The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), Indianapolis, named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award recipients. The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership to the growth and advancement of CEDIA. CEDIA awards an individual from the Associate Member category and the Home Technology Professional Member category. These distinguished volunteers are honored at the annual Electronic Lifestyles ® Awards Celebration at CEDIA EXPO.

Lance Crabbe – Design Systems, Ltd.– Home Technology Professional Volunteer of the Year:  Founding member Lance Crabbe served on the Hawaii Department of Health's Hawaii Electronic Device Recycling Task Force. With more than 30 years of experience working in the residential electronic systems industry, Lance provided a valued perspective to the task force as a small business owner and independent retailer. Lance was a valuable and respected local voice on this important issue for CEDIA's Hawaii-based members.

“Without Lance’s perspective and time, expanded electronic waste regulations and requirements would have been enacted, with a significant impact on the cost of doing business for home technology professionals in Hawaii,” said Darren Reaman, CEDIA’s director of Public Policy.

Bjorn Jensen – WhyReboot Associate Volunteer of the Year:  Bjorn has spent many hours assisting with the development and revision of CEDIA’s advanced networking training courses. He has also worked with manufacturers on CEDIA's behalf in order to procure products for the association to use during lab activities in the classroom. In addition to his work with the training department, he has also assisted in the marketing of CEDIA classes through blogs, videos, and articles for CEDIA as well as other industry publications.

“Bjorn was instrumental in the build-out and revision of both of our advanced networking courses. It would not have been possible to build these courses or the new Advanced Networking and Systems Integration Boot Camp without the content he was responsible for developing,” said Steve Rissi, CEDIA technical training manager.

Volunteers have always been a critical element of CEDIA’s success. More than 200 CEDIA volunteers dedicate their time, energy, and resources to the association year round.