CEDIA Casts Global Vision for the Future of the Association

INDIANAPOLIS (15 September 2016) - CEDIA and CEDIA EMEA today announce their intent to formally integrate to one unified worldwide association which will bring significant benefits to all members.

"Many of our members may not realise that CEDIA EMEA has been operating under a licensing agreement since that office opened in 1997," said Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO. "While we have enjoyed a strong and productive partnership, we have identified that the member experience could be more seamless, the brand voice more consistent and our services to members improved through a formal integration."
This strategic move towards formal integration follows the increasing globalisation of CEDIA member businesses and is a natural evolution for CEDIA after the implementation of the new global brand last year. The integration brings with it several key benefits including streamlined governance, broad global support, and added value for all CEDIA members.
Streamlined Governance
With integration, CEDIA will streamline its governance to make decision-making more efficient, representative and consistent. Instead of two separate governing boards, the association will be governed by a 13-member global board, comprised of nine elected directors who are home technology professionals matching the geographical diversity of the membership and up to four appointed skills-based directors.
To ensure continuity, stability and balance during the initial integration period, a CEDIA Governance Task Force has determined the slate, approved by both boards.
Christiaan Beukes
Sphere Custom Design & Installation - Cape Town, South Africa
Henry Clifford
LiveWire - Richmond, Virginia
Ken Erdmann
Erdmann Electric - Springville, Utah
Dennis Erskine
Erskine Group, LLC - Vancouver, Washington
Omar Hikal
Archimedia - Cairo, Egypt
Greg Margolis
HomeTronics, Inc - Dallas, Texas
Rob Sutherland
Inspired Dwellings - London, England
Giles Sutton
JAMES + GILES - London, England
Joe Whitaker
The Thoughtful Home - Clayton, Missouri
Global Support
The integration of CEDIA strengthens the voice and influence of the association, and its members, both globally and locally. CEDIA members will now have access to a much broader support system through CEDIA's collective global staff and the deeper resources that it brings. As a global organisation, CEDIA will also be able to better advocate for members who work across international borders, and deploy resources wherever they are required by members around the world.
As the industry continues to develop in new and emerging territories outside of CEDIA's core markets (ie US & UK), growth will be spearheaded by a Global Development team led by Wendy Griffiths in her new role of Vice President, Global Development. Matt Nimmons has accepted the position of Managing Director, EMEA, and will oversee the operations and staff in Cambridgeshire.
Added Value for All CEDIA Members
Unifying as one global organisation increases operational efficiencies while decreasing expenses and tax burdens; and these savings will be invested directly back into member programs. With combined resources, CEDIA will be better able to fund outreach to both consumers and the design/build industry and revitalise efforts to grow and develop membership in additional countries. Our unified voice and messaging will ensure that every dollar we spend in promoting CEDIA is amplified.
CEDIA Americas and Asia Pacific members are encouraged to vote in support of the global integration and new slate of board members. Voting for CEDIA Americas and Asia Pacific will be open 15 - 20 September 2016. Voting stations will be available at the CEDIA 2016 show in the CEDIA booth, as well as through traditional online voting, mail and fax. CEDIA EMEA members will vote at their annual general meeting, which is in November. The effective date of the integration will be 1 January 2017 and the new board will take office at the first board meeting in January.

About CEDIA
CEDIA is the international trade association and central touch point for 3,700 member companies who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA is committed to helping members at every level set a pathway to prosperity by offering industry-leading education, training, and certification; delivering market intelligence through proprietary research; providing opportunities to foster community within the channel, and cultivating awareness with industry partners and consumers. CEDIA founded the largest annual residential technology show, now in its 27th year, and co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world's largest AV and systems integration exhibition. CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home. Life Lived Best at Home.
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