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AVNation Employee 001

AVNation began with one podcast in July of 2011. It was George Tucker, Linda Seid Frembes, Michael Drainer, and me. Our biggest hope was to connect with a few of you in the AV industry. That goal has been surpassed and it continues to be humbling the amount of people we’ve had the fortune to connect with and where they come from. CEOs, technicians, manufacturers, dealers, integrators, engineers, programmers, and more; you have come along with-*us and I thank you for that. Due to-*a growing audience there are-*also growing responsibilities. All of us to this point have been volunteers of this organization. Our full time jobs have been in the industry we love: AV. However, we have reached a point where AVNation requires someone to guide and develop it full time. That person is me.
This week I sat down with my superiors and we were talking about transitions and new directions for the next few years. During that talk it became clear to me that I could not commit to them or their company the level of professionalism and hard work they deserve. There was this other thing calling out for my attention: AVNation. So, I resigned, effective last Wednesday. It was a scary but exhilarating experience. This is not a decision I came to just on a whim. I have prayed, thought, and meditated on where AVNation was going for a number of months. It was that conversation, and my desire to earn my keep in any company I am with, that drove the decision now.
A number of supporters have asked what I am going to do to pay the bills. To be honest, that is something I’m still working out. The underwriting is not to the point yet where that can happen. I will write, create some new podcasts for the industry and others, and work some with my former employer. The good thing about living in the Midwest is I don’t need a whole lot.
What this means for you is a better, more focused AVNation. We will be creating some new podcasts and features. We will hone what we currently offer and we will be visiting you more where you work. There are so many ideas right now I am giddy at the possibilities.-*We have writers coming on board I never dreamed would be possible. Brock McGinnis just wrote a piece for us. That’s incredible! Some shows that have been put on hiatus are coming out and we are dusting them off, retooling for another run.
There’s a saying I love from the author John Eldredge, “Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who are alive.” AVNation makes me come alive. I wake in the morning and go to bed at night thinking about it. This is my passion beyond any programming, engineering, or cool box. Making sure the AV industry is informed and educated is what we are here to do. Now we have at least one person dedicated to it full time. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you can reach me at tim@avnation.tv
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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