Recently my six-year old son, Christian, helped out some friends at AVI Systems. It was at their regional show in Detroit. I was speaking there and they were looking for a young person to talk to their vendors about AV. The finished video is here, and is incredibly cute.
After watching the video it lead me to think about both of my kids’ futures. I have an eight-year old girl and six-year old boy. They are both interested in what I do for pure curiosity reasons at this point. Sophie even has an InfoComm “AV Geek in Training” t-shirt from a few years ago. When it comes to their future profession do I encourage them into AV, or simply answer questions?
There are a number of second, and third, generation AV professionals. The two that come to mind immediately are Jonathan Brawn and Johnathan Ivey. Mr. Brawn’s father is Alan Brawn; an industry veteran and creator of a number of training sessions for InfoComm and manufacturers. Alan is an accomplished consultant and AV legend. His son is also accomplished. He has run his own integration firm, worked in manufacturing, and is now a partner in Brawn Consulting.
Johnathan Ivey’s dad is Loyd Ivey of Atlas Sound and MiTek Corporation. Loyd is a legend in the manufacturing realm. He has created a U.S. based brand that is fairly solid and profitable. John has successfully run a number of the Ivey companies. He has taken over new and under-performing segments and turned them around.
There are more stories than these, I’m sure. There are also stories of family run businesses going down because of a lack of interest from the next generations. Either that, or they are sold off and folded into another, bigger, entity.
My questions to you, the AV community, is how would you raise your kids in the ways of AV? Would you encourage them in STEM and things AV; helping them see the awesomeness of this industry? Do you steer them clear of it entirely? Do you help them make their own way? Comment below. I’m really interested to hear from those of you who have raised kids in AV.
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