Las Vegas —FSR President Jan Sandri’s exemplary career, generous spirit and commitment to community were recognized by InfoComm International, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, when they presented her with an InfoComm Women in AV Award. Sandri accepted the honor at the organization’s 75th Anniversary Awards Dinner held at the Las Vegas Hotel on the eve of InfoComm 2014, the top annual commercial audiovisual trade show.
The Women in AV Award was created by InfoComm to raise awareness of the growing role of female professionals in the male-dominated field of audiovisual technology. The award winners are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in developing tomorrow’s AV talent.
Sandri’s career and life ticked all the qualification boxes. Sandri, who is a founding member of FSR, a well-known manufacturer of a wide variety of AV products, has built her career with a commitment to her company, industry, community and country. With more than 33 years experience in the AV industry, Sandri’s significant contributions extend from developing products that answer a real need, to having served as a director on the boards of several industry organizations. After more than three decades of service, Sandri has grown FSR, a women-owned business that strives to maintain green manufacturing processes, from three people to a staff of more than 100.
Cory Schaeffer, a co-founder of Listen Technologies, was also presented an award.
“Both Jan Sandri and Cory Schaeffer have demonstrated extraordinary levels of professional knowledge, while taking time to improve the industry and better the lives of others,” said David Labuskes, executive director and CEO of InfoComm International. “InfoComm is pleased to celebrate Cory's and Jan’s achievements.”
Sandri’s sense of responsibility extends to civic activities, where she has served as the mayor of Little Falls, N.J., her home town. She also served on the town council, and did stints as fire commissioner, police commissioner and president of the board of health. As mayor, she donated her salary to local worthy causes. Every fall, as school opens, Sandri leads the charge to work with United Way and donate supplies, such as backpacks and notebooks, to children whose families are having a difficult time keeping up with the economy.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized by InfoComm, an organization of which I am proud to be a member,” Sandri said. “I am lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderfully talented, smart and generous women and men in the AV industry who prove everyday that everyone is capable of helping others to effect change, whether it be in business or community.”