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The Power of Light Tech Talk
Wed, Sep 16th, 2020 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EDT
We're shining a light on the future of connected lighting and design. Learn how to create functional spaces with dedicated ...
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We're shining a light on the future of connected lighting and design. Learn how to create functional spaces with dedicated lighting and shading techniques, outdoor applications, and biophilic principles. Tom Doherty, ModeratorDirector, New Technology Initiatives, HTSAProfessional Career spans 40 years in the Consumer Electronic Industry which Tom says has encompassed everything from 8Tracks to Apps. Over this career Tom has consistently been prescient in identifying niches that promise and deliver growth. While starting out in consumer electronic retail sales he saw...Read MoreDavid WarfelFounding Designer, Light Can Help YouDavid Warfel is an overly sensitive, marginally materialistic, pseudo-tree-hugging Midwestern farm boy turned lighting designer. His hyper-sensitivity means he dims everything including his dashboard, and his marginal materialism means he loves high quality light fixtures, elegant controls, and French...Read MoreSean WeinerGeneral Manager, Bravas Baltimore Sean Weiner is currently the General Manager of Bravas Baltimore, the nation’s largest luxury residential smart home integration firm. Prior to joining Bravas, Sean was the president of Starr Systems Design, an electronic systems and electrical contracting firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated...Read MorePaul WilliamsGeneral Manager of Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting, a Savant CompanyPaul Williams is the General Manager of Product Management and Growth for GE Lighting, a Savant company where he is charged with reimagining lighting solutions from America’s most trusted lighting brand. With a deep focus on the connected home and the company’s C by GE brand, Paul leads the...Read More
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Exploring ResiMercial Opportunities
Wed, Sep 16th, 2020 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM EDT
Resi-mercial design has grown from a trend to a legitimate design movement, providing new opportunities for your business. ...
commercial, corporate, design, integration, integrator, resi-mercial, residential, Resimercial, Tech
Resi-mercial design has grown from a trend to a legitimate design movement, providing new opportunities for your business. Learn how residential integrators are moving into the corporate space and earning recurring revenue through ongoing support with help from experts. Tom LeBlanc, ModeratorDirector of Industry Outreach and Media Channels, NSCATom LeBlanc, NSCA's director of industry outreach and media channels, has supported the integration market since 2003. As editorial director of Commercial Integrator from 2010 to 2019 and in various roles at CE Pro before that, he specialized in developing content to help integration firms improve their businesses. At NSCA, LeBlanc is focused on sharing NSCA success stories and resources aimed at improving members' businesses.Aaron CowdenCEO & Founder, Fusion Audio + VideoAaron Cowden started Fusion Audio + Video at 23 during his senior year in college along with two of his best friends. Their office for the first year was a small empty room in his home. While building a business by day and going to college at night he graduated from USC Upstate with a degree in Computer...Read MoreDavid PhelpsDirector, Smart Signage Product Marketing, SamsungDavid is the Director of the Large Format Display (LFD) category at Samsung. He and his team are focused on providing full solutions across many different enterprise verticals including Retail, Corporate, Education and Stadiums. Samsung holds a dominant #1 share position in LFD thanks to their wide product portfolio featuring Flip2, Pro TV and Terrace along with the more traditional large screen signage solutions. David has been with Samsung since he graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 and spent the first 13 years on the retail business in TV and IoT product marketing. He is in the process of expanding his family which currently includes his wife, their cat, dog and 1 year old son.
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Clash of the Illuminators
Wed, Sep 16th, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
There is a mad scramble to own the future of the lighting category…how can you emerge as a winner? Lighting fixture sales is an ...
