Indianapolis, IN–From government intitiatives to training sessions, CEDIA wants to offer its members the tools necessary to grow their businesses. To that end, CEDIA is gearing up to host its Electronic Lifestyles Forum, a unique event with a specific focus; architects, builders, interior designers, and electronic systems contractors meet and work together in one place. The EL Forum will be held April 30 May 2, 2008, in Dallas, Texas.
Peter Cook, chairman of the 2008 Electronic Lifestyles Forum, says that the EL Forum is “a rare opportunity as a residential systems contractor to sit down and network with architechts and designers and learn the caveats and tidbits. It’s a venue to meet and greet with top-notch architects and interior designers, and learn how they work.”
This close communication, Cook said, will help residential dealers customise their business to address those cross-industry partners. “You’ll learn what they like, how they work, and better understand how to target your marketing efforts.”
The early bird discount for the EL Forum will save $200 from the registration fee, but it ends today, March 12.
This event aims to show how partnerships between the trades promotes greater profitability for all partners in the home design-build process. “It’s a way to collaborate,” Cook added. “It takes true mutual respect to carry the design aspect from start to finish, rather than integrating electronics into project design as an afterthought.”
The lineup of sponsor-organziations is the Who’s Who of the home design-build industry: The American Institute of Architects (AIA), The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), The Congress of Residential Architecture (CORA), The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), and The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Along with the educational opportunities and round-table discussions, CEDIA will be offering a new interactive display option for sponsoring manufacturers.
Register by calling CEDIA headquarters at 800.669.5329 or visiting www.cedia.org/elforum.