One Voice: CustomRetailer Salutes Winners
Welcome to our CEDIA EXPO issue of CustomRetailer, which features the finalists for the 2012 Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards. These awards include 30 products in the Best New Product category and two finalists for the Sustainable Lifestyle Product Innovation Award, which recognizes products with an eco-conscious focus.
The winners will be announced on Friday, September 7, at 9 a.m. during CEDIA EXPO, and they will be recognized at the annual Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Celebration on Saturday, September 8. This is a huge honor for any manufacturer and CustomRetailer is so proud to be a part of it. Something else I am personally proud of is to be asked every year to be one of the judges for the Lutron Excellence Awards. Every year, fellow journalists from the consumer electronics industry gather for a few days to review the anonymous submissions and have our scores tallied to name the year’s winners.
The judges take their task very seriously and every year the level of integration and design trumps that of the year prior. It is so very exciting to see what our industry’s stalwarts are able to accomplish for their clients on a never-ending quest for perfection. This year the winners will be announced at EXPO on Thursday, September 6.
It wouldn’t be a CEDIA EXPO if I didn’t congratulate the winners of our own CustomRetailer EXC!TE Awards. The editors of CustomRetailer receive so many submissions every year that it literally takes us two months to wade through them all and decide what products are truly EXC!Ting and will benefit the custom integrator—and their clients—in their daily lives. We were once again overwhelmed by the products submitted to us. A full list of all of the winners will be in the October issue of CustomRetailer. Please join us in Indy on Thursday, September 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cadillac Ranch Bar & Grill to celebrate with the winners!