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Longtime A/V Industry Consultant John Stiernberg Dies at 66

John Stiernberg, 66, president and founder of Stiernberg Consulting, whose clients included CEDIA, InfoComm, NSCA and NAMM, passed away after months-long cancer battle.


Longtime A/V Industry Consultant John Stiernberg Dies at 66
John Stiernberg worked side by side with his wife Jeanne to build Stiernberg Consulting into one of the preeminent research firms for the A/V industry.
Jason Knott · November 14, 2017
John Stiernberg, 66, president and founder of Stiernberg Consulting, passed away November 11, 2017, after a months-long battle with cancer.
 
A Chicago area native, John was deeply committed to his college sweetheart and wife of 45 years, the former Jeanne Broughton. Together they founded Stiernberg Consulting in 1993, a seminal business development consultancy within the music, audio-video, and entertainment technology industry. Despite his influential role as a guiding force behind many of the industry's success stories, John maintained an intentionally understated, behind the scenes profile to keep the spotlight on his clients.
 
An accomplished bluegrass and gospel musician, John was an ardent music lover and aficionado, with an encyclopedic knowledge that spanned multiple genres and eras. He embraced technology with equal fervor, cultivating a keen insight and understanding of consumer and professional technologies. But it was John's business acumen that informed his work, guiding the CEOs and business trajectories of the industry's dominant players and rising stars.
 
A fervent supporter of music and technology education, John was active in numerous trade organizations including NAMM, InfoComm, NSCA, and CEDIA. A dynamic keynote speaker, he was a frequent contributor to industry publications, creating hundreds of white papers and reports, and authoring the acclaimed music industry guidebook, "Succeeding in Music: Business Chops for Performers and Songwriters."
 
John is survived by his wife Jeanne; his mother, Myra Stiernberg, of Tillamook, Ore.; brother Donald Stiernberg and sister-in-law Ilene Stiernberg of Skokie, Ill.; niece Bonnie Stiernberg of Brooklyn, N.Y.; nephew Charlie Stiernberg of Chicago; and brother-in-law Matthew Broughton of Ripon, Wis.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation to one of many charitable causes John was committed to, including the NAMM Foundation, as well as Bay City United Methodist Church, Bay City, Ore. Memorial services are pending.  CE Pro offers its deepest condolences to Jeanne and the entire Stiernberg family.
 


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Comments

Posted by Julie Jacobson on November 15, 2017

This is tragic. Deepest sympathies to Jeanne and the rest of John’s family.

Posted by markhoffenberg on November 14, 2017

I’m heartbroken. I have known John for 28 years and always found him to be insightful on a wide range of topics, extremely generous with his time and knowledge, and a deeply caring individual. I will miss him, and so will our industry. My deepest condolences to Jeanne, who, by John’s side was an inseparable partner in life and business.

Posted by Peter Hoagland on November 14, 2017

Very sad to read this news. John was one of the most gifted and generous people I have met in the industry. My condolences to Jeanne and their loved ones. Peter Hoagland

Posted by Mike AViG on November 14, 2017

A huge loss.  John was one of the nicest people I ever met in the industry.  He will be missed.  My condolences to Jeanne and the rest of the family.

Posted by Mike AViG on November 14, 2017

A huge loss.  John was one of the nicest people I ever met in the industry.  He will be missed.  My condolences to Jeanne and the rest of the family.

Posted by Peter Hoagland on November 14, 2017

Very sad to read this news. John was one of the most gifted and generous people I have met in the industry. My condolences to Jeanne and their loved ones. Peter Hoagland

Posted by markhoffenberg on November 14, 2017

I’m heartbroken. I have known John for 28 years and always found him to be insightful on a wide range of topics, extremely generous with his time and knowledge, and a deeply caring individual. I will miss him, and so will our industry. My deepest condolences to Jeanne, who, by John’s side was an inseparable partner in life and business.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on November 15, 2017

This is tragic. Deepest sympathies to Jeanne and the rest of John’s family.