Mark of Excellence Call for Entries Opens Today!

The Consumer Electronics Association today opened entries for the 2009 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by CEA's TechHome Division to honor outstanding achievement in custom home electronics products, services and installation.

CEA OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2009 MARK OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS HONORING CUSTOM HOME ELECTRONICS

Call for Submissions Runs October 1 Through November 14


Arlington, Va., October 1, 2008 - The Consumer Electronics Association today opened entries for the 2009 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by CEA's TechHome Division to honor outstanding achievement in custom home electronics products, services and installation. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner on Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Rosen Centre Hotel, during the tenth annual Electronic House Expo (EHX) Spring 2009, which returns to the Orange County Convention center in Orlando, Florida, March 10 -14.

Award entries will be accepted until November 14, 2008, and will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts and submitted in two categories: Supplier and Systems Integrators. New sub -categories this year include Best Software Application, Best Universal Design Home and Best Community Home of the Year.

"We look forward to receiving this year's entries for the most innovative products in custom home electronics," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of conferences and events, CEA. "We are continually impressed by the quality of product submissions as our Mark of Excellence Awards Program becomes more popular every year."

To help with the entry submission process, CEA will use a time -saving entry portal collaboration system, powered by mBLAST, that allows co -workers to combine their separate nominations and pre -populate basic nominee information.

To submit products for the 2009 Mark of Excellence Awards program, review evaluation criteria or learn about our new manufacturer scholarship program, log onto www.CE.org/MarkofExcellence.

About EHX
Electronic House Expo, a Tradeshow Week magazine Fastest 50 event for five years running, is the fastest growing trade event of the $13 billion custom electronics industry. Held twice annually and sponsored by CEA's TechHome Division, EHX attracts a large and dynamic audience of custom electronics integrators, retailers and allied trades to interact with leading suppliers of audio/video entertainment, digital convergence, networking and communications, comfort and control, and security and electrical products. For more information, visit www.ehxweb.com.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $161 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.

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