Illness Claims CEDIA's Vaughan

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Chairman Randy Vaughan passed away after an illness, the organization's CEO Utz Baldwin announced Monday.

"Randy was a 40-year veteran of the electronic systems industry and was a longtime Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) member and volunteer," Baldwin stated. "He will be remembered among his peers and colleagues for his many contributions to the industry as a volunteer, an instructor, and a leader."

Vaughan was principal engineer for AE Consulting Services, according to an AE Consulting bio. After receiving his engineering degree in 1969 from the University of Miami, he joined the faculty of Norfolk Academy, where he taught physics and mathematics.

"In 1970 his combined interest in engineering sciences, his love of performing arts, and an entrepreneurial spirit led him to found Ambassador Enterprises - AE Systems, resulting in a 39 year career of providing leading edge entertainment and communication technology integration for the arts, education, and technology markets. In November 2008, he sold AE Systems to Rick Arthur, one of his managers," according to the bio.

In addition to servicing as CEDIA's board chairman, Vaughan had been a president of the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), national trade organizations for residential and commercial system integrators. He stayed in tune with the latest technology advancements by attending and teaching countless technical courses in the fields of audio, video, lighting, acoustics, control systems, and more.

"On behalf of the CEDIA family, I offer our sincerest condolences to Randy's wife, Mary, his children, his granddaughter, and his family and friends. He will be greatly missed," Baldwin said.

A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Ave., Norfolk, Va., at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30.

The family will receive visitors immediately after the service at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following: Bon Secours Maryview Foundation, 3636 High St., Portsmouth, VA 23707; The Elizabeth River Project, Admirals Landing, 475 Water St., Suite 103-A, Portsmouth, Va. 23704; First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Ave., Norfolk, Va. 23517; or the education program at NSCA.

Additionally, to commemorate Randy's enduring commitment to industry education, CEDIA is establishing a scholarship fund in his honor. Those interested in participating in this fund may contact CEDIA COO Don Gilpin at



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