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Leadership

The CEDIA Board of Directors defines the association’s vision and identifies its strategic direction. These leaders continually connect with members to make sure CEDIA’s strategic principles remain relevant and are adaptable to our members’ changing needs. The CEDIA Board of Directors is elected by the membership. Once elected, directors serve a two year term. Directors may not serve more than three consecutive terms.

     CEDIA Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Executive Committee

David Weinstein

Chairperson

David Weinstein

Chairperson

David Weinstein is the Vice President, Residential Sales at Lutron Electronics Co. He is responsible for leading sales across all of Lutron's consumer facing channels including their Residential Integrated Systems, Retail Integrator, and Lighting Showroom Sales Channels. After joining Lutron, Weinstein led the launch and execution for the Earn and Learn Program, where he trained more than 7,000 contractors in two years in multiple Lutron solutions. He currently serves on  CEDIA’s Board of Directors.

Jamie Briesemeister

Vice Chairperson

Jamie Briesemeister

Vice Chairperson
Jamie Briesemeister is chief executive officer and co-founder of Integration Controls in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. An avid speaker at conferences and seminars, Briesemeister often participates in panel discussions, presenting informative sessions, or offering Continuing Education Units to architects and designers. She serves as an advocate for technology considerations and collaboration in the design/build process and has written for Connected Design and Residential Tech Today. Briesemeister is a CEDIA Outreach Instructor (COI), avid volunteer, member of the Industry Relations Advisory Council, and previous chair of the Professional Development Advisory Council.
 
 


Michael Sherman

Secretary

Michael Sherman

Secretary
Michael Sherman is chief executive officer of Henri, a third-generation family business in France. Sherman has been with the company for 11 years, previously serving in management, development, and operations roles, and as project manager and technical director. The 2019 CEDIA Young Professional of the Year, Sherman has volunteered for CEDIA for 10 years and was on the CEDIA EMEA board of directors from 2011-2013. He currently serves on the Design and Build Resources Working Group, was part of the CEDIA Membership Advisory Council, and received the French Chamber of Artisans’ Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018. Sherman has been a panelist for the ISE Main Stage and CEDIA Expo Smart Stage.

Alex Capecelatro

Treasurer

Alex Capecelatro

Treasurer

 

Alex Capecelatro is the founder and CEO of Josh.ai, a voice-controlled home automation system with a focus on artificial intelligence. Josh.ai utilizes a proprietary natural language understanding (NLU) engine with state-of-the-art home control integrations for a powerful smart home experience. Capecelatro's focus is at the intersection of elegant design, cutting-edge software, and purposeful hardware to offer transformational experiences. Capecelatro received his engineering degree from UCLA and currently splits his time between LA and Denver.

Rob Sutherland

Immediate Past Chairperson

Rob Sutherland

Immediate Past Chairperson
Rob Sutherland set up Inspired Dwellings 13 years ago, after seeing opportunity to bring corporate standards of infrastructure to the burgeoning home technology and entertainment market. Inspired Dwellings has grown steadily and now has 20 full time members of staff, delivering a wide range of project sizes and types, in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean. Sutherland was initially elected to the EMEA Board at the time of the Global Integration discussions. He became part of the EMEA Integration team and was subsequently elected to the newly formed Global Board. For the last year Sutherland has been the Deputy Chairman and also sits on the Executive Committee.



Albert Mizrahi

Board Director

Albert Mizrahi

Board Director

 

Albert Mizrahi started his career in the industry as the director for Control4 Mexico. During his time with Control4, he opened the first Control4 experience center in Mexico and the center has since been replicated worldwide. Six years ago, Mizrahi opened Smart Lab, an integration company which specializes in residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. His work has won multiple awards including CEDIA Awards. A year ago, Mizrahi opened his own distribution company. He is a Dealerscope 40 under 40 honoree and has won the Control4 international distributor of the year award five times. 

Amanda Wildman

Board Director

Amanda Wildman

Board Director

 

Amanda Wildman is an owner of TruMedia in Ada, Michigan, USA. The current chair of the CEDIA Professional Development Advisory Council, she is also a member of the CEDIA Workforce Development Working Group. She has served as a member of the Business Working Group and has assessed, assisted, and taught courses at CEDIA Expo. Wildman earned her CEDIA Outreach Instructor certification (COI) in 2014. She is on the board of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and has been secretary and associate member vice president. The Calvin College graduate founded a Finished Trades Group in her city that develops relationships among local trade contractors and builders, designers, and architects. 

Bill Skaer

Board Director

Bill Skaer

Board Director

 

Bill Skaer is senior managing partner of Bill Skaer and Associates LLC in Mesquite, Texas, USA. The former U.S. Air Force management analyst has served as a CEDIA volunteer and a seven-term previous board member. In 2006, he received the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Skaer has also been named CEDIA Volunteer of the Year, CEDIA Fellow, and spent nearly two decades as CEDIA Ethics Committee chairman. He co-founded Eric Grundelman's Cool AV, an electronic systems contracting company and CEDIA Founding Member. In 2014, Skaer sold his interest in the company, pursuing a career in consulting and manufacturing, and founding his own technology integration company.

Directors

Directors

Directors

Eddie Shapiro

Board Director

Eddie Shapiro

Board Director

 

Eddie Shapiro is chief design officer for SmartTouchUSA, which has operations in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He has worked in audio/visual and low voltage for more than 30 years in areas such as installation, system design, programming, marketing, sales, and executive leadership. A CEDIA volunteer for more than a decade, Shapiro says his focus today is on new technologies, developing industry standards, and increasing the industry’s reputation among architects, lighting designers, builders, and the design industry. Shapiro is part of the CEDIA Technology Council, which focuses on emerging trends and key industry topics.

John Buchanan

Board Director

John Buchanan

Board Director

Appointed Chief Executive of Meridian Audio in April 2014, John Buchanan joined Meridian's management team as Director of Sales in 2007 responsible for managing Meridian's commercial teams in UK & USA as well as field-based sales staff servicing a network of international distributors. Under John's leadership Meridian has grown it's Specialist Audio and Brand & Technology Licensing businesses, pioneering the High Resolution Audio experience for more listeners through CEDIA members, specialist resellers and via exclusive partnerships with global brands such as Range Rover, Land Rover, Jaguar, British Airways and LG Electronics.

Melanie Malcolm

Board Director

Melanie Malcolm

Board Director

Melanie Malcolm is co-founder and co-owner of Leeds, Yorkshire, UK-based Bespoke Home Cinemas. She will finish out her current, appointed term on the CEDIA Board of Directors through the end of the year before beginning her elected director term. In 2016, Malcolm was elected to the CEDIA EMEA Board and she helped with CEDIA's global alignment process. An active volunteer, she has served in roles including Strategy Advisory Council (SAC) chair for global accessibility, chair of the Smart Home Apprenticeship Trailblazer Committee in the UK, and CEDIA Awards judge for the EMEA region. Outside the industry, Malcolm directs two event management companies: Yorkshire Ladies Links and the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Nominations are open for the CEDIA Board of Directors

If you know someone who personifies the very best characteristics of our industry and you'd like to see them serve as a guiding force for CEDIA and the industry globally, please use the form below to nominate them for the CEDIA Board of Directors.

Nominations close August 5th and nominees will be vetted by the Governance Committee, and proposed as candidates for the global membership vote.