ICIA Distinguished Achievement Award Presented to Hubert Wilke at InfoComm 04

First Annual AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet Celebrates the Achievements of AV Professionals

ATLANTA June 9, 2004 - The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) presented the Distinguished Achievement Award to Hubert Wilke at the first annual AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet, which took place on June 8 during InfoComm 04 Week at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Co -sponsored by ARCHI -TECH magazine and CMP Information's Rental & Staging Systems and Systems Contractor News magazines, the professionally produced, ticketed dinner event honored key professionals and companies in the AV communications industry.


Hubert Wilke, known by many as "Mr. AV," is regarded as a pioneer in the field of audiovisual consulting. Over the past 40 years, he had achieved worldwide recognition. He joined Shen, Milsom & Associates, Inc. in 1988, resulting in the firm's name change to Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc.

His former company, The Wilke Organization, handled projects around the world, including assignments such as the Raffles City Convention Center in Singapore; IBM's International Education Center outside Brussels, Belgium; the Australian Embassy in Paris; Chase Bank in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; J. Walter Thompson in Tokyo; Sainsbury's in London; Ministry of Planning in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and CRA in Melbourne, Australia. Domestically, 37 of FORTUNE 500's top 50 companies have been Wilke's clients. Among them are Exxon, IBM, General Electric, DuPont, Eastman Kodak, Johnson & Johnson, Coca -Cola, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble and Xerox.

In an interview with the Projecta/Da -Lite newsletter Angles of View, Wilke explained his instrumental role as the first to establish an ongoing relationship between the AV consultant and the architectural/interior design profession. As he constantly reminds his clients, Wilke has long maintained that space deployment, sight lines, screen dimensions, projector placement, speaker locations, and associated design details are just as important as the AV equipment itself.

ICIA's Distinguished Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed on an industry member by the association. In the Board of Governors' selection of the recipient, two major criteria are applied - the career accomplishments of an individual, and the individual's contribution to the AV industry. Wilke has the overwhelming respect and admiration of his peers, and ICIA is extremely proud to recognize his lifetime of achievement.

The AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet was a high -profile event at InfoComm 04, allowing AV professionals to celebrate the successes of leaders and pioneers in the industry. Held following the Manufacturers Industry Forum and Opening Welcome Reception, the banquet recognized outstanding individuals and products in the audiovisual industry.

The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA) is the premier trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the conference and trade exposition for audiovisual communications professionals who come to learn about the latest technologies and available services as well as new and alternative applications. ICIA serves its worldwide membership as the pre -eminent provider of education, training and certification.

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