Who Are the Most Influential CE People of Past 20 Years?

In celebration of its 20 years of publication, CE Pro is assembling a list of the most important people in the custom installation industry from the past two decades. Suggestions?

Who Are the Most Influential CE People of Past 20 Years?
Tom Doherty graces the cover of our first standalone issue in 1995. Prior to that, "HA Pro" was an insert in Electronic House magazine.
Julie Jacobson · December 12, 2012

Which people had the greatest influence on the custom installation business over the past 20 years? As of 2013, that’s how long CE Pro has been covering the industry, originally as HA Pro running as an insert in Electronic House, our consumer magazine.

We’re celebrating in 2013, starting with the February issue. Who should we celebrate?

We’re looking for suggestions for people that pushed the industry along, either through technology, business practices, evangelism, whatever.

Think way back, not just the past year or two.

Remember Tom Riley from Unity Systems, whose groundbreaking home automation system is still alive in many homes? He’d be a good one.

Innovators like George Feldstein (Crestron) and Joel Spira (Lutron) come to mind.

Personally, I’d put Daniel Tonks ( on the list. Likewise, Tricia Parks (Parks Associates). And naturally our very own founder and CEO Ken Moyes, who launched the industry’s first trade magazine, which is still the leader in both print and online.

Fortunately, I’m not making the list ... you are.

In the “comments” section below, please nominate some top influencers, and then we’ll put the nominees to a vote. The list will be revealed in the February issue of CE Pro magazine, and then we’ll be sharing other “Top 20s” throughout the year.


  About the Author

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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