Origin Acoustics Chairman Jeremy Burkhardt will be inducted as a CEDIA Fellow during next month’s CEDIA Expo 2019 in Denver, the show’s producers have announced. The CEDIA Fellows program honors longtime CEDIA members and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the association’s success.
Burkhardt is a longtime industry veteran, and before starting Origin was the CEO, architect and co-founder of SpeakerCraft. For over two decades, he has contributed to the growth and development of the residential architectural custom electronics industry. He began his career as a custom installer, and then became a successful independent A/V retailer, where he identified deficiencies in products and installation practices and then designed innovative and time-saving products that revolutionized the home installation market.
Burkhardt and his business partners founded, developed, and grew SpeakerCraft into one of the industry’s largest architectural speaker manufacturers and brands. SpeakerCraft was sold to Nortek, Inc. for a $58 million in 2004; Burkhardt remained the CEO until he retired after 20-plus years there in 2012. In 2014, he and his original SpeakerCraft business partners launched the Origin Acoustics architectural electronics brand at CEDIA Expo.
Burkhardt served on the CEDIA board from 2006 until 2008. His volunteerism has continued over the years, and he regularly contributes articles to a variety of industry trade publications and lectures at educational events worldwide.
“Jeremy’s legacy in the industry has been anything but quiet – he’s pushed the boundaries in product development with a constant eye on balancing the needs of dealers and end users,” said David Humphries, CEDIA chairman, in the announcement statement.
“Few can doubt Jeremy’s foresight and vision – he’s helped shape and propel the architectural speaker category,” added Robert Keeler, CEDIA’s senior director of sales, sponsorship, and partnerships, as part of the announcement statement. “Ultimately, his passion has built two brands that have incredible loyalty among their dealer base and have earned the love of homeowners around the world.”
Burkhardt will be recognized at the CEDIA Expo Opening Keynote hosted at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.Jeremy Burkhardt to be Inducted as a CEDIA Fellow