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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 CEPro@CES 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, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
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. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

6 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Jason Knott  on  01/11  at  11:19 AM

Congratulations Walt! You even made sideburns fashionable in the industry for a short while.

Posted by Richard A. Ebeling  on  01/11  at  02:27 PM

Brought a tear of pride to my eyes, my son. My daughter and your wife, Christina, certainly knows how to pick ‘em.
A much deserved award, I’m sure!!!

Posted by Dexter Rains  on  01/11  at  03:26 PM

Congratulations, what an accomplishment,
We met your in-laws on a cruise last year and we think a lot of you mother-in-law, but
the jury is still out on your father-in-law.
Again congrads from the Rains’ from Midlothian, Va.

Posted by Fred Harding  on  01/11  at  06:43 PM

Congratulations, Walt.  You certainly deserve the honor.

Posted by Randy L. Hardy  on  01/11  at  07:16 PM

Well done, Walt!  VERY well deserved.  Here’s to another 25 years, and then some.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  01/12  at  06:50 AM

Richard, you have no idea how well respected and well liked (even more important) Walt is in our little industry. The honor is truly deserved.

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