business, buying group, Finance, Light, lighting, opportunity, Tech
There is a mad scramble to own the future of the lighting category…how can you emerge as a winner?Lighting fixture sales is an enormous emerging opportunity with the potential for massive financial gains. But getting across the knowledge gap is no easy task. Do you need to be a part of a buying group to get there? Which group? Or can you get there on your own? David Warfel from ProSource and Tom Doherty from HTSA will discuss not only their respective buying group’s initiatives but also share a wide range of openly available resources for attacking this monumental challenge. Whether you are in a buying group or not, you will walk away with steps to a brighter future for you and your business. Tom Doherty, ModeratorDirector, New Technology Initiatives, HTSAProfessional Career spans 40 years in the Consumer Electronic Industry which Tom says has encompassed everything from 8Tracks to Apps. Over this career Tom has consistently been prescient in identifying niches that promise and deliver growth. While starting out in consumer electronic retail sales he saw...Read MoreDavid WarfelFounding Designer, Light Can Help YouDavid Warfel is an overly sensitive, marginally materialistic, pseudo-tree-hugging Midwestern farm boy turned lighting designer. His hyper-sensitivity means he dims everything including his dashboard, and his marginal materialism means he loves high quality light fixtures, elegant controls, and French...Read More
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Rise of the Home Office Tech Talk
Wed, Sep 16th, 2020 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM EDT
The home office is one of fastest growing frontiers for connected tech in the home. How we work has changed and even when the ...
connected, covid, COVID-19, Light, lighting, office, pandemic, sound, sound management, Tech, technology
The home office is one of fastest growing frontiers for connected tech in the home. How we work has changed and even when the effects of the pandemic subside, many will have discovered that they no longer need to be in a formal office setting to get their best work done. Join us for this session and you'll gain the insight on the best gear, set up, sound management, lighting and more.  Jason Knott, ModeratorChief Content Officer, CE Pro / Commercial Integrator / Security Sales & Integration / Campus SafetyJason Knott is chief content officer for Emerald Expositions’ electronics brands: CE Pro, Security Sales & Integration, Commercial Integrator, Campus Safety, and MyTechDecisions. He has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He has served as editor-in-chief of CE Pro since 2000...Read MoreDave RainesFounder, President & CEO, OsbeeDave founded Osbee Industries, Inc. in 1996 while attending New Rochelle High School. A true entrepreneur and technology visionary since childhood, he initially focused on the home sector, installing wireless data networks in his friends' and neighbors' homes in and around the Westchester, New York...Read MoreWill GilbertCo-Founder, Think Simple Think Simple was started in the early 2000s with my two partners doing all of the on-site work ourselves. We were quoting, running cable, cutting speaker holes, programming, while at the same time growing the business to where it is today with 80 employees. My personal background is in...Read More
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5G Ecosystem
Wed, Sep 16th, 2020 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM EDT
Faster, better, louder. A 5G ecosystem is on its way in, fueling the future of connected design through IoT, AI, and the ...
5G, AI, cloud, connected, design, ecosystem, innovation, IoT, logistics, regulatory, Tech
Faster, better, louder. A 5G ecosystem is on its way in, fueling the future of connected design through IoT, AI, and the cloud. Here's what you need to know about designing spaces for the future. Let our panel bring you up to speed on regulatory issues, product innovations, and logistics of what 5G means for your business.  Walt Zerbe, ModeratorSr. Director of Standards & Technology, CEDIAWalt Zerbe is the Senior Director of Technology and Standards for CEDIA with over 30 years of experience in the industry working primarily in product development and product strategy for audio manufacturers such as Legrand (Nuvo) and Russound. In addition, Zerbe has volunteered in many roles...Read MoreJoe WhitakerThe Thoughtful Home St. LouisWith over 20 years of experience in home systems installation and design as well as being an award-winning product designer and inventor, Whitaker is a current member of the CEDIA board of directors (first elected in 2013). He is also an active member of Industry press as well as sitting on many product award judging panels. Whitaker is currently the principal of the integration firms thoughtfulintegrations.com. Thoughtful Integrations operates in St. Louis, MO and Dallas, TX.Tom HernandezVice President, Sales & Operations, RSRFTom Hernandez is the Vice President of Sales and Operations for RSRF cellular DAS solutions. In 2013, Hernandez was recruited as the general manager for a cell-boosting eCommerce website called RepeaterStore.com (later rebranded as Waveform.com). Hernandez soon realized the need for...Read More
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Loop into Wellness
Thu, Sep 17th, 2020 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EDT
With our industry and world recovering from COVID-19, the CI channel provides wellness services that can help people and ...
