IPRO Membership to Be Integrated Into CEDIA IPRO Affinity Group

CEDIA and IPro (Independent Professional Representatives Organization) have today announced an agreement for the IPRO membership to be integrated into the CEDIA membership under a new CEDIA IPro affinity group.

As part of this new structure, Ray Wright, IPRO executive director will lead operations for the CEDIA IPRO affinity group, and an advisory council will be appointed to coordinate the activities of the group and support the mission. Additionally, the CEDIA IPro affinity group will continue to have an annual conference in conjunction with a CEDIA hosted event. The CEDIA and IPro leadership are currently determining the best option for the 2018 event.

There is significant overlap in the current membership: Those members of both organizations will be transitioned into the CEDIA IPro affinity group at no charge, and those IPro members who are not CEDIA members will be encouraged to join. Other manufacturer rep companies that are CEDIA members may also choose to join the CEDIA IPro affinity group. Beyond the normal CEDIA membership fee, there is no additional charge for manufacturer representative firms to join the CEDIA IPro affinity group.

One key initiative that CEDIA and IPRO have been working on is a regionalized education schedule to provide local reps and dealers with CEDIA education at rep training facilities.

Initial training dates are as follows:

October 17th and 18th
Tandem Marketing – Chicago, IL
Basic Network Training

October 24th and 25th
C&E Marketing – Sunrise, FL
Basic Network Training

November 15th and 16th
Atlantic Integrated – Rockleigh, NJ
Advanced Network Training

December 5th and 6th
ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing – Los Angeles, CA
Basic Network Training

CEDIA and IPro are working on the transition of members into the CEDIA IPRO affinity group. IPRO Members can expect communication on next steps in the coming weeks. IPRO is here.