Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) Partners With CEDIA Expo to Offer Biggest Ever “Tommapalooza 2021 Training Event”

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The All-Industry Education Day Takes Place September 1, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center Focused on Lighting Design Training  

(Alpharetta, GA) July 29, 2021 – CEDIA Expo, the leading event for the residential systems integration industry announces a programming partnership with Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), bringing its biggest “Tommapalooza” Industry Education Day to the show.  Named for Tom Doherty, a co-founder of CEDIA and 2001 Lifetime Achievement recipient, Tom is the creator of the “learning festival” and produced by the HTSA’s education team. This event is part of a yearlong series of HTSA’s educational initiatives. As the Director, New Technology Initiatives for HTSA, Tom has continued to see a need for training initiatives around specialty market segments like lighting design and fixture sales and the newer areas of health and wellness. “Tommapalooza” curated learning festival is an ideal solution.

“We are very excited to host Tommapalooza 2021 at this year’s CEDIA EXPO,” shares Jason McGraw, Emerald’s Group Vice President CEDIA Expo/KBIS. “We wanted to create a significant lighting educational opportunity at the upcoming CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis. By partnering with HTSA, we’re expanding the value of the show with HTSA’s remarkable lighting and business content for all CEDIA Expo attendees.”

“All year long, HTSA’s education team develops programs for HTSA members to drive their success in the technology business,” said Tom Doherty, HTSA Director of New Technology Initiatives. “CEDIA Expo is an event that occurs only once a year, and we are excited to be able to give something back to the greater industry. Let’s all learn together.”

Tommapalooza 2021 will host an Industry Education Day including lighting design training delivered by Peter Romaniello, IALD, as well as offering a keynote speaker to kick off the day – “Changing Perceptions and Leveraging Advanced Technologies in Preparation for a More Autonomous Tomorrow.”  The event will be held on Wednesday, September 1st at the Indiana Convention Center in Meeting Rooms 204, 205, 206, and 207 and are open to all industry attendees.

Topics include:

  • HDR10 Ecosystem Workshop
  • Elevating Your Home Theater into Screening Rooms
  • Winning Over Architects
  • Health and Wellness Sales Strategies
  • Lighting and Integration: Where and How Do I Start?
  • Successfully Selling Lighting
  • Delivering Lighting Design to Your Clients – 3 Approaches
  • Lighting Fixture Supply strategies with Custom Home Builders

Tommapalooza Keynote Speaker

The Industry Education Event will be headlined by speaker Mike Wimmer. He recently made the news, worldwide when he graduated from both high school and college in the same week—as a 12-year-old.  His work in artificial intelligence and machine learning has already gained the attention of the military and, to date, he has completed six contracts with the United States Special Operations Command, receiving numerous awards for his efforts. His keynote, “Changing Perceptions and Leveraging Advanced Technologies in Preparation for a More Autonomous Tomorrow,” is sponsored by Crestron Electronics. The presentation will take place Tuesday, August 31 at 4:30 pm in the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indiana Convention Center.

“We are extremely proud to partner with Emerald to dramatically expand our educational program offerings at CEDIA Expo 2021,” said Jon Robbins, Executive Director of Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA). “When two great organizations like Emerald and HTSA combine their resources to deliver great content, all show attendees, and the industry overall, benefit.”

Registration Required

All CEDIA Expo attendees are welcome to take part in the “Tommapalooza 2021” Industry Education Day events. Registration is required. Click here to read more about the event and view the upcoming schedule for Tommapalooza 2021.


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