Marguerita Kiser, Long-time Xantech and URC Veteran, Passes Away

The custom electronics industry lost a good friend, Margarita Kiser, who passed away after a brief illness. She was a 25-year-veteran in the channel working for Xantech and most recently URC.


CE Pro joins URC and others in the home-technology community in mourning the death of Marguerita Kiser, a 25-year veteran in the custom-electronics channel. She passed away after a brief illness. 

Marguerita started her career in the custom installation industry in 1989 as director of international and OEM sales for Xantech, now a unit of Nortek's Core Brands. In 2004 she joined URC as west coast sales manager.

In a brief statement today, URC noted: 

Memorial services and other details have not yet been decided. Additional information will be forthcoming when available. URC asks that we all please respect the privacy and the heartache that her family and husband Steve are suffering right now and refrain from contacting them.

On a personal note, CE Pro's parent company EH Publishing was co-founded by myself and Ken Moyes in 1994. Ken was previously CEO of a large security distribution company, where I worked in the marketing department. We came to know Marguerita just as she was joining Xantech in 1989. I enjoyed our association ever since, always looking forward to her bright smile.

Please share your memories of Marguerita in the comments section below.

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Bob Hana, Marguerita Kiser, 2011 at Video Audio Center

with Mark Cichowski (the short guy) and gang at Electronic House Expo (EHX) 2003 in Long Beach.

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Julie Jacobson
Julie Jacobson:

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson