The 2004 CEDIA Expo
A sneak peek at the big show.
By Mike Llewellyn
Bill Skaer has got a lot to talk about. He's chairing the CEDIA Expo this year, and from where he's sitting, it looks like the custom install industry's biggest show is going to continue building steam as this segment of the CE category expands as a golden child of the CE business. This year, the show is scheduled for September 8-12. It's going to be held in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention center and RCA Dome.
"We've got 450,000 square feet of show floor, 500 manufacturers, and we're experiencing a very brisk response from members," says Skaer, also president of Eric Grundelman, Inc. in Mesquite, Texas. Skaer has been active in CEDIA for six years, a board member for five years, and has served as the ethics committee chair. He says the show will no doubt eclipse last year.
"We don't like to make projections, but we've never gone backwards," he says. "We had 22,500 attendees last year, and we're looking forward to a really good year this year."
Opening day will be kicked off with a breakfast featuring a keynote address from Nicholas Negroponte, founder of MIT's famed Media Lab. The annual membership meeting and luncheon held on Saturday, September 11 will feature an address from John Putnam, former president and CEO of Southwest Airlines.
Skaer says he expects there will be a number of key issues attendees would do well to watch for at the five-day event.
"There's going to be continuing buzz about HD. Of course, we'd all like to see more programming, but also expect to see a lot of new stuff coming out in the way of control systems," he predicts.
Skaer says attendees should also watch for new ideas in audio.
"Two big media delivery systems are gaining a lot of traction. the first is Kaleidescape. I've installed several of those myself, and they're really very popular. The other is Control 4. It's a new entry, but it's got some old names behind it," he says.