Meet Audio-Visual Design Engineer Eric Evans

Say hello to Eric Evans, who joined Integrated Building Systems in 2013 as an Audio-Visual Design Engineer.

Every day, Eric masters complex AV systems to make it easy for clients to show, share, and stream information any way they like. He specializes in large format audio, digital video, and Crestron control systems.

“I take pride in coming up with simple solutions that everyone will readily use to make their jobs easier,” Eric said.

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO MARS

For 25 years, Eric’s AV creations have enhanced classrooms, executive boardrooms, video displays, auditoriums, presentation systems, distance learning, and corporate conferences.

Even the White House benefited from Eric’s skill, when he set up and operated a sound system for a stop on Ronald Regan’s train tour and a pre-election event for Joe Biden. Recently, Eric designed new AV systems in corporate conference rooms for Mars Corporation, purveyor of chocolates (Eric’s favorite candy), pet food, gum, and beverages.

No matter the scale of the project, Eric says that effective AV solutions come down to one thing: “It’s all about a great technology design. The end goal is to have AV systems that can be used effectively every day and that integrate well with the other building technologies.”

DEEP ROOTS

These days, Eric’s work is concentrated in corporate offices, but he honed his work ethic in an outdoor environment. Eric grew up in the country near Carrollton, Ohio, and had several relatives that were farmers—so as a boy, Eric worked on a relative’s family farm during the summers.

“My education really started while I was working on the farm,” Eric reflected. “You have to know a lot about so many things. From engineering mechanics to horticulture, the phrase ‘professor of many and master of none’ comes to mind.”

Appropriately, Eric attended a college with deep roots in agriculture—The Ohio State University—where he majored in Audio Recording. The degree was a cross between music and electrical engineering.

Working in a dynamic field like technology presents opportunities nearly every day for Eric to research, learn, or experiment with something new. Eric’s endeavors have qualified him to earn numerous technical certifications, including titles from Allworx, Biamp, Bogen, Clearone, Crestron, Infocomm , Shure, Sony, and Tandberg, to name a few.

GET TO KNOW ERIC

“Quiet but determined” is how Eric describes himself. He enjoys the comradery with his IBS colleagues, who describe him as detail oriented, intelligent, dedicated, someone who sees the big picture, kindhearted, and a man who doesn’t have a bad bone in his body.

Learn a little more about Eric:

  • Hometown: Near Carrollton, Ohio
  • First job: Courier to nursing homes, delivering pharmaceutical supplies six days a week
  • Community connections: Journey Church Columbus, Chapel Brass at Worthington Woods, The Ohio State University Alumni Band, Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion, and Hilliard Community Band
  • Words to live by: “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” --Vince Lombardi
  • People are surprised to learn: I was the instrument repairman for the OSU Marching Band.
  • Practical sense of humor: When asked to fill in the blank for “I can’t live without ‘blank’,” he said “Air. Food is a strong second.”
  • Favorite book: The Bible
  • Favorite flicks: “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”
  • Delicious dinner: Tommy’s Pizza
  • Best weekend: Spending time with the family
  • Tourist treat: Love to visit any historical or nature park locations
  • Roots for the home team: OSU football and basketball

GET IN TOUCH

Learn more about the creative AV solutions designed by Eric and the IBS team.

Join Eric on May 17 for a TechTalk teleconference on AV trends for conference rooms. It's a free, 30-minute call hosted by IBS to answer your pressing technology questions.