CEDIA Announces 2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards Winners

CEDIA has named four volunteers of the year across multiple categories, including overall Volunteer of the Year Award winner Mal Fisher of UK-based distributor AWE Europe.

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CEDIA recently announced the recipients of its 2021 CEDIA Volunteer of the Year Awards. These awards recognize individuals, nominated by CEDIA staff members, who have made essential contributions to association programs over the past year. CEDIA honors volunteers in four categories: Volunteer of the Year, New Volunteer of the Year, Education Volunteer of the Year, and Certification Volunteer of the Year.

The 2021 CEDIA Volunteer of the Year honorees are:

  • Volunteer of the Year – Mal Fisher, AWE Europe Ltd., Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • New Volunteer of the Year – Matt Manalis, CIT, eXperience ONE, Albion, Queensland, Australia
  • Education Volunteer of the Year – Mark Warburton, Ivory Egg, Bosham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Certification Volunteer of the Year – Mike Ranpura, CIT, ESC-T, ESC-N, Smart Life AV Ltd., Stanmore, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Mal Fisher has taken home the award for overall volunteer of the year.

“Mal, Matt, Mark, and Mike exude the best qualities of our industry,” says CEDIA vice president of engagement & global development Wendy Griffiths. “During the last year, integrators, distributors, and manufacturers from the industry, in every country globally, have been united by a common challenge. These four have demonstrated a level of generosity with their expertise and time that goes above and beyond. Their contributions have made lasting impacts on so many levels, and we are proud to recognize them with one of CEDIA’s highest honors.”

Mal Fisher is the chief technology officer of AWE Europe, a UK-based distributor. Fisher worked as an integrator before joining AWE 15 years ago and has since risen through the ranks to run the company’s technical and training department. He currently serves as the chair of CEDIA’s Professional Development Advisory Council and has previously provided his expertise to CEDIA Education initiatives in the EMEA region and globally.

Matt Manalis has won the New Volunteer of the Year Award.

Matt Manalis, CIT, is managing director of BMR Group TA eXperience ONE, an Australia-based smart home integration company. Manalis has spent 13 years designing and installing integrated homes around Australia for high-end residential, luxury marine, and aged care and disability sector clients. He previously served on the CEDIA CIT Exam Development Task Force and currently contributes to the CEDIA Certification Commission and Disability and Aged Care Task Force. 

Mark Warburton of Ivory Egg UK has won the Education Volunteer of the Year award.

Mark Warburton is director at Ivory Egg UK, a specialist KNX distributor and training provider, and is a director of the global Ivory Egg Group. His experience drives his mission to educate and support dealers and integrators to help them run profitable businesses and deliver award-winning projects. Warburton is active with the CEDIA Technical Education Working Group and previously served on the Discovery Working Group in the EMEA region.

Mike Ranpura is the recipient of the Certification Volunteer of the Year Award for 2021.

Mike Ranpura, CIT, ESC-T, ESC-N, is director of Smart Life AV, a UK-based residential AV integration firm, which was named one of the first-ever CEDIA Advanced Member companies. He has represented CEDIA as a presenter at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the British Institute of Interior Design, and consumer-facing events. Rampura, who holds multiple CEDIA Certifications, is a member of the CEDIA Certification Commission.

CEDIA will recognize the 2021 Volunteers of the Year during the 2021 CEDIA Global Awards presentation ceremonies on November 11, 2021. You can learn more about volunteering with CEDIA by clicking here.