Senior executives from major broadcast and video associations will explain what they can do to help kick-start careers in the industry, during the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Student Program panel session “Meet Your Industry Associations — and What They Mean to Your Career” at the second annual Silicon Valley Video Summit (SVVS), Jan. 23.

The panel of executives will be from SMPTE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

The panel will be moderated by John Shike, Advanced Systems Group (ASG) key accounts manager and director of educators and educational institutions for SMPTE’s membership committee.

Shike has been involved with SMPTE for over 30 years in his roles of sales, marketing, product management, and teaching professional media technology. In addition to SMPTE, he has been involved with several organizations essential to the development of new media technologies.

The panel will include David Bowles, AES Western regional VP; Tom Coughlin, IEEE, 2024 president and Coughlin Associates president; Pat Griffis, SMPTE ex-president; Renard T. Jenkins, SMPTE president and I2A2 president and chief operating officer; and Justine McVaney, NAB SVP and deputy managing director, Global Connections and Events (GCE).

Bowles owns a classical recording production company that releases its in 3D Dolby Atmos. In collaboration with New York University (NYU) Steinhardt’s Music Technology program, Bowles researches and teaches 3D audio recording techniques for their Tonmeister Seminar.

IEEE president, Coughlin is a digital storage analyst and business and technology consultant with over 40 years in the data storage industry. As an IEEE Life Fellow, he has six patents.

Griffis recently retired from Dolby as VP of Technology, Standards, and Industry Engagement in the CTO Office. Griffis spent 10 years at Microsoft, heading its global digital media standards strategy, including standardization of Windows Media video technology as an international SMPTE standard.

SMPTE president Jenkins recently served as SVP of Production Integration and Creative Technology Services (PICTs) at Warner Bros., where he oversaw global teams that supported 23,500 plus cast/crew members, 8,500+ content hours. and hundreds of global feature film, animation, and syndicated TV productions annually.

As SVP and Deputy Managing Director at NAB, McVaney is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of NAB’s annual calendar of conventions.