Note from Gary Kayye: I have been intimately involved with InfoComm for nearly 23 years. I’ve seen staff come and go — and volunteered under three separate InfoComm Executive Directors and CEOs. Randy, by far, is the one person who’s had the most impact on InfoComm and the ProAV industry overall. His vision has not only allowed InfoComm to be well positioned through each technological transition, but also has helped the integrator community stay relevant as we’ve moved from video, to digital to an IT-based industry. I stand by my praise of Randy back in November 2010 when I said this.
Randal (Randy) A. Lemke, Ph.D., the executive director and CEO of InfoComm International since 2000, today announced his planned retirement at the end of 2012, capping off 16 years of service to the commercial audiovisual association. “It has been an honor to serve the needs of such an exciting and innovative industry these past years,” Dr. Lemke stated, “and it’s with mixed feelings that I leave the wonderful team of professionals and close friends I have made here at InfoComm.”
Dr. Lemke holds board positions, and has been the chairman of, Integrated Systems Events, LLC, a joint venture European trade show company, and InfoComm Asia PTE, Ltd., a joint venture company in Singapore operating InfoComm’s Asian tradeshows. He is the founding and current chairman of the STEP™ Foundation, a jointly supported foundation composed with other industry associations to bring sustainability to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems and reduce long-term environmental impact from technology deployment. He has also served as chief executive of ICIF, InfoComm’s charitable foundation.
The InfoComm International Board of Directors has announced that an extensive search for Dr. Lemke’s successor will be undertaken, with the selection anticipated by the fourth quarter of this year.
We look forward to finishing out 2012 with Randy and hope he gets to spend his retirement on or near the water, where he loves to be!