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AMX CEO Rashid Skaf Named ‘Corporate CEO of the Year’

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SOURCE: AMX � POSTED: 10/12/07

RICHARDSON, Tex. -- In recognition of his outstanding leadership in the technology and communications industry, AMX president and CEO Rashid Skaf has been named "Corporate CEO of the Year" by the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), Dallas-Fort Worth's most prominent and influential technology organization. Skaf was presented the award during the MTBC's annual 2007 Tech Titans Awards Gala, held Saturday, Sept. 29 at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas.

Skaf was appointed President and CEO of AMX in 2005, after serving as the company's President and Chief Operating Officer. Under Skaf's leadership, AMX has acquired five companies, doubled its employee base and tripled its number of product offerings. The company has also increased its revenue and market share; led the audio/video (A/V) industry in its early adoption of "green" manufacturing processes; bolstered its number of sales, marketing and training programs; and been named one of the top 25 best places to work in the U.S. two years in a row. These significant achievements result directly from Skaf’s strategic vision, as well as his focus on customers, products, solutions and people.

"While I am personally honored to receive this award, I am only one link in the rapidly growing value chain that is AMX. At the end of the day, this recognition stands as a testament to the hard work and dedication of each of our employees worldwide," said Skaf. "As we move forward, AMX will continue to make strategic investments in new acquisitions, research and development, sales, and marketing, which will position us for even more growth and a higher level of technology innovation in the future."

"Since joining AMX, Rashid has truly taken AMX to new heights. Under his leadership, the company is delivering targeted, field tested, end-to-end solutions that help businesses maximize their investment in people, technology, facilities, and intellectual property," said Robert Fealy, AMX chairman of the board. "Rashid truly is a technology trailblazer who is not only leading his company, but also his industry, in new and exciting directions. He has questioned the status quo and introduced new ways of thinking that will have a positive ripple effect in the A/V industry for many years to come."

Under Skaf's leadership, AMX has led an industry-wide revolution to simplify the way people interact with technology. This includes developing technology and solutions that complement the convergence of data, audio, video and control into one single, integrated IP network. Today, AMX’s real value is not that its technology allows people to turn lights on or off, it is that the company allows people to centrally manage all of the technology in a room, building or even multiple facilities around the world from a single web-based interface — a truly powerful and cost-effective capability.

Over the course of Skaf’s tenure, AMX has grown from 300 employees to more than 600. Even more notable is that during this time of rapid growth, the company has been recognized as a best place to work, both locally and nationally. For two years in a row, the Society for Human Resources Management and the Great Place to Work Institute have named AMX one of the Top 25 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work for in America, and the Dallas Business Journal has named the company a Best Place to Work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area four years in a row.

Skaf is a recognized A/V industry visionary and expert who is frequently asked to speak at national and regional events sponsored by organizations such as InfoComm International, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) and the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA). He currently sits on the Board of Governors for InfoComm International and is also a member of the University of Chicago Dean’s International Council, an advisory group to the Harris School of Public Policy.

About AMX

AMX hardware and software solutions simplify the way people interact with technology. With the increasing number of technologies and operating platforms at work and home, AMX solves the complexity of managing this technology with reliable, consistent and scalable systems. Its award-winning products span control and automation, switching, distributed audio and video, and technology management. They are implemented worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation / command centers, hotels, entertainment venues, and broadcast facilities, among others.

AMX was founded in 1982 and is a member of the Duchossois Group of Companies. For more information, visit