Billilynne Keller Named President of Electronic Systems Industry Consortium

Consortium addresses technical training needs

Indianapolis, Ind. - Billilynne Keller, executive director of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), has been named president of the Electronic Systems Industry Consortium (ESIC), a non -profit corporation that encourages the growth, expansion and professionalism of the electronic systems industry through collaborative affiliation of national and international trade associations.

Both CEDIA and the Electronic Systems Industry Consortium are dedicated to educating and training industry professionals on the most up -to -date technologies and innovations that will drive the current and future development of the electronic systems industry. Prior to being named president of the ESIC, Keller served as secretary/treasurer since the inception of the organization in 1998.

The Electronic Systems Industry Consortium is comprised of non -profit associations and business leagues that have as members companies that manufacture or install electronic systems. Founded in 1998, the consortium has two major committees - the Government and Industry Affairs Committee and the Education Committee, which is focused on the development of curriculum, apprenticeship and accreditation criteria.

The consortium co -developed a 500 -hour training curriculum for electronic system technicians, which now has more than 4,000 persons enrolled in community colleges and technical training schools across the United States. Under Keller's leadership the consortium will continue its education focus by offering training assessments for electronic systems technicians as well as recognizing electronic systems training programs from industry organizations. Additionally, the consortium will monitor and take action when necessary on legislation that impacts the collective electronic systems industry.

Keller has been executive director of CEDIA since 1993 and has played a pivotal role in the association's continued growth and development. She has been instrumental in CEDIA's membership expansion into international markets, as well as the association's development of education and nationally accredited certification programs. She was recently named chairman of the board for Integrated Systems Events (ISE), a cooperative venture between CEDIA, the International Communications Industries Association Inc. and the National Systems Contractors Association.

Keller has more than 20 years of experience working with not -for -profit organizations and privately held businesses. She is a member of the International Association of Association Management Companies and the Indiana Society of Association Executives. She is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives and holds memberships with the association's special sections including technology, international and association management. Keller is one of three partners for Raybourn Group International, a leading association management company. She is also president of Odessey Quest, a division of Raybourn Group International.

CEDIA is a global trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has approximately 3,100 member companies worldwide. CEDIA is a not -for -profit organization based in Indianapolis, Ind. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's web site at or call 1 -800 -669 -5329.

The Electronic Systems Industry Consortium membership includes 10 national and international trade associations, which represent more than 600,000 persons employed in electronic systems industries. The Electronic Systems Industry Consortium is a 501C (6) not for profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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