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Associations Focus: Foundations of Education

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Certification and management-training courses highlight trade associations’ commitments in the new year.


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BUILD A BETTER BUSINESS AT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

Management Conference 2008 offers a lineup unlike anything else. This year CEDIA broadened its horizons for presentation ideas and conference content. There is something for everyone at this event built exclusively for residential electronic systems business owners and managers.

Strategic Management Forums are one aspect of the Management Conference program that provides attendees with ideas to implement into their business. They combine stand-up instruction and small workgroups, where attendees will develop materials with peers that can be used within their business.

EFFECTIVE EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION SKILLS

Attendees will learn practical techniques used to identify, differentiate, and hire employees. A human resources forum leader, experienced in the residential electronic systems industry, will engage attendees in a knowledge-building session complete with real-life examples.

SERVICE CONTRACTS AND WARRANTIES

Attendees will gain knowledge on selling extended-service contracts — an untapped segment in the industry. As systems get more complex, the maintenance on them can be pretty extensive. Offering clients prepaid service contracts gives them hassle-free service and provides the integrator with recurring revenue, raising the market value of their company.

MANAGING OFF-SITE EMPLOYEES

A panel of your peers will review the secrets to their successes while engaging the group in brainstorming successful techniques and solutions for managing your most valuable and expensive resource — your employees.

THE ONE-PAGE STRATEGIC PLAN

The One-Page Strategic Plan will introduce you to a planning model that guides you through a strategic planning process, taking you from the big picture down to the next right move. It provides step-by-step guidelines for practical procedures that efficiently implement your strategic plan in your business. You will leave this session with the foundation of a strategic plan for your business.

Visit www.cedia.org/mc for more details or to register. Registration is now open. Early bird registration closes Jan. 30.

ELECTRONIC LIFESTYLES AWARDS DEADLINES

  • Designer Awards: May 2
  • Manufacturers'Excellence Awards: May 9
  • Electronic Systems Contractor & Technician of the Year: June 6
  • Lifetime Achievement Nomination: May 30

Technical expertise, performance, overall planning — these three characteristics are essential to win the 2008 Electronic Lifestyles Designer Awards competition. Don't miss your opportunity to be recognized as one of the best.

There are new categories, more awards, plus a Product Hall of Fame. Be sure to enter CEDIA's Manufacturers' Excellence Awards competition and have your product showcased.

New guidelines are available in early February. Visit www.cedia.org/awards. Contact Kathryn Schenk for questions at (800) 669-5329 ext. 157, or email kschenk@cedia.org.

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



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