In my biweekly blog series, I am highlighting some of the incredible people who work for the Audio Video Industry. In this post, we are profiling Hossam Al-kurdi. Here is his brief introduction.
Hossam Al-kurdi works as an AV Pre-Sales and Design Manager at Site Technology, an Audio Visual Solutions Provider located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a Certified Technology Specialist for both Design and Installation (CTS-D & CTS-I) from the AVIXA organization.
1. Describe your journey in the AV industry? How did it start?
I graduated in Electronics Engineering and as a part of my graduation process, I was required to complete a six-month training program, in a relevant field. With the help of my brother, I underwent training in a company in Oman, where I had to work on a project related to stereoscopic 3D virtualisation. And that’s how I fell in love with the AV field and moreover, it was related to my graduation course. After graduation, I earned myself a permanent position in the same company. I worked there for three years after which I relocated to UAE.
In UAE, I worked on very large scale projects which helped improve my knowledge and skills. As a result of focusing on hands-on-experience and education, I ended up achieving AVIXA dual certification: CTS-D and CTS-I and that experience has definitely got me to where I am now, as an AV design manager for ‘SITE TECHNOLOGY’ in UAE.
2. What do you think are the challenges that are facing a new person who wants to join the industry?
I believe that the challenges are not many, if you have a passion for the AV industry. However, anyone who gets into this field needs to have on-site experience, knowledge, training and a guidance/mentor and possibly a company that invests in employees.
3. What are the positives of working in this industry?
Being able to work with the latest technologies. The AV industry keeps evolving and everyday there is something new to learn; it never gets boring!
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4. What in your opinion would you change in the industry? What are the negatives that are prevalent?
In my opinion, it would be great to have more educational and hands-on practice training centres. For instance, I graduated in electronics engineering and we studied about amplifiers theoretically but it would be even better to understand the practical side like knowing the application of amplifiers or where to use it in real life. It would be so much worthwhile to teach theory plus practicals of these devices in universities or education institutes.
5. Describe your ideal client? What do you wish clients to know before hiring you?
My ideal client would be the educated type, someone who knows what he/she needs and can differentiate between basic AV solutions and professional ones.
6. If you were going to start over, what would you do differently?
I would have put more efforts in getting educated and trained, not necessarily AV related but anything that can help develop my personal skills.
7. Describe a typical work day for you. What are your daily disciplines?
It has to start with a cup of coffee, then checking my emails and following up with clients and manufacturers.
8. Describe the apps and gear that you use daily which makes you more productive?
My favourite tool is my Surface pro and applications/software’s such as Todoist, AVIXA DISCAS calculators , Linkedin, Evernote and Microsoft Office
9. How do you stay relevant in this industry?
The best way to stay relevant is to never stop learning, subscribing to AV news and publications websites such as rAVe plus attending AV exhibitions, trainings and AV webinars.
To know more about him or his work, please connect with him on Linkedin.
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