EPI, Hendler Honored by CEA TechHome Division at EHX

EPI takes home TechHome Integrator of the Year during CEA's Mark of Excellence Awards; Leviton's Ian Hendler honored with Leadership Award.

CEA TechHome chair David Epstein (middle) is flanked by EPI's Michael Curtin and John Predham
Jason Knott · March 14, 2009

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) passed out some Mark of Excellence hardware at EHX Spring.

EPI Systems Systems Integration based in Pawling, N.Y. received the coveted TechHome Integrator of the Year Award during the annual Mark of Excellence Awards program at the EHX Spring.

Also, Ian Hendler, director of business development for Leviton Manufacturing Co., was awarded the TechHome Leadership Award for his long-time service to the industry.

EPI, which is a perennial member of the CE Pro 100, offers full-service integration including A/V, security and electrical. The company operates under the slogan “Technology Lifestyles Made Simple.”

Company principals Michael Curtin and John Predham were on hand to receive the award.

In presenting the award, CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson noted EPI’s successful expansion into five markets and the company’s 24/7 service policy. She also praised the company for “creating some of the best user interfaces on the planet.”

Finalists for the TechHome Integrator of the Year included Cybermanor, DSI Entertainment and Digital Interiors.

Hendler has served multiple functions for the TechHome Division, including co-chair of the Education Committee, and vice-chair for the entire TechHome Division. He has also served as a member of the CEA’s Board of Industry Leaders.

In his acceptance speech, Hendler, a panelist in CE Pro’s recent webinar on how to make structured wiring installation profitable, praised the work of his colleagues and the CEA staff. He also credited his parents with encouraging him to pursue areas of interest in his chosen field.

A complete list of the Mark of Excellence winners will be posted online next week.

Leviton’s Ian Hendler

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