Meet our Team
David Weatherhead, President
David brings over 14 years of management, entrepreneurial success, and international audio visual experience to the Advanced team.
With a proven track record of building AV businesses in the both the distribution and reseller channels, David is well equipped to help expand Advanced’s various businesses. Prior to being appointed President, David created the Advanced Direct business group at Advanced and Advanced’s rental subsidiary APG Rentals.
Before joining Advanced, David worked as Business Manager for AV distributor Maverick Presentation Products in the UK (now part of Tech Data). David launched the specialist AV distributor Hotlamps into Europe, positioning the company as the leader in the channel and growing the business to over $20M in sales. David also founded the specialist distribution business Screen Expert at Maverick, and as well advising on business strategy for a variety of other Maverick businesses.
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from Queen’s University. In 2013 David was named a Top 40 under 40 in the audio visual industry by Commercial Integrator magazine.
Mark McPherson, EVP
Mark is the Executive Vice President at Advanced, and is responsible for the sales strategy and leadership across the various Advanced business units. Mark brings deep industry knowledge of audio visual technology, with a focus on projection, video displays and visual collaboration solutions. Mark has played a key leadership role in helping grow Advanced into one of Canada’s largest solution providers of AV and Visual Collaboration technologies.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant and experienced Management Consultant who has been with Advanced for more than ten years. Mark has provided executive level management on many successful multi-million dollar AV projects during this time.
Prior to joining Advanced, Mark was a Divisional Manager at U.S. Office Products, a billion dollar enterprise. Mark has also served as a Management Consultant within a boutique consulting firm (grown out of Ernst and Young), where he specialized in guiding medium-sized businesses in the development of long-term strategic plans and the raising of financial capital for future growth.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Business from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a registered Chartered Accountant.
Wayne Derby, VP of Engineering and Technical Services
Wayne is the Vice President of Engineers and Technical Services for Advanced. Wayne has more than 30 years of experience in the management, design, engineering and installation of commercial and higher educational audio visual systems. Wayne Specialises in the area of design consultation and analysis of proposed audio visual systems, as well as project management of system installations.
Wayne has a deep technical understanding of audio video and visual collaboration systems. Wayne holds and Electronics Engineering Degree from George Brown College and numerous AV certifications.