AQAV is pleased to announce the recipients of four CQT and CQD scholarships. The scholarships were made possible as a result of the generosity of sponsors and industry supporters who came out to our first “Music is Life” fundraiser, which was held on May 10, 2018 at the Crestron Showroom, in New York City.

The proceeds from this fundraiser created four (4) full scholarships to an AQAV course of the winner’s choice, and the event was sponsored by Crestron, FSR, Level 3 AV, Pro Sound & Video, Liberty AV and others.

Mario Maltese, founder and chairman of AQAV’s Board, said that these scholarship recipients “become the change agents for the industry, taking what they learn and infusing the knowledge into the Quality Management processes where they work. As the AV Quality Movement continues to gain strength and AV9000 is being adopted by more AV Buyers everywhere, scholarships go a long way towards advancing the art for the benefit of the whole industry.“

The winners are:

  • James Patterson of The Baltimore City School District
  • Shawn Sandberg of GENCOMM
  • Lory Diaz of AVI-SPL
  • Michael Johnson of Liberty University

The sponsors have been contacted and are all thrilled to be provided this opportunity for professional development and education. Lory Diaz, CTS states, “When I got the phone call from Irene that I had won a scholarship for Design from AQAV, I was in shock, happy and oh so grateful. I mean, really now! To receive a scholarship, means that people appreciate you and what you have set out to do. It’s an affirmation or confirmation of something I have done, and that motivates me to be better and achieve more.”

Shawn Sandberg agrees and continues, “I was really excited! I didn’t even know that my boss had entered me. I had always wanted to take the AQAV classes but was waiting for the right time. Now I have no excuse! I’m grateful to AQAV for giving me this opportunity. Thank you!”

The organization is extremely grateful for everyone who attended the fundraiser and for all of our sponsors and supporters. AQAV is expanding and our courses are in demand, reinforcing our belief that audiovisual quality management benefits all facets of the industry and all its stakeholders. AQAV hopes to see you all next year for their 2nd Annual Fundraiser.

About AQAV

AQAV is non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the operational art of designing and installing audio visual technology. Engineered audio visual systems continue to become more complex and difficult to integrate. By focusing on the quality management of these systems, and of those who design and install them, we can benefit the AV industry and all its stakeholders: including clients and users of AV technology, AV designers and installers, equipment manufacturers, related construction and architectural firms, and the environment.