Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers

Intermediate/Advanced AV Over IP - Tuesday, October 1 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this intermediate to advanced education session, delve into the intricate world of AV over IP (Audiovisual over Internet Protocol) and unlock the full potential of networked audiovisual systems. Designed for professionals with a foundational understanding of AV over IP or those conference attendees who have completed the morning session “Introduction to AV over IP”, this session delves deeper into advanced concepts, techniques, and strategies essential for optimizing performance, scalability, and reliability in modern AV environments. 

Workshop Facilitators

Raj Singh

Raj Singh is the Manager, AV/IT Solutions Design & Engineering at University of Southern California. He manages the design, engineering and operations of all Provost General Assignment teaching spaces at USC. Raj has been working in the technology field for more than 15 years for various Fortune 500 companies, Private Equity Firms and Technology Manufactures. He is an experienced professional with a broad understanding of all aspects of AV/IT technology stack, architecture, design, engineering and management at the highest levels. He has a bachelor's in electrical and computer engineering and a master's in business management. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, hiking, reading and spending time at the beach.

Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer is the AV Field Solutions Architect for higher education at CDW-G. Prior to joining the team at CDW, he worked at the University of Notre Dame for almost 14 years, and was with a small integrator before that. As part of CDW-G's classroom modernization team, he helps schools from all over the country with AV projects of every size and shape. Jim holds AVIXA’s CTS-D and CTS-I accredited certifications as well as several other certifications and honors from manufacturers and organizations across the industry. When he’s not at work, Jim enjoys motorcycling, 3D printing, and following space news.

Workshop Presenters

Steve Bogart

Steve Bogart, Business Development Manager EDU for Atlona, is a seasoned technology advocate with a track record of achieving targets and building strong client relationships. With a background in system design, programming, and sales, Steve has built a natural ability to understand customer needs and provide a solution that solves the problem through technology. Steve prides himself on his communication skills and strategic approaches, which have helped him thrive in the industry we know and through a love of audio-visual education technology. Steve is passionate about an inclusive culture workplace where all voices are heard. Outside of work, you can find Steve hunting, fishing, and spending time with his 3 grandsons.

Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper, CST-I, brings 25 years of AV/IT experience. Starting as a live sound engineer, he transitioned to Networked IT Systems after graduating from the Cisco Networking Academy. He worked in the Information Technology department at West Texas A&M University and for the WTAMU Recording Studio while earning a Music degree on a Bassoon scholarship. Michael later specialized in digital audio transport protocols and networked audio systems as Head of Audio, Video, and Production Communications at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas, developing a keen interest in open architecture digital signal processors. Currently, he is the Education Solutions Manager at Biamp Systems for Central US, where he has spent nearly a decade mastering and advocating for AV over IP solutions.

Wade Johnston

With over a decade of experience in the AV, IT and Broadcast fields, Wade joined Legrand AV in 2022. Currently a Regional Technical Sales Manager for Da-Lite and Middle Atlantic, Wade specializes in being the subject matter expert to assist customers. With experience as a Presales engineer for nearly 5 years prior to joining Legrand, the experience in the field provides additional expertise and knowledge to the details needed to provide a turnkey support model for assisting customers. He is also a trainer for Legrand AV and has instructed multiple CTS Accredited courses via Legrand on the latest technological trends. A native of Madison, GA and a graduate of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Wade enjoys working outside and spending time with his family.

Jeffrey Levesque

Jeffrey Levesque is a Lead Information Technologist with the University of Rhode Island Information Technology Services where he designs, programs, installs, and repairs Audio Visual Systems in general assignment classrooms on campus. He also supports faculty and students as they use classrooms, conference rooms, and other venues. Before starting at his current job in 2014, Jeff worked in public schools as an educator which allowed him to bring a different perspective to the realm of Audio Visual design. Letting him bridge the gap between faculty users and AV designers, resulting in more user friendly AV systems. Jeff has attained multiple certifications from Crestron including Digital Media Certified Engineer (DMC-E), Crestron Master Technology Architect Silver Certified and Q-SYS Level 2 certified. Jeff’s current focus is identifying new solutions for enhancing the teaching and learning environment. Jeff has previously presented at ETC(formally CCUMC), InfoComm, AVIXA webinars, and multiple manufacturer panels.

Jonathan Moore

As a professional with 10 years in the industry and over six years as a system integrator, Jonathan excelled as a lead technician, service technician, and system programmer, proficient across all major platforms. Jonathan’s career evolved at a university, where he served as a system programmer and pursued a Bachelor’s in Network Engineering. He earned the CTS-D and ITIL 4 Foundations, among a complementing array of both industry-specific and general networking certifications. Now, he brings his networking experience to Q-SYS, a division of QSC, thriving as a Solutions Architect in the dynamic realm of real-time AV over IP solutions.

Kevin Peterman

Kevin Peterman is the Director of Product Management at Liberty AV Kevin has been in the AV industry for over 25 years spending time in multiple different roles including sales, management, installation, & product management / development. Kevin joined Liberty AV in 2009 as a Sr. Account manager in the Mid-Atlantic and is currently the director of product management & development for Liberty, a manufacturer of Audio / Video distribution switching, & extension products, as well as infrastructure & connectivity products, hardware, wire, and cable. Kevin was part of the team that developed & launched Liberty’s AV over IP series of products called DigiIP in 2015 and the Arranger management software in 2020.

Nate Shuff

Nate Shuff is Regional Sales Manager, Education for Crestron Electronics.