Announcements

  • Michael Sherman Named 2019 CEDIA Young Professional of the Year

    CEDIA has announced Michael Sherman as the recipient of the  2019 CEDIA Young Professional of the Year award. Sherman is the owner and director of Henri, a CEDIA Member of Excellence company based in France. The honor recognizes Sherman as an emerging leader who is making an impact on the home technology integration industry. The award is designed to elevate and celebrate the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of industry professionals under the age of 40.

    "This honor highlights Michael's exceptional dedication to his craft and to the entire industry," says CEDIA Global President and Chief Executive Officer Tabatha O'Connor. "Through his longtime CEDIA membership and contributions to high-profile roles like the EMEA Board of Directors and the Membership Advisory Council, Michael personifies the spirit of the award. The future of our global industry is brighter with Michael as a part of it."

    Sherman joined Henri -- a company founded by his grandfather in 1961 -- more than a decade ago. The custom integrator has grown over the years to include offices in two cities, Paris and Cannes, and 40 employees. Henri has been a CEDIA member since 1999. Sherman was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year in the greater Paris area by the France Chamber of Artisans.

    Throughout his career and involvement with CEDIA, Sherman has championed the expansion of the association’s global presence. He has also served as a judge for the CEDIA Awards selection process.
  • CEDIA Releases Quality of Power White Paper

    Today, CEDIA has released a new white paper The Quality of Power, which explores conditions and causes of electrical problems, and the solutions to deliver a better quality of power.

    "There is no denying that technology is more a part of our daily lives than it has ever been before. The digital native generation does not know a world without the internet. With this demand for access to technology comes another sometimes overlooked need – the need for power that is free from transients, interruptions and noise," said Walt Zerbe, senior director of technology and standards. "CEDIA's new white paper explores why it is important to have quality power and how integrators can deliver better quality power to their clients."

    The new white paper helps break down the complex topics of electrical noise and power anomalies and what can be done to mitigate their effects.

    The Quality of Power white paper is one of five that CEDIA has released this year. Other white papers include; The Integrator's Guide to Video: ColorimetryThe Integrator's Guide to Video: ResolutionInfrastructure Cabling for Voice, Data, and Video, and Securing the Residential Network.

    Each white paper CEDIA has released this year supports the organization's strategy of raising the professionalism of the industry through standards, recommended practices, guidelines and best practices. CEDIA members can download a complimentary copy of The Quality of Power white paper through the CEDIA Resource Catalogue. It is available to non-members for $99. You can connect to the full portfolio of white papers by clicking here.
  • CEDIA Announces Updates to The CEDIA Designer Software

    The CEDIA Designer (TCD), the award-winning software that helps integrators create technically-perfect home cinema or media room design plans, documentation, and models in minutes, has released a host of valuable upgrades.

    The CEDIA Designer upgrades include:

    • The documentation report can now be generated in Spanish
    • Sound bar products can now be specified within the tool
    • A new Project Progress feature is available
    "The new features in The CEDIA Designer showcase our commitment to continuous improvement," said TCD creator Guy Singleton. "The addition of Spanish language documentation, sound bar products, and Project Progress builds on TCD's status as the most powerful cinema design tool around. Integrators deserve software that responds to and evolves with their needs and these upgrades deliver."

    The Project Progress feature allows users to demonstrate which stage the project is in. Project managers will find it beneficial for validating to customers the phase the project has reached, including: sales agreed, trim out, first fix, and second fix stages.

    TCD allows integrators to enter in room dimensions and materials, equipment choices, and placement, producing a client-ready 30+ page cinema design proposal. Users are guided through the design process and the resulting design report is complete in minutes, not hours or days.

    "From the sightlines to the seating and screen types to the projector selection and proper Dolby Atmos speaker placement, the documentation includes everything," said LED Systems LLC Chief Technologist Lewis Franke. "TCD paid off for me immediately during the first project I used it. I delivered a more expensive proposal than the other bids, because the software helped me show the client the necessary changes and accommodations others were leaving out."

    The new TCD developments follow several others recently announced, including immersive virtual reality render capabilities and the introduction of Samsung's The Wall, a consumer modular MicroLED 146-inch display. Both features are available to TCD users at the Cinema Room Pro tier.

    In addition to a complimentary subscription to the Media Room tier of TCD, a CEDIA membership unlocked significant discounts to all other TCD tiers. Connect to more about the powerful software and find out how to subscribe to it at thecediadesigner.org.
  • CEDIA Announces Election Results For Board of Directors, Move of Domestication

    CEDIA has announced four new elected directors to serve on the CEDIA Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 term. Following a 41-day voting period for CEDIA members, Melanie Malcolm was elected to fill the open EMEA position and Jamie Briesemeister, Bill Skaer, and Amanda Wildman were elected to fill the open positions for the rest of the world. Additionally, CEDIA members voted to approve the move of domestication of CEDIA from Illinois to Indiana.

    "The collection of skills and experiences our board leadership brings to bear is exceptional and the four elected directors will answer the call," said CEDIA Global President and CEO Tabatha O'Connor. "As the industry, organization, and needs of membership continue to evolve, we’re excited to have a board of directors that can respond and take action that moves us to the next level."
     
    Melanie Malcolm is co-founder and co-owner of Leeds, Yorkshire, UK-based Bespoke Home Cinemas. She will finish out her current, appointed term on the CEDIA Board of Directors through the end of the year before beginning her elected director term. In 2016, Malcolm was elected to the CEDIA EMEA Board and she helped with CEDIA's global alignment process. An active volunteer, she has served in roles including Strategy Advisory Council (SAC) chair for global accessibility, chair of the Smart Home Apprenticeship Trailblazer Committee in the UK, and CEDIA Awards judge for the EMEA region. Outside the industry, Malcolm directs two event management companies: Yorkshire Ladies Links and the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

    Jamie Briesemeister is chief executive officer and co-founder of Integration Controls in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. An avid speaker at conferences and seminars, Briesemeister often participates in panel discussions, presenting informative sessions, or offering Continuing Education Units to architects and designers. She serves as an advocate for technology considerations and collaboration in the design/build process and has written for Connected Design and Residential Tech Today. Briesemeister is a CEDIA Outreach Instructor (COI), avid volunteer, member of the Industry Relations Advisory Council, and previous chair of the Professional Development Advisory Council.

    Bill Skaer is senior managing partner of Bill Skaer and Associates LLC in Mesquite, Texas, USA. The former U.S. Air Force management analyst has served as a CEDIA volunteer and a seven-term previous board member. In 2006, he received the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Skaer has also been named CEDIA Volunteer of the Year, CEDIA Fellow, and spent nearly two decades as CEDIA Ethics Committee chairman. He co-founded Eric Grundelman's Cool AV, an electronic systems contracting company and CEDIA Founding Member. In 2014, Skaer sold his interest in the company, pursuing a career in consulting and manufacturing, and founding his own technology integration company.

    Amanda Wildman is an owner of TruMedia in Ada, Michigan, USA. The current chair of the CEDIA Professional Development Advisory Council, she is also a member of the CEDIA Workforce Development Working Group. She has served as a member of the Business Working Group and has assessed, assisted, and taught courses at CEDIA Expo. Wildman earned her CEDIA Outreach Instructor certification (COI) in 2014. She is on the board of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and has been secretary and associate member vice president. The Calvin College graduate founded a Finished Trades Group in her city that develops relationships among local trade contractors and builders, designers, and architects.

    The two-year terms of the newly-elected directors will begin January 1, 2020.

    Candidates nominated for appointed positions are currently being reviewed by CEDIA's Governance Committee. Appointed directors are selected from among all member types (manufacturers, service providers, home technology professionals, etc.). Three appointed positions are open for the 2020-2021 term: one will be filled from the EMEA region and two will be filled from the rest of the global membership. The CEDIA Governance Committee will make recommendations to the newly-seated board, who will vote on appointments at the January 2020 board meeting.

