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From the Editor
by Arlen Schweiger
See You in Indianapolis!
NOTHING AGAINST THE MIDWEST, but
how often does a trip to Indianapolis generate
this much excitement?
With close friends who live in San Diego and
" I'm excited
to chat with
manufacturers,
distributors,
integrators and
association
folks without
launching a darn
Zoom meeting.
And based on my
conversations
with everyone on
Zoom, they're just
as jazzed to do
the same. "
Denver, the CEDIA Expo's host cities (save for
two visits to Dallas) since the last time it was
staged in Indy in 2012 have been especially
significant destinations for me. Thanks to the
annual tradeshow scheduling, I've managed to
extend the trips to include a few personal days
with buddies I only rarely see.
Last year was going to be extra special
too - my CEDIA Expo travel plans and dates
finally aligned with Phish's annual Labor Day
weekend concerts in Denver and I scored
tickets to attend two shows. Of course, we
all know how last year turned out.
Well, as we've enthusiastically reported
for a while now, this year the Expo returns as
an in-person event following last fall's virtual
edition. No, it's not California or Colorado,
but I am so beyond ready to fly the friendly
skies again and head out to the Hoosier
State. Registration for the Sept. 1-3 show,
being held at the Indiana Convention Center,
has been open since early June and you have
a whole month left to reserve your spot and
join us there!
I'm excited to chat with manufacturers,
distributors, integrators and association folks
without launching a darn Zoom meeting. And
based on my conversations with everyone on
Zoom over the past several months, they're
just as jazzed to do the same.
During recent calls with members of CE
Arlen Schweiger is
executive editor of
CE Pro. He can be
reached at
arlen.schweiger@
emeraldx.com and
@ArlenSchweiger
Pro's VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Group, I
asked the integrators if they planned to attend
the Expo. While naturally some companies
could not say definitively whether they
were going, others shared their eagerness to
return to in-person meetings, demos where
they can see and hold products, non-virtual
happy hours and more.
Just a few examples:
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Mike Schnaiter of Fusion Audio + Video
in Greenville, S.C., notes, " It certainly is nice
that things are relaxing and opening back
up, and we're starting return to normal life.
It would be great to get that exposure of
face-to-face. I think a lot of folks are getting
restless being stuck in the office or stuck and
home and are ready to jump out there. "
Curt Nelson of Lewis Audio Video in
the Portland, Ore., area says the company
attends CEDIA Expo every 2 to 3 years, and
he is going this year to see and learn as much
as he can on one hot technology in particular.
" Lighting. Lighting and fixture specification ...
that's our full focus right now. "
Kyle Steele of Burbank, Calif.-based Global
Wave Integration echoed a similar sentiment,
and that he'll be in Indy seeking out wellness
and home healthcare tech progress. " We have
a big push on that. I'd like to see the industry
get more involved in home health ... it's just
such a large, untapped market. "
Jason Brown of Baton Rouge, La.-based
Acadian Home Theater & Automation says
the show is an essential resource for his
company as it continues growth into smart
home and entertainment coming from the
security space.
He recalls his last visit to a CEDIA Expo was
" unbelievable, " noting, " Wow, that's a heck of
a show to go to and learn what's coming. He
adds, " We sure need our shows back to get
in front of people again - we could just walk
down the aisle [and see the products]. We're
ready. "
The cherry on top for me is that after the
CEDIA Expo ends, I'll get to see old friends
and Phish after all when I hightail it to Denver
to catch a couple of concerts rescheduled
from 2020 before flying back on Labor Day.
So whatever reasons might add to your
own anticipation of an in-person CEDIA
Expo's return, the CE Pro editorial team and
Emerald can't wait to see you in Indy!
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