David Thomas, CEO at Evident, is an accomplished cybersecurity entrepreneur. He has a history of introducing innovative technologies, establishing them in the market, and driving growth – with each early-stage company emerging as the market leader.

Wednesday's joint CEDIA/CustomRetailer webinar, titled "CEDIA 2.0. Looking Forward. Moving Ahead. Increasing Your Bottom Line," was a huge success, drawing 430 registrants. The live event also drew more than 60 questions, all of which were either answered directly by a CEDIA Board or staff person or will be answered by the beginning of next week.

The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) said Thursday that it has named four new ex oficio directors to its board, from across the certification, education, and finance sectors. The move is in conjunction with ESPA’s planned launch of new education and certification programs early next year. The new board members are Norah Hammond of the National Systems Contractors Association, Kerry Moyer of the CEA, Jeff Quint of the National Systems Contractors Association, and Margaret Sheehan of CEDIA. They join Chairman Chuck Wilson of ESPA, as well as Secretary Don Gilpin and Treasurer Todd Thibodeaux.

LAS VEGAS -- In the midst of CEDIA’s Electronic Lifestyles EXPO, an event meant to promote deeper communication and understanding among electronics installers, home builders, architects and interior designers, CEDIA pulled together a hastily-arranged press conference to make an announcement apropos of its context: a landmark partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The two organizations already had been working together through the 2006-2007 NAHB Institute of Residential Marketing research project, which CEDIA sponsored in a mutual attempt to find out what each constituency wants and needs from the other. Now CEDIA and NAHB have “strengthened” their relationship through the creation of

As a part of its 2007 Electronic Lifestyles EXPO, which will take place next April in Las Vegas, CEDIA will incorporate three educational outreach components to inform its members about the industry. Inspired by feedback from attendees of CEDIA’s first Electronic Lifestyles Forum who requested more hands-on experience and training, this year’s forum will take architects, builders and designers onto the showroom floor to get that experience. Industry professionals will act as CEDIA Ambassadors, who will guide attendees through this training. A second aspect to the initiative, CU on the Road, takes CEDIA University core curriculum courses, seminars, certification reviews/exams and

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