Mitchell Klein has been chosen as this year’s CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Klein will be honored at the CEDIA Expo Opening Keynote hosted at the Colorado Convention Center on Wed., Sept. 11, 2019.
The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of the residential technology industry. Nominations are submitted by industry professionals and evaluated on the basis of achievement and service within the industry.
“Mitch is part of an elite group, not only now as a CEDIA Lifetime Achievement recipient, but as someone who has been actively engaged with CEDIA from the early stages and has continued to serve the community,” said David Humphries, CEDIA chairman. “Anyone who knows Mitch likely has a story about his willingness to share his expertise and his passion to further the growth and success of the industry.”
Klein, who is currently the executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, is a 30+ year industry veteran who has dedicated his career to educating the industry, building, creating and implementing strategic businesses and programs, and leading companies that helped bring smart home and custom installation into the mainstream. Klein is known for kicking off many key initiatives for CEDIA including initiating and implementing CEDIA’s first strategic plan, the creation of an operating budget and reserve fund, and introducing the CEDIA certification program and Management Conference. He continues his volunteerism on the Professional Development Action Committee today.
Walt Zerbe, CEDIA senior director of technology and standards concluded, “Mitch is a pillar of guidance and mentorship—whether that’s mentoring a person, program, or company—he is unfailingly selfless and always willing to help problem solve.”
The CEDIA Expo Opening Keynote is free for all attendees. Registration is open at cediaexpo.com.