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ADI’s CEDIA Event Draws 1,300

ADI and its suppliers drew 1,300 dealers to its fourth annual customer celebration, held at the Opera Atlanta Event Center during CEDIA Expo here last month.

The Melville, N.Y.-based distributor also sponsored the CEDIA Learning Labs to provide attendees with hands-on experiences with the latest technology.

The event was sponsored by more than 20 leading manufacturers including Key Digital, Pioneer, Proficient, Russound, Honeywell, Peerless, Universal Remote Control, JVC, Monster and Sharp. Customers and vendors enjoyed an evening of first-class catering and entertainment by the popular band Soul Asylum.

The CEDIA Learning Labs sponsored by ADI included four separate full-featured rooms equipped with the latest technology to provide electronic systems contractors with practical real-world knowledge. More than 700 dealers visited the Learning Labs for an opportunity to see and test the newest products. The Learning Labs hosted 23 separate training sessions linked to 12 CEDIA University courses being offer at the Expo.

“The Learning Labs were the highlight of my CEDIA Expo experience. I’m a hands-on, visual learner and these labs gave me the opportunity to touch, feel and see products that I design on a daily basis,” said Ben Savage, custom installations specialist at A to Z Security and Sound in Mary Esther, Fla. “It was great to have an environment that was conducive to one-on-one product training without the stereotypes of a traditional training environment. I highly recommend this type of learning be introduced at future events.”

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