This honor “will be bestowed upon an industry professional who demonstrates the same passion for and dedication to mentorship as Greene did during his 30+ years serving the industry before passing away on May 13, 2021, at age 63 after a lengthy battle with cancer,” according to the NSCA announcement.
The winner will receive recognition at NSCA’s annual Business & Leadership Conference in Irving, Texas, from February 27 through February 29, 2024.
“As we navigate multi-generational staff and evolving leadership within companies in our industry, it has become increasingly important for businesses to consider implementing a mentorship program,” says Mike Boettcher, EDGE president, longtime colleague of Greene, former NSCA president and current NSCA board member. “We couldn’t think of a individual who better exemplifies the traits of a mentor than John Greene.”
The John Greene Mentorship Award
According to NSCA, Greene was always quick to support his colleagues, coworkers, and AV industry friends. He began his AV career as a regional account manager for JVC before joining Total Video Products as its vice president of sales. Since 2006, he worked as the vice president of sales and marketing for Advanced AV, later acquired by New Era Technology in 2013.
Greene spent five years as an Ignite Ambassador, says NSCA. Here, he worked with young people looking to advance in their AV integration careers. Greene also served as a volunteer and co-captain for Special Olympics Pennsylvania and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Inside and outside the industry, countless people credit him for their professional development, their development of business expertise and inspiring laughter and joy.
“John had a unique ability to genuinely connect with people,” says NSCA executive director, Tom LeBlanc. “He seemed particularly interested in helping young professionals build confidence and succeed in our industry. We need more of that, and we hope this award in John’s honor will encourage it.”
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