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AVIXA Announces Results Of 2020 Certification Steering Committee Elections

Committee responsible for overseeing Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) program and for ensuring credentials meet high standards.
From top/left, new AVIXA committee members Gain Foster, Rakesh Kumar, Christopher Kusek, Michael Pedersen, Rebecca Sullins, and Justin Watts.

AVIXA has announced the election results for the 2020 Certification Steering Committee, electing new members Gain Foster, CTS, K2; Rakesh Kumar, CTS-D, CTS-I, Amazon; Christopher Kusek, CTS-D, CTS-I, ALL PRO SOUND; Michael Pedersen, CTS-D, CTS-I, Iowa State University; Rebecca Sullins, CTS-D, CTS-I, LMG; and Justin Watts, CTS, Apple.

The AVIXA Certification Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the development and administration of the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) program and for ensuring the credentials meet high standards of ethical and professional practice for the audiovisual industry.

“The Steering Committee helps serve as the voice of CTS holders,” says Adrienne Knick, senior director of certification, AVIXA. “This committee ensures that the certifications remain the gold standard in the AV industry. Having a CTS on the team increases customer confidence in AV providers, leads to better opportunities for the CTS holder, and improves outcomes for clients.”

The newly elected committee members join current members Heather Callaway, CTS-D, APG Electric; Lauren Guidry, CTS, Whitlock; and Luke Jordan, CTS-I, Electro Acoustics.

For more than 30 years, AVIXA has administered the CTS program. There are three CTS credentials: general (CTS), design (CTS-D), and installation (CTS-I). There are currently more than 12,000 CTS holders globally and more than 2,000 of those are CTS-D or CTS-I holders.

The certifications are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) ISO/IEC 17024:2012 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Schemes of Persons program. (Go here for more information on AVIXA’s certification program.)

AVIXA thanks outgoing committee members Heather Corbin, CTS, Unified Technology Systems; John Lamberson, CTS, Salesforce; Rodrigo Ordonez, CTS-D, K2; David Petrelle, CTS-D, CTS-I, HB Communications, Inc.; Farrell Wood, CTS-D, CTS-I, Whitlock; and Ronald Willis, CTS-D, Shen Milson & Wilke LLC, for their service and commitment to maintaining the high standards of the CTS program.


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