InfoComm International, the professional audiovisual trade association, recently presented its Young AV Professionals Award to Jonathan Brawn, CTS, ISF, ISF-C, DSCE, of Brawn Consulting, and Christina Minihan, CTS, of Visix Corp. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100, a conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers.

The Young AV Award was created by InfoComm to recognize up-and-coming professionals in the audiovisual industry. The association said in its announcement that "these award winners are held in the highest esteem by their AV industry colleagues of all ages."

Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development and marketing firm based in Vista, Calif., with national exposure and connections to the major manufacturers and integrators in the AV and IT industries. Prior to this, Brawn was director of technical services for Visual Appliances, an Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based firm that holds the patent on ZeroBurn plasma display technology. Previously, he ran Brawn & Associates, a design build group serving the residential and commercial AV markets.

According to InfoComm, Brawn is a respected educator, teaching many sessions for a variety of trade associations, and serving on the adjunct faculty of InfoComm University. He also volunteers with InfoComm's standards program, acting as a subject matter expert on standards relating to projected image and display image size and distance.

In her role as Sales Engineer for Visix, Minihan has created and streamlined business and technical processes that have improved performance within organizational teams, as well as improving customer relations and satisfaction with discovery, engineering, implementation and maintenance/updates of systems. She trains Visix staff on software and hardware products, and has created a documentation library that includes technical and instructional docs, as well as multiple system diagrams.

Prior to joining Visix, Minihan worked for Crestron and PolyVision and earned her MBA. One of her most significant contributions to the AV industry, InfoComm said, was co-founding the Crestron Owners Group during the fall of 2007. Soon after joining Crestron, it was evident that the higher education customer base desired a venue to exchange information, experiences and ideas regarding control system design. After presenting a business plan to Crestron executives, Christina and her small team pursued the development of such a forum for open communication about Crestron products.

"Jonathan Brawn and Christina Minihan are rising stars in the AV industry," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director of InfoComm International. "InfoComm and the AV industry are pleased with all these young leaders have accomplished."

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