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Mar 1, 2008 12:00 PM

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The Electronic Lifestyles Forum, April 30 - May 2 at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, is your opportunity to connect with a VIP group of architects, builders, and interior designers.


April 30, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Speaker: Connie Podesta
“Life Would Be Easy If It Weren't For Other People”

Let's admit it — people and situations can be challenging. Effective communication can make or break a deal, determine outcomes, and affect our ability to achieve the success we desire. There is no one better to help us understand human behavior than Connie Podesta. Podesta's amazing insight into human relationships (including a few that drive us crazy) will empower you to be healthier, happier, richer, and less stressed. So come prepared to learn how to create successful working relationships with your industry partners and keep those collaborations moving forward.


May 1, 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Start your Electronic Lifestyles Forum experience with excitement as you mix and mingle with industry partners and the leaders of national industry associations. Representatives from architecture, interior design, and building associations will help you get into the collaborative spirit.


May 1, 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Tom Plake, Creative Resources

Tom Plake will provide tips for making industry partnerships more valuable and mutually beneficial. As the director of strategic enthusiasm for Creative Resources, Plake coaches industry leaders and their teams to higher levels of effective communication, resulting in better and more effective partnerships, profitability, and satisfaction.


May 1, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Iron Cactus Mexican Grill

Further develop your Electronic Lifestyles Forum experience by spending time with new contacts and enhancing established relationships.


May 2, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

The best of the best will recap, encourage, empathize, and share experiences relative to their industries and their three days in Dallas. They will share how they plan to carry forward all that they learned. So enjoy the comments, ask questions, and be creative. Future collaborations and successful partnerships benefit everyone.

To learn more about this event or to download the registration brochure, visit


With enhanced guidelines and two panels of highly qualified professionals judging, this awards program has double the credibility. Make sure your best installation project isn't left out. The categories to enter are Large Home Theater, Small Home Theater, Integrated Home, Special Project, Media Room, Hidden Installation, Dressed System, Theme, and Documentation. The deadline for Designer Awards entries is May 2 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PST).


Enter in the following categories:

  • Best New Product - 30 finalists will be announced in early July; one winner will be announced at the Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet.
  • Best New Technology - Three finalists will be announced in early July; 10 winners will be announced at the Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet.
  • Product Hall of Fame - 10 winners will be announced at CEDIA Expo's Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet; a product Hall of Fame showcase will be introduced at CEDIA Expo 2009.

The deadline for Manufacturers' Excellence Awards entries is May 9 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PST). Visit for more information.

For questions, contact Katey Schenk at (800) 669-5329 ext. 157 or via email at

For more information on CEDIA, visit or call (800) 669-5329.

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