40 CI Influencers Under 40: Class of 2016

For the third year, we’re spotlighting the young talent in this industry. We shouldn’t be surprised that it was so tough to narrow the group down or that there will be even more candidates for next year’s list.

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Welcome to the third annual collection of young talent in the AV, IT and security integration world, a group we call the 40 CI Influencers Under 40.

We started this endeavor in 2014 with somewhat modest goals, thinking it would be a fun way to bring together some of the shining stars in the industry who might soon be occupying the corner offices at their firms.

What we found, though, is 40 spots wasn’t nearly enough to highlight the best and brightest quick-risers in this industry and the 2015 list was chock-full of just as many talented people as the rookie class.

What’s even more impressive is the 2016 list is equally as illustrious as its predecessors — and there’s plenty more young talent who we expect to be on future lists.

GALLERY: 40 CI Influencers Under 40: Class of 2016

If you count all the people on this list, you’ll notice we exceeded 40 but we’ve grouped a few co-workers and others who logically belong together — like our Back Stage profile honorees —to get the most bang for the buck.

We can only imagine how many more young and talented candidates we’ll have to choose from next year and beyond as NSCA‘s Ignite program continues to take hold among its member companies and InfoComm International continues its ICIF grant program.

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To help us make this list as comprehensive as possible, we asked those in the 2014 and 2015 classes to recommend peers, colleagues and friends they thought should be included. We also decided to single out four of the 40-ish honorees this year and once again, we squeezed in a few people who celebrated their 40th birthdays this year.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at this year’s group. Let us know if we missed anyone since we’re already planning for the Class of 2017.

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Craig MacCormack is the former executive editor of Commercial Integrator (2011-2021). He's a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering local and national news and sports as well as architecture and engineering before joining Commercial Integrator.

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