CEDIA has announced the results from its recent election for three open positions for the CEDIA board of directors, welcoming two new elected directors, Matt Scott and Heather Sidorowicz, as well as one re-elected director, Ken Erdmann.
“We are so pleased to welcome our new directors and welcome back Ken. Each of these individuals brings unique perspectives to the table that will be incredibly valuable to the organisation,” says CEDIA acting president and chief executive Tabatha O’Connor.
Matt Scott started in the pro AV industry at a very early age, running his first live front of house event at the age of 12. Matt started Ontario-based OMEGA Audio Video in 2001, which specialises in house of worship and professional audio video design and installation. In 2004, he expanded OMEGA’s services to include residential AV and continues to work heavily in both markets, hosting a weekly podcast on AVNation.TV that focuses on the residential market. Matt became involved with CEDIA as a member of the volunteer CEDIATweeps social media team.
Heather Sidorowicz is president and owner of Southtown Audio Video, a custom installation and integration firm based in Hamburg, New York. Heather’s roots are on the front lines, working directly with the client, selling and designing both personalised audio video solutions and corporate/higher education conference and training spaces. Southtown Audio Video has been one of Commercial Integrator’s Top Higher Ed Integration Firms for the past two years and in 2015, Heather was selected at as one of Commercial Integrator’s ‘40 Influencers Under 40’. Heather’s CEDIA experience began as a CEDIATweep, before joining the CEDIA Awards judging panel. She became Chair of this group, moved to the Membership committee and is currently active on the Industry Relations Advisory Council. Heather has also mentored for University at Buffalo’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership program and the Allstate’s Minority and Women’s Emerging Entrepreneurs Program.
Ken Erdmann is the co-founder and part owner of Erdmann Electric, which is based out of Springville Utah. Ken joined CEDIA in 1993 and has been actively involved as a volunteer since 1994, serving as an instructor, committee chair, subject matter expert and volunteer leader. Ken was also an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley State College instructing electrical automation and robotic technology. In 2003, he was honoured as the CEDIA Volunteer of the Year. In 2005, Ken was first elected to the CEDIA Board of Directors and served two years as chair from 2008 to 2010. In 2012, he was made a CEDIA Fellow and was honoured with the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Ken is currently active on the Professional Development Committee serving as the certification team leader and served on the CEDIA Board for the 2016-2017 term.
The three elected directors will begin their terms on 1 January 2018.
The CEDIA governance committee is also reviewing applications and conducting interviews with the 28 potential appointed candidates. Appointed directors are chosen from among all member types, including manufacturers, service providers and home technology professionals.
There are two open appointed positions for the 2018-2019 term, one to be filled from the EMEA region and the other from the entire global membership. These two positions will be voted on by the newly seated board at the first board meeting in January 2018.
Board members continuing their service include:
Henry Clifford – Elected 2017-2018
Dennis Erskine – Immediate Past Chairman
Omar Hikal – Elected 2017-2018
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David Humphries – Appointed 2017-2018
Hamish Neale – Appointed 2017-2018
Rob Sutherland – Elected 2017-2018
Giles Sutton – Elected 2017-2018
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Joe Whitaker – Elected 2017-2018
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