CEDIA Undergoes Yearly Executive Transition

The organization has elected longtime member Ken Smith to his first term as president as well as announced its 2006-2007 executive committee.
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Denver, CO--The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has elected a new president, executive committee, and board of directors. The organization released information about its newly installed leadership on the last day of the CEDIA EXPO 2006 trade show held in Denver.

Ken Smith, who most recently served as vice president of the CEDIA executive committee, has been elected to his first term as president. Smith is a longtime, active CEDIA member who has also served as secretary of the executive committee, CEDIA University Business College dean, Vision and Excellence Track dean (a position he created), EXPO Education chair (two years), CEDIA Education Council chair (two years), and Membership Council chair.

Smith is the founder and president of Custom Electronics Inc., a home systems integration company located in Falmouth, Maine. Prior to founding Custom Electronics Inc., Smith was a management development consultant with Fortune 500 company. He is also a past CEDIA/HA Pro Dealer of the Year award recipient.

Smith received media attention recently for riding a bicycle from Maine to Denver prior to CEDIA EXPO 2006, to raise money and awareness for cancer research and awareness. His 2,200-mile trek was covered by newspapers and broadcast media across the country with the goal of raising $1 million for the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Maine and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Smith said that CEDIA model legislation with the government affairs committee, new and expanded member services, and a new technology council will be a few of the key initiatives of the new board of directors executive committee.

"We will continue to raise the bar for membership and member services," Smith said. "CEDIA membership means something in the marketplace, such as the best educated professionals in the industry and the highest standard of excellence."

The 2006-2007 CEDIA Executive Committee includes:

Ken Smith, president - Custom Electronics Inc., Falmouth, ME
Utz Baldwin, vice president - AD Systems, Houston, TX
Ken Erdmann, secretary - Erdmann Group, Springville, UT
Marilyn Sanford, treasurer - La Scala, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Andy Willcox, past president - ProLine Integrated Systems, Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The 2006-2007 CEDIA Board of Directors includes:

Rick Bergamaschi, Runco International, Union City, CA
Jeremy Burkhardt, SpeakerCraft, Riverside, CA
Scott Fuelling, Phoenix Communications Corporation, Bartlett, TN
Rich Green, Rich Green Ink, Palo Alto, CA
Candis Lane, Versatile Building Electronics, Calgary, AB Canada
Randy Stearns, Engineered Environments, Oakland, CA
Randy Vaughan, AE Systems Home Automation & Entertainment, Portsmouth, VA
Randy Wilson, Wilson Home Theater Systems, Sherman Oaks, CA
Jeff Zemanek, Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, PA

"CEDIA has great responsibilities to continue to advance the residential electronic systems industry, protect the rights of our members, and deliver the highest quality educational programs," said CEDIA executive director Don Gilpin. "The professionals leading our executive committee and board of directors have the skills and experience to deliver on the promise that CEDIA is the most valuable resource for residential electronic systems contractors."

For more, visit www.cedia.org.

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