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Learn How to Get Involved in CEDIA’s Advocacy Efforts at Expo 2022

by Rachel Tindall | Sep 06, 2022

Thousands of integrators and industry professionals will come together at CEDIA Expo Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2022, for the latest in products, education, and networking opportunities for the home technology industry. There are a number of CEDIA Advocacy opportunities throughout the show to teach you why and how to get involved so you can advocate on things that matter to you and your business.

CEDIA Advocacy Town Hall

Before the show floor opens, plan to attend the CEDIA Advocacy Town Hall breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 29 to learn what CEDIA is doing to protect your business and how you can use your voice to influence policymakers. Hear directly from members involved in past advocacy victories, discover what challenges are currently before the industry, and why CEDIA needs you to be involved.

Town Hall speakers, both CEDIA members, include:

  • Leon SooHoo, President & CEO, Paradyme, who will discuss his participation with the California Energy Commission.
  • Will Breaux, President, iconic systems, who will talk about his ongoing participation with the City of Houston Electrical Code before the Houston Public Works and the Houston City Council.
California Energy Commission

In 2008, the California Energy Commission (CEC) proposed energy efficiency standards for all televisions. CEDIA was a part of a coalition of other associations and businesses opposing the CEC proposed efficiency standards for televisions and its impact on the technology industry.

Coalition members included:

  • The California Retailers Association
  • Consumer Technology Association
  • CEDIA
  • Other associations

Due to the size of its economy (the sixth largest in the world) and influence, California often sees itself as the start to solving problems for the United States.

A key advocate in this CEC process was CEDIA member Leon SooHoo, President & CEO, of Sacramento-based integration company Paradyme. SooHoo will provide his perspective on this advocacy victory and the importance of local connections and participation.

City of Houston Electrical Code

In 2021, the proposed revisions to the City of Houston Electrical Code had numerous consequences for residential integrators working in the Houston area. Proposed changes to the City of Houston Electrical Code would have only allowed electrical contractors to pull permits. Numerous CEDIA members stepped up to voice their opposition to the proposed changes before the city council.

iconic systems President, Will Breaux, President, whose business is based in Houston, has been a key advocate throughout this ongoing process. He will emphasize why members must play a role in the advocacy process.

Register for the Advocacy Town Hall now.

The CEDIA Booth

Visit the CEDIA Booth (Booth 19025) to hear more about CEDIA’s Advocacy Program and learn about key issues in your state. While you’re at the booth, you can reach out to your local legislative leadership using CEDIA’s Digital Advocacy Platform, Voter Voice. This technology allows you to be a voice for important issues related to your business and the home technology industry.

You can also join the CEDIA Grassroots Legislative Network to be an advocate for your industry.

CEDIA Education at Expo

CEDIA Education will be offering hundreds of courses for residential integrators at Expo. Be sure to join these courses where advocacy will be a prime topic. 

Digital Electricity and Other New Ways to Power the Home

Learn about electrical power utilization and distribution in this panel discussion focusing on new technologies and their potential impact in the home. You'll also hear about licensing implications tied to this emerging technology.

This course will be held on Thursday Sept. 29 at 12:30 - 2:30 pm CDT. Register here.

The 2023 NEC:  How Changes to the Code Will Impact Your Business

Learn about the history of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the history of the National Electrical Code®, how the NEC impacts the work of Integrators, what you need to know about the 2023 edition of the NEC, and how changes to the 2023 edition of the NEC will impact your business and your work today and in the future.

This course will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 - 2:30 pm CDT. Register here.

CEDIA looks forward to hosting everyone at CEDIA Expo 2022 in Dallas. We encourage everyone to learn more about how you can get with involved with CEDIA’s ongoing advocacy efforts to support and grow your industry.

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CEDIA’s public policy efforts are designed to support CEDIA members and ensure that their abilities to own and operate their business are not impeded upon.

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