CEDIA offered its membership, via an all-encompassing webinar presentation Nov. 27, its end-of-year global recap of its 2018 achievements – and a look ahead at some very ambitious programs and goals for 2019.
With registrations still ongoing through the balance of the year, its membership number at present stands at 3,484, across 79 countries – and three of four members are residential integrators, said Tabatha O’Connor CEDIA’s global president and CEO.
Within the webinar, O’Connor enumerated a three-pronged strategic plan for the organization with the following focuses: offering world-class industry education and certification; being the primary source of industry design and installation standards, guidelines and best practices; and promoting CEDIA as the connection point of awareness about home technology for architects, designers and builders.
Here are some additional highlights of announced initiatives from the sweeping presentation, which involved five of the organization’s executive panelists who addressed financials, education and certification, as well as member and industry engagement, among other topics:
- CEDIA’s offering of The CEDIA Designer (TCD) software program, which aids integrators in crafting room designs in minutes and produces valuable documentation for them, has been available since September, with the Level 1 Media Room tool free to all members. To date, 250 members have accessed the Level 1 tool.
- The group’s government affairs team reported that it exerted influence on public policies affecting members’ businesses via 241 legislative bills in 39 states, and touching on 127 regulations in 34 states.
- Confirmation that due to a need to accommodate show growth, ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), the Amsterdam-held show that is a joint venture between AVIXA and CEDIA, will relocate to a larger facility in Barcelona, Spain in 2021.
- An increase in 2019 of face-to-face CEDIA-hosted regional events, each with multiple tracks addressing Technical, Business and Leadership issues; of the 32 planned worldwide, 10 are slated for the U.S., six for Mexico and six for Canada.
- A “reimagining” of the entire online learning experience, as Tom Darling, CEDIA senior vice president of Education and Certification phrased it. The new Learning Management System (LMS) will launch in January, with 13 new online courses; that number will grow to 70 by the end of 2019.
- An enhanced focus on acquiring and keeping qualified employees: “We are ramping up workforce development programs,” Darling said. In the U.S., this initiative will include a 12-week entry-level training program emphasizing the provision of vocational skills for those interested in pursuing careers in the integration industry. This will launch as a pilot program in Indianapolis and then be expanded.
- A “roadshows” initiative designed to introduce media to CEDIA and a social media campaign directed to the architect, designer and builder communities, to be led by the PR firm White Good.
- The announcement of the soft opening, which took place this month, of CEDIA’s new Fishers, IN headquarters; a grand opening is planned for March 2019. The facility houses the group’s executive offices in addition to a world-class training facility and experience center.