In a major development out of the custom installation industry, CEDIA announced on Monday afternoon that it has accepted the resignation of President and CEO Vin Bruno, effective immediately. In a statement emailed to Technology Integrator, CEDIA said that Bruno opted to resign from his post atop the association in order to "focus on new opportunities in the residential and commercial technology industries."
"On behalf of the Board, the CEDIA team and the global CEDIA community, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Vin for his service and guidance during his tenure as CEO," Dennis Erskine, CEDIA Chairman, said in the statement. "Under Vin's leadership, we have completed the goal of global alignment for the organization and sold ownership of the CEDIA show to focus on the most important needs of our members."
As CEDIA begins the search process for a replacement President and CEO, Tabatha O'Connor, CEDIA's current COO, will serve as Acting President/CEO. O'Connor has served as COO since 2015 and has worked with CEDIA for 15 years, serving in various roles including Senior Director of Human Resources and Finance
"I am confident that working with Tabatha O'Connor, CEDIA staff and the CEDIA Board, we will continue to focus on our members first, by delivering quality education, training and certification, advocating for improvements in workforce development, building consumer awareness, and increasing industry outreach that will grow business for CEDIA members," Erskine said.
Bruno was brought into the CEDIA fold back in September 2015 and oversaw two successful CEDIA tradeshows. Earlier this year, Bruno played a critical role in negotiating the sale of the trade show portion of CEDIA's annual conference to Emerald Expositions.
"Emerald acquiring and consequently taking over the operational responsibilities of the show will allow CEDIA to reallocate staff resources to programs and initiatives that will drive member success across the board,” Bruno said at the time.
Commenting on Bruno's time at CEDIA in it's announcement of his departure, O'Connor said, "CEDIA is now in a much stronger position than it was 18 months ago. We are grateful for Vin's many contributions in his time with us and we wish him the very best for the future. Now, we are looking forward to a new phase of success for our global community."