CEDIA Talks on the Expo Smart Stage

CEDIA | Aug 17, 2021


Grow Your Business 10X with an Abundance Mindset

CEDIA Talks are back for this year's Expo -- this year on the Smart Stage with presentations from Rich Green (Rich Green Design), Nathan Holmes (Access Networks/SnapAV), Pete Trauth (Nirvana Home Entertainment, Inc.), and Peter Aylett (HTE Acoustic Interior Design).

Wednesday, September 1, 10:30-11 A.M.

Opportunity abounds when you embrace the exponential growth of the digitized world. With an abundance mindset you set your sights on 10X growth and blow right past your competition. Many CEDIA businesses are mired in the woes of pricing, discounts, product availability, shortage of talent, shortage of capital, crippling service calls, and pervasive pessimism. In other worlds, some think we live in a world of SCARCITY. Rich Green will get you juiced with optimism, and a compelling vision for a new way to grow your business far beyond expectations. Reinventing your business with an abundance mindset will attract new talent, energize your staff and open doors to customers you never knew existed. Explore how your business will change with an abundance mindset!

Presented by Rich Green, Rich Green Design


Rich Green has been an active professional in the audio/video design and installation industry since 1978. His system-integration company, Rich Green Design, serves the ambitious homeowners and businesses of Silicon Valley. His clients have included Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Tony Fadell, Jim Clark, Gordon Getty, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Luciano Pavarotti.

Understanding Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E

Wednesday, September 1, 1-1:30 P.M.

Wi-Fi 6 is the most advanced wireless networking technology available, and it is a permeating technology for 2021. With significant increases in efficiency, battery usage, multiple client access, and a nice increase in data throughput, Wi-Fi 6 is the go-to wireless technology of today. The newly announced Wi-Fi 6E is an enhancement that will provide greater options to avoid interference and potentially maximize Wi-Fi 6 data rates. Join us as we discuss why all new designs should be based upon Wi-Fi 6, how to ensure the infrastructure will support Wi-Fi 6E (when it becomes available), and why most client devices will experience the exact same performance on both Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E.

Presented by Nathan Holmes, Access Networks/SnapAV


Nathan Holmes, a longtime industry veteran, is the Senior Manager of Training for Access Networks/SnapAV. With over 20 years of experience, Holmes has been on both the AV integration and manufacturer side of the business and has managed some of the most highly awarded companies in the residential integration industry bringing a deep knowledge from both perspectives. He is also a well-respected member of the CEDIA Technology Council and has been heavily involved with CEDIA education initiatives for over 15 years.

All You Need is Comfort | Why Comfort is Replacing Excitement as the Only Feeling You Need to Sell

Thursday, September 2, 11-11:30 A.M.

Why comfort? It's far from exciting. In fact, it's the polar opposite. So why do people spend so much money on it? Big, comfortable dwellings. Automatic circadian lighting. Expensive, comfortable furniture, clothing, automobiles, seacraft, aircraft. Complete control of their every environment from home to work to play, via devices in their pocket, on their wrist, or even within earshot. The ability to check in on the safety and well-being of their loved ones (and themselves), at any moment, from any place, and feeling that even though they can do this, they don't need to. In this CEDIA Talk, we will be taking a deep dive into comfort, along with its different forms, why people are buying it like there's no tomorrow, and why you should be selling it.

Presented by Pete Trauth, Nirvana Home Entertainment, Inc.


Pete Trauth grew up in the Chicago suburbs with music in his soul and imagination in his DNA. He’s Founder and CEO at Nirvana Home Entertainment, Inc, a home integration firm in Los Angeles, CA., est. 2008.

CEDIA ESC, ESC-T, ESC-N, ESC-D, CIT | CEDIA New Volunteer of the Year 2020

Taking to a dual mission of helping new integrators establish a foothold in our niche community and fully exploiting his own fascination with the future of technology, Pete serves as Vice Chair of CEDIA’s Certification Commission, while concurrently holding seats on both CEDIA’s Technology Advisory Council and Discovery Working Group. Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, Pete created the SDSF/SBSF (Social Distancing Solutions Forum and Small Business Solutions Forum) to gather with integrators and manufacturers from around the world and formulate strategic ideas to help small businesses in the technology industry.

Ongoing End Game: To make at least a billion lives simpler and more enjoyable. 

Holistic Design | Beyond Problem Solving

Thursday, September 2, 1-1:30 P.M.

Design is for solving problems. Holistic user experiences reflect empathy for all users of the systems. From inclusive design practice and intergenerational living, through sustainability and spirituality, holistic design is much more about people, than it is about technology.

Currently, projects all too often move from sales to specification without the incorporation of discovery, or non-linear design. This talk will discuss a future where our industry's product centricity will give way to a human centric holistic design approach.

Presented by Peter Aylett, HTE Acoustic Interior Design


Peter is a partner at HTE Acoustic Interior Design which manufactures complete bespoke turnkey fit-out systems for performance cinemas that combine acoustics, interior design, and room build. In demand as a speaker and lecturer in human-centric residential technology and private cinema experiences, in recent years he has led workshops, courses and inspirational seminars across Europe, China, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, America, and the Middle East.


Photo of Rich Green by PWP Studios.