    Board members continuing their service in 2020 include:

    Rob Sutherland
    Chairman-Elect
    Inspired Dwellings, Ltd.
    London, UK

    Dave Humphries
    Immediate Past Chairman
    Atlantic Integrated
    Rockleigh, NJ, USA

    Peter Aylett
    Director
    Archimedia
    West Sussex, UK

    Michael Cogbill
    Director
    ETC
    West Palm Beach, FL, USA

    Albert Mizrahi
    Director
    Smartlab
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Joe Whitaker
    Director
    Thoughtful Integrations
    Clayton, MO, USA
     
    Connect to more about the CEDIA board election and appointment process by clicking here.
  • CEDIA Names Two New Vice Presidents

    CEDIA has announced two promotions. The global organization has named Samantha Ventura vice president of education and training and Ian Bryant vice president of technology application and workforce initiatives. The positions deal with two of CEDIA’s key areas of strategic focus: education and workforce development.

    "The decisions to elevate the roles and responsibilities of Samantha Ventura and Ian Bryant were easy ones," said CEDIA Global President and Chief Executive Officer Tabatha O'Connor. "Each is dedicated to driving the industry forward by keeping education, training, innovation, and workforce efforts on the cutting edge. We're really fortunate to find Samantha and Ian's level of talent within our own ranks."
     
    Ventura's responsibilities involve directing, managing, and providing leadership in all instructional and academic systems within the organization's education programs. She plans, develops, and oversees various curriculum development and certification programs, and promotes and coordinates curriculum and course development and evaluation.

    "Since joining CEDIA in March of 2018, Samantha has shown an exceptional capacity to lead and direct her team in a way that ensures educational initiatives remain a cornerstone of the organization," said O'Connor. "She is an instrumental figure in CEDIA’s position as the global leader in home integration education."  

    Ventura has spent the past two decades -- both in California and Indiana -- dedicated to developing and implementing learning programs, as well as best practices for engaging and inclusive instruction, in many larger organizations and institutions of higher learning. Her undergraduate work was specifically in education, and her master's and PhD work focused on teaching and organizational leadership. She has a special interest and focus on cultural intelligence and virtual leadership.

    Prior to coming to CEDIA, Ventura served as director of learning initiatives for the DevOps Library, where she designed and developed online offerings supporting open source learning for a global audience. She has previously worked within many major organizations, including McGraw-Hill, Eli Lilly, and High Point Global. Ventura is a published author in the field of automation for O'Reilly Media.
     
    Bryant's responsibilities involve collaborating with the education department on high-level pathways and learning tracks, building business partnerships with industry organizations, and managing all things tech at CEDIA's new global headquarters. He works directly with the technology and standards department, tech council, and discovery working group. Bryant's new position adds workforce initiatives and workforce development efforts designed to bring more individuals to the integration field. These programs include CEDIA Electronic Systems Integration Technician training, boot camps, City & Guilds, and the Smart Home Technician Apprentice program. Occasionally, Bryant works with the marketing department on technology-related speaking engagements.  

    "Ian has been a volunteer and contractor for CEDIA for more than ten years, and in his time as a CEDIA employee, he has been highly effective at fostering connections worldwide, taking workforce and tech initiatives to the next level," O'Connor said. "Having come up the ranks in the industry himself, Ian’s deep understanding of industry career paths makes him uniquely qualified to lead our workforce initiatives."

    Bryant was named senior director of technology application and innovation in March after a more than two-decade career in custom AV and integration. His experience includes serving as a technology subcontractor for residential, corporate, government, and hospitality projects.
     
    Bryant ran the Indianapolis office of Detroit-based ZenArray, which specializes in consulting, design, programming, and installation services, before coming to CEDIA. Bryant is the 2017 CEDIA Volunteer of the Year and 2011 CEDIA Education Volunteer of the Year, and has served as a subject matter expert for the organization since 2008. He was also CEDIA Awards chair for three years and has been an Awards judge for a decade. Bryant is a Crestron Silver Master Programmer and is Harman HCCP, CEDIA ESC-T, ISF, HAA, Biamp, BSS, and QSC-certified. He is also a nationally-certified EMS/EMT.
  • CEDIA Names 2019 Best New Product and Product Hall of Fame Winners

    CEDIA has announced the 2019 Best New Product and Product Hall of Fame Award Winners. The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of home technology professionals.

