CEDIA EMEA members back global Integration at AGM

posted on Tuesday, 8th November 2016 by Geny Caloisi

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Last Friday at the CEDIA EMEA AGM, CEDIA members had a chance to vote on the association’s plans to unite its global operations, announced back in Septemeber. There was an overwhelming majority in favour of a formal integration between CEDIA and CEDIA EMEA.

Under the emblem of ‘Better Together’ Giles Sutton, CEDIA EMEA’s Chairman, highlighted  advantages that the integration will bring for CEDIA members and the industry at large.

“For 16 years there’s been CEDIA US and CEDIA EMEA, this is the right time for a global alignment,” said Sutton. “The global presence will strengthen the influence of CEDIA as an organisation. There will be o need for regional membership, which will greatly benefit global companies. Having an exposure on other markets where they might not yet be working will also enhance the members’ profiles.”

Sutton confirmed that there will be no increase to the price of the membership.

Regular trainings and updates on emerging technologies will remain accessible to all. Adding to this, there is the new the trade apprenticeships and the City & Guilds for vocational education. “We will continue our trainings at ISE in Amsterdam and further our ‘Education vouchers initiative’, which is proving very popular amongst the members. We are also very close to getting the British Standard Industry,” confirmed Sutton.

He also said that CEDIA’s work with the British Standards Institution towards producing a British Standard PAS (Publicly Available Specification) for Smart Home wiring is soon to be finalised. This initiative was announce at last year’s AGM with the aim to turn the CEDIA Smart Home Recommended Wiring Guidelines into a British Standard.

Although the CEDIA HQ will now be in the US, CEDIA will maintain the individual offices in Indianapolis and Cambridgeshire, recognising the importance of providing regional benefits and CEDIA connection points in local markets.

“Operating as one global organisation is an important step for CEDIA as we seek to strengthen our global voice and influence,” said Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO. “Our increased operational efficiencies will ensure that we are able to continue to deploy the resources CEDIA members need to be successful in every region.”

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CEDIA has seen an 11 per cent growth in membership, year-on-year and it has a 90 per cent member retention.

In order to provide continuity, stability and balance during the initial integration period, a CEDIA Governance Task Force determined the slate for the 2017 global board of directors. The following members will begin their positions on the global board beginning January 1, 2017. At that time, the board may choose to appoint up to four skills-based directors. The executive committee will also be determined in the New Year.

The 13 members announced in September remain unchanged, see InsideCI report: CEDIA EMEA and CEDIA to become one organisation.

Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications. 

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