Gary Kayye has worked in technology branding and marketing for 25+ years. He was the founder of rAVe [Publications] - the leading global AV tech publication - and is currently Director and Founder of THE rAVe Agency - a full-service creative agency.
Prior to that, he served as the vice president of sales and marketing for Extron and an executive VP and VP of Marketing and Sales at AMX Corporation.
A graduate of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, Kayye teaches courses in new media and its impact on the future of advertising, marketing and public relations, a personal and professional branding class and Principles of Advertising. He is recognized as a social media and new media technology expert, especially in the B2B markets.
Kayye has been the keynote speaker at more than 300 technology shows and conferences because of his extensive marketing and branding expertise and is known as having an entertaining and approachable speaking style.
He has either assisted or helped create a number of branding campaigns for dozens of tech companies (including brands such like Cisco, NEC, HP, InFocus, Sony and the University of North Carolina) and has served as an expert witness in branding court cases.
In 2004, he was recognized as InfoComm’s Educator of the Year, and in 2007 he was given the NSCA Instructor of the Year award. In 2014, he was named to the list of the Top 100 People in the Triangle You Should Connect With. And, in 2016, he was given the MJ School's Adjunct Professor of the Year award.
Kayye is passionate about his daughters, meditating, staying mindful and volunteering. He is the co-founder of the Swim for Smiles Foundation — a non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill, N.C.
A random fact about Kayye is that he's raced in over 60 triathlons including the infamous Escape from Alcatraz in San Francisco, California three times.