CEDIA has announced that it will honor 30-year industry veteran Mitchell Klein at the CEDIA Expo opening keynote in Denver on Sept. 11 as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Klein has dedicated his career to educating the industry, building, creating and implementing strategic businesses and programs, and leading companies that helped bring smart home and custom installation into the mainstream. He has had a hand in launching many key initiatives for CEDIA in operational, educational, financial, legislative and marketing areas, including initiating and implementing CEDIA’s first strategic plan, the creation of an operating budget and reserve fund, introducing the CEDIA certification program and Management Conference, along with various policy and promotional projects. He continues his volunteerism on the Professional Development Action Committee today.
In his current role as the Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of leading IoT brands and influencers, Klein has grown membership to over 700 global companies and more than 3,000 certified products which represents over 60 percent growth during his tenure. Before he was at Z-Wave, he consulted for numerous CE brands, led business development for URC for several years and earlier, he was in the home technology trenches, owning and running his own installation firm for over 14 years.
Klein is a CEDIA Fellow, former two-term CEDIA president and ongoing volunteer, and is a regular contributor to trade and technology publications and has been interviewed for numerous trade publications, mainstream media outlets and podcasts.
“Mitch is part of an elite group, not only now as a CEDIA Lifetime Achievement recipient but as someone who has been actively engaged with CEDIA from the early stages and has continued to serve the community,” said David Humphries, CEDIA chairman. “Anyone who knows Mitch likely has a story about his willingness to share his expertise and his passion to further the growth and success of the industry.”