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Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

NSCA Expo gets underway as CEDIA and InfoComm finalize major event plans.

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What do architects, builders, interior designers, and residential electronic systems contractors (RESC) have in common? They all share a passion and desire to bridge the gap between design and technology at CEDIA's 2007 Electronic Lifestyles Expo.

The 2007 Electronic Lifestyles Expo is only a month away — April 18-21 (tradeshow April 20-21), at the Sands Expo & Conventions Center and Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Following are just a few of the not-to-miss events.

On Thursday, April 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., keynote speaker Dan Burrus will present a session titled “Technotrends.” This cutting-edge presentation teaches new ways to grow your business by doing things you thought were impossible. Learn to understand the challenges and opportunities that result in change, and learn how to use tools that you may not have ever known existed.

Dan Burrus has established a worldwide reputation for predicting the future of technological change and its impact on the business world — providing a potential competitive edge to those paying attention. In his eye-opening presentation, Burrus will take you and your company to the next level.

An Industry Panel session will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to noon. Diane Dorrans Saeks, a San Francisco editor; Rich Green of Rich Green Ink; Johnnie Long Sr., a 25-year building industry veteran; and Mark Demerly, AIA, will all be sharing their expertise and combined industry knowledge at CEDIA's 2007 Electronic Lifestyles Forum.

This “Experts Panel,” moderated by Rob Heselbarth, editor of Residential Design & Build, will highlight the future of the home-building industry, residential space, family life, and how technology will play a role in the future — from the single-family home to the MDU market. This group of industry professionals is certain to spark creative thinking and discussion.

New in 2007 will be a tradeshow component, which will take place April 20-21. This jam-packed tradeshow floor will give you the chance to see new technologies and products (the most up-to-date, cutting-edge products and technologies) from exhibitors. Also, you'll build your network of contacts, giving you access to the biggest and best industry network in the world.

Architects, builders, and interior designers will have designated times for tradeshow floor guided tours led by CEDIA ambassadors. Tour sign-up will be onsite.

Friday, April 20, 2007, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Madame Tussaud, Las Vegas' famed waxed museum, will provide the perfect forum for an unforgettable two-hour networking event for ESC business owners, architects, builders, and interior designers. The museum, known as the hottest must-feel attraction on the Strip, offers amazing interactive experiences for attendees. This experience will further your CEDIA relationships and core group of resources as your friends and associates will be right there with you. Don't miss this event — be part of the fun.

For more detailed information about all of the extraordinary events in store at the 2007 Electronic Lifestyles Expo, log on to Remember, early bird registration ends March 12, 2007, and online registration ends April 13, so register today.


CEDIA will sponsor and present CEDIA University's core curriculum at the Soundcheck Expo, March 19-21, 2007, at the World Trade Center in Mexico City. Soundcheck Expo has welcomed thousands of attendees, with the number steadily increasing each year.

In the past, CEDIA sponsored and educated residential professional attendees at the Home: Tech Expo. However, this year, a decision was made to combine that show with Soundcheck Expo. Now, Soundcheck Expo will welcome professionals from both the commercial and residential electronics industry. CEDIA is lucky to be positioned in front of both markets.

CEDIA will bring courses from the Electronic Systems Designer, Electronic Systems Project Management, and Electronic Systems Technician core curriculum. In addition to these core curricula being offered, attendees will have the chance to take CEDIA's Latin American version of the Installer Level I Exam. In Latin America, there are currently more than 20 CEDIA Certified Professionals.

CEDIA continues to expand globally, and Latin America continues to demonstrate an overwhelming growth in the custom electronics industry. CEDIA's next education event in Latin America is scheduled for May 4-6, 2007. For more information regarding CEDIA Education and participation in Latin America, contact Branden Camp at

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