InfoComm International Names 2017 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Winner

Editor’s note: InfoComm International is an underwriter of AVNation.

FAIRFAX, VA – April 14, 2017 – The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF), a non-profit charitable and educational organization created by InfoComm International® to support the audiovisual industry, is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship. Jacob Faber, a junior from the University of British Columbia pursuing a degree in electrical engineering and design, will receive $5,000 to support his education in the audiovisual field.

Faber grew up learning about the latest innovations in AV technology from his father who works in AV sales. He plans to use his skills in electrical prototyping and hardware and software development for a career in design and manufacturing of new audiovisual technologies. Faber is currently working with Asnet Technologies in New Zealand where he’s shadowing and assisting technicians on a variety of different AV installations, as well as taking part in design and project management.

““I have always enjoyed solving puzzles and creating with my hands, and for a long time I’ve known that a career choice for me should include both of those practices,” said Faber. “The Michael Vergauwen Scholarship has helped me to visualize a career in the AV industry, and having these clear goals is very motivating for my continued learning and growth.”

“The foundation is pleased is to honor the late Michael Vergauwen’s impact on the AV industry with this scholarship program,” said Ron Camden, President of the ICIF and Vice President of Global Sales for Biamp.  “The scholarship was established in his memory in the hopes of building the next generation of AV professionals, as workforce development was an issue that he tirelessly worked to address as a long-standing member of the ICIF Board and an InfoComm officer. This year, we are proud to award the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship to Jacob Faber. He’s very inspired by the effect technology has on the way people communicate and wants to contribute to that world.”

The Michael Vergauwen Scholarship fosters educational opportunities, enhancing the audiovisual industry’s service to the public through scholarships, curriculum development, community engagement and the promotion of careers in the AV field. Vergauwen’s dedication to the industry serves as a model for all InfoComm members.

“I’d like to think Michael Vergauwen would be pleased with his continuing legacy,” said Betsy Jaffe, Executive Director, International Communications Industries Foundation. “Not only have 10 deserving students received valuable funding to advance their education and industry training, but the success of this program has helped reignite the value of the Foundation. It has given the ICIF Board the confidence to provide additional scholarships through its innovative grant program, which provides tuition assistance for 20 students, on the job training, and a trip to their local InfoComm show. Rather than just writing a check, the ICIF keeps the engaging spirit of Michael Vergauwen alive by facilitating networking opportunities for scholarship winners and sharing their unique stories with the industry. And his scholarship has inspired others to donate funds that benefit ICIF programs.”

Companies and individuals wishing to contribute financially to these efforts should send donations to: ICIF, 11242 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Checks should be made payable to the International Communications Industries Foundation. Donations will be tax deductible as provided by Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

To learn more about the ICIF, visit www.infocomm.org/icif.

About the International Communications Industries Foundation

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is a non-profit charitable and educational organization chartered to support the audiovisual communications industry, bringing manufacturers and dealers together to improve the industry through education and research. The Foundation generates support from corporations, philanthropic foundations and government sources to improve and expand the educational programs of InfoComm International. More information is available at www.infocomm.org/icif.

About InfoComm International

InfoComm International® is the global trade association representing the commercial audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,400 members, representing over 70,000 AV professionals worldwide, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers in the Western Hemisphere. InfoComm also produces trade shows in China, Europe, India, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

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