It’s Time to Make Big Plans As a business owner, chances are you spend your day making and executing plans.Olivia Sellke ⋅ Jul 5, 2016 As a business owner, chances are you spend your day making and executing plans. Whether it’s installing that perfectly planned theater complete with immersive audio or ticking things off the daily owner to-do list–payroll, invoicing, calling clients back–there is no doubt that these daily plans are essential to keeping things running smoothly. But sometimes planning for your company means taking time to step away from the day-to-day to really think big. CEDIA 2016 is your show–it’s the place where you can discover new products and solutions, meet people in the business who “get it,” and learn about the innovations that are driving the future of this industry. Join your fellow attendees at Gilley’s in Dallas to kick off another successful CEDIA show and congratulate this year’s CEDIA Award Winners Start making your plans to attend CEDIA 2016 today. We will make it easy for you with this four-point checklist: 1. Register – visit cedia.net/show2. Book Your Flight3. Book Your Hotel – contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Start Planning Your Show Schedule From the tradeshow floor to the classroom, this year’s CEDIA show is packed to the brim with opportunities to think big. Here are just a few of the events that are part of this year’s show that may be a good addition to your CEDIA 2016 schedule. Opening Keynote By 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices worldwide, which equals big opportunities for home technology professionals who know how to leverage their expertise. Are you one of them? Shelly Palmer, trusted strategic advisor to the C-Suite of leading tech firms, will serve as CEDIA 2016 keynote speaker. Shelly Palmer, trusted strategic advisor to the C-Suite of leading tech firms, regular tech commentator for CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox Business News, and one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices of Technology, will explore how the most effective home tech pros are managing change and how to position your business to successfully compete in a connected world. The keynote presentation will kick off with recognition of the 2016 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center – Forks Ballroom 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Free to all CEDIA 2016 attendees CEDIA Celebration Our industry is driven by vision, passion, and innovation–and that is worthy of one big, Texas-sized celebration! Join us at Gilley’s as we kick off another successful CEDIA show and congratulate this year’s CEDIA Award Winners. Grab a few friends and enjoy a true Lone Star State experience complete with a mechanical bull, BBQ, cocktails, and live music in the venue made famous by the classic movie Urban Cowboy. Thursday, September 15, 2016 Gilley’s Dallas Party: 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Awards Presentation: 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Free to all CEDIA 2016 attendees CEDIA Talks Spark your imagination with these “TED-like,” bite-sized talks on critical topics around emerging trends and home technology integration. These quick, 20-minute talks delivered by top industry visionaries will cover topics that affect all facets of your business. CEDIA Talks will be held at the CEDIA booth 4710. New CEDIA Panels Six new CEDIA Panel Sessions, fee to all attendees, will bring you up to speed on key issues in the industry. Learn how to partner with architects, builders, and interior designers; discover the new opportunities 4K Ultra HD brings; find out how voice control will change the game; and get the latest on emerging technologies and the Internet of Things. Plan for the future of your business by taking a time out to attend CEDIA 2016 where big thinking will inspire a whole new set of plans. “Big Thinking, Big Network, Big Future”–it’s all happening at one place: CEDIA 2016, September 13-17. Visit cedia.net/show for more information.