In Memory of Denise Harrison

denise-harrison-1015I was saddened to learn of the passing of my first ever editor, Denise Harrison.

If you’ve been a long-time reader of mine, then you likely have read her work. Denise was the first person who made me sound better. I have always been what is considered a prolific writer — but that doesn’t mean a good one. There are some days when I can’t think of anything to write about and there are days where stuff just flows like a high-bandwidth internet connection streaming tons of stuff. Some days, I would send her four or five things to edit at once. And, they always came back making me sound better; thus, making them easier for you to read.

Denise worked just like me. There were no off-hours. I could send her something over a weekend and she’d send it back to me within a few hours, edited. Better.

Thank you, Denise. Thank you.

Denise loved to write, read and correct.

Denise finished out her AV career as the director of marketing for PSNI, the leading network of independent audiovisual and broadcast communications systems integrators.

She lost her battle with cancer yesterday.

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..

  • Nancy Napurski

    I am SO sad to hear of her passing. I loved working with Denise, and we stayed in touch for many years after she left rAVe. Always brilliant, always professional. She will certainly be missed. Condolences to you and the team.

  • Betsy Jaffe

    Denise was always a joy to work with and will be greatly missed. In addition to her time at rAVe, we worked on a number of freelance projects together at InfoComm and she was both professional and fun to work with. I also admired the work she did with PSNI. Denise was always involved in a variety of charitable activities that were close to her heart — we are all richer for having known her.