    2019 Best New Product Awards Winners:
     


    Best New Hardware Product category winners:
     

     

    Meridian Audio
    Meridian DSP640.2 In-Wall Loudspeaker

     

    NAD Electronics
    NAD Masters M10

     

    Nexus 21
    Apex Motorized TV Wall Mount

     

    Nortek Security & Control
    ELAN Intelligent Touch Panels with Face Recognition

     

    SAVANT
    SAVANT Breaker-Companion Modules

     

    Séura
    Séura® Shade Series™ Outdoor TV

     

    Seymour-Screen Excellence
    Seymour-Screen Excellence Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) Motorized Masking Film Screen System

     

    SnapAV
    WattBox® 250-Series Wi-Fi 2-Outlet IP Surge Protector

    Sony Electronics Inc.
    Sony MASTER Series Z9G 8K HDR TV

     


    Best New Software Product category winner:
     

    Control4
    Control4 Smart Home OS 3


    2019 Product Hall of Fame Winners:


     

    Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Crestron DigitalMedia™

    Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    RadioRA 2

    Just Add Power
    J+P 2G Platform

    SAVANT
    Savant TrueImage

  • CEDIA Announces Volunteer of The Year Honorees

    FISHERS, Indiana (August 26, 2019) — CEDIA has named the global organization's 2019 volunteers of the year recognized in three categories: a new volunteer, an education volunteer, and an overall volunteer. Honorees are nominated by CEDIA staff for contributions that enhance, develop, and refine the organization's programs and offerings.

    "Giving back to the industry is the backbone of what CEDIA is all about, and this year's honorees are true standouts for their volunteerism," said CEDIA Global President and Chief Executive Officer Tabatha O'Connor. "The industry and the organization thrive when members lend their expertise to the rest of the world. Please join me in congratulating Geoff Meads, Jamie Briesemeister, and Michael Robinson for demonstrating leadership in action through the hard work they've put in to nurture the industry and drive it forward."


     
    The 2019 Volunteers of the Year are:

    Geoff Meads — Volunteer of the Year
    Presto Web Design

    Geoff Meads has been involved with CEDIA since the mid-2000s. The 30-year AV business veteran is now owner of Presto, a UK-based web design agency specializing in the smart home, Hi-Fi, and home cinema markets. He's been contributing to CEDIA training and e-learning courses for more than 15 years and has served as a regular instructor during that time.

    Meads's years of service as a CEDIA volunteer include several CEDIA working groups (designer, instructor, technical, standards, and certification), plus five years serving on the Professional Development Advisory Council. Recently, he's taken an active role in the UK Smart Home Apprenticeship Trailblazer Committee. Meads is perhaps best known as a CEDIA EMEA & Global Awards judge, serving on the technical judging committee since 2010 and, in recent years, as chairman of the EMEA region judging panel.

    Geoff is a long-term instructor who holds CEDIA ESC-T, ESC-D, and ESC-N certifications. He has made a name for himself as a trusted subject matter expert, podcast guest, coach, and mentor who has boosted all facets of the organization and industry.



    Jamie Briesemeister — Education Volunteer of the Year
    Integration Controls

    Integration Controls Managing Principal, Jamie Briesemeister, dove head-first into CEDIA education shortly after becoming a member in 2005, taking as many courses as possible to fill the schedule at her first Expo.

    She began volunteering on the Professional Development Advisory Council, then as a co-chair of the Business Xchange task force, in class instruction, and is currently the Business Working Group Chair. Her selfless dedication to CEDIA and the home technology industry is showcased through collaboration with multiple facets of the organization, including currently serving on the Industry Relations Advisory Council, where she often speaks on behalf of CEDIA members to design/build professionals in formal and informal educational sessions.

