CEDIA EXPO 2006 Draws Record Attendance for Trade Show and Education Courses

Record-breaking attendance numbers confirm continued growth of industry and increased validation of CEDIA Certification

INDIANAPOLIS (September 20, 2006) - The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) confirmed its attendance numbers for EXPO 2006 in Denver were more than 28,000, or about an 8 percent increase over last year's attendance. The record -breaking figure makes CEDIA EXPO 2006 the largest and most successful trade show in the organization's 17 -year history.

Participation in CEDIA University courses was also at its highest level, which CEDIA leadership believes is due to new CEDIA University core curriculums for the Electronic Systems Technician (EST) and Electronic Systems Designer (ESD) colleges, as well as increased recognition of CEDIA Certification in the marketplace.

"The educational opportunities at CEDIA EXPO are essential to raising the bar on quality within the residential electronic systems industry," said CEDIA Executive Director Don Gilpin. "Combined with our 'CU on the Road' educational opportunities throughout the year, CEDIA University is the best resource for contractors to increase profitability through real -world applicable training."

CEDIA EXPO 2006 also had more exhibitors than ever. More than 600 exhibitors displayed the latest technologies and products on the show floor, which is about 100 more exhibitors than EXPO 2005.

According to CEDIA leadership, reaction to the new location was positive across the board. Exhibitors appreciated the fourth day that they requested and attendees had additional hours for education and show floor activities.

CEDIA EXPO will be held in Denver in 2007 (Sept. 5 -9) and 2008 (Sept. 3 -7).

CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA Members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. CEDIA Members include residential electronic systems contractors who have emerged as the "fourth contractor" in the building and remodeling industries alongside electrical, plumbing, and HVAC professionals. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's Web site at http://www.cedia.org.

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