David Labuskes will become the next executive director/CEO of InfoComm International, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry, effective January 1, 2013.
He is succeeding executive director/CEO Randal Lemke, who is retiring at the end of 2012.
For more than 13 years, Labuskes has served as vice-president of RTKL, now a division of ARCADIS, one of the world’s leading architectural and engineering firms. He is the founder of the company’s Technology Design Practice, overseeing the delivery of audiovisual, voice, data, wireless, environmental media, electronic security and acoustics services. Responsible for the operational, financial and marketing of technical services globally, Labuskes has led projects in the corporate, government, commercial and healthcare spaces.
Prior to joining RTKL, Labuskes served as president and CEO of Premier Technology services, a software and systems design consulting firm. He earlier was executive vice- president of Accelerated Payment Systems, an electronic payments processing firm.
“David Labuskes is a leading expert on the intersection of technology and the built environment,” says Greg Jeffreys, president of InfoComm International. “He is the executive who can help chart the course for InfoComm and our industry when it comes to the future of networked AV, smart building technology and more. His commitment to creating excellent environments will help the industry continue the quest for quality experiences for the industry’s end-customers.”
Labuskes has been a long-time volunteer with InfoComm, BICSI, the National Systems Contractor Association and TIA, offering guidance in industry training, best practices and credentialing.
“As an integrator, I think David Labuskes is the ideal choice to share his unique insights on the future of AV in the built environment, and advise the integration community on the IT skills that our businesses will need to acquire,” says Jim Ford, chairman of the InfoComm Leadership Development Committee. “I believe he will be able to use his experience as an industry instructor to share practical advice that will benefit InfoComm’s heritage members – AV dealers and integrators.”
The executive search committee was committed to finding a candidate with practical business experience.
“As the president of a leading company in the live events space, it was very important to me that the next executive director and CEO of Infocomm International have a solid corporate background,” says Johanne Belanger, InfoComm secretary-treasurer. “InfoComm is a $40 million association, and keeping the organization in solid financial condition is of paramount importance if the group is to continue serving the industry with training, certification, networking opportunities and more. I believe David Labuskes will be an excellent steward of the association’s funds. As an MBA and a former CEO, he has the experience needed to keep InfoComm on solid financial ground.”
Labuskes will begin preliminary work at InfoComm on Nov. 26, transitioning into the executive director/CEO position on Jan. 1, 2013.
“I am looking forward to becoming the leader of InfoComm International, and getting to know more about the concerns and aspirations of all segments of this great industry,” ssys Labuskes. “Whether you are an integrator, live events professional, manufacturer, programmer, technology manager or design consultant, I am eager to work alongside you, with InfoComm’s professional staff, to make this great association even better.”
Established in 1939, InfoComm International has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. It is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, the Middle East, China and Latin America.