Meet the Candidates for Your CEDIA Board

Sep 18, 2017

What follows is a short introduction to each of the seven candidates vying for three open seats on the CEDIA Board of Directors. As CEDIA noted when announcing these candidates:

The CEDIA Board of Directors governs the association's activities, and is dedicated to furthering the CEDIA mission of building prosperity for its members and ensuring the growth of the industry through its programs and initiatives.

The 2018-2019 board, including existing and new directors, will reflect one-third EMEA directors and the remaining directors representing members across the globe. The vacancies this election cycle will be filled by CEDIA home technology professional members outside the EMEA region.

Voting closes on October 16. You can find more about the process here, and lot more about the individual candidates (as well as a link to cast your ballot) here.

Ken Erdmann

Erdmann Electric, Springville, Utah

Industry experience – 38 years


As co-founder and part owner of Erdmann Electric, Inc. Ken Erdmann ran the low-voltage and systems integration component of the company. A CEDIA volunteer since 1994, he has served as an instructor, committee chair, subject matter expert, and volunteer leader, and currently serves as the Certification team leader. In 2005, he was elected to the CEDIA Board of Directors, ultimately serving a two-year term as Chairman. Erdmann is a past CEDIA Volunteer of the Year, a CEDIA Fellow, and a recipient of the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award.

PRIORITIES FOR THE BOARD, according to the candidate:

First help the integrator to take advantage of the IoT revolution by building education that is locally focused but globally relevant.  Second CEDIA must cement the value of the integrator by establishing relationships with industry partners including those in the custom builder, real estate and developer communities. Finally, the board must reinforce the fact that while CEDIA is an industry association the first priority must be to the membership, that means all the members, integrators, trade suppliers and associate members.  Understanding and addressing their needs must be highest priority.

Ric Johnson

Right at Home Technologies, Ada, Ohio, USA

Industry experience – 45 years


In October 1968, while attending the University of Cincinnati’s Engineering College, Johnson purchased the assists of Oakeana Electrical. In 1978, R L Johnson Construction Services, LLC was established with Johnson providing carpentry, electrical, and electronics services to local and regional builders and remodelers.  Today, Right at Home Technologies, Ltd. is the parent company with six operating divisions. Ric has served seven terms as President of the West Central Builders Association in Lima, Ohio, currently serving as immediate Past President.  He continues to serve as their State and National Director.  He is currently the Chair of the Custom Home Builders, Home Technology Work Group, is a member of the Energy and Green Codes and Standards Subcommittee, and Business Management and Technology Committee. He was the recipient of the 2015 Garrison-McDaniel Memorial Award from the Ohio Home Builders Association.

Johnson serviced eight years as a Board member of the Consumers Technology Association’s TechHome Division, seven years on the CTA’s Small Business Council and seven years on the CTA’s Multi-Room Audio/Video Council.  In March 2010, he was awarded the CTA’s Mark of Excellence Leadership Award. He serves as a Mentor for CompTIA and has served as Chair of CTA’s TechHome division’s Builder Initiative.  In December 2013, Ric was included in the first class of CEPro magazine’s Masters of the CE industry.

PRIORITIES FOR THE BOARD, according to the candidate:

Membership, educational opportunities, and new technologies. We need to continue to be THE industry organization that serves the entire marketplace, from entry level through to luxury markets, and to provide both networking opportunities and educational objectives for our members. We need to continue to expanding our certification and industry-leading outreach to other associated trade groups, and maintain our legislative programs to protect our industry from unnecessary and expensive regulation.

Scott McAllister

Electronic Systems Architects, Gold River (Sacramento), CA, USA

Industry experience – 26 years


After very successful careers with AT&T Information Systems and Digital Equipment Corporation, McAllister began 10 rewarding years with Soundstream Technologies, Snell Acoustics, and both AMX Subsidiaries of PHAST and Audio-Ease. In 1999, he started MediaWorks in Sacramento with a focus on luxury home integration. During those years, he served as a Board Member and Volunteer for CEDIA, while also writing articles for various industry publications. When faced with a major downturn in the construction of luxury homes, McAllister began working with SMUD, one of the most innovative energy companies in the United States, with a goal of helping the management team develop a “smart home” strategy for their customers. As that program evolved, McAllister was drawn to his spirit of entrepreneurship, and founded Electronic Systems Architects.

