Founder and chairman of Crestron Electronics, George Feldstein, passed away on November 4, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer.
The passionate inventor was considered to be an undisputed AV visionary by many and, throughout his career, he earned 14 patents — both in AV and other personal curiosities, such as bicycle lubrication.
George Feldstein started Crestron in 1969 in a room above a New Jersey deli, after being fired from his last job. The company's first successful offering was a wireless remote for commercial AV systems in the 1970s. This marked the birth of a world-leading AV innovator, which grew into a $1 billion family-owned business employing more than 2,500 people worldwide.
During his career, Feldstein was honoured with many notable awards, including InfoComm’s Adele de Berri Lifetime Achievement Award and CEDIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His influence on the industry was felt by many worldwide, as we are sure the sadness of his passing will also be.
The company has issued the following statement:
"It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Crestron’s Chairman and Founder, George Feldstein. After a brave battle with brain cancer over the past year, he passed away earlier today, peacefully at his home surrounded by family. His passion and love for our industry was evident in everything that he did. His influence has left an indelible mark on all those who were fortunate enough to know him. He was truly a great man and a great leader. We will all sorely miss him, but his spirit will live on in all that he touched."