CEDIA has announced that it has hired Amanda Beckner, CTS, as vice president of education and training.

Beckner has over two decades of experience in association management, learning programme development, and the audiovisual industry. As vice president of learning at AVIXA, she led the digital transformation of the association’s curriculum, shepherded three AVIXA certifications and multiple standards to ANSI/ISO 17024 accreditation, and built an active global network of over 250 education, certification, and standards volunteers. As president and COO of THE rAVe Agency, she led long-term strategy and operations and oversaw growth of the LAVNCH programme into the leading virtual event platform for the audiovisual industry.

“No other individual could be better suited to serve the CEDIA membership in this role,” says Giles Sutton, interim co-CEO of CEDIA. “We’re in the midst of developing training and resources to support stacked certifications; expanding our virtual conference programmes; and launching in-person training led by certified volunteer instructors across North America. Mandy, astonishingly, joins us with a record of smashing success across all these initiatives, and two decades of AV industry experience to boot. She’s a unicorn.”

Gary Kayye, founder of THE rAVe Agency, offers his support as Beckner transitions to her new role: “Mandy was exactly what THE rAVe Agency needed to manage our growth during the pandemic. Her energy is infectious, and her new role at CEDIA is perfect for her passion for education.”

At CEDIA, Beckner will be charged with the stewardship of CEDIA’s education initiatives, championing the mission of making the association the leading global source education and certification in the smart home industry. She will oversee curriculum design, content development, delivery, stakeholder engagement, and business strategy for CEDIA education and certification programmes.

“The audiovisual community are the world’s global experts on experience and connection,” says Beckner. “It will be my mission to bring the principles of quality, craftsmanship, personalisation, and human-centred design that define industry to bear on all of CEDIA’s education and training programmes.”

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