Malissa Dillman and Zee Hakimoglu Named InfoComm Women in AV Award Winners

malissadillman-1012InfoComm International presented its Women in AV Award to Malissa Dillman, CTS-D, CTS-I, and Zee Hakimoglu. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100, a conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers.

Malissa Dillman has worked in the audiovisual field for more than 13 years and was one of the first four women to earn both the CTS-D and CTS-I. As the Training and Education Manager for Kramer Electronics, she has taken her own passion for learning and harnessed her skills as a world-class instructor. In the past year alone, Dillman prepared approximately 300 people to take their InfoComm CTS exam, teaching a combined total of more than 400 people in just about one year with Kramer. In addition, Dillman has helped many CTS holders earn needed renewal units by conceiving and successfully executing Kramer’s Road Show program, creating regional opportunities to spend a full day earning CTS renewal units while receiving topical technology education. A popular instructor, Dillman’s class on digital AV technology at the InfoComm 2012 Show drew 160 attendees and rave reviews.

ZeeHakimoglu-1012Zee Hakimoglu, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of ClearOne is a passionate leader dedicated to product innovation. Deeply ensconced in the entire AV development process, she is involved in every aspect, from writing code, to industrial design, to the final acoustical performance. She is an advocate for products that are easy to use and environmentally friendly. In 2009, under Ms. Hakimoglu’s leadership, ClearOne was named one of America’s fastest-growing small public companies by Fortune Small Business magazine.

The Women in AV Award was created by InfoComm to raise awareness of the growing role of female professionals in the male-dominated field of audiovisual technology. These award winners are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in developing tomorrow’s AV talent.

“Both Malissa Dillman and Zee Hakimoglu have reached the pinnacle of achievement in the audiovisual industry,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director and CEO, InfoComm International. “These women are leading and shaping the future of the AV industry, ensuring the next generation of AV professionals will be well-trained and entrepreneurial.”