Rants and rAVes — Episode 774: AV People #2: Meet Melissa Ross — The Ultimate AV Engineer

Rants and rAVes —Melissa Ross P.E., of Whitlock, may very well be the most-certified woman in AV and in the world, too. For starters, only 3 percent of engineers in the world are women. Melissa is a P.E. (Professional Engineer). She’s a member of the Audio Engineering Society and has both Soundweb and Syn Aud Con certifications. She was certified by DigitalProjection in Blending and Warping and has a 4K projection implementation certification, as well. Of course she has her AVIXA CTS but take a look at her list of certifications from the ProAV industry: HDBT Master Installer, Networked AV Design and Commissioning certified, Induction Loop Master, Dante Levels 2 & 3 certified, Crestron DMC-D-4K certified, Harman Design Professional, Shure MXA Certification, Q-SYS Programmer Level 1, Iconix Certified, Tesira Server Certified DSP Programmer, Tesira Forte Certified Progammer, AutoCAD 3D certified and Revit certified and AVIXA Networking Architecture and Acoustical Mass Notification certified. Whew.

Oh, and she’s the Leader of the southeast Women’s Council for AVIXA. Need any more reasons to listed to this podcast? We didn’t think so.

 Well, listen to my podcast with Melissa as she’s one of the top-10 most powerful women in AV — all of whom I’m featuring in my my first 10 AV People podcast series. 

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..