60 Seconds with CEDIA Volunteer Steven Sumners
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60 Seconds with CEDIA Volunteer Steven Sumners

CEDIA
Sep 21, 2015

Steve SumnersTo show our appreciation for our volunteers, we turn the spotlight on them from time to time and learn what drives them day in and day out. Today, we meet volunteer Steven Sumners of Sound Insights, Inc., in Palm City, Florida.

A volunteer since 2008, Steven currently serves on the Certification Working Group and will instruct at CEDIA EXPO 2015.

Why do you volunteer?

I want to see the industry filled with reputable companies that know enough to become part of the design crew—and get paid for that knowledge.

What’s your favorite CEDIA volunteering memory?

Listening to all the instructors talking about their classes in the instructor lounge. So much passion!

What’s your advice for new volunteers?

Don’t volunteer to bankruptcy. Frank White told me this when I first started to volunteer, and I never forgot it.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

How to Make the Right Turn at the Wrong Time—And Keep Your Sanity

What songs are on the soundtrack to your life?

  • Gonna Build Me a Mountain, by Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig), by Parry Gripp,
  • Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue, by Toby Keith
  • Born Free, by Kid Rock
  • Answer to No One, by Colt Ford

Steve SumnersIf you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Texas. Can you say "open carry"?

What is your favorite food?

Real Mexican food! It’s hard to find traditional dishes.

What phrase do you use the most?

“Does that make sense?”

What is your all-time funniest prank?


I never wanted to get my ears pierced, and my wife was really against it too. I purchased a pair of dangling cross earrings with magnetic backs that make it look like your ears are pierced. I put on a single earring and surprised her, and she started to sputter and turn red, so I casually reached up and pulled the magnets from my ear. The couch felt really good that night as I could not stop laughing.



To get to know CEDIA volunteers or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit the CEDIA booth #4710 at noon on Friday, October 16 for the Volunteer Recognition event.





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