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AVIXA announces AVEC 2019 lineup

Annual AVIXA business conference features employee experience expert

FAIRFAX, VA – June 7, 2019 – AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, is pleased to announce world champion adventure racer and CNN Hero Robyn Benincasa and Mark Levy, creator of Airbnb’s employee experience program, will headline the seventh annual AV Executive Conference (AVEC), Nov. 5-7, in New Orleans.

AVEC gathers executives from pro-AV integration firms, design consultancies, and live events companies to share new ways of excelling in pro AV through thought leadership, workshops, and networking. The 2019 edition will take place in an all-new, inspiring location. New Orleans’s River City Venues is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, in and around the massive warehouse spaces where the city’s many groups build Mardi Gras floats each year.

Benincasa, a former corporate sales expert and full-time firefighter, currently advises Fortune 500 companies, including Starbucks, Nestle, and Hewlett Packard, on how to build world-class teams. With 20 years of experience as a competitive adventure racer, Benincasa will share how she mastered the skills required to inspire groups of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions, all in pursuit of an audacious goal. 

Mark Levy also brings a unique business perspective to AVEC 2019. As the creator of the employee experience program at Airbnb, Levy introduced new ways to support the entire employee journey from recruitment to alumni status. In 2018, Levy joined Allbirds, an environmentally friendly footwear company, to lead its global expansion and scale the company’s people and culture, with a focus on employee experience. At AVEC, Levy will discuss how aligning a company’s culture and growth strategy allows it to tap into more engaged and productive employees, with an increased focus on meeting the needs of the customer.

“Our AV Executive Conference has brought industry leaders together to learn from each other and improve their business every year since 2013,” said AVIXA Chief Executive Officer David Labuskes, CTS®, CAE, RCDD. “This year, business trailblazers Robyn and Mark will share their success stories as part of a completely new and fresh program in New Orleans.”

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AVEC 2019 is supported by title sponsor TechData, major sponsors Biamp, Kramer, and Legrand AV, and supporting sponsors Barco and Shure.

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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