Who: You!
What: SMPTE/AES/SBE Holiday Party
When: December 4, 2019 6:00 PM
Sponsor: Many Sponsors. See Text!

Many members and friends of the SMPTE Washington DC Section - AES DC Section - SBE Chapter 37 all enjoyed an evening of great Food, Drink, and Conversation with industry colleagues.

Highlights of the evening included awards presented to Rick Singer for outstanding technical program coordination.  Radio World presented their Excellence in Engineering award to our own Dave Kolesar, CBT, CBNT, and Senior Broadcast Engineer at the Washington, DC market Hubbard Radio, LLC radio stations.  Dave was recognized for his efforts with all-digital AM broadcasting.  See the photo below, the Radio World article, and a summary of his SBE Chapter 37 presentation.

We wish to extend special thanks to our generous event sponsers, listed below, for helping make this year's gala possible. 

Organizers of Holiday Party 2019:


SMPTE, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students— who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at

The Washington DC Section of SMPTE hosts monthly section meetings featuring technology presentations and facility tours, an annual holiday party and our annual two-day technology conference. More information about our local section and upcoming events can be found here:


The Society of Broadcast Engineers is the professional organization of television and radio engineers and those in related fields. The SBE has more than 5,000 members in 115 chapters across the United States and in Hong Kong. There are also members in more than 30 other countries. Most chapters meet monthly and offer educational programs and an opportunity to network with other broadcast technical professionals. SBE offers the preeminent technical broadcast certification program in the U.S. and an expansive list of educational programs for broadcast engineers, operators, technicians, and broadcast IT professionals.  Information on joining SBE is available at

More information about our local chapter and upcoming events can be found here:


The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

Currently, over 12,000 members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth.  Information on joining SBE is available at

More information about our local chapter and upcoming events can be found here:

Meeting Attendees

Mr. Kevin Basquill
Mr. Jim Beahn
Mr. John Bisset
Mr. John Bretschneider
Mr. Lawrence Brody
Chris Burnett
Mr. Pietro Casati
Mr. Doug Davidson
Mr. Ted Dembicki
Ms. Mary Diaz
Mr. David Donaldson
Mr. Vince Forcier
Mr. David Garner
Mr. Rob Goldberg
Mr. Gary Gottlieb
J. Nephi Griffith
Mr. Thomas Hackett
Stavros Hilaris
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn
Mr. Lance Hukill
Mr. John Humphrey
Mr. Jim Jachetta
Mr. Patrick Johnson
Torrance Jones
Mr. Ryad Kahale
Mr. George Kinney
Mr. Anthony Klick
Mr. David Kolesar
Mr. Kent Kramer
Mr. Nik Kumar
Mr. Robert Levesque
Mr. Steven Lewis
Ms. Mary Jo Lyle
Mr. Luis Mattos
Ms. Ginnie McKnight
Mr. Matthew Mello
Mr. Kenny Miller
Mr. Jim Minchella
Mr. James O'Neal
Mr. Brian Oliger
Mr. Darrin Paley
Mr. Geoff Parker
Keenan Patience
Mr. Andrew Sachs
Islam Sharief
Mr. Greg Siers
Mr. Rick Singer
Mr. Mike Skehan
Mr. Gregory Smalfelt
Mr. James Snyder
Mr. Jonathan Solomon
Mr. Forrest Sussman
Mr. Russell Taylor
Mr. Larry Thaler
Mr. Chris Torkelson
Mr. John Voorheis
Mr. Eric Wenocur
Mr. Josh Weot
Mr. Fred Willard
Mr. George Woodford
Mr. Steve Wynn