Stronger Together in support of CEDIASTRONG

Melanie Malcolm Director of Bespoke Home Cinemas Leeds and CEDIA Board Director joins CEDIA global initiative CEDIASTRONG

CEDIA NEWS:

CEDIA today introduced CEDIASTRONG, a new program comprised of sweeping new services and tools to empower, educate, and inspire CEDIA members to weather these turbulent times. CEDIASTRONG will provide members free financial planning tools and services, technical training and webinars, career planning resources, online business roundtable discussions, and marketing content that members can use to promote their services locally. As part of the initiative, CEDIA also plans to establish a CEDIASTRONG Fund to provide financial assistance to members in need with the goal of awarding grants later in 2021. “CEDIASTRONG was born from the COVID-19 pandemic and was designed to serve as a rallying cry for our industry,” said CEDIA President and CEO, Tabatha O’Connor. “Today, as people hunker down and work from their homes, technology solutions are all the more paramount, as is the role of the professionals who design and install them. We want to help members power through this challenging period and prepare them for the future to ensure they are ready to resume business as usual when this crisis is behind us.”

Melanie Malcolm commented "Delighted to have supported this global initiative, CEDIA is here to support its members through this, we are all in this together and here to support one another."

Bespoke Home Cinemas are proud to be long standing members of CEDIA for over 13 years, we adhere to the best practices set by CEDIA and provide a professional design and installation service to the highest of standards .

For more information on CEDIASTRONG, please visit the website at www.cediastrong.org

About CEDIA CEDIA® (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) is the global industry association and central touch point for companies that design, manufacture, and integrate technology for the home. With a keen focus on education, workforce development, and industry standards, CEDIA continues to build on its more than 30-year legacy as the industry leader in delivering the resources that set members on a pathway to prosperity. CEDIA delivers market intelligence through proprietary research, fosters community within the channel, and cultivates awareness with industry partners, consumers, and connected stakeholders. CEDIA co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world's largest AV and systems integration exhibition, and founded CEDIA Expo, the world's largest annual residential technology show. Over 3,900 global CEDIA member companies deliver technology solutions that allow families to experience the best moments in life from the comfort of their own home — Life Lived Best at Home™.

To learn more about CEDIA visit www.cedia.co.uk OR www.cedia.net.

About Melanie

Melanie Malcolm , co-founder and co-owner of Leeds, Yorkshire, UK-based Bespoke Home Cinemas, was re-elected to the Global CEDIA Board and started a new two year term in January 2020. Melanie served on the CEDIA EMEA Board in 2016 where she helped with CEDIA’s global alignment process. An active volunteer for the industry, she has served in roles including Strategy Advisory Council (SAC) Chair for Global Accessibility, Chair of the Smart Home Apprenticeship Trailblazer Committee in the UK, and CEDIA Awards judge for the EMEA region. Outside the industry, Melanie directs two event management companies: Yorkshire Ladies Links and the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

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