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A Send Off to an Industry Icon: Celebrating Cory Schaeffers

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AVNation has teamed up with Commercial Integrator and rAVe [PUBS] to celebrate industry icon Cory Schaeffer on her retirement. Schaeffer has spent over 30 years in the AV industry, as recently as Director of Systems Solutions with QSC. Now she is off to a new chapter in life through retirement. Check out our latest AVNation Special where we talk and celebrate the icon herself! 

AVNation Special: Appreciating Cory Schaeffer

Cory Schaeffer, a co-founder of Listen Technologies, took a huge chance and invested her own assets to make a meaningful difference, democratizing experiences for hard-of-hearing people.

As many of you know, industry icon Cory Schaeffer is set to retire at the end of the month. In her honor, rAVe has partnered with AVNation, Commercial Integrator, and #AVTweeps like you to share Schaeffer’s impact on the industry. Here’s what AV professionals had to say about her legacy.

Check out rAVe [PUBS]’s tribute to Cory Schaeffer.

Pandemic lockdowns caused Cory and Tim Schaeffer to slow down for the first time in their marriage. They discovered that the time they spent at home together was wonderful. And they knew they wanted more of that.

As commercial AV has matured, it has become increasingly clear that ours is an industry not of technology but of people. At our best, commercial AV professionals are committed to creating experiences that tell compelling stories and leave indelible memories. In that way, the technologies we create, spec, and integrate are mere tools to create genuine human experiences. That “people-first” ethos might be revelatory to some whose minds are aswirl with specs, speeds, and feeds, but it’s an approach that Cory Schaeffer embraced from the outset of her career. As Director, Alliances, and Ecosystem for Q-SYS, Schaeffer decided earlier this year to retire from the industry she loves — and on which she leaves an enduring imprint — over the summer.

Schaeffer’s announcement sparked an outpouring of love and gratitude from her commercial AV peers, as well as an alliance between AVNation, rAVe [PUBS], and Commercial Integrator to celebrate her remarkable career and legacy. This tribute is just one outgrowth of what we’ve dubbed the Cory Schaeffer Appreciation Society.

Head over to Commercial Integrator’s site to read the full tribute.


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