Announcements

  • CEDIA Launches New Website to Highlight Award Winners & Finalists

    CEDIA has launched a design forward website (www.cediaawards.org) to showcase CEDIA Award winners and finalists projects as well as the year’s Best New Product and Product Hall of Fame winners. In addition to the newly launched website – CEDIA Award winners and finalists have all received a personalized case study to utilize when talking with clients and design and build professionals. 

    “We are thrilled to launch this new benefit for those member companies who represent the best of technical excellence and innovation in the industry,” said Cris Pyle, CEDIA vice president of marketing and industry relations. “Providing this platform will really drive engagement across the board, from homeowners, to design and build professionals, to top tier media.”

    Giles Sutton, CEDIA senior vice president of industry engagement adds, “ Over the years we’ve had such fantastic feedback about how the program has helped companies win new business – and this is just one more tool companies can utilize to show their expertise. The way projects are presented provides an easy way to really dig in to understand the ins-and-outs and see the fantastic project imagery, as well as easily link to the integrators’ web site for more information. I think our manufacturer members will also be very pleased to see themselves highlighted in equipment lists for each project.” 

    The CEDIA Awards program continues to be one of the most effective ways to demonstrate the work of the industry to audiences who are less familiar with home technology. This year CEDIA Award winners and finalists have enjoyed coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Financial Times, and The Sunday Times which all represent some of the largest consumer media outlets globally.  The 2020 CEDIA Awards program is set to open for submissions on January 13, 2020. This year, the awards submission process will be run on a new easy-to-use platform, and CEDIA has worked to streamline the entry requirements so it is easier for members to enter. Projects completed between March 2018 and March 2020 will be accepted for the 2020 program.
  • Jenn McGuire to Lead CEDIA Global Member Services Department

    CEDIA has named Jenn McGuire global member services manager. The promotion elevates McGuire to the head of the global organisation's membership department. She will remain based in the CEDIA EMEA office in the United Kingdom.

    "Jenn has been with the organisation for four-and-a-half years and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and excitement to the global member services manager position," says CEDIA Managing Director of EMEA Matt Nimmons. "As the lead in the launch of our successful Member of Excellence programme, Jenn's focus on providing the highest level of service to our members was on display. She has a keen grasp of the global reach of our organisation and brings great energy to the massive opportunities available to connect with members and industry contributors. We're thrilled to have Jenn continue to serve CEDIA in this leadership role."

    McGuire joined CEDIA in 2015, initially focusing on outreach in the EMEA office. Prior to joining CEDIA, McGuire worked in the events planning industry. In her time with CEDIA, McGuire has concentrated on supporting members in the EMEA. In February, the CEDIA Member of Excellence program, a global initiative led by McGuire, debuted.

    In her new role, McGuire's responsibilities include managing the global membership team and all of its initiatives.

    In addition to McGuire's promotion, CEDIA is in the process of recruiting another team member to bolster the membership staff in the EMEA office. Connect to that listing by clicking here.

    Those interested in learning more about membership benefits or member programs can find more information at CEDIA.org.
  • 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.