ALPHARETTA, GA — (July 10, 2018) — CEDIA Expo, the leading event for
connected technology within the built environment, announces the tour guides
for the first-ever Design Connection Tour — David VanWert, principal of VanWert
Technology Design and Joe Whitaker, president of The Thoughtful Home and
member of the CEDIA Board of Directors. The Design Connection Tour series will
take place on September 6 and 7 during CEDIA Expo at the San Diego Convention
Center, September 6-8.
VanWert will accompany designers, architects and construction professionals around
the show floor and to select exhibitor booths. Designers and integrators will
have the opportunity to discuss future projects where they will display successful
design and technology collaborations.
“David and Joe
will bring different areas of expertise to the Design Connection Tours that
will give design and construction pros a fluid introduction into CEDIA Expo,”
states Brian Pagel, senior vice president, Emerald Expositions. “Tour participants
will learn about brands and products that are relevant to them as well as the
tech integration process including installation and understanding clients’ tech
David VanWert’s 15
years of experience in the systems integration business makes him an expert in
design, consulting, engineering, and project management for the home technology
industry. VanWert specializes in understanding the complexities of integrated
lighting, structured wiring, multi-room audio, home entertainment, HVAC and
master control systems.
Design helps clients make sense of the confusing world of technology by aiding
in the design, budgeting, and integrator interview process. Ranging from
advanced to basic home automation, private theaters and entertainment systems,
the firm helps clients across North America find the right technology and
design solution suited for them.
various client’s design and technology goals is the ticket to company growth
and success,” says VanWert. “The Design Connection tours will allow for
knowledge sharing that may have not been there before, and I am looking forward
to seeing the partnerships that flourish because of it.”
As an active
member of the CEDIA community and the Control4 tech community, Joe Whitaker brings
20 years of experience in custom systems integration and the design industry. He
writes for CePro, Electronic House, and
TecHome and has played a key role in product development, creation, and pre-production
testing with top manufacturers like Origin Acoustics, Sony, Platinum Tools,
Sanus, Nyne, Stealth Acoustics, Simply Reliable, VANCO and more.
Home offers full home automation, smart home design and installation,
intelligent lighting control and comfort solutions, home theater, outdoor
entertainment, multi-room audio and video, security and safety options, Hi-Res
audio, pre-wire, central-vac and even pool and spa controls.
“A large part of my
life’s work has been to act as a connector between integrators and designers,”
says Joe Whitaker. “CEDIA Expo is accomplishing what I feel the tech industry has
needed and I am excited to be part of the inaugural Design Connection program.”
Click here to learn more
about the Design Connection program.
About CEDIA Expo
CEDIA Expo powers the disruptors, innovators and
integrators in the intelligently connected built environments by providing the
only platform for discovery and collaboration. More than 20,000 home technology
professionals and more than 500 exhibitors convene each year for the leading
event in connected technology and connected built environments. CEDIA Expo is
the place for system integrators to experience new products and breakthrough
innovations first and to access targeted training in technology integration.
CEDIA Expo 2018 takes place September 4–8 at the San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California.
CEDIA Expo is owned and operated by
Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in
the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other
face-to-face events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global
attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition