IABM Honorary Members

Honorary membership was introduced in 2005 to recognize outstanding personal contributions to the supplier side of the industry, or to the IABM itself, normally over an extended period. The knowledge, experience and contacts of the honorary members is invaluable and as a thank you, IABM provides an annual dinner for honorary members and complimentary full delegate passes to the Annual International Business Conference. 

In addition, The IABM Educational Foundation is run entirely by honorary members on a voluntary basis.

Alan Brill

Born in Glasgow in 1947, Alan Brill graduated from Strathclyde University in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and also a background in television operations having been a member of the Strathclyde University Unit 65 Student Television society, producing a half-hour live program to the Students Union every term-time Friday. Alan joined the BBC in London in 1970 in its Studio Capital Projects Department, broadly specialising in television audio systems design.

Alan left the BBC in 1973 and joined a small recording studio installation offshoot, designing and providing replay systems for United Biscuits Radio, a wired in-house ‘radio’ station with loudspeakers placed next to the production line staff. This was successful in dramatically cutting staff turnover, but the station was decimated when Independent Local Radio started in the UK and all the staff moved to those stations. Alan then gained a contract to commission scenery movement equipment in the then-new South Bank National Theatre center.

Aln then founded Philip Drake Electronics in 1975, specialising initially in audio installations, but also rapidly developed wired intercom for sale to broadcast companies. The product range was expanded to include modular audio amplifier products, sharing a common platform with Avitel video modules. Subsequently the trading name changed to Drake Electronics, and expanded into television systems.

Drake Electronics took over the McCurdy Radio automation product in the early 1990s, and created Drake Automation with a multi-channel television automation product to serve that emerging market. Alan sold Drake Electronics in 1998 and Drake Automation in 1999, and since then has been continually involved with IABM, and subsequently the IABM Educational Foundation. Alan Brill was made an IABM Honorary Member in February 2009.


Clyde Smith

Clyde Smith is a consultant for New Technologies for FOX Network Engineering and Operations. In this role, Clyde supports Broadcast and Cable Sports and Entertainment Networks' production, post production and broadcast operating groups in addressing their challenges with new technologies focusing on standards, regulations and lab proof of concept testing and evaluation. Previously Clyde was the Senior Vice President of New Technologies for FOX Network Engineering and Operations.

Prior to joining FOX, Clyde was SVP of global broadcast technology and standards for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. where he provided technical guidance for the company’s domestic and international teams. In this role he was responsible for the strategic development and planning of new technology in addition to the operational transition of media from production to broadcast to air. Clyde Smith utilized his broad knowledge of operational and technical systems as well as hands-on experience developing processes for integrating operational facilities from the ground up, for the Turner Entertainment Group’s expansion of facilities in New York, Washington, Atlanta, London, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong.

Clyde oversaw the technical transition of on-air operations for 19 broadcast cable networks from the 1920s historic mansion to the new state-of-the-art facility on the Atlanta Techwood Campus of Turner Entertainment Networks, the insourcing of operations in London, the construction of a new facility in Buenos Aires and the facilities expansion in Hong Kong.

Clyde previously held the position as SVP of Broadcast Engineering Research and Development at Turner Broadcasting System. He initially joined Turner as Director of Advanced Technology for Network Operations where he successfully launched the first all-digital video server based, all-automated network, Cartoon Brazil; this design became the prototype for international feeds for automation conversion throughout the entertainment industry.

Having held key executive positions at Speer Worldwide Digital, Lockheed Space Operations, and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Clyde Smith has been at the forefront of significant technical and operational initiatives.

While serving as Chief Technical Officer at Speer WorldWide Digital, Clyde managed operations of an all digital facility and led a powerful engineering team in the trial that led to the launch of ABC’s Soap Net, production of hundreds of live events and the revitalization of Staples Arena in Los Angeles.

As Supervisor of Communications Design and Development Engineering for Lockheed Space Operations Company at The Kennedy Space Center, Clyde supported the civilian scientific exploration of space for 48 shuttle missions and three interplanetary probes. Smith participated in the design team that implemented NASA’s improvements of space shuttle transportation systems following the Challenger accident, winning awards for implementing Digital Image Analysis Systems, NASCOM Conversion, still Image documentation and management of shuttle maintenance processes and remote camera systems.

