CEDIA Fills Open Board Seats (Mostly With More White Men)

CEDIA has announced the results from the recent election for the four open positions on the CEDIA board of directors. The membership has three new elected directors: Peter Aylett, Michael Cogbill and Albert Mizrahi, and one re-elected director: Joe Whitaker.

“The CEDIA Board represents the global membership and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these directors to the table,” said Tabatha O’Connor, CEDIA global president and CEO. “We know each individual comes with valuable experience and perspectives that will help guide and direct the organization moving forward.”

Peter Aylett has been in the industry for 28 years and currently serves as the president and CTO of Archimedia, who have been honored with five CEDIA awards over the past four years. Aylett has been teaching on behalf of CEDIA for 19 years and served as the director of professional development in the CEDIA EMEA Office from 2005 until 2011 when he joined Archimedia. Aylett’s extensive global volunteer experience has been recognized several times, first as the recipient of CEDIA’s 2014 “Training Volunteer of the Year” award, and then as the 2015 EMEA “Special Recognition” award recipient. He is CEDIA ESC-D and ESC-N, ISF, and HAA certified.

Michael Cogbill is recognized internationally as an authority in the field of home automation and integrated home systems. His professional career spans over 40 years as an engineer, manager and entrepreneur. Currently, he serves as VP of Engineering at ETC, a leading technology integrator in South Florida. He has been with ETC since 2006. Throughout his varied engineering career, Michael has worked in defense and aerospace systems, founded two companies and been a passionate advocate of CEDIA since the very beginning.

Albert Mizrahi started his career in the industry as the director for Control4 Mexico. During his time with Control4, he opened the first Control4 experience center in Mexico and the center has since been replicated worldwide. Six years ago, Mizrahi opened Smart Lab, an integration company which specializes in residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. His work has won multiple awards including CEDIA Awards. A year ago, Mizrahi opened his own distribution company. He is a Dealerscope 40 under 40 honoree and has won the Control4 international distributor of the year award five times.

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Joe Whitaker has over 20 years of experience in home systems installation and design and is an award-winning product designer and inventor. Whitaker is an active member of industry press and sits on many product award judging panels. Whitaker is currently the principal of the integration firms The Thoughtful Home (Residential) and The Thoughtful Restaurant (Hospitality) — operating in St. Louis, Mo. and Dallas, Tex.

The four elected Directors’ terms will begin January 1, 2019.

The CEDIA Governance Committee is reviewing applications and conducting interviews for potential appointed candidates. Appointed directors are chosen from among all member types (manufacturers, service providers, home technology professionals, etc.) There is one open appointed position for the 2019-2020 term to be filled from the EMEA region. This position will be voted on by the newly seated board at the first board meeting in January 2019.

Board members continuing their service include:

Dave Humphries
Chairperson
Atlantic Integrated
Rockleigh, NJ, USA

David Weinstein
Secretary
Lutron
Coopersburg, PA, USA

John Buchanan
Director
Meridian Audio Limited
Huntingdon, United Kingdom

Ken Erdmann
Director
Erdmann Electric
Springville, UT

Matt Scott
Director
OMEGA Audio Video
London, Ontario, Canada

Heather Sidorowicz
Director
Southtown Audio Video
Hamburg, NY, USA

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..