CEDIA Names 2016 Board of Directors

CEDIA Names 2016 Board of Directors

Dec 22, 2015

CEDIA has announced the 2016 volunteer Board of Directors. The board has three new directors: John Clancy, Ken Erdmann, and Greg Margolis and two re-elected directors: Michael Pope and Joe Whitaker. Additionally, the CEDIA Board chose to appoint a new director, Jeremy Sweet, who will join the CEDIA Board of Directors for a one-year term to fill a vacated appointed position.

 “This is an exciting time for CEDIA and I am pleased to welcome our new directors. I look forward to hearing their perspectives and gleaning from their experiences so we can continue to push the organization forward and provide vision and leadership to the industry,” says Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO.

John Clancy currently serves as executive vice president and chief technology officer for New York-based Audio Command systems, the number seven company in the CE Pro 100. In his role, Clancy is responsible for many of the day-to-day operations at the New York headquarters, along with technical leadership and the direction of the entire organization. This includes not only the New York headquarters, but the ACS offices in Boca Raton, Florida and Los Angeles, California. In addition, Clancy is directly involved in sales, special projects and maintaining relationships with VIP clients and key industry partners. Clancy has also served as a volunteer for the CEDIA Awards program.

Ken Erdmann is co-founder and part owner of Erdmann Electric, Inc. based out of Springville Utah. Erdmann joined CEDIA in 1993 and has been actively involved as a volunteer since 1994. He has served as an instructor, committee chair, subject matter expert and volunteer leader.  He was also an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley State College instructing Electrical Automation and Robotic Technology. In 2003, he was honored as the CEDIA Volunteer of the Year. In 2005, he was elected to the CEDIA Board of Directors and served two years as Chair. In 2012, he was made a CEDIA Fellow and was honored with the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Erdmann is currently active on the Professional Development Committee serving as the Certification team leader. 

Greg Margolis attended the University of Texas and instead of becoming a stockbroker in the midst of a recession, jumped into an unknown industry, home automation, founding HomeTronics in 1986. Within two years, he added high-end A/V solutions to the mix. Career highlights have ranged from dozens of manufacturer recognitions, hundreds of magazine features, designing the $1.5M ultimate outdoor entertainment system for the Neiman Marcus annual Christmas Book, and designing and implementing the first deployed immersive audio system in the U.S,, a full six months before the technology was officially announced. He has also been involved with product design and manufacturing, and has held multiple committee chairmanships, and board positions for other organizations. HomeTronics is the No 43 company on the CE Pro 100.

Jeremy Sweet has been the general manager for Connection Magazines for the past 12 years. He has helped to grow the stable of products, and was responsible for making Connected Home magazine the leading publication in the market for systems integrators across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining Connection Magazines, Sweet held a number of roles, from running his own small business to being a senior manager in an ASX Top 100 company. The roles filled throughout his career have provided him opportunities to discover a variety of different management styles, techniques and criteria, each of which has heightened his ability to understand a number of different organizational structures and business models. 

2016 CEDIA Board of Directors

John Clancy
Audio Command Systems, Inc.
Westbury, NY

Ken Erdmann
Erdmann Electric
Springville, UT

Dennis Erskine 
Erskine Group, Inc.
Vancouver, WA  

Hagai Feiner
Access Networks
Encino, CA

Omar Hikal
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Kris Hogg
Konnectiv Technology
Sheffield, United Kingdom

David Humphries
Atlantic Integrated
Rockleigh, NJ

Greg Margolis
HomeTronics, Inc. 
Dallas, TX

Larry Pexton
Triad Speakers Inc. – Founding Member
Portland, OR

Michael Pope – Re-elected
Audio Video Interiors
Middleburg Heights, OH

Jeremy Sweet – Appointed
Connected Home
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

George Walter
Christie Digital Systems
Kitchener, Ontario

Joe Whitaker – Re-elected
The Thoughtful Home
Wentzville, MO