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CEDIA Hires Amanda Beckner as Vice President of Education and Training

Long-time association leader brings two decades of AV education experience to the role

FISHERS, Ind. (November 3, 2021) — CEDIA, the global trade association for the home technology industry, today announces that it has hired Amanda Beckner, CTS, as vice president of education and training.

Beckner has over two decades of experience in association management, learning program development, and the audiovisual industry. As vice president of learning at AVIXA, she led the digital transformation of the association’s curriculum, shepherded three AVIXA certifications and multiple standards to ANSI/ISO 17024 accreditation, and built an active global network of over 250 education, certification, and standards volunteers. As president and COO of THE rAVe Agency, she led long-term strategy and operations and oversaw growth of the LAVNCH program into the leading virtual event platform for the audiovisual industry.

“No other individual could be better suited to serve the CEDIA membership in this role,” says Giles Sutton, interim co-CEO of CEDIA. “We’re in the midst of developing training and resources to support stacked certifications; expanding our virtual conference programs; and launching in-person training led by certified volunteer instructors across North America. Mandy, astonishingly, joins us with a record of smashing success across all these initiatives, and two decades of AV industry experience to boot. She’s a unicorn.”

Gary Kayye, founder of THE rAVe Agency, offers his support as Beckner transitions to her new role: “Mandy was exactly what THE rAVe Agency needed to manage our growth during the pandemic. Her energy is infectious, and her new role at CEDIA is perfect for her passion for education.”

At CEDIA, Beckner will be charged with the stewardship of CEDIA’s education initiatives, championing the mission of making the association the leading global source education and certification in the smart home industry. She will oversee curriculum design, content development, delivery, stakeholder engagement, and business strategy for CEDIA education and certification programs.

“The audiovisual community are the world’s global experts on experience and connection,” says Beckner. “It will be my mission to bring the principles of quality, craftsmanship, personalization, and human-centered design that define industry to bear on all of CEDIA’s education and training programs.”

About CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association)
CEDIA® 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. Learn more about CEDIA at