CEDIA Names Mitch Klein as Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Long-time industry veteran Mitch Klein has been named a 2019 CEDIA Lifetime Award recipient.


CEDIA has announced that Mitchell Klein has been chosen as this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Klein will be honored at the CEDIA Expo Opening Keynote hosted at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of the residential technology industry. Nominations are submitted by industry professionals and evaluated on the basis of achievement and service within the industry.

“Mitch is part of an elite group, not only now as a CEDIA Lifetime Achievement recipient but as someone who has been actively engaged with CEDIA from the early stages and has continued to serve the community,” says David Humphries, chairman of the CEDIA trade group.

“Anyone who knows Mitch likely has a story about his willingness to share his expertise and his passion to further the growth and success of the industry.”

Walt Zerbe, senior director of technology and standards adds that Klein has always been generous with his time to help fellow industry members.  

“Mitch is a pillar of guidance and mentorship – whether that’s mentoring a person, program or company – he is unfailingly selfless and always willing to help problem solve.”

Klein's Decades of Custom Installation Service Covers all Areas of the Industry

Klein is a 30-plus year industry veteran who has dedicated his career to educating the industry, building, creating and implementing strategic businesses and programs, and leading companies that helped bring smart home and custom installation into the mainstream.

He is known for kicking off many key initiatives for CEDIA in almost every area including operational, educational, financial, legislative, and marketing.

Examples of Klein's work include initiating and implementing CEDIA’s first strategic plan, the creation of an operating budget and reserve fund, introducing the CEDIA certification program and management conference, and many other policy and promotional projects.

“Mitch is a pillar of guidance and mentorship – whether that’s mentoring a person, program or company – he is unfailingly selfless and always willing to help problem solve.”

— Walt Zerbe, CEDIA

Today, he continues his volunteerism by serving on the Professional Development Action Committee.  

In the 2019 custom installation market Klein is hailed as a leader in IoT, consumer electronics, home automation, and the integrator market.

In his current role as the executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of leading IoT brands and influencers, Klein has grown membership to over 700 global companies and more than 3,000 certified products which represent over 60% growth during his tenure.

Prior to Z-Wave, Klein consulted for numerous consumer electronics brands, led business development for URC for several years and before that, he was in the home technology trenches, owning and running his own industry-leading, cutting-edge installation firm for over 14 years.

Klein is a CEDIA Fellow, former two-term CEDIA president and ongoing volunteer and is a regular contributor to trade and technology publications such as IoT for All, Residential Systems, IoT Agenda, and Essential Install.

Klein is also a guest on and been interviewed for numerous trade publications, mainstream media outlets as well as podcasts such as Cheddar TV, Convergent AV, AVNation and Tech Republic.

Related: Joel Silver Accepts CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award

He is a regular presenter and panelist at key industry events including CES, CEDIA Expo, ISE, ISC West, InfoComm, NSCA, CEA, TecHomeX, CABA Forum, Parks CONNECTIONS Summits, the bi-annual Z-Wave Summit, and many more.

In addition, Klein is a music lover and musician. 

At the CEDIA Expo 2019 show Klein will show off his musical talents in the CE Pro All Star Band playing bass and jamming with industry colleagues from across the industry. 

The CEDIA Expo Opening Keynote is free for all attendees. CEDIA Expo will be held September 10-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The show floor will be open September 12-14. Registration is open at cediaexpo.com.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


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