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By Nancy Klosek CEDIA Expo 2005 bid its most frequent host city farewell until at least 2010, hitting the road fueled by registration figures that, as of Day One Friday, had "already broken records," CEDIA Executive Director, Billilynne Keller declared. "But this show is not about being bigger—it's about trying to be the best," she told keynote breakfast attendees Friday morning. "We want to be the core component of your prosperity." Stressing the educational over the product-introduction aspects of the Expo, CEDIA President Ray Lepper expounded, "The reason we come to Expo is to experience things that change our thinking." His remarks were the

The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) announced the second phase of new requirements for membership that raises the affiliation standards for member companies.   Set to take effect January 31, 2006, the second phase will require all member companies to employ at least one full-time CEDIA-certified professional. Companies who qualify will be considered "full" members of the association. This ensures that CEDIA members represent the highest level of excellence in the custom electronics industry and bring a significant competitive advantage to the marketplace, according to a CEDIA press statement.   "CEDIA membership is growing tremendously, and we want to make sure we

Custom installation places very different demands on the vendor/dealer relationship, compared to retail By Ray Lepper President and CEO, Home Media Stores, L.C. Vice President, CEDIA For years we've used words like commitment, support and loyalty to describe the nature and quality of relationships between companies who make and distribute hardware and companies who sell it to end users. With the custom installation (CI) segment of the industry now representing more potential business for manufacturers than traditional A/V specialists, and as custom installation provides new sources of revenue and new areas of risk, perhaps it's time to consider new meanings for these old words.

Robert Minkhorst will end his 30-year career at Philips on December 31, when he is slated to resign as chief executive officer of Philips Consumer Electronics North America. At press time, Philips had not appointed a successor. Darrel Issa has been elected to Congress. Issa is the chairman of the Board of the Consumer Electronics Association and president and CEO of Directed Electronics. He took his seat in the House of Representatives representing the 48th congressional district in California. Issa, a Republican, won with 61 percent of the vote.…Jim Minarik is the new president and CEO of Directed Electronics, Inc. Minarik is currently the

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