AVIXA Foundation announces Brad Sousa Impact Fund

AVIXA Foundation announces Brad Sousa Impact Fund
The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the AVIXA, has announced the creation of the Brad Sousa Impact Fund to support the Foundation’s work with a key focus on developing AV 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 AV 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 CTO 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. 

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.”  

The AVIXA Foundation will announce more details on the Brad Sousa Impact Fund and how to contribute later this year. 

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