CEDIA Chairman on Organization Goals: Education, Outreach
The CEDIA organization, mindful of the unique economic challenges affecting its membership, set out at the just-concluded 2008 Expo to craft a show experience just as unique, with fee-free education and a renewed post-show resolve to make the custom installation discipline better known by outside groups whose understanding and partnership are crucial to the trade’s future growth.
Attendance at the show, according to statistics released by management, was only minimally lower than last year’s 29,000 figure, and those who came to Denver were the beneficiaries of a broad suite of educational programs – offered gratis for the first time in Expo’s history, according to Utz Baldwin, CEDIA chairman, who spoke to CustomRetailer of the initiative and other industry topics during the show.
“Over 1,400 students signed up for the courses,” he said. “We provided over $500,000 in free education; all five of our colleges were represented here.”