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CEDIA Unveils 3-Year Strategy

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CEDIA unveils its new strategic plan-- one that will prioritise the work of the association over the next 3 years, with the hope of "significant" advances in three key areas.

CEDIA BannerDeveloped by the CEDIA staff and board, plus input from members and strategy expert Dr. Rebecca Homkes, the plan focuses on education, increasing professionalism through standards, guidelines and best practices, and deeper engagement and partnership with the design and build community.

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CEDIA Names Tabatha O'Conner Global President and CEO

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The CEDIA Board of Directors promotes Tabatha O'Connor from acting to permanent CEDIA global president and CEO, marking a moving away for CEDIA from being something of a "good-old-boy" club.

CEDIA Tabatha O'ConnorO'Connor joined CEDIA in 2002 and has led many different departments over her tenure, including membership, finance, human resources, operations and volunteer development. In 2015 she was promoted to COO, a role that had her creating structures and processes to manage the association's activities, and has served as acting global president and CEO since May 2017.

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CEDIA Appoints Directors, 2018 Executive Committee

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The CEDIA board of directors approves the 2018 executive committee and appoints two directors for the 2018-2019 term-- one filled from the EMEA membership, the other from the entire global membership.

CEDIA OpeningJohn Buchanan from Meridian Audio was voted in by the board to fill the EMEA position, while David Weinstein from Lutron Electronics was voted in for the other position representing the entire global membership.

“CEDIA is in a fantastic position to hit the ground running for 2018,” CEDIA chairman David Humphries says. “Our directors have a wonderful and diverse set of skills and expertise which sets us up for a very successful year.”

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Control4 Buys Ihiji

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Control4 announces the acquisition of a remote management services provider-- Ihiji, providing Control4 with a one-stop shop for remote IP network and IoT ecosystem management when paired with the Pakedge BakBak portfolio.

Control4 IhijiThe deal covers certain Ihiji IP, development and support teams, and inventory. Financial details are not available.

“Connected home opportunities are emerging globally, and their individual performance, reliability, and resilience are foundational to all successful installations," Control4 says. "By combining Control4’s BakPak, with its strong network management capabilities, and Ihiji’s Invision, with its industry-leading device monitoring and management capabilities, Control4 can provide a set of unified cloud-based services to our dealers to securely and efficiently monitor end-customer systems."

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Nortek and Core Brands Merge!

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Nortek Security & Control (NSC) and Core Brands are now one integrated company, bringing together leading brands in security, home automation and audio/video with a focus on the professional installation channel.

Nortek Core BrandsHeading the combined company-- operating as NSC-- is president Mike O'Neal. Core Brands president Joe Roberts takes the role of executive VP Marketing & Innovations. It remains dedicated to developing and manufacturing smart home, security, access-control, entertainment and personal health solutions, as anchored by the 2GIG security and ELAN control platforms.

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