InfoComm International announced a new executive director today, David Labuskes, CTS. He is currently vice president of RTKL, a division of ARCADIS, one of the world’s leading architectural and engineering firms and founder of the company’s Technology Design Practice. Labuskes’ responsibilities at the company are full operational, financial and marketing strategy for the delivery of design services around the world. He’s responsible for key account business development, client relationship management, P&L and product development. He also has over 20 years of IT and software development experience.
Current Executive Director and CEO Randal A. Lemke said, “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dave for more than 10 years. I was delighted when I heard the search committee chose him.”
rAVe founder Gary Kayye said, “David is an AV insider, exactly what we needed at InfoComm. His technological expertise and leadership at RTKL is legendary and he’ll be a great leader of InfoComm and visionary for our industry.”
The InfoComm search committee for the new executive director and CEO was made up of Johanne Belanger, Lee Dodson, Matt Emerson, CTS, Jim Ford, PE, Greg Jeffreys, Mark Valenti, CTS and Tony Warner, CTS-D, who chaired the committee. In March, InfoComm retained Korn/Ferry International to assist in conducting the search.
Current InfoComm Executive Director and CEO Randy Lemke, Ph.D. announced this past January that he planned to retire at the end of the year. Lemke joined InfoComm in 1996 as vice president of education. In 1997, he pioneered InfoComm Academy Online, an Internet-based training system for the AV industry, which currently has 3,000 students enrolled daily. He became executive director and CEO of InfoComm in 2000.
Lemke holds board positions, and has been the chairman of Integrated Systems Events, LLC, a joint venture European trade show company, and InfoComm Asia PTE, Ltd., a joint venture company in Singapore operating InfoComm’s Asian tradeshows. He is the founding and current chairman of the STEP Foundation, a jointly supported foundation composed with other industry associations to bring sustainability to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems and reduce long-term environmental impact from technology deployment. He has also served as chief executive of ICIF, InfoComm’s charitable foundation.
In January, Lemke said, “It has been an honor to serve the needs of such an exciting and innovative industry these past years, and it’s with mixed feelings that I leave the wonderful team of professionals and close friends I have made here at InfoComm.”