A MESSAGE FROM THE CEOS
Early on in 2020, CEDIA saw an incredible turnout for our educational offerings at ISE. Our Tech Summits and other in-person events around the globe were incredibly well-attended. We were looking forward to smashing attendance records for classes at Expo.
Then came the lockdowns.
Tough decisions were made. The balance sheets demanded close attention. CEDIA staffers across the globe began to work remotely.
But something quite incredible happened. What could have been a time of turmoil became a year of common purpose: To provide the membership of CEDIA with as much support as the staff could humanly muster during months of crisis.
As the pandemic continues to grip the globe, the association – staff, Board, and most importantly, membership – demonstrated the guiding principle of what it means to be CEDIASTRONG. CEDIA offered its members free online education for months on end – and membership took complete advantage and used those resources upskill their staffs, and as a result, lift the entire industry.
Meanwhile, the entire education catalog was updated. Certifications were reimagined, resulting in two new designations with more to follow.
The CEDIA website underwent a complete overhaul. Events became virtual successes, from Expo classes to three global CEDIA Awards shows. Our Government Affairs department – Darren Reaman and his army of grassroots volunteers — continued to monitor potentially damaging legislation without interruptions. And CEDIA’s influence really began to take hold in emerging markets around the world, most notably in India.
Our work continues, and although we’re in a time of transition, know this: We’re here to help you, our members. Your ideas, your passion, your volunteerism, and your sense of community and innovation are what makes CEDIA vital and ever more relevant to the concept of creating that “Life Lived Best at Home.”
Thanks so much.
Giles Sutton | Kory Dickerson
CEDIA Interim Co-CEOs