Longtime CEDIA Member and Volunteer Bill Anderson Dies

CEDIAlogo-feature-0713CEDIA sent an announcement today that longtime CEDIA member and vice president of Audio Video Design in Mission Viejo, Calif., Bill Anderson, has unexpectedly passed away. Bill owned Genesis Audio & Video until it was acquired by Audio Video Design. CEDIA Executive Director & COO Don Gilpin sent the following letter today to members:

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that longtime CEDIA member, active volunteer, and close friend to many in the CEDIA family Bill Anderson of Lake Forest, California passed away unexpectedly Tuesday night.

A founding member of CEDIA, Bill has been active in the industry since its early days and has served in numerous volunteer roles with CEDIA including serving as the Chair of our Marketing Committee and as a member of the Manufacturers’ Council.

Along with my colleagues here at CEDIA, I have many fond memories of Bill and my thoughts are with his close friends and family during this difficult time.

CEDIA will send another announcement out as soon as further details are known.

Don Gilpin
Executive Director & COO

Our thoughts are with Bill’s friends, family and colleagues.

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..