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CEDIA Supports Home Technology TV Series on DIY Network

CEDIA has announced it will participate as a sponsor forHollywood Hi-Tech, an upcoming show on the DIY Network that will show sophisticated technology installations in celebrity homes. CEDIA will support the show and will work closely with its host to help illustrate the benefits of working with a professional electronic systems contractor.

The series will show viewers the latest and greatest technologies integrated into innovative custom installations. The show will follow lifestyle-technology expert Janna Robinson as she gives celebrities’ homes the ultimate technology makeover. Leading CEDIA-member manufacturers are involved with the show, and CEDIA-member electronic systems contractor Robert’s Home AV is signed on to participate in the first five episodes.

Hollywood Hi-Tech is the first show of its kind, and CEDIA is thrilled to be involved with the program,” says CEDIA CEO Utz Baldwin. “This series will offer an exciting look at the wide-ranging benefits of residential technologies while demonstrating to viewers the importance of working with a professional electronic systems contractor.”

CEDIA’s Electronic Lifestyles Finder Service will be featured on the show’s website, making it easy for homeowners and electronic systems professionals to find qualified CEDIA members in their area.

Hollywood Hi-Tech is the very first time that high-end custom installation has been featured in a weekly TV series, and CEDIA has done an amazing job at supporting our show,” says host Janna Robinson. “They are helping us spread the word about the series, providing the same kind of solid support that they have given the custom install industry for years.”

Hollywood Hi-Tech will feature such celebrities as Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Jeremy Piven, and Josh Duhamel. The celebrities themselves will be involved throughout the makeover process, from the initial consultation to the unveiling of the finished room. The series will premiere in June 2011.

CEDIA Leadership Selects Randy Stearns as CEDIA Chairman

CEDIA has named Randy Stearns, owner of Engineered Environments in Alameda, Calif., as the new elected official to fill the role of CEDIA Chairman, recently held by the late Randy Vaughan. Stearns has served on the CEDIA Board of Directors since 2005 and has been an active member of CEDIA since 1993.

“Randy’s contributions to the industry and CEDIA have been instrumental in affecting positive change and association growth over the years,” says Ken Erdmann, past CEDIA chairman. “He has served on many committees, councils, and action teams and is a perfect fit for the leadership role of CEDIA Chairman.”

Randy’s involvement with CEDIA encompasses a wide variety of positions, including Industry Outreach Council Chair, EXPO Chair, Treasurer, Best Practices Action Team, Instructor, Subject Matter Expert, and Finance Committee. He most recently served as Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors.

Randy’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth and an MBA from the University of Southern California. His company is one of the largest, most reputable electronic systems contracting businesses in the U.S. and has won many awards in CEDIA’s Electronic Lifestyles Awards competition, which showcases CEDIA members’ best work in categories ranging from home theater to whole-house integration.

“Stearns’ diverse CEDIA background and business expertise is a powerful asset to have as CEDIA Chairman,” says CEDIA CEO Utz Baldwin. “We are proud to have him serve in this role and look forward to kicking the year off under his leadership.”

Stearns will assume the role and responsibilities of chairman effective immediately. A complete listing of CEDIA’s Board of Directors is available at http://www.cedia.org/contact_us/bod.php.



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