air, covid, COVID-19, health, HVAC, purification, Tech, voice control, water, wellness
With our industry and world recovering from COVID-19, the CI channel provides wellness services that can help people and businesses bounce back and remain healthy. Integration firms are seeing an influx of requests for improved HVAC, water and air purification and voice control instead of a traditional entertainment system. Hear from top industry experts on how to leverage the wellness conversation to grow your client services and maximize project profit.Jon Strassner, ModeratorLEED AP, Director, Industry Partnerships, ASIDJon Strassner, LEED AP, serves as director, Industry Partnerships, ASID. Before joining the Society, Jon worked with Humanscale for 22 years, serving as vice president of Workplace Strategy and Industry Relations, Canadian sales director, and North American director of A&D. A LEED...Read MoreJan VitrofskyFounder, HEDSouthFor 30 years Jan Vitrofsky has been the catalyst that simplifies complex innovations into personalized solutions for his customers. Few professionals comprehend and deliver smart, integrated technology with Jan’s passion and vision. With the drive and experience he acquired while working in the...Read MoreBrad MontgomeryCreative Director, TYM HomesBrad is award-winning visual artist who enjoys making brands look their best. Experienced in design, photography, live event production, and film, he uses these mediums to “dress brands for the job they want”. In 2013 he joined his brother’s company, Tym, as their Creative Director and now serves as the cinema...Read MoreGreg BarrettProduct Manager, USAI LightingGreg Barrett, Product Manager with USAI has over a fifteen years in the lighting and controls industry, Greg has an extensive background in both entertainment and architectural lighting with experience in many facets of the industry including Lighting Design, Lighting System Sales, and Product...Read More
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Integrators and Professional Lighting Designers: Successful Project Collaborations
Thu, Sep 17th, 2020 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM EDT
High-End Residential design teams sometime include architectural lighting designers. Nurturing relationships and setting clear ...
architectural, high-end, integrators, lighting design, lighting designers, Tech
High-End Residential design teams sometime include architectural lighting designers. Nurturing relationships and setting clear divisions of work with lighting up front provide immense opportunities to both parties. Our panel discussion will talk about how this relationship can be a win-win-win for homeowners, integrators and the lighting designers where a solid team lead to better completed projects and mutually beneficial relationship for all parties with a satisfied client who values the end result.Tom Doherty, ModeratorDirector, New Technology Initiatives, HTSAProfessional Career spans 40 years in the Consumer Electronic Industry which Tom says has encompassed everything from 8Tracks to Apps. Over this career Tom has consistently been prescient in identifying niches that promise and deliver growth. While starting out in consumer electronic retail sales he saw...Read MoreGregg MackellProfessional lighting designer and founding principal, 186 Lighting Design GroupGregg is an award winning IALD professional lighting designer and founding principal of 186 Lighting Design Group (186), based in Denver, CO. 186 specializes in high-end residential projects with over 1,500 homes completed throughout North America and beyond. 186’s work has been featured on the...Read MoreAnne Kustner Haser IES, IALD, LEED APPresident, AKLD Lighting Design, Ltd.With Fine Art and Interior Design degrees, Anne Kustner Haser combines the aesthetics with the technical from her years at a consulting engineering firm.In 1994 Anne founded Anne Kustner Lighting Design, Ltd. (AKLD). AKLD has successfully designed more than 500...Read More
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The Great Outdoors
Thu, Sep 17th, 2020 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT
The connected home technology industry has grown exponentially in the outdoor living space. Exterior spaces present new ...
connected home, connectivity, outdoor, Tech, technology
The connected home technology industry has grown exponentially in the outdoor living space. Exterior spaces present new opportunities to expand your business; learn what you need to know about taking tech outdoors to achieve whole home connectivity.Arlen Schweiger, ModeratorExecutive Editor, CE ProArlen Schweiger is executive editor of CE Pro and former managing editor of sister publications Commercial Integrator and Security Sales & Integration. Arlen has been covering the custom electronics industry since 2006 and contributes installation features, business profiles, manufacturer news and product reviewsGreg MatthewsOwner/Lead Designer, Luxury IlluminationGreg Matthews comes from a diverse background including being a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, professional photographer & A/V systems integration business owner. He's taken his knowledge and love for horticulture and combined it with his past experiences to refocus on outdoor lighting &...Read MoreJeff GaleaPresident/Founder, Boca Tech & AutomationJeff graduated from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) with a BS in Electrical Engineering. As Chief Technology Officer for GM/EDS in Boca Raton, Jeff developed operating system software on Intel and PowerPC platforms and was co-inventor on US Patent 6,118,428 involving the...Read MoreJan EdenOperations Manager, Atlantic Control TechnologiesJan Erik Eden currently serves by day as the Operations Manager for the Custom Integration firm Atlantic Control Technologies in Annapolis, MD. He aims simply to support the fantastic team at Atlantic and help facilitate their successes. These include being a foundational member of the Guild...Read MoreDaniel YaceyHead of Product Marketing, Lifestyle TV, SamsungDan leads Samsung’s Lifestyle TV business and is focused on redefining the role of TV for consumers. He is responsible for the go-to-market and growth strategy for products such as The Frame, The Terrace, The Sero, and The Serif, and has been an key part of Samsung’s digital transformation by scaling it’s DtC...Read More
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Securing the Future Home
Thu, Sep 17th, 2020 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM EDT
Home security starts at the front door but it doesn’t stop there. We’re at the threshold of a new era of home safety, from ...
