Jeff Loether

Company: Electro-Media Design, Ltd.

Position: President

Bio

Prior to starting ELECTRO-MEDIA DESIGN, Ltd, Jeff was a Manager of Audio/Video Systems Design for Marriott Corporation’s Architecture and Construction Division. Jeff completed over 250 worldwide projects including five-star resorts, convention/conference centers, corporate and educational facilities, and senior living communities. He authored and continuously updates Marriott’s Master Design Standards and supplemental audiovisual and acoustical “best practices” books used to guide the efforts of architects and developers for all Marriott lodging products. His unique perspective led him to conceptually develop many new products and design approaches, frequently converging technology elements from various systems to enhance functionality, reduce system complexity and cost, and improve reliability.

Jeff’s contribution to the hospitality industry is acknowledged in many trade publications; in 2003 he was inducted into the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) in recognition of his accomplishments. Jeff received his BGS degree in Audio Technology and Computers for Business from American University in 1985. He teaches profusely including workshops for industry trade associations including the International Communication Industries Association where he is an Adjunct Instructor. Jeff is a contributing author in ICIA’s published book on “Best Practices” regarding the process of developing quality audiovisual systems. He serves as the Technology Partner to the International Association of Conference Centers and teaches various workshops for that organization. Recognizing his contribution to the industry, IACC presented Jeff with The Award for Excellence in Education, The Pyramid Award, and Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service.

Specialties: Audiovisual, acoustics, video & display technologies, branding and standards development, prototype concept development, innovative immersive multi-sensory themed environmental experiences, and invention.


Mission Statement

"Be the global consulting firm of choice as the most trusted, independent source for expertise in design and management for event, entertainment, and presentation technologies."


Geographic Areas

North America including Canada and Mexico, United States and Territories, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Rim, Western Europe, South and Central America. Middle East and Africa, Asia


Expertise

Presentation and entertainment technologies and architectural acoustics and related disciplines. These include audiovisual, video, audio, sound, acoustics, integrated and meta-control, television, internet (HSIA), intercommunications, stagecraft, theatrical lighting, and A/V operations. Services provided include feasibility studies, needs analysis, master planning, design, procurement services, project and program management, commissioning, troubleshooting, brand standards and design guide development and compliance, peer review, and expert witness.


Professional Memberships

Founding Member: Independent Consultants in Audiovisual Technologies (ICAT), International Facilties Managers Association (IFMA), International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC).


Speaking Engagements

Hospitality Design Expos, NeoCon, IFMA World Workplace, Event Technology Conference, IACC Conferences,


Articles and Publications

Many articles and publications in trade magazines as well as internal corporate publications.


Representative List of Clients

Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Orient Express Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, various developers and independent hotel companies. We also provide design services and expertise to various professional trade associations and corporate clients and governmental agencies.


Education

BGS from American University, Washington DC; various post-grad classes, Certified Technology Specialist designation from ICIA.


Past Experience

Practice in audiovisual and entertainment technologies since 1976. Practice in Lodging and Hospitality industry since 1980. Served as Manager, A/V Systems Design in Marriott's Architecture & Construction Division from 1980 through 1990. Founded current practice in 1990; now with 8 associates and offices in Washington DC.