Founders of Syn-Aud-Con, Crestron Win Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award

Don and Carolyn Davis, George Feldstein, Recognized for Innovation

Jun 09, 2010, 09:00 ET from InfoComm International

LAS VEGAS, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- InfoComm International, the leading trade association representing the professional audiovisual industry, is pleased to announce that Syn-Aud-Con founders Don and Carolyn Davis and Crestron founder George Feldstein have been issued the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award.  The awards were presented at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at InfoComm 2010, the world's largest commercial audiovisual trade show.

Don and Carolyn Davis have dedicated their lives to improving sound quality through education. In 1951, the husband-wife team began their quest selling high fidelity equipment in Lafayette, Indiana. Years later they founded Synergetic Audio Concepts, known as Syn-Aud-Con, in response to the growing need for training in the fundamentals of sound reinforcement. Their work in equalization, speech intelligibility and recording technologies provided the backbone for developing training seminars and workshops. Over the course of their careers, Don and Carolyn Davis have been responsible for the education of more than 10,000 sound contractors and designers.  Authors of numerous books, Sound System Engineering remains an industry standard.

"Don and Carolyn Davis advanced the professionalization of the audio industry through education," said Randal A. Lemke, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International.  "Their efforts resulted in the development of thousands of professionals who are dedicated to the audio craft.  Long after their retirement, the Syn-Aud-Con sessions at InfoComm are among the most anticipated by attendees and each day people are able to hear clearly in rooms across the world because of Don and Carolyn Davis."

George Feldstein founded Crestron 40 years ago in the basement of his New Jersey home, offering the first modular, wireless AV remote controls. Today the company is a global leader in the manufacture of advanced control and automation systems – making it easier to use many features available in today's boardrooms, conference rooms, classrooms auditoriums and homes.

Feldstein is dedicated to his local community. All R&D, pre-production, assembly and distribution of Crestron products is done in Bergen County, NJ, where he lives and where Crestron employs 1,200 people. George started the Crestron Eagles Program donating state-of-the-art home theater systems to military hospitals. Crestron also donates home theaters to Children's Hospitals and AV equipment and control systems to numerous other local schools, colleges and universities.

"InfoComm is pleased to recognize the technological and entrepreneurial achievements of George Feldstein," said Lemke.  "He is an industry giant who has led through a combination of big thinking and gracious giving.  George has always encouraged his staff to volunteer with InfoComm on committees and projects that make the industry better."

The Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award is issued annually by InfoComm International to current or former employees of InfoComm member companies who have made an important contribution to the science of audiovisual technology, whether as an inventor or thought leader who advanced the development of a new product, segment or service of the AV industry.  The award is sponsored by Da-Lite and Sound & Communications.

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