Join us on the Smart Stage Thursday 2:00pm-3pm and Friday from 1:30pm – 3pm to learn about the newest products and services on the market. Selected brands will be given 3 minutes to pitch their product or service, followed by an interactive 3 minute Q&A with presenters in this “speed-dating” program. Exhibitor entries open May 3, and participants will be announced in July! Don’t miss this exciting new feature this September in San Diego.

Interested in participating? Find our more and apply by clicking below.



Frank White

Frank White has been a prominent member of the connected home technology industry for over 35 years. Beginning with his time at Multiplex, bringing the brand ChannelPlus to life, to his current role as founding partner of StayTuned & Weld, Frank has applied his knowledge and forward-thinking edge to every project he touches.Frank has served on the CEDIA Board of Directors for 6 years and in 2014, he was awarded with the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award for his vision and leadership in the residential connected industry. As a valued CEDIA volunteer, Frank actively looks for opportunities to push the boundaries and expand the understanding and application of connected home technology.



Heather Sidorowicz 

Heather L. Sidorowicz is President and owner of Southtown Audio Video, a custom installation and integration firm based in Hamburg, NY. Heather’s roots are on the front lines; working directly with the client, selling and designing both personalized audio/video solutions and corporate/higher education conference and training spaces. As a female in a predominately male industry, Heather has a unique perspective, believing that technology should balance the home/workplace rather than overtake it, and it’s her mission to find technology and products that improve one’s quality of life. Read full bio>>


Julie Jacobson 

Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Media, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. A CEDIA fellow and recipient of the CTA TechHome Leadership Award, Julie currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in San Antonio, Texas.


Patrick McCarthy   

Patrick is a diehard hockey fan and tech enthusiast, in that order. From start-ups to stalwarts, buying groups to show floors, smartphones to home control, he has covered every corner of the technology industry. For over a decade, Patrick has been sharing stories as an editor, photographer, videographer, and web designer. His role as a Senior Content Editor for Connected Design is to understand every different narrative in the custom integration industry, talk to the people who live it every day, and share those stories with the world.


Laura Stephanek    

Laura Stepanek has been the Editor and Associate Publisher of SDM, the complete magazine of the electronic security industry, since 2001. More than 29,000 security professionals receive SDM each month for information on market trends, management solutions, news affecting the security industry and unparalleled technological expertise. Ms. Stepanek has responsibility for managing the magazine’s overall editorial direction, monthly content, and many special reports, including the annual SDM 100, Top Systems Integrators Report, Industry Forecast Study, State of the Market Reports, SDM Dealer of the Year & Systems Integrator of the Year, and Monitoring Today supplement. Read full bio>> 

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