Russound’s Walt Zerbe Receives CEA TechHome Leadership Award

Former integrator and Russound product manager Walt Zerbe has long history of volunteering for industry causes.

Walt Zerbe (left) receives 2012 CEA TechHome Leadership Award from TechHome chairman Ian Hendler during CES 2012.

One of the industry’s most likable guys, Walt Zerbe, was honored last night with the Consumer Electronics Association’s 2012 TechHome Leadership. The award was bestowed by TechHome chair Ian Hendler of Leviton, in a reception at the [email protected] TechZone.

Zerbe has been involved in the custom electronics and pro A/V business for 25 years—more if you count his years of tinkering before starting a home systems integration firm.

Currently, he is a product manager for multiroom A/V manufacturer Russound, where he has worked for five years following a seven-year stint at On-Q/Legrand.

Zerbe has been a tireless volunteer for more than a decade, serving on CEA’sTechHome board and taking an active role in audio standards development. In 2009, CEA honored Zerbe with its Technology Achievement Award for the creation of the Multiroom Audio Standard (ANSI/CEA-2030). 

Currently he is co-chair of the CEA Home Audio Division and chairman of the joint CEA/CEDIA R10 standards group.

Why does he do it? Zerbe tells CE Pro, “I enjoy it. It’s fun.”

For the first time this year, CEA included the Mark of Excellence System Integrator Awards as part of the International CES. The awards program recognizes the best in custom installation projects and installed technology.

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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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