IABM Announces New Americas Members’ Council Line-Up and Chair

New blood combines with returning members to grow region-specific activities and fuel collaboration initiatives


Gloucestershire, UK, July 2, 2018 — IABM, the International Association for Broadcast & Media Technology Suppliers, today announced the new line-up for its Americas Members’ Council and its new chair – Paul Stechly, Principal & President of Applied Electronics Limited.

IABM regional Members’ Councils serve for a term of two years, with a mission to be a powerful voice in each region’s broadcast and media technology industry, provide a platform to bring local issues to the fore and deliver events and support tailored to regional members’ needs. IABM now has regional Members’ Councils in APAC, EMEA, UK and the Americas.

The new Americas Members’ Council will build on the successes of the previous edition, ably led by retiring chair, Michael Accardi, who will continue to serve on the new Council together with several other returning names and some newly appointed members.

“Our regional Members’ Councils are now well-established and have proven their value in increasing engagement with members in the regions, providing them with a platform for highlighting and resolving regional concerns, and opening up invaluable networking and collaboration opportunities,” said Peter White, CEO, IABM. “The new edition of the Americas Members’ Council has all the right ingredients – great people! – to carry these activities to the next level, and I am looking forward to working with them over the next two years to further increase our footprint and influence in the Americas.”

Paul Stechly – IABM's New Americas Members’ Council Chair

“I would like to say thank you to the IABM and Americas committee members for allowing me to serve as their committee chair,” Said Paul Stechly. “Applied Electronics is a 60-year-old broadcast and media integration company owned throughout within the same family. As the company president, with 35 years in the industry, I have had the privilege of maintaining business relationships with a large spectrum of the IABM membership. In a time of rapidly changing technology and consolidation on the client side of the media industry, the challenges are significant. My hope is to harness the collective expertise of the committee to initiate and complete meaningful initiatives that will benefit the IABM membership.”

“What a fantastic start in my new role – such a talented and influential group of people to be working with to focus on region-specific activities and further build IABM representation in the Americas,” said Kathy Bienz, the newly-appointed IABM Director, North America. “I am sure the new Members’ Council will also prove to be an invaluable source of ideas and inspiration across all of IABM’s activities, and I am particularly looking forward to working with the Council to create further opportunities for collaboration between IABM members and technology buyers.”

Serving on IABM Americas Members’ Council with Stechly are:

  • Michael Accardi – President, CueScript, Inc
  • Keith Adams – Marketing Communications Manager, GatesAir
  • Joe Commare – Marketing and Sales, Riedel Communications
  • Brick Ecksten – CTO, Imagine Communications
  • Ted Korte – COO, Qligent
  • Shawn Maynard – SVP/GM, Florical Systems
  • John Miller – SVP Sales & Marketing, BeBop Technology
  • Dan Montgomery – President, Imagine Products Inc
  • Sean Moran – COO, Hitachi
  • Ian Sharpe – CEO, Promethean
  • Thomas Tang – CEO, Apantac

More information on each of the Americas Members’ Council members can be found here.

About IABM:

IABM is the international trade association for suppliers of broadcast and media technology. IABM facilitates the important networking and interaction between suppliers that shape and define the unique ecosystem of the broadcast and media technology industry.

IABM supports member companies with a comprehensive range of services across market intelligence, training, technology, exhibitions and best practices – all designed to help them do better business. IABM holds the interests of member companies as paramount, and strive to provide strong guidance and support at every level in all geographies.

IABM understands that in today’s rapidly changing media landscape, its members have never had a greater need for timely, relevant and effective advice and support.

IABM’s mission is to be an ever more powerful beacon that is highly responsive to all our members’ needs in a timely fashion, helping them to prosper and navigate change successfully. Learn more at www.theiabm.org


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