Digital Signage Federation Announces Educator of the Year, Scholarship Winner

Alan C. Brawn is the DSF's first Educator of the Year Award winner and the award will carry his name going forward.

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The Warrenton, Virginia-based nonprofit Digital Signage Federation, a nonprofit trade organization serving the digital signage industry, announces its first-ever Educator of the Year Award winner and the winner of this year’s Geri Wolff Scholarship Award.

The first DSF Educator of the Year Award has been given to Alan Brawn, the founder and principal of California-based Brawn Consulting, an audio-visual consulting, training, educational development, and market intelligence company with national exposure to major manufacturers and integrators in the signage industry. Brawn is also a frequent speaker at industry events and is a prolific writer within the AV and digital signage industries.

Brawn Consulting develops and runs the Digital Signage Experts Group’s certification programs, and is a founder and former chairman of the Digital Signage Federation. 

Spencer Graham, who is DSF vice-chairman and business development manager for higher education for digital signage software company Real Digital Media, says there was no one more fitting to receive the award and added that from now on it would be referred to as the DSF Alan C. Brawn Educator of the Year award.

The Digital Signage Federation also announces that Sonia Darlison has been awarded the DSF Geri Wolf Scholarship for the 2017-18 year. Darlison, a student at the University of Waterloo in the global business and digital arts program, has been studying and working in multimedia development, UX and UI design, marketing, and business analysis. She will receive an award of $2,000 to be applied to her academic fees for her senior year of study at the University of Waterloo.

The DSF’s Geri Wolff Scholarship, established in 2014, is designed to raise the awareness of digital signage as a career choice among qualified young women who are committed to a professional career in computer sciences and related technology and digital design fields. It is named after Geri Wolff, the DSF’s longtime director of marketing and communications.

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Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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