USAV Group Hires New Director to Lead Strategic Growth Initiatives

Patrick Whipkey brings with him around two decades of proAV industry experience, serving the commercial and residential sectors.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — USAV Group, a division of PSA Security Network, announces the hiring of Patrick Whipkey in the role of director.

Whipkey will directly impact the success of USAV by cultivating relationships with integrators, manufacturers, service provider partners and associations within the network, the announcement states. He is also charged with managing programs and collaborating with the management and executive teams on the overall strategic direction of the organization.

USAV has around 60 A/V integrators throughout the United States and Canada, as well as partnerships with leading A/V suppliers and service providers. PSA acquired USAV in 2017, along with its affiliate CI Edge, a buying group designed to support middle market commercial technology integrators.

Prior to joining PSA, Whipkey spent 10 years with IMS Technology Services, a USAV integration group member company, where he held multiple roles, most recently serving as the director of project management.

“IMS was instrumental in my growth, I felt like as the company grew so did I,” Whipkey says. “I’m looking forward to continuing my work in the proAV industry through a different lens with the USAV team.”

Whipkey also brings with him around two decades of proAV industry experience serving the commercial and residential sectors. The announcement states he developed a passion for A/V when he started his own DJ “business” at age 13. After graduating from LaSalle University, he accepted his first proAV role with a small commercial company out of Southern New Jersey, Dynamite FX.

Following his time at Dynamite FX, Whipkey spent three years at HiFi House where he learned the residential side of the industry.

“His passion for technology, his continued drive to push the industry forward and his ability to build relationships with people in the industry truly highlighted the strengths of what Patrick brings to the team,” says Chris Salazar-Mangrum, managing director, USAV.

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