We hear often, and write even more often, about how AV systems integrators are looking for the next young superstar as their management team adds gray hair and thinks about life after the corner office.
The fourth annual CI 40 Influencers Under 40 list was never intended to be a recruiting tool for those companies to inject their workforce with rising stars, but we know it’s worked that way based on how we’ve watched several alumni from our previous lists continue their ascent even after being singled out by peers for their contributions to the industry.
We don’t know what the future holds for the members of the 2017 class, but we do know this year’s honorees include our youngest members ever — each of whom attended InfoComm 2017 in June — including one who is dreaming of the day he can earn his CTS certification.
As always, the 2017 CI 40 Under 40 is composed primarily of young, talented people nominated by someone else in the industry; either a co-worker, friend, former colleague, or someone simply blown away by the accomplishments they saw or heard about. We rounded out the list with a few people we’ve previously written about, including one former CI cover boy and a few who’ve been profiled as part of our Back Stage Q&A profiles.
Several of this year’s honorees are teens, which should make employers excited that the word is getting out about AV systems integrators and why their jobs are worth considering as a career. We know that’s been a struggle for a lot of firms in recent years, but it’s nice to see offerings such as InfoComm’s ICIF grant program and the NSCA Ignite program bearing some fruit.
As usual, we squeezed in a few more than 40 honorees to this list and included a few people who have celebrated their 40th birthdays since last year’s installment. If you don’t see your nominee on the list this year, wait ’til next year, because we’ve already started the 2018 collection with those who just missed the cut this time around.