AVIXA is proud to announce the creation of the Brad Sousa Impact Fund focused on developing audiovisual and digital transformation professionals.
Fairfax, Va., Jan. 17, 2024 – The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, is proud to announce the creation of the Brad Sousa Impact Fund to support the Foundation’s work with a key focus on developing audiovisual and digital transformation professionals and their understanding of each other’s overlapping needs. The AVIXA Foundation provides access to AV skills education, career pathways, and valuable hands-on experiences to inspire the next generation of leaders in the audiovisual industry.
Brad Sousa, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor, passed away on November 8, 2023, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 62. Brad was the Chief Technology Officer of AVI Systems and served on the AVIXA Board of Directors. He had recently been elected by AVIXA’s global membership to serve as Secretary-Treasurer with intended ascendancy toward the Chairman of the Board. In addition, Brad served on the board of the AVIXA Foundation.
Whether in the home or in the workplace, Brad lived a life loving not just with words or speech but with actions and in truth. He was known to say, “Influence is the counterfeit of impact.” He was committed to making a difference in all his pursuits, whether personal or professional. It is with this lesson of his in mind that the AVIXA Foundation created the Brad Sousa Impact Fund.
Jeff Stoebner, CEO of AVI Systems, shared, “Brad joined AVI Systems more than 15 years ago and was instrumental in elevating our industry and the work our employees do across industries and around the world. Establishing this fund in his name is a fitting continuation of that work.”
The Chairman of the AVIXA Foundation Board, Cristiano Mazza, CTS, said, “We wish to help keep Brad’s legacy alive through the establishment of this fund to help support the educational and charitable work of the Foundation with an unending focus on having a true impact and making a real difference in not only the lives and careers of individuals who enter into the audiovisual industry, but through them, on the future of the industry itself.”
Sarah Joyce, Executive Director of the Foundation, added, “We look forward to working with Brad’s family and the Foundation Board to specifically identify programs and opportunities around the world which can benefit from the financial resources that this effort will make available. These could take the form of supporting training in the trade, scholarships, or direct support of existing educational programs. The key factor the Foundation Board will consider is the potential impact the funding will have on creating synergies between the worlds of audiovisual technology and digital transformation – a topic that Brad was so passionate about.”
Janele Sousa, Brad’s wife, shared, “While the hole that Brad has left in this world will never be filled, it is with great pride and joy that I see this opportunity for Brad’s passion to help others and passion to advance the audiovisual industry be combined in the form of a lasting legacy to his career and life.”
The AVIXA Foundation will announce more details on the Brad Sousa Impact Fund and how to contribute later this year. This news release was issued by AVIXA on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024.
About the AVIXA Foundation
The AVIXA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization focused on cultivating a growing workforce on behalf of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA). The Foundation does so by creating awareness of careers in the global AV industry; enabling potential and emerging professionals through skills training, scholarships, and scholastic support; and developing a bridge between the industry and those who want to become AV professionals. With the help of AVIXA members and the entire industry, the Foundation helps build a future with a diverse, skilled workforce eager to take on the challenge of creating integrated AV experiences around the world. More information is available at avixa.org/foundation.
AVIXA is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 3,000 enterprise members representing over 20,000 AV professionals, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and is the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence, and thought leadership. Visit www.avixa.org.
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