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CEDIA Names 2010 Fellows Program Inductees

Frederick J. Ampel, Anthony Grimani, and Jeff Zemanek to be honored at CEDIA Expo 2010.


Steve Crowe · June 29, 2010

CEDIA has announced the 2010 inductees for its Fellows program that “honors longtime CEDIA members and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the association’s success.”

The inductees are Frederick J. Ampel (Technology Visions), Anthony Grimani (Performance Media Industries), and Jeff Zemanek (Lutron). The inductees will be honored at the annual Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet Sept. 25 at CEDIA Expo 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Click here for the full list of CEDIA Fellows. CEDIA provided the following information about each of the 2010 inductees:

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Frederick J. Ampel

Technology Visions
Overland Park, Kan.

Frederick J. Ampel has been involved in the professional A/V industry for nearly 40 years. His career has included work in live sound reinforcement, broadcast audio production, residential system integration, and sales and marketing. He has served in an editorial capacity at several prominent industry publications and has been published in numerous industry journals. In 1991, he founded Technology Visions, a consultancy specializing in marketing, business, and technology development for the A/V industry. Ampel was the principal editor for CEDIA’s 1997 Home Theater Manual and created and produced CEDIA’s Garden of High Definition Delight from 1997–2002. He chaired CEDIA’s Certification Task Force, has served on the CEDIA education council, and is a longtime CEDIA Certified Instructor. Ampel holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and a B.A. in English/Music from Long Island University.


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Anthony Grimani

Performance Media Industries, Ltd.
Novato, Calif.

Anthony Grimani’s 25 years of experience in the audio industry include positions at Dolby and Lucasfilm THX. While at Dolby, Anthony was involved in the development of surround sound for consumer applications. At THX, he managed the THX consumer licensing program and the technology development program. Anthony is now President and Lead Consultant of Performance Media Industries, Ltd. (PMI), a consulting firm specializing in multi-channel A/V system design. Anthony also heads up Media Specialty Resources Inc. (MSR), which distributes specialty A/V tools. Anthony has taught at every CEDIA EXPO since 1990. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.


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Jeff Zemanek

Lutron
Coopersburg, Pa.

As Lutron’s Director of New Residential Business Development, Jeff Zemanek is the primary contact for associations and manufacturer relations and works to increase sales by creating new programs and policies. Zemanek joined Lutron in 1998 and has filled many roles over the years, most recently serving as Director of Residential Sales. An active member of CEDIA and PARA, Zemanek served on CEDIA’s board of directors from 1993 through 1997, was the organization’s 1994-95 president, and has chaired several CEDIA committees and councils. A 29-year industry veteran, Zemanek was re-elected to the CEDIA board in 2005 and served through 2009. Zemanek attended the University of Cincinnati.



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