Joe Ewart is Chief Executive Officer and a director of Editure Group, a company that owns a range of businesses in technology and education. Prior to Editure, Mr Ewart was a Managing Director in investment banking at Goldman Sachs Australia. Mr Ewart was a Managing Director in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. He was a Principal in investment banking at BT Wolfensohn. Prior to that, Mr Ewart was also a Vice President at BT Alex. Brown and a Vice President at Bankers Trust Australia. He started his career at Arthur Andersen and is a Chartered Accountant. He is Chairman of New Era, a director of Kip McGrath Education Centres Limited and Argent West Investments. He holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Sydney, a Masters Degree from the University of NSW and is a Fellow of FINSIA.
Michael Boettcher, CTS
CEO of Advanced AV, Michael Boettcher is responsible for the vision, direction, and overall performance of the company.
Boettcher has been with Advanced AV since 2000, when he took on the role of sales rep for the company and gained an inside look at the professional AV integration industry. He later moved to a more hands-on role in the service division, and developed that department into a profit center. Having thus acquired a comprehensive familiarity with how the company’s various departments operate, Boettcher was named president of Advanced AV in July of 2009.
Prior to joining Advanced AV, Boettcher worked in cable and print advertising sales, sports apparel, and the golf industry. He has always had a technical aptitude, and since entering the AV world has found motivation and inspiration in the personalities and attitudes of the people within it.
Boettcher has a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University, where he was a student athlete in the baseball program. He is an InfoComm member and an InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS). In 2012, he was recognized as an “Industry Mover & Shaker” by the NSCA. Michael also serves on the Dealer Advisory Council for the USAV Group, the leading association of professional audio-visual (ProAV) integrators in the country.
James Rich is a Managing Director of Gemini Investors. Since joining Gemini Investors in 2000, Mr. Rich has been actively involved in investing Gemini’s two most recent funds during which time Gemini has completed over 50 transactions. He has played a lead role in over fifteen of these investments and has served on the Board of Directors of over a dozen Gemini portfolio companies. In addition to the expertise he has developed in the education and waste industries, he has also led investments in software, manufacturing and distribution. Prior to joining Gemini, Mr. Rich was a Senior Associate at Citizens Energy where he concentrated on business development initiatives. He began his career as an Analyst in the investment banking group at J.P. Morgan, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for consumer businesses. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Stephen Chang is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of LBCW Investments. Mr Chang spent thirteen years in investment banking prior to his current role, primarily focused on M&A, special situations and structured solutions at Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and BT Wolfensohn. Stephen was a Director and Vice President in Investment Banking at Citigroup. Prior to that he was a Vice President in investment banking at Deutsche Bank Securities and an Associate in investment banking at BT Wolfensohn. Prior to investment banking, Mr Chang also founded and successfully sold two private engineering software concerns to public companies. Mr. Chang is a director of Editure Group. Mr Chang holds a Bachelor degree cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Menn is a Vice President of Gemini Investors. He joined Gemini Investors in 2007. Previously, he worked in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, public equity financings, and private placements in the technology sector. Mr. Menn received his B.S. degree from Tufts University.
Paul Grafinger began his career in the audio visual field in 1978 as the general manager of a Philadelphia-area AV rental company. After seven years in the industry, Grafinger was ready to strike out on his own and founded Advanced Audio Visual in 1985 with a mission to provide equipment sales, rental and staging services as well as creative production services to the corporate marketplace.
Over the years these specific disciplines grew and Grafinger broke them out into separate businesses: Advanced AV Systems Integration, Inc., Advanced Staging Productions Inc., and MC3 Multimedia Productions, Inc.. This restructuring better enabled each company to focus on its specific discipline and meet the growing challenges of fast evolving technologies and markets.
Today, Grafinger serves as CEO of MC3 and consultant to Advanced AV, LLC.