Star sign: Libra
Myers–Briggs Type Indicator: ISTJ-A (Logistician)
Year started at Sound & Communications: 2004
InfoComms attended: 15, plus InfoComm Connected.
Hobbies: Obsessively following American politics, watching movies, going to the beach, spending time with my kids.
Favorite quote: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are so full of doubts.”
—Bertrand Russell

Dan Ferrisi

Lead Editor

Star sign: Aquarius
Myers–Briggs Type Indicator: INFP-T (Mediator)
Year started at Sound & Communications: 2014
InfoComms attended: 6, plus InfoComm Connected.
Hobbies: Playing video games, watching pro wrestling.
Favorite quote: “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” —Will Rogers

Anthony Vargas

Associate Editor

Star sign: Cancer
Myers–Briggs Type Indicator: ENFP-T (Campaigner)
Year started at Sound & Communications: 2021
InfoComms attended:
Hobbies: Illustration, dance, making trap beats
Favorite quote: “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake…Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
—Kurt Vonnegut

Cheyenne Chao

Multimedia Coordinator


Pete Putman
Pete Putman, CTS, is the president of ROAM Consulting L.L.C., which provides training, marketing communications and product testing/development services to manufacturers, dealers and end-users of displays, display interfaces and related products. He has an MS degree in Television and Film, is a Senior Academy Instructor for InfoComm and was named InfoComm’s Educator of the Year for 2008. Pete is a member of The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Society for Information Display (SID). Pete authors the monthly column, “AVent Horizon.”

Jim Stokes
Jim Stokes has worked in all aspects of AV media since 1960, on both the business and production sides. He has designed and built recording studios as well as a heart/lung electronic diagnostic amplifier for listening to heartbeats and respiration, used for patient education in hospitals. In addition to being an AV technician for two Minnesota community colleges, Jim was recognized by the American Lung Association with two first-place national public relations awards for radio spots he produced about respiratory health.

David Danto
David Danto is Editor of IT/AV Report. He has more than three decades’ experience providing problem-solving leadership/innovation in media and unified-communications (UC) technologies for various firms in the corporate, broadcasting and academic worlds. He now works as the Director of UC Strategy and Research for Poly, and he’s the IMCCA’s Director of Emerging Technology.

Joseph Bocchiaro III
Joeseph Bocchiaro, PhD, CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, has worked in the technology side of building design and systems integration for more 30 years, primarily with audiovisual/IT systems. As a Principal Consultant for The Sextant Group, he works with clients such as architects and owners to create sophisticated technology implementations. Bocchiaro was also VP of Standards and Industry Innovations for InfoComm International. He holds degrees in Electro-Optical Engineering, Film Studies, Media Studies and Educational Technology, and has contributed to Sound & Communications for more than 20 years.

Douglas Kleeger
Technical Council member Douglas Kleeger, CTS-D, DMC-E/S, XTP-E, KCD, shares his more than 35-years of experience in the AV Industry with us by writing the monthly columns “What Would You Do,” “It’s Just Personal, NOT Business” and “Secrets to Success.” His diverse background includes working as a Consultant, Integrator, Location Sound Mixer, Recording Engineer and Business Owner gives him a unique perspective on the AV Industry and how it effects out lives.

David Lee Jr.
David Lee, PhD, is CEO of Lee Communication Inc., Orlando FL. A licensed minister, David has an extensive academic background in the field of communications, and more than 25 years of experience as a systems integrator,  specializing in houses of worship. Concentrating on international projects, he has covered more than 50 countries, including projects in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and the United States. David writes the monthly “House of Worship: Business,” and is a member of Sound & Communications’ Technical Council.

Peter Mapp
United Kingdom-based Peter Mapp, PhD, FASA, FAES, is principal of Peter Mapp Associates. A chartered engineer and physicist, he is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. Peter was named the 2009 NSCA University Educator of the Year. He authors the monthly “Sound Advice.”

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