CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Forum to be Held in the Big Easy

Fourth annual collaboration-focused event brings electronic systems contractors and residential professionals to New Orleans April 1 -4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (December 10, 2008) -The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has announced its fourth annual Electronic Lifestyles® Forum will be held at the Ritz -Carlton Hotel in New Orleans April 1 -4, 2009. The event will offer education, networking and guest speakers aimed at optimizing collaboration among electronic systems contractors, architects, builders, building designers and interior designers.


CEDIA's Electronic Lifestyles® Forum, which sold out in 2008, will highlight the importance of thoughtful collaboration among all professionals partnering on an electronic systems project. Classroom education will break down and explore the processes involved in adding technology to the home, encouraging efficient practices and allowing participants to better understand one another's roles.

Expert presenters, including renowned business speaker Scott McKain, will emphasize the importance of effective partnership in an increasingly competitive field. CEDIA has also developed structured networking sessions designed to encourage cross -industry interaction and the sharing of specific, actionable solutions to common project issues.

"Electronic Lifestyles® Forum will continue to build on the past successes of CEDIA's outreach efforts to the residential design and build community," said Marc Leidig, Electronic Lifestyles® Forum action team chair. "Attendees will have the opportunity to learn alongside some of the brightest minds in our industry and partner industries, all in an environment that invites open discussion of the most efficient strategies for collaboration on electronic systems for the home."

As in previous years, CEDIA has coordinated with key design and build industry associations to ensure that each industry is represented by some of the most prominent professionals from coast to coast. However, new for 2009, electronic systems professionals' attendance will be limited to those who invite an industry partner to join them at the event.

Registration for the 2009 Electronic Lifestyles® Forum will open January 6. Space is limited. To take advantage of early bird registration discounts, register by March 9. Learn more at www.cedia.org/elforum.

About CEDIA

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. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's website at www.cedia.org.

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