5G, AI, connected, safety, security, smart monitoring, Tech
Home security starts at the front door but it doesn’t stop there. We’re at the threshold of a new era of home safety, from smart monitoring, connected locks and building client confidence for 5G and AI products. Hop into this session and learn how to leverage these emerging systems to increase your customer offerings and grow your business – all with security in mind.Brad Russell, ModeratorDirector of Connected Home, Parks AssociatesBrad leads Parks Associates’ connected home team, exploring leading-edge issues converging in the connected home—smart home devices and services, residential security, home networking, IoT data privacy and security, data-driven applications, and platform services. Brad’s custom research...Read MoreLuis RodriguezVice President, WOW MediaMichael McEnaneyEditorial Director, Dealerscope, Connected Design, CE WeekMichael McEnaney is a veteran technology journalist with over 20 years experience covering consumer electronics and imaging tech as well as launching, editing/writing content, selling and marketing a variety of publications and websites. He is currently the Editorial Director at CT Lab Global Media.
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Connecting Skilled Trades
Thu, Sep 17th, 2020 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM EDT
A lack of awareness for careers within the integration industry and a shrinking availability of skilled workers are creating ...
challenges, industry, integration, skilled workers, Tech
A lack of awareness for careers within the integration industry and a shrinking availability of skilled workers are creating business challenges. Join us for an inspired and informed discussion with experts who are changing attitudes and making a difference in attracting a new generation of workers to the custom integration industry.  Samantha Ventura, ModeratorVice President, Education and Training, CEDIASamantha Ventura currently serves as the Vice President of Education and Training at CEDIA. Samantha directs, manages, and provides global leadership in all instructional and academic systems within CEDIA’s education programs. She also plans, develops, and oversees the curriculum development and...Read MoreKristopher QuaaleIntegrator, Integrated Lifestyles Inc. Kristopher Quaale is a member of the Sales and Design team at Integrated Lifestyles, a Dallas-based customaudio/video integration company. Prior to working at Integrated Lifestyles, he spent 9 years as a banddirector at schools in Leander, Plano, and Keller. Kris holds a Master of Music degree with a specialization inwind conducting from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music Education degree ininstrumental music from Texas Christian University. Kris prides himself on being detail oriented andproviding the best customer service possible. When he is not making clients’ lives easier and more enjoyablethrough technology, Kris enjoys spending time with his two golden retrievers, PoBoy and Roux, watching asmany sporting events as possible, podcasting, and being outside.David WhitneyDirector of Certification, CEDIADavid Whitney is the Director of Certification at CEDIA and is responsible for the development andoperation of CEDIA’s professional certification program. He has been with CEDIA for eight years andworked in membership and education prior to his role in Certification. David works with the CEDIACertification Commission and other volunteer committees to build and maintain certifications that arerespected, relevant and accessible to professionals in the residential integration industry. David ispassionate about providing current and aspiring technology professionals with tangible resources tosupport the growth of their career and business. He is an active member of the Institute forCredentialling Excellence.David has a bachelor’s degree in International business from Taylor University and a Masters ofNonprofit Administration from the University Notre Dame. Prior to working at CEDIA, he spent 7 yearsliving and traveling extensively in Asia where he worked as a project manager for a non‐profitdevelopment organization.
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