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URC Founder Chosen for 2016 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award

URC founder Chang K. Park is recognized as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, social activist, and a visionary.

Chang K. Park
Chang K. Park, founder, president, and CEO of Universal Remote Control Inc. (URC) has been selected as this year’s CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Park will be recognized at the CEDIA Opening Keynote on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

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 are evaluated on the basis of achievement and service within the industry.

Park is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, social activist, and a visionary. In the early days of the industry, he foresaw the birth of the “home theater” in America and changed the course of control by expanding his company beyond producing remote controls for subscription broadcast providers and many of the world’s most recognized brands to sophisticated RF remotes and control devices for the custom installation industry. Park has been developing and marketing advanced remote controls and home automation products for more than 25 years.

In addition to his achievements within the industry, Park chairs the Chang K. Park Foundation, an organization that supports human rights, the elimination of poverty and hunger, the implementation of political reform, and economic justice. He is also a member of the national governing board of Common Cause, a public interest organization in Washington DC, the board at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Bread for the World.

Park holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from his alma mater, and recently was inducted into the Academy of Electrical Engineers. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

“Chang Park is always quick to lend his talent and resources to the channel. Not only does he create innovative, industry-recognized products, including two that are in CEDIA Product Hall of Fame, he is also a constant champion of training programs across the board,” said Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO. “His ongoing efforts have helped CEDIA members find growth and success, whether it’s in a CEDIA boot camp or at a URC training session.”

URC’s general manager and senior vice president, Doug Cole, called Park “one of kind” for his understated management style. “In addition to his vision, drive, and dedication to the good of the CEDIA world and tech industry as a whole, Mr. Park is a soft-spoken, humble, ‘behind the scenes’ leader who likes to serve his customers, dealers, distributors and consumers.”

Park will be honored at the CEDIA Opening Keynote on Wednesday, September 14, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Forks Ballroom at the Convention Center. The keynote is open to all CEDIA 2016 attendees but registration is encouraged. CEDIA 2016 will be hosted at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas September 13-17.