"In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." – Eric Hoffer
Mario began his career as an AV engineer in 1970. He received his MSEE from Stevens Institute, New Jersey (Electrophysics), and his BSEE from Pratt Institute, New York (Microwave Engineering). He was commissioned a Signal Officer in the USAR, where he fulfilled duties that, besides command, included Training and Maintenance Management. After spearheading dozens of AV projects with other companies, he co-Founded Tamco Systems, Inc. (TSI) in 1978, which became the largest AV Systems House in the NYC Metro area. He founded Audio Visual Resources, Inc. (AVR) in 2001 with his new partners, which became ISO-9000 Certified within three years.
He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality, a Certified Quality Designer (CQD) and Certified Quality Technician (CQT), a Certified Technology Specialist Design (CTS-D) and Install (CTS-I) and holds an Amateur Extra Class FCC license. He was the technical committee chair for ICIA’s job force development initiative in the Skills USA national competition. He is currently a Senior Faculty member at the InfoComm International Academy, and formerly the Curriculum SubCommittee Chair for the Professional Education and Training Committee of the ICIA (PETC). He received the prestigious "Educator of the Year 2004-2005" and was honored with the "Fred Dixon Service in Education Award" presented at InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas. He founded the Association for Quality in Audio Visual Technology, Inc., the nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality in AV design and integration, inspired by what was learned from years of 3rd party testing and verification services for major buyers. He is the author of “AV 9000: Defining Quality in Engineered Audio Visual Systems”, first published in 2006.
Mario is a seasoned instructor, and sought-after speaker on AV quality topics, is often quoted and published in major trade journals and podcasts. He unabashedly delivers some of the worst jokes ever perpetrated in a classroom.