Our annual salute to the AV professional who is the biggest help, impact, and positive light in our industry. This year saw plenty of challenges, and a host of great candidates for this honor.
Chris Neto, CTS
Purveyor of #AVintheAM, creator of #AVSelfie, consultant, #AVFitness guru, marketer, and social maven. Chris Neto has been in and around the AV industry for over two decades. His community-building is known globally. Chris has moved from end-user to consultant, manufacturer to distributor. He’s always ready with an answer or a helping hand.
I am extremely honored to be receiving the AVNation 2020 AV Professional of the Year award. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work because I am very sure that every other nominee was equally deserving.
2020 has provided some unprecedented challenges for me and for our industry. Those challenges and the journeys we embarked on will only strengthen us, make us more resilient, and shape a new mindset for the future.
I did not set out to win awards when we all went into lockdown. I realigned my priorities to make sure that I adapted and evolved as the days turned into weeks. Looking back on 2020, I have learned so much about who I am and how important “community” is when the walls shut us in back in March.
Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my family, friends, the teams at both Starin and Midwich, the countless industry veterans and the young innovative voices challenging our industry to be better. I draw strength from all of you. You are whom I have the deepest respect for, and from whom I challenge myself to be better at each day.
I sincerely thank each one of you for helping me get through 2020 in way that could never imagined and to this moment where I can hold up this award and proudly accept it.
Congratulations, Chris Neto.