Indianapolis - Randy Stearns has succeeded the late Randy Vaughan as chairman of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA).
Stearns, a principal of Alameda, Calif.-based custom integrator Engineered Environments, has served on the CEDIA board of directors since 2005 and has been an active member of the trade group since 1993.
"Randy's contributions to the industry and CEDIA have been instrumental in affecting positive change and association growth over the years," said past CEDIA chairman Ken Erdmann. "He has served on many committees, councils and action teams, and is a perfect fit for the leadership role of CEDIA chairman."
Stearns' service with CEDIA encompasses a wide range of duties, including Industry Outreach Council chair, Expo chair, treasurer, best practices action team member, instructor, subject matter expert and finance committee member. He most recently served as vice chairman for the board of directors.
His company, a member of the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) buying organization, is one of the largest electronic systems contracting businesses in the U.S., CEDIA said, and has won multiple accolades in CEDIA's Electronic Lifestyles Awards competition, which showcases CEDIA members' best work in categories ranging from home theater to whole-house integration.
"Stearns' diverse CEDIA background and business expertise is a powerful asset to have as CEDIA chairman," said CEDIA CEO Utz Baldwin. "We are proud to have him serve in this role and look forward to kicking the year off under his leadership."
Stearns appointment as chairman becomes effective immediately.