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Top Events That Have Happened Since CEDIA 2014

Posted by Johnnie Sanchez on 2015-10-05     Top 10 Are Bolded. In order of date they took place.   Nest Bought Revolv - Nest acquired the Boulder based company on 2014-10-24 for an undisclosed amount. Co-Founder Eric Smith Left Control4 Crestron Launched Pyng - Crestron launched Pyng at last year’s CEDIA to mixed reviews. The home automation software debuted to retail for $599. George Feldstein, founder of Crestron, died on 2014-11-04 Zonoff Raised $31.8 million in Series B Investment Round Control4 Bought Extra Vegetables Belden Acquired Cybersecurity Company Tripwire for $710 million Crestron and Savant Settle Their Numerous Lawsuits Out of Court - In 2010 Savant filed a lawsuit claiming that Crestron was guilty of antitrust violations and bullying dealers into rejecting Savant products. Crestron counter-sued....

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CEDIA Twitter Round-Up

Posted by Johnnie Sanchez on 2015-10-25 21st Century Alex Steed Aquavision AVNationTV Captive Audio ATX CEDIA #cedia2015 Chris Heinonen Code Collective AX Coleen Sterns Leath. Paradigm Speakers Crestron DailyDOOH Dee McKeown Definitive Technology Draper Inc. Elevati Greg Schlecter Hagai Feiner Jason Griffing Jason Knott Jennifer H. Willard John Sciacca Kelleigh Welch KMB Comm Leon Speakers Louis Franke Megan Knedler Pan Tech Design Richard Fregosa Rob Simple #sexycedia Steven Brawner Terra Speakers Todd Anthony Puma TruAudio Victoria Ferrari Vincent Bruno Women in AV Women in CE Z-Wave Alliance   I started the #sexycedia hashtag as a fun way to promote and connect with businesses through social media at CEDIA. 21st Century quipped back at the #sexycedia hashtag. Stay tuned for our conversation with...

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Sexy CEDIA Awards

Posted by Johnnie Sanchez on 2015-10-25 Cutest Kid goes to John’s son, Jack, of MTX Audio.   Perfectionist goes to Curtis Lewis from Wired Tech Group.   Cutest Foreigners goes to Somfy’s employees who were there from France.   Best Hair goes to Emily from Lutron.   Best Guys to Play Golf With goes to George De Marco and Michael Harrison.   Cutest Couple goes to Bjorn and Julina Jensen of Why Reboot.   Sexiest Man goes to Michael from Lowire.   Funniest Tweet's goes to Steve Greenblatt.     Best Production Team in Attendance goes to Knack Factory.   Cutest Glasses goes to Delia Hansen of Clare Controls.   Craziest Guy goes to Bill from security.   Dream Marketing Team is tied between Danne Dzenawagis and Dan of Leon Speakers and Kimberly Lancaster...

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A/V Industry Newsletter 2015-10-26

Posted by Johnnie Sanchez on 2015-10-26     New CEDIA CEO Vincent Bruno talks to CEPro Vincent Bruno is famous for returning calls and emails the same day they’re delivered. As CEDIA’s new CEO he’s gone a step further by putting his real phone number on his business card. “You’re welcome to publish it,” he confirms. “I have nothing better to do than to talk to our members. I return every phone call and email on the same day – the same day may be 11.59 p.m., but I don’t let the day pass without at least acknowledging the request, the comment or the concern. I want to speak to everyone who has something to say that can help us improve what we...

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The Presence of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders at CEDIA 2016 Causes Controversy

Posted by Johnnie Sanchez on 2016-06-28       "You're never gonna get that corner office until you start treating Don as an equal. And no one will tell you this, but you can't be a man. Don't even try. Be a woman. It's powerful business, when done correctly." -Bobbie Barrett, Mad Men (Season 2, Episode 5)    My fellow #CEDIAtweep, Heather Sidorowicz, recently published an article on her displeasure at hearing that CEDIA would host the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders at this years convention. While I fully respect and admire Heather, I’d like to bring another viewpoint on the controversy to the table. In today’s society, people are much more vocal about their opinions, often times unknowingly silencing others who worry about being politically correct if they...

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