AVIXA mourns the passing of Jack Emerson, Founder of CEAVCO Audio Visual Co. and former member of the AVIXA Board of Governors from 1993 to 1996.
Emerson founded CEAVCO in 1961, initially serving the education market. The company expanded into corporate video by becoming one of Sony's first industrial video dealers, and later a Sony broadcast representative. Over the years, CEAVCO has excelled in live events, creative services, and many other areas. Emerson led the company until his retirement in 2013.
Emerson was a strong supporter of the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) program and one of 10 founding donors of the International Communications Industry Foundation (ICIF), now the AVIXA Foundation. Jack Emerson received AVIXA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014.
His career in AV spanned five decades, and he always encouraged his employees to volunteer their time. His son, Matt Emerson, CTS, the current President of CEAVCO, served as President of the AVIXA Board of Directors. Our thoughts go out to Matt, all of Jack’s family and friends, the CEAVCO family, and everyone in the industry who knew, respected, and loved Jack Emerson.
“Jack once said, ‘A great place to work attracts really good people and really good people attract customers,’” remembered David Labuskes, CTS, AVIXA’s Chief Executive Officer. “The AV industry is better today for Jack’s many contributions, and the people he has helped in their careers continue to have a positive impact. It was a great pleasure to have known Jack Emerson, a very wonderful man. We will miss him.”