What They’re Thinking: Ken Smith
The mood of the country and the consumer, I believe, is good. Wall Street (Dow) is higher than it’s ever been, and I personally see no big dip in the building industry.
One of the biggest changes is the amount of legislation that is occurring around the country. CEDIA is all over it, and not only lets its members know about potential legislation in their part of the world, but also lets them know what CEDIA is doing to be proactive about these issues.
There are a number of companies that I admire in the industry. They include, but are not limited to, LaScala, Engineered Environments (Alameda, Calif.), AudioVisions (Lake Forest, Calif.), and Home Media Stores (Richmond, Va.). Mostly because they are well run, focused, and tenacious as well as very cool.