Clyde Smith has also supported initiatives that were recognized by The Computer World Honors program with the 2005, 21st Century Achievement Award for Media Arts and Entertainment as well as a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for Pioneering Efforts in the Development of Automated, Server-Based Closed Captioning Systems.

A fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Clyde is a frequent speaker and honored guest at meetings for SMPTE, NAB and SBE. He was a five-term Governor, a former Standards Chairman, and Secretary/Treasurer of the SMPTE. He has been program chair for four SMPTE advance-imaging conferences and was awarded the SMPTE outstanding service award.

Clyde is also a recipient of the SMPTE David Sarnoff Award and the Progress Medalas. In 2006 he was awarded the Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership award and the Storage Visions Storage Industry Service Award.

Clyde Smith has often presented and published research and technology papers that he has authored or co-authored in industry magazines and at industry conferences including Storage Networking World, VidTrans, CCW, NAB, IBC, HPA, SMPTE, SPIE, UFVA ,SBE, NABA and IABM.


David MacGregor

David has worked in the Broadcast industry since 1965, spending time at EMI Electronics, Thames TV, Grampian TV, Oman TV, Yorkshire TV before moving into the equipment side of the industry with Seltech International. David has been involved with the IABM since 1988 and became a director on its incorporation in 1998. He took over as chairman in 2001 and, having completed this stint, he’s been a key member of the board of the IABM ever since, receiving honorary membership in 2012.

Derek Owen

Derek Owen has been involved in the broadcast industry for over 50 years. After engineering positions at EMI and BBC, and sales roles at RCA and ProWest Electronics, Derek was a co-founder of Pro-Bel in 1977. After his retirement in 1998 he acted as an advisor to several companies. He has been involved with the IABM since 1978 serving on every members’ committee and board since then. Derek was made an honorary member in 2006 and is Chairman of IABM Limited.

John Ross

John’s career in broadcasting started by chance in 1950 when a kind person offered him a job as a radio transmitter operator at CKY-AM in Winnipeg for the summer, at age 14. In 1963 John founded the broadcast equipment division of Central Dynamics. John is a graduate engineer (BSc EE, University of Manitoba, 1962); a Fellow of the SMPTE, in 2013 became an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2014 recieved honorary membership with the IABM. He retired from Ross Video in 2006.

Lawrence Kaplan

As an industry leader and serial entrepreneur, Larry Kaplan has an extensive track record of building and running successful businesses in the media and entertainment market.

Larry holds an MBA from Rutgers University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, is a fellow of the Society of Television & Motion Picture Engineers (SMPTE) in addition to being an honorary member of the IABM. He also a member of the Board of Directors of Signiant, Inc., in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Lyle Keys

Lyle Keys started his career in the broadcast industry in 1953. He was the founder and president of TeleMation, Inc., an early manufacturer of equipment for the broadcast, cable, and CCTV industries. Lyle formed Utah Scientific in 1977, and the company continued under his management until 1987, when Lyle, wishing to reduce his direct involvement, initiated the search for a new president/CEO. In 1991 he ventured into the telecom service business at Teltrust, Inc. as chairman of the board. While he now resides in Mesquite, Nev., Lyle Keys is still active at Utah Scientific, serving as its honorary chairman.

Martin Salter

Martin Salter, a Chartered Engineer, is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Member of The Royal Television Society, SMPTE and Member of the IEEE. During his lengthy career in the broadcasting industry Salter was instrumental in establishing the IABM, serving as chairman for many years. He introduced several key initiatives that strive to encourage innovation and education of current and future engineers and so can be seen to complement his long association with conferences as key channels for sharing knowledge.

Mike Martin

Mike Martin joined Vinten in the early 1970s as sales manager for the company’s broadcast business. Martin served on the IABM Board as Vinten’s representative during the 1980s, and following his retirement in 2001 became chairman of IBC’s Executive Management Committee. Mike also represented the IABM on the IBC Board from 2000 to 2006. Now chair of the IBC Partnership Board, Mike Martin has been active in the broadcast industry for more than 40 years.

