To show our appreciation for our volunteers, we turn the spotlight on them from time to time and learn what drives them day in and day out. Today, we meet volunteer Jeremy Glowacki, editorial director of Residential Systems magazine.
A volunteer since 2007, Glowacki currently volunteers in support of the CEDIA Business Xchange Task Force.
Why do you volunteer?
It provides me unique insight into events and initiatives that CEDIA has going on. It helps me as a magazine editor to know more about the "behind the scenes."
What’s your favorite CEDIA memory?
I didn't really have one until this past spring when I attended CEDIA Business Xchange
and felt such a bond with my fellow planning committee members. When we arrived onsite and saw that what we'd been working on for more than a year was actually going to happen and be a relative success, I felt like I'd made several new friends.
What’s your advice for new volunteers?
Understand that CEDIA asks a lot of your time, but if you're doing something that's a good fit for your skill set, you'll find it rewarding and probably make some new friends doing it.
What would be the title of your autobiography? Simple Man
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
On Fifth Avenue along Central Park in NYC
What is your favorite sport? Why?
Baseball, because of its Zen-like qualities and how it reminds me of times I spent with my dad.
Why is the CEDIA Business Xchange such an important event?
I'm a member of the planning committee for CEDIA Business Xchange, so this event is near and dear to my