AVIXA Mourns the Loss of Ian Harris

The AVIXA family is heartbroken by the news that Ian Harris, President and Principal Consultant of ihD, has passed away.

While Ian served on AVIXA’s Board of Directors from 2020 to 2022, his volunteerism with AVIXA began many years ago. Ian taught CTS Prep and Essentials of AV Technology for his ihD employees as well as the industry at large. He pioneered teaching AVIXA courses over video conferencing to his remote employees long before AVIXA began hosting virtual classes.

“Ian's talent was matched only by his humility, and I don't think I ever saw him content. He always wanted to be better. I don't know anyone in the region that didn't respect him and his achievements, and he was always respectful in return,” said Jonathan Seller, Senior Director of Asia Pacific, AVIXA. “While he made his home in Asia, I always thought of Ian as the quintessential English gent. While he hasn't been active in ihD in recent times, his passing leaves a void in the AV industry in Asia.”

“Ian's passing not only creates a hole in the industry but also in the hearts of everyone fortunate enough to have known him,” said David Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA. “We are all blessed to have people like Ian in the ranks of our industry. Rest in peace, Mr. Harris.”

David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD

David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, has been the CEO of AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association , since January 2013. Since joining AVIXA, Labuskes has worked to promote industry professionalism, expand global programs and raise awareness of AVIXA offerings. He serves on the Board of Directors of Integrated Systems Events, LLC, a joint venture European trade show company, and InfoComm Asia PTE, Ltd., a joint venture company in Singapore operating InfoComm-branded trade shows in the region. Prior to joining AVIXA, Labuskes served as vice president of RTKL, now a division of ARCADIS, a leading architectural and engineering firm. He is the founder of the company's Technology Design Practice, overseeing the delivery of audiovisual, voice, data, wireless, environmental media, electronic security and acoustics services. He earned a BA in International Politics from Penn State University and earned an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland.