Introducing The 2012 Young Turks of CE
Senior Industrial Designer, Leon Speakers
Since joining Leon in 2007, Rob Waissi has designed hundreds of custom audio solutions from the ground up for the CEDIA market. Rob heads up OEM product development for the company, managing the system designs and OEM client relations. He designs and creates all the product system architecture aside from the electronics components from the ground up, developing one-off OEM loudspeaker solutions for the industry. Additionally, Rob has evolved the design capabilities of the Leon Speakers telepresence audio solutions, all the way through to the integration of the various HD telepresence cameras available on the market today. Rob constantly contributes to evolving the company’s design department (Leon Design Studios), its capabilities, and its application to an ever-growing custom electronics industry. www.leonspeakers.com
Founder and CEO, Clare Controls
As an integrator, Brett faced familiar pains: revenue devoured by escalating deployment costs and customers frustrated by inflexible home controls. His solution: ClareHome, the first home automation system managed from the cloud and run on a Mac. Using cloud-based software technologies, integrators configure, deploy, maintain and monitor ClareHome, increasing deployment efficiency and reducing service costs. ClareHome also provides unparalleled control over the user experience, delighting customers with its ability to allow them to create personalized interfaces instantly, with applets downloaded from the same cloud. www.clarecontrols.com
President/CEO, Current Audio
Led by Sean McDermott, Current Audio is delivering a host of award-winning audio products—in-ceiling, in-wall and outdoor speakers, multichannel amplifiers, subwoofers and labor-saving accessories—to custom installers all over the world. He and loyal partners, Ron Maurer and Rich Apgar, are not only The Three Amigos, they also have more than 30 years of engineering and manufacturing experience between them, and control 17 industry-leading patents and trademarks.
McDermott brings one constant theory to the party every day: each and every Current Audio design is crafted from the mind of the integrator. It’s his belief that a team that remembers where they’ve come from and why will never veer off the course of delivering precise solutions. That vision is what drives the brand’s commitment to their customers: quality audio products packed with innovative details and essential margins, and backed by unparalleled customer service. www.currentaudio.com