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Jan. 12, 2023 - As part of a new blog series to properly introduce you to the RGB Spectrum team, we are interviewing individuals who are experts in their roles and excel in all their responsibilities. Starting this month, please read a recently published article from SCN Magazine that features our CEO and president, Bob Marcus. He was recognized as this year's "Hall of Fame" recipient – and for good reason. We thought this would be a good way to get to know our CEO.
It was while working on his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering at Columbia University that Bob realized he was more interested in management than engineering. That's why his master's degree is from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and probably why he didn't begin his career behind a test bench.
About a dozen years after he graduated, he was consulting for a company that produced computer animation for TV and motion pictures. Turns out the company had a problem—they couldn't easily make videos from their computer systems, because computers didn't output video in those days. The company tasked him with finding a third-party solution.
Eventually, he found a company that had plans to build the necessary equipment. Bob looked and knew it wasn't going to do the job. By then, his consulting gig was over, and he needed something new to do.
"I decided I would produce the system I couldn't buy," he recalled. "That got me into the AV world."
In 1987, he launched RGB Spectrum. The company's first product was the VideoLink, a broadcast-quality (NTSC at the time) video scan converter. His initial customer wasn't producing movies—he needed to record computer-generated imagery from a tactical operations center. From there, RGB Spectrum branched out and became one of the first companies to offer multiviewers. Then, the company expanded into video walls and, more recently, AV-over-IP and KVM-over-IP solutions.
Even with its expanding product catalog, RGB Spectrum remains specialized in serving mission-critical operations, which explains the company's current motto: Better Decisions, Faster. Bob is more than happy to deliver a video wall solution for your corporate lobby, but his company's technology is typically found in the control room of whatever vertical market—military, security, public safety, etc.—needs visual information to provide situational awareness as part of its decision-making process.
"We produce the AV systems that put the right information in front of the right people in the best way possible," he explained. "Pretty pictures are fine, and they serve a purpose in our world. But I've always been interested in good AV support as an integral part of operations management, whether process control, security, or tactical response. Done right, an AV system enables better decision-making. And if you simplify workflows, you can make decision-making faster. That's why we have been working on desktop and mobile solutions as well as the large-screen displays we are best known for."
Bob said customers come to RGB Spectrum for full-featured, high-quality products. "If you want 24/7 reliability, low latency, and advanced features, then you want the kind of equipment we offer," he added. "I think we have a very special place in the market. We're seldom the low-price leader; we offer value at the top end of the market."
After 35 years as CEO of RGB Spectrum, Bob still enjoys the Pro AV market. "Whether your interest is in entertainment or in decision support, there are very interesting things going on," he said. "It's an exciting and ever-changing space."
Currently, he is interested in what is called "digital transformation." The company is bringing AV-over-IP solutions to the market that can deliver complex visual information from any source to any destination, from a video wall in a control room to a monitor in an office across a campus or a cell phone anywhere in the world. "We can deliver visual information anywhere, on any display. That's powerful," he said.
Of course, digital transformation is a very big job and still a work in progress, as Bob readily concedes. But at 80, he plans to continue to be part of the process. "We're still working on it," Bob noted. "I think we're leading—but that doesn't mean we're at the finish line. I don't expect to get bored anytime soon."
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