by By Kaylee Hultgren | June 01, 2009

B.Cline"I see it as my mission to break down any remaining barriers for women in A/V."

Bridget Cline, founder, president and CEO of Pinellas Park, Fla.-based Industrial Strength Inc. & Pilot House Audio Visu­al, has received  the Women in AV Award from InfoComm, a leading audiovisual trade association. Cline also engages in pro-bono and nonprofit work. Her latest creation is FAVE (Female Audio Visual Executives), a nonprofit trade association that mentors young women in the field.

Tell us about FAVE.
It began as a way to find other women with whom I could share experiences. When I started, men who had been in the industry for years would call me and ask to "talk to the man." When I explained that I was, in fact, "the man," I would often hear a "click." Now that I've been accepted into the fold as a more than competent provider, I see it as my mission to break down any remaining barriers for women in A/V.

Where do you find your inspiration for your work? From broadcasts, such as the Academy Awards, or the opening of the Olympics. Also, I read 30 to 40 magazines per month to stay current on trends in color, design, lighting and even mood. But my greatest inspiration comes from brainstorming with the clients themselves.

What was the best compliment you've received on the job? It was from a client -- a very traditional university president -- who wasn't too sure about having a female in charge of his production team for a very high-profile event. I gradually earned his trust and respect, and after a flawless event, he shook my hand and said, "It will be an honor to work with you again soon." It made my entire month.