as Jason. His expertise includes everything from the AV and collaboration technology that was displayed to the unique skill set involved in ‘herding the cats’ every year. Jason departed the AVIXA team at the end of 2018.

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“The IMCCA has been honoring the best and the brightest in our space as Emerging Technology Fellows since 2017. It is our privilege to recognize Snorre and Jason as two individuals who not only meet this criteria, but who have directly driven our industry to amazing heights through their individual achievements and leadership.” said Carol Zelkin, executive director, IMCCA. “It is our pleasure to give both of them the kudos they deserve as they leave our industry – hopefully temporarily – to pursue their future endeavors.”

The Gala Dinner takes place as part of The IMCCA’s first annual Collaboration Week NY, which will offer exciting opportunities for end users, integrators, consultants and manufacturers. The three-day event takes attendees to actual end user and manufacturer sites to see first-hand how UCC solutions are utilized. Additionally, on site panel discussions on topics of interest will be featured, as well as opportunities to network.

To learn more about Collaboration Week NY and sponsorship opportunities, contact Carol Zelkin, executive director at 516-818-8184 or go to their website here.

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 (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), 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 gary@ravepubs.com..