PRIORITIES FOR THE BOARD, according to the candidate

  1. Staying ahead of the industry
  2. Providing world class training
  3. Creating platforms for members to network and share their knowledge and experience in a positive and open way.

Additionally, the future depends on whether or not technology solutions become so simple that anyone can implement the various solutions that our members currently now deliver.

Craig Gradus Samson

Look & Listen, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Industry experience – 19 years


Samson is a qualified sound engineer who started his career as a car audio installer, lighting engineer and a sound technician in South Africa, before moving to London to study Audio Engineering at SAE Technical College and completing his studies in Australia after relocating to Sydney.  He became a junior installer with Len Wallis Audio, and quickly climbed the ladder to senior installer.  After moving to Brisbane, Craig started working as a contractor and shortly afterwards, opened Look & Listen. 

PRIORITIES FOR THE BOARD, according to the candidate:

Focusing on becoming a recognized trade and ensuring CEDIA manages the mandatory licensing of qualified professionals.

Matt D. Scott

OMEGA Audio Video, London, Ontario, Canada

Industry experience – 13 years


Scott started in the pro AV industry at a very early age, running his first live front of house event at the age of 12. Matt started OMEGA Audio Video in 2001, specializing in house of worship and professional audio video design and installation. He expanded OMEGA’s services to include residential AV in 2004, and continues to work heavily in both markets. Matt specializes in house of worship, live sound, lighting control, home theater design, control systems, and connected home technologies.

PRIORITIES FOR THE BOARD, according to the candidate:

The board will need to prioritize the direction that they want to pursue. I believe that we are in the midst of the largest change to our industry (with voice, IoT, interconnect-ability, etc), and how to effectively help our members through this shift should be the board’s biggest priority.

Heather L. Sidorowicz

Southtown Audio Video, Hamburg, NY, USA

Industry experience – 15 years


Sidorowicz is President and owner of Southtown Audio Video, a custom installation and integration firm. Southtown Audio Video has been the Commercial Integrators Top Higher Ed Integration Firms for the past two years, and in 2015, Heather was selected at as one of their 40 Influencers Under 40. Locally, she has mentored for the University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership program and also the Allstate's Minority and Women’s Emerging Entrepreneurs Program.  Sidorowicz is a weekly contributor to Residential Systems' online site and has also written for CEDIA’s prestigious magazine, Communicates.

PRIORITIES FOR THE BOARD, according to the candidate:

Relevance. This industry is in the state of change, so we need to approach this issue head on to stay relevant to our members. The next question is HOW. CEDIA can stay relevant and prominent by providing services indispensable to technology integrators across the board. Years ago, that answer was health care; today the answer is less tangible, but just as important to the life blood of the industry.

Ted Sprague

Lavish Theaters Corp., Healdsburg, California, USA

Industry experience – 15 years


Originally from New York City, Sprague began his custom electronics system integration career in late 2001, pre-wiring residential projects part-time for a CEDIA member company in Colorado. From 2005 to 2016, his focus was on designing high-end integrated audio and video distribution, lighting control, HVAC, and security systems. In 2009, he became a CEDIA Certified Professional Designer. Sprague moved from Colorado to California in 2011 for a system design position in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, Sprague began taking business classes through the U.C. Berkeley extension program and earned a Certificate in Business Administration (with distinction) in 2016. He currently works as the Operations Manager for Lavish Theaters Corporation (DBA: Lavish Automation, Lavish Hi-Fi, and Grapevine Communications).

PRIORITIES FOR THE BOARD, according to the candidate:

Certainly, we need to continue to prioritize adding value to our membership and determining what that value looks like and where it comes from. Do we need to refine or redefine our mission? What are the factors that are critical to our success, relevance, and prominence? How do we leverage those to simultaneously optimize revenue and provide value to our members?

More specifically, the goals in the next few years will need to revolve around the completion of the new headquarters building and optimizing the new space efficiently for planning/development, support, and education; further integration of the CEDIA EMEA membership and development of programs in those areas; continuing to monitor the traditional business model in our industry and suggest new opportunities for growth and profitability for our members.




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