CEDIA has announced the seven candidates on the ballot for the 2018-2018 Board of Directors and is calling upon all global members to cast their vote.

The CEDIA Board of Directors governs the association’s activities, and is dedicated to furthering the CEDIA mission of building prosperity for its members and ensuring the growth of the industry through its programmes and initiatives.

The 2018-2019 board, including existing and new directors, will reflect one-third EMEA directors and the remaining directors representing members across the globe. The vacancies this election cycle will be filled by CEDIA home technology professional members outside the EMEA region.

After an in-depth evaluation process by the CEDIA Governance Committee, there are seven home technology professionals who have met the competencies required to be included on the ballot and are in contention for the three open elected positions. They are:

Ken Erdmann
Erdmann Electric
Springville, UT

Ric Johnson
Right at Home Technologies
Ada, Ohio, USA

Scott McAllister
Electronic Systems Architects
Gold River (Sacramento), CA, USA

Craig Gradus Samson
Look & Listen
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Matt D. Scott
OMEGA Audio Video
London, Ontario, Canada

Heather L. Sidorowicz
Southtown Audio Video
Hamburg, NY, USA

Ted Sprague
Lavish Theaters Corp.
Healdsburg, California, USA

Each of the seven candidates brings different skills, knowledge, goals, and vision to the table. Key details on each candidate can be found here.

Voting opens today and will remain accessible until 16th October 2017. Each member company may cast one ballot. As CEDIA has transitioned to a single board representing the global CEDIA membership, it is important to note that all member companies are eligible to vote, regardless of where they are located. Those listed as company administrators in the CEDIA database were sent the voting link, and if there is more than one ballot submitted by a company, the first ballot cast will be the one counted. Members who are visiting CEDIA 2017 in San Diego may vote on the CEDIA booth, #3635.

Elected directors will be announced immediately after voting closes and will be seated on January 1st 2018.

In parallel to the election process, the CEDIA Governance Committee is reviewing applications and conducting interviews with the 28 potential appointed candidates. Appointed directors are chosen from among all member types (manufacturers, service providers, home technology professionals, etc.)

Dave Humphries, CEDIA governance committee chairperson notes: “From diversity outreach efforts by CEDIA and our members, we are happy to report that we’ve seen a big increase in the number of women nominees for the 2018-2019 election cycle — one on the ballot for an elected director position and six who will go through the interview process to be considered for an appointed position.”

“There are two open appointed positions for the 2018-2019 term — one to be filled from the EMEA region, and the other from the entire global membership. These two positions will be voted on by the newly seated board at the first board meeting in January 2018.”

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