InfoComm Renames Distinguished Achievement Award in Memory of Industry Great Mackey Barron

FAIRFAX, VA — November 9, 2015 — InfoComm International®, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry worldwide, is pleased to announce that the Awards Committee has voted to rename InfoComm’s Distinguished Achievement Award in memory of Mackey Barron.

The award will now be known as the Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award, and is the highest honor bestowed on an industry member by the association.

Mackey Barron was the founder of HB Communications. He was involved with InfoComm and its predecessor organizations since 1947. At one point he attended 58 straight InfoComm trade shows, stretching back to before they were called InfoComm. Barron served on the association’s Board of Governors. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1998.

Barron was a proud World War II Air Force veteran. He was a prisoner of war for nearly a year, but persevered and returned home to launch a new inspirational chapter in his 95-year life: helping to establish and nurture what we know today as the pro AV industry.

When the Awards Committee considers honoring a member with the Distinguished Achievement Award, two major criteria are applied — the career accomplishments of an individual, and the individual's contribution to the AV industry.

"Mackey Barron is a reflection of the criteria used to select recipients of this award," said David Labuskes, CTS®, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "By recognizing him we honor his commitment to and passion for the industry and the individuals who, like him, make AV not only a profession, but a way of life."

The 2016 Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas. Nominations for InfoComm’s awards will open December 1, 2015.

About InfoComm International

InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, 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 worldwide. 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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