HB Communications’ Kevin Collins Passes Away

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Friends and colleagues,

Dana Barron, CEO of HB Communications, called me yesterday to ask if we would send out a message to the AV community in regards to Kevin’s sudden passing. I have mixed feeling about sending an email blast about someone’s death, but Kevin simply wasn’t “someone” – he was not only the face of HB Communications for the past two decades or so, but he was also the face of the ProAV industry – having served on the InfoComm Board, Executive Committee and then as board chair.

Kevin was a great friend, mentor and confidante to many of us in AV. His passion for AV will be missed, but his passion for the people in AV will be missed more.

Kevin, thank you for everything. You are already missed.

–Gary Kayye

Collins_Kevin-0111Kevin Collins, vice president of sales and marketing for HB Communications, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, January 26. Collins had been with HB, a systems integration company based in Connecticut, since 1987, and oversaw design, installation, and project management of all major installations done at the company. HB President and Founder Mackey Barron says Collins was a partner in the company and responsible for much of its recent success. He was also actively involved with InfoComm, including seven years on the Board of Governors as well as serving in the past as president and chairman.

Prior to joining HB, Collins was a regional sales manager for both GE and Barco large screen display products. He joined HB initially to expand sales of large display installations, and ulimately became instrumental in the formation of HB’s system install group.

Collins is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and two children, Caroline and Sean. He was 53 years old.

Calling hours will be held Sunday 3 to 7 pm at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home in Fairfield, CT, and his Mass of Christian burial will be Monday at 11 am in St. Ann Church in Bridgeport, CT.

To see Collin’s online obituary, click here.