    Briesemeister, who was named CEDIA Volunteer of the Year in 2015, was quoted on her nomination form saying "I care about CEDIA and this industry!" This continues to be evidenced by her efforts inside CEDIA events and through outreach to her community in St. Louis, Missouri.


     
    Michael Robinson — New Volunteer of the Year
    Perfect Integration Limited

    Michael joined Perfect Integration Ltd in 2012 as a project manager and soon after, became involved with CEDIA as a CEDIA Outreach Instructor.

    Now as the project director, he has expanded his involvement in a big way this year, serving on the Industry Relations Advisory Council and on the Task Force for EMEA Continuing Professional Development Creation.

    Outside the realm of home technology and integration, Michael has been a terrific driver of engagement and action with the design and build community. Earlier this year, Michael earned his ESC-D certification from CEDIA.


     
    The three volunteers will be honored during this year's CEDIA Expo, which will take place September 10-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. You can connect to more about registration and CEDIA Expo happenings at cediaexpo.com. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities at CEDIA by clicking here.
  • Workforce Development Takes Center Stage with New CEDIA Pilot Program

    A 12-week pilot program from CEDIA designed to equip future home technology professionals with in-demand fundamentals has graduated its inaugural class. CEDIA Electronic Systems Integration Technician Training is hands-on in nature and takes a comprehensive approach to preparing the next generation of talent.

    One of CEDIA's top strategic initiatives focuses on workforce development, and the completion of the program's successful pilot phase is a key milestone for the global organization and the industry.

    "The program is a central component of CEDIA’s workforce development strategy," says CEDIA Director of Workforce Development Tommy Tabor. "This program is really geared towards making sure that folks that we're attracting to the industry have the skillset they need to be fully contributing members to the employers that hire them."

    The program involves 108 hours of job skills training -- from basic laboratory work to home technology infrastructure training and rack building to home theater installation -- and CEDIA's long-term objective is to roll it out nationally. CEDIA has identified multiple states as potential candidates for the program’s expansion, which could include partnerships with technical schools, trade schools, and community colleges.

    Nearly 30 percent of respondents to CEDIA's 2018 "Size and Scope of the Residential Technology Systems Industry" survey reported finding and keeping qualified employees as a challenge for integration firms -- by far the biggest concern identified by employers of all sizes.

    "There is an entry level shortage in our industry, all the way down to my personal level," said Thoughtful Integrations President Joe Whitaker, who serves on the CEDIA board of directors and the organization's Strategic Advisory Council and Workforce Development Working Group. "We can't move forward unless there are people that take my place 10 and 20 years down the road. CEDIA's overall strategy holds a lot of different components, from education to industry outreach, but none of those can continually go without a workforce to support an industry."

    The pilot program's inaugural class included eight graduated, two of whom have already secured employment in the industry. By graduation night, seven trainees had also earned Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) Electronic Systems Technician (EST)credentials and six earned CEDIA Electronic Systems Certified (ESC) credentials.

    The initiative has received occupational skills training approval from the state of Indiana and it is in-compliance with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) policies at the state and federal levels.

    "We learned a lot from running this first cohort," said Tabor. "We look forward to rolling it out in more states and we are happy to talk to members about how they can begin setting the foundation in their market for the program to be successful."

    Connect to more on CEDIA Education initiatives and opportunities at cedia.net/cedia-training.

    Notes: A video highlighting the program is available by clicking here. Images of students and instructors at work as well as the graduation event are available by clicking here.
  • CEDIA Names Finalists for Best New Product Awards

    CEDIA has announced the 2019 Best New Product Awards finalists. The finalists -- in hardware and software categories -- were selected by a panel of judges comprised of home technology professionals. Winners will be announced in the CEDIA booth (#1301) at 3:00 p.m. MT at this year's CEDIA Expo on Thursday, September 12.

