CEDIA has announced that David Graham, Julie Jacobson, and Len Wallis will be inducted to the CEDIA Fellows program at CEDIA 2017. The CEDIA Fellows program honors longtime CEDIA members and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the association's success. This year's inductees will be recognized at the CEDIA Awards Celebration hosted on the USS Midway on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
"These CEDIA members have had a profound impact on our association, and we are incredibly thankful for their dedication, generosity of time and knowledge, and significant contributions to the association," said Dennis Erskine, CEDIA chairman.
Graham is managing director of Grahams Hi-Fi in London, one of the oldest established specialist hi-fi retailers in the UK, and a founding member of CEDIA UK. He has over 35 years of experience within the industry, over 30 of which have focused on custom installation. Grahams has been a regular entrant to the CEDIA EMEA awards and has won numerous categories over the years, including best integrated home four times.
Graham was chairman of the CEDIA UK board of directors from 1998-2000 and subsequently served on the board as membership chair, where he was responsible for helping to drive membership throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He regularly lectures within the industry on various aspects of home automation and devotes much of his time to keeping abreast of technological changes; he also serves as a CEDIA Certified presenter and subject matter expert (SME).
Jacobson is co-founder of 23-year-old EH Media (formerly EH Publishing), publisher of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, and Security Sales & Integration. Currently, she spends most of her time writing and speaking for CE Pro in the areas of IoT, home automation, networked AV, and the business of home systems integration.
She received the CEA TechHome Leadership Award in 2014, and currently serves on the CEDIA Technology Council. A longtime champion of custom electronics, she frequently promotes the channel to analysts, investors, homebuilders, retailers, and mass-market consumer technology providers.
Wallis has spent his working life in audio, starting as a salesperson for MS Sound in 1970. He opened Len Wallis Audio (LWA) in 1978 as a one-man show, and is still very involved in the daily management of the company.
He is a longtime supporter of CEDIA. LWA was a founding member of CEDIA Australia in 1995, and Len served on the local board for many years, and served as chairman twice. Wallis was also a presenter at numerous Australian CEDIA Expos.
LWA was the first company outside of the U.S. to receive the prestigious CEDIA "Dealer of the Year" Award in 2001. That same year, Wallis received the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award. LWA projects have won over 35 local CEDIA Awards.