Ole Peter Clausen

A graduate of Copenhagen Business School, Ole Clausen is the personification of the successful serial entrepreneur. After graduating in 1972, Clausen took his first job with the Berg & Larsen shipping company. In the same year, he set up his first company, CCTV-Corporation A/S, which provided entertainment equipment to the shipping industry as well as CCTV systems. In 1981, Clausen then established the Danmon Group and set about building it out across the Nordic region throughout the 1980s. This was clearly not enough of a challenge on its own – in 1982, Clausen established Walport Scandinavia ApS, making and selling maritime training films, and in 1986 he also built a hotel in Copenhagen. In the 1990s, Clausen led Danmon Group into Nordic partnerships with Avid and Philips BTS. He has since has led a series of acquisitions, including Soundware/New Music A/S and NTP Technology A/S, plus ATG in the UK and Hiltron in Germany. Since 2012, he has also established Danmon Asia, Datos-Danmon Media Technology and Vantec Danmon Technology. Clausen also served on the Board of the Amagerbanken bank between 2002 and 2009, and in 2014, was elected to the Board of the prestigious Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society.

Peter Owen

The 50s and 60s were great years for budding electronics engineers; color and extra channels were coming to broadcast. After a few years at EMI Broadcast and IBA research, in 1973 Peter joined the team that launched Quantel, becoming the interface person and board member who understood broadcast, imaging technology and the associated engineering communities. As a regular presenter at conferences and Quantel’s representative at worldwide standards meetings, Peter has been honored by SMPTE, RTS, BKSTS and the IABM. Having stepped back from Quantel in 2000, Peter took over the chair at IBC Council, from which he stood down in 2016.

Roderick Snell

Roderick Snell is a visiting professor at the Business School of the University of Kingston, Surrey, a fellow of the Royal Television Society, and a governor of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
Roderick received SMPTE's highest award, the Progress Medal, in 2006 for his numerous contributions to television technology, and the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society presented him their presidential award in 2000.

Roger Crumpton

Roger was the first CEO of the IABM from 2005-2008 and IBC Board Member for Finance, Audit and Remuneration from 2006-2009. Roger has more than twenty years' experience leading international trade associations and organising exhibition and conference events in the ICT sector. He originally trained as an electronics engineer and has run technology companies in the UK, USA, Germany and Norway. Roger has been a company director for more 30 years with five years on a publicly listed company board. He is now retired and lives with his wife in South Devon, UK.

IABM Honorary Member Graham Roe 

1942 - 2016

Graham was born on 24th April 1942 in Pinner, Middlesex. His early interests were Amateur Radio and car rallying. He graduated from Imperial College in 1963 and joined the BBC first working on Ampex 2 inch quad VTRs then in Designs Department where he and his team produced early vision mixers and frame stores.

In 1978 he joined the newly formed Pro-Bel as technical director and under his leadership and guidance and his skill in recognising good engineers and good ideas developed first a range of analogue routers, products and control systems and later the digital equivalents including master control and automated playout systems that saw the company grow from 10 people and a turnover of £1M to one of 200+ people turning over £25M.

In addition to his ability to specify and design state of the art electronics he was hugely adaptable and able to take on all the technology that came along so fast and adapting it to keep Pro-Bel at the forefront. Those changes included the introduction of computers then pcs then the internet and Graham was giving lectures about them before most of us had grasped what they did. He even helped IABM into the IP world and the use of emails.

Graham was an excellent public speaker, relaxed, knowledgeable, and able to speak without notes (even before power point!) on a very broad range of topics and was much sought after for lectures and conferences to which he gave his time freely.

Graham was universally liked and respected both technically and as a mild, modest person. He was a member of the IABM Technical committee for many years and represented them at SMPTE meetings. He held several patents, was an honorary member of the IABM and a life fellow of SMPTE.

He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease since his 40’s and after retiring in 1999 he moved to the Peak District where he ran his own consulting business, Peak Broadcast Technology from home until sadly using a computer was becoming too difficult and he moved to  a care home in Scarborough to be close to his family. Whilst his body deteriorated his brain did not and a few days before he died peacefully in his sleep on 23rd June he was reading engineering magazines

He leaves his 5 children Adrian, Vanessa, Gemma, Lucy and Simon

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