    2019 Best New Product Awards Finalists:
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    Best New Hardware Product category finalists:
     
    Bang & Olufsen
    Bang & Olufsen Beovision Harmony
     
    Barco Residential
    Bragi Cinemascope

    Bowers & Wilkins
    Formation Duo
     
    Draper, Inc.
    Silent Partner
     
    Epic Sky Technology
    Epix Fusion
     
    Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Lutron Maestro LED+™ dimmer
     
    LG Electronics USA
    LG 75-inch LCD 8K TV (75SM99)
     
    Meridian Audio
    Meridian DSP640.2 In-Wall Loudspeaker
     
    NAD Electronics
    NAD Masters M10
     
    Nexus 21
    Apex Motorized TV Wall Mount

    Nortek Security & Control
    ELAN Intelligent Touch Panels with Face Recognition 

    Samsung Electronics America
    Samsung 82” Q900 8K QLED TV

    Samsung Electronics America
    The Wall Luxury

    SAVANT
    SAVANT Breaker-Companion Modules

    Séura
    Séura® Shade Series™ Outdoor TV

    Seymour-Screen Excellence
    Seymour-Screen Excellence Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) Motorized Masking Film Screen System

    SnapAV
    WattBox® 250-Series Wi-Fi 2-Outlet IP Surge Protector

    Somfy Systems, Inc.
    Sonesse® 30 WireFree Zigbee® Li-ion

    Sony Electronics Inc.
    Sony MASTER Series Z9G 8K HDR TV

    Wilson Electronics
    WilsonPro Pro 1100 
    ________________________________________

    Best New Software Product category finalists:
     
    Control4
    Control4 Smart Home OS 3
     
    Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Crestron Home OS 3
     
    D-Tools, Inc.
    D-Tools Cloud

    Josh.ai
    Natural Language Voice Control Multisource and Multizone AV

    SAVANT
    SAVANT Advanced IP-Based Apple TV Integration 
    ________________________________________

    Finalists and winners are recognized for their innovative contributions to the industry and for the value they provide to integrators and end users. You can connect to a full list of finalists, including photos, by clicking here. Connect to more about CEDIA Expo, including registration, at cediaexpo.com. The 2019 CEDIA Expo runs from September 10-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
  • CEDIA Details Five CEDIA Expo Education Hot Topics

    This year's CEDIA Expo kicks off in a little over a month and with more than 125 classes, CEDIA is taking a moment to highlight five education topics that will take center stage at this year's CEDIA Expo. The 2019 CEDIA Expo will run September 10-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

    "CEDIA has listened to our members as well as industry stakeholders and worked diligently to assemble educational offerings at CEDIA Expo that match current needs and address future technology demands," said Director of Technical Training Steven Rissi. "Half of this year's courses are new and the returning subjects have been thoughtfully curated to continue CEDIA's mission as the leading source of education and certification for the industry. We also worked hard to bring our entire New Hire Track of classes to Expo, making it a one-stop-shop for someone wanting to have their new technicians learn everything they can, with both lecture based and hands-on learning experiences, within the cost of the training pass. Whether attendees have years of experience or are new to the industry, CEDIA Expo has tons of valuable classes for everyone."

    2019 Hot Topics include:

    Network Security
    As the Internet of Things environment continues to evolve, integrators and professionals in related fields need to be hands-on when it comes to locking down residential networks. Several courses at CEDIA Expo, including "Properly Securing a Residential Network: Methods and Best Practices" and "Remote System Access: Methods, Security and Best Practices Learning Lab" will build attendees abilities in the complicated but critical world of network security.

    Health and Wellness in the Home
    How to tackle health and wellness in the home is an incredibly popular topic among industry insiders and CEDIA education is offering multiple courses on this topic -- notably, "A Healthy Home Starts with HVAC," "Smart Home for Good: Technology Benefits at Every Stage of Life," and "Smart Seniors Seminar: How Technologies are Keeping Seniors Safer, Smarter and out of Assisted Living" -- deal with topics seeing significant demand from customers.

    Audio/Video Over IP Infrastructure
    The methods of distributing video in commercial and residential applications keep shifting and a number of courses offered at CEDIA Expo will help integrators keep current and work toward what's next. "AV-over-IP Methods, Formats, and System Design" will explore compression codes and standards, network speed and latency implications, HDR, and infrastructure and system design best practices. "Tailoring Network Performance with VLANS and QoS Learning Lab" will offer advanced network performance tools for residential applications to help learners enhance their understanding of achieving optimal network performance with multiple devices and programs, building on students' working knowledge.

    LED Lighting
    LED technology -- from sources to controls -- is rapidly changing and gaining prominence. Stay ahead of the curve with courses including "Fundamentals of Control Systems," which will take a deep dive into a range of user interfaces and emphasize understanding to help designers meet client needs for common and complex tasks. Additional courses dealing with LED lighting will focus on user experience and the potential impact of DirectLED and microLED display systems.

    The Art of the Home Theater
    This year's CEDIA Expo will offer several unparalleled learning opportunities for home tech professionals looking to raise the bar on home cinema projects. "The CEDIA Home Cinema Design Masterclass" -- featuring Imaging Science Foundation founder Joel Silver, Grimani Systems President Anthony Grimani, and TK Theatres and RAYVA founder Theo Kalomirakis -- will provide an in-depth examination of several high-level topics for veteran integrators. The "Becoming Cinema Sommelier" course will focus on the unique position the high-end private cinema industry finds itself in and what opportunities it presents for integrators.

    You can connect to more about CEDIA training by clicking here and explore the full lineup of courses by clicking here. CEDIA Expo is the largest annual residential technology show with some 20,000 home technology professionals and more than 500 exhibitors. The event runs September 10-14. CEDIA Education will be offered four days and the Exhibit Hall floor will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Register for CEDIA Expo and dozens of classes at cediaexpo.com.
  • CEDIA Unveils Americas Home Technology Professional Award Winners

    CEDIA is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition for the Americas region. Twelve projects received recognition Thursday during the CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago. Each honoree represents the best work over the last year from CEDIA members in the global organization’s Americas region.

    "This year's winners really showcase the exceptional work of CEDIA members and the innovative spirit of the industry," said CEDIA Global President and Chief Executive Officer Tabatha O'Connor. "The awards event capped off a terrific day at a one-of-a-kind venue in Chicago that also included the successful debut of our Leadership Conference. A big thank you to all of our event supporters, particularly headline sponsors Crestron, DISH, and Savant."

    The 2019 Home Technology Professional Award Winners from the Americas Region are:

    Best Home Cinema
    • Level I: ACOUSTIC INTERIORS – Toronto, Ontario – Canada
    • Level II: Audio Images – Tustin, California – USA
    • Level III: Audio Images – Tustin, California – USA
    Best Innovative System or Solution
    • Pacific Audio & Communications – Kihei, Hawaii – USA
    Best Integrated Home
    • Level I: La Scala – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada
    • Level II: Cantara – Costa Mesa, California – USA
    • Level III: La Scala – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada
    • Level IV: The Premier Group – Carmel, Indiana – USA
    Best Media Room   
    • Level I: Audio Images – Tustin, California – USA
    • Level II: Audio Images – Tustin, California – USA
    Best Multiple Dwelling Unit Design
    • SmartTouchUSA – Columbia, Maryland – USA
    Best Showroom
    • Atlanta Audio & Automation – Atlanta, Georgia – USA
    Best Documentation
    • La Scala – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada
    Best Lighting System
    • Service TECH, Inc. – Cedar Park, TX – USA
    Life Lived Best at Home
    • Cantara – Costa Mesa, California – USA
    Technology Meets Design
    • La Scala – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada

    A global judging panel of experts deeply connected to the home technology industry evaluated entries and selected winners. Asia Pacific region finalists were announced in Juneand winners will be revealed at Integrate in Melbourne, Australia on August 28. EMEA region finalists were also previously announced and the winners will be unveiled September 26 during a sold-out celebration in the V&A in London, UK. Global Award winners will be announced at the EMEA event.

    As part of the "Road to CEDIA Expo," CEDIA and Emerald Expositions are partnering to award category winners in the Americas region with a CEDIA Expo travel package that includes flight reimbursement of up to $500 and a three-night hotel stay at the 2019 CEDIA Expo at the Colorado Convention Center September 10-14 in Denver.

    Connect to more about the CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition and the Awards events at cedia.net/awards. Winners and finalists will be profiled across all CEDIA platforms.
  • Crestron, DISH, Savant to be Headline Sponsors for CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference

    Crestron, DISH, and Savant Sign on as CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference Headline Sponsors

    FISHERS, Ind. (JUNE 13, 2019) — The Americas edition of the CEDIA Awards Celebration and new Leadership Conference will be supported by a formidable slate of sponsors, including headline sponsors, Crestron, DISH, and Savant. The industry innovators join Barco, Control4, Emerald Expositions, Legrand, Lutron, Meridian, Samsung, SnapAV, Sonance, Sonos, Sony, and SurgeX as sponsors of the July 24-25 event at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago.

    "The CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference gives honorees the full spotlight to toast their hard-earned achievements and offers a prime platform for the sponsors who will help make this night one to remember. Crestron, DISH, and Savant are some of the biggest names in the CEDIA channel and we’re grateful for their support and the terrific backing of all of our sponsors," says CEDIA Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement Giles Sutton. "Pairing the Awards Celebration with the debut of the Leadership Conference gives attendees an opportunity to interact with highly-engaging content that will help them grow as business leaders. The celebration and conference will also open the door for side-by-side networking and learning among integrators and manufacturers in an intimate setting."

    Savant Executive Vice President J.C. Murphy says "we value any opportunity to connect with industry partners and the CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference is one opportunity that will allow us to deepen our relationships. We are excited to offer our support toward this new venture."

    DISH National Sales Manager Frank DeFilippis says "integrators are often at the front lines of delivering our technology to consumers, so we're pleased to have an opportunity to connect with them as a CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference sponsor."

    Crestron Vice President, Residential John Clancy says "we're glad to play a part in honoring the best of the best in the industry and look forward to joining integrators during a unique opportunity to learn and build connections."

    The conference is crafted for executive leaders and will feature educational sessions throughout the day, leading up to the CEDIA Awards Celebration in the evening. The opening keynote presentation will be delivered by David Rendall and focus on embracing flaws — instead of fixing them — to gain a competitive advantage.

    Conference attendees will then choose two class options that will be followed by an economic and housing forecast from Mark Boud, senior vice president and chief economist of Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company. Two additional attendee-selected courses will follow. Cocktail hour for the CEDIA Awards Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. and the Awards Presentation will start at 8 p.m.

    Early bird pricing (through June 18) for the conference and awards event is $700 for CEDIA members and $1,000 for non-members. Tables of 10 are $7,670 and the CEDIA member/CEDIA Expo exhibitor price will be $5,900 - a 15% savings. Members can purchase single tickets to the CEDIA Awards only for $150 at the early bird rate.

    As part of the "Road to CEDIA Expo," CEDIA and Emerald Expositions are partnering to award category winners in the Americas region with a CEDIA Expo travel package that includes flight reimbursement of up to $500 and a three-night hotel stay at the 2019 CEDIA Expo.

    Connect to more about the CEDIA Awards Celebration and Leadership Conference here.

    About CEDIA

    This year, CEDIA celebrates 30 years of connection and innovation having led the industry as the global trade association and central touch point for companies that design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA will continue to build on this legacy in 2019 and beyond as the industry leader in delivering the resources and benefits that set members at every level on a pathway to prosperity. CEDIA Expo, also in its 30th year, remains the largest annual residential technology show and Integrated Systems Europe, co-owned by CEDIA, is the world's largest AV and systems integration exhibition. Over the last 30 years, CEDIA members have consistently been dedicated to delivering technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home. Throughout the course of the year, CEDIA will be showcasing three decades of contributions of its more than 3,700 member companies. Learn more about CEDIA at www.cedia.net.