Who Should be the Next CEDIA CEO?

As we say goodbye to Vin Bruno, grateful for his work on behalf of home-technology integrators, let’s ponder who might be a great CEDIA CEO.

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First thing’s first: Let’s thank Vincent Bruno for nearly two years of busting his butt on behalf of home-technology integrators, and for the passion he brought to our industry. In particular, he energized a significant number of individuals and companies who previously had not been engaged with CEDIA, the trade association for the smart home-integration channel.

It is unfortunate for all involved that his tenure as CEDIA CEO was short-lived. We wish him great success in the future.

Now, on to the business at hand.

Who should succeed Vin?

I, for one, am lobbying to join the search committee. I would relish the opportunity to help select the next leader of our industry.

Let’s pretend we’re all part of that committee. Who would you recommend? Go ahead and “nominate” individuals you think would be great for the gig, even if they’re already happily employed (or retired) and have no intention of “running” for the job.

Related: Vin Bruno Resigns as CEDIA President/CEO

If you don’t want to name names, then jot down the “type” of person that might be a great representative of the industry, a superb strategist, deft manager and respected leader.

Should we look outside the industry or stay close by? Hire a risk-taker or find someone to stay the course?

I'll toss out some names:

  • Will West: As Control4 founder and former CEO, Will is a visionary, a practical guy, and a strong leader.
  • Bob Struble: Bob was CEO of iBiquity and one of the smartest, nicest and most strategic guys I know. But … he just took a job as CEO of Directed/Sound United.
  • Adam Levy: Recently returning to SnapAV as president after co-founding the business a decade ago, Adam has a better grasp of this industry than anyone I know.
  • Scott Newnam: A Harvard MBA, Scott has been owner and CEO of the successful A/V integration company Audio Advice since 2006. He's savvy, strategic, analytical … and nice.

Your turn. Please leave your comments below.

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Julie Jacobson
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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

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