CEDIA Groups connect home technology community year-round
CEDIA Groups launched in spring 2015, and since that time, eight groups of Home Technology Professionals have been meeting and fostering conversations covering all facets of the integration business from marketing to accounts receivable. The meetings gather five to seven non-competitive CEDIA members, grouped by time zone, and give them a space to share their insights, resources and industry-specific expertise.
"Joining a CEDIA group is like hitting fast-forward in comparison to other networking groups you may be a part of. You have a group of people who immediately understand what you do - the speedbumps and pitfalls, and they have experience to lend to anything you may be up against as an owner," Henry Cliffford, owner of Livewire in Richmond, VA, said in a statement.
Developing and facilitating new community-building initiatives for year-round networking, mentorship and idea sharing is a key initiative for CEDIA, and CEDIA Groups is the first effort.
"I have been in the industry 20+ years and I've had many unique business relationships but this is different," Mark DiPietro of SoundVision in Mooresville, NC, said in a statement. "Having a group to serve as a sounding board that understands the business has been fantastic. We all come from a different angle, with different perspectives and from different parts of the country, so there is no fear about unknowingly helping your competition."
CEDIA CEO, Vin Bruno stated, "Companies cannot survive in a vacuum in this channel - you have to connect with the people around you. CEDIA members have been working to help one another find success since the association was formed. There is a strong tie to the community created within the industry and CEDIA is the common thread. While many essential connections happen every year at the CEDIA show, CEDIA groups are providing an outlet for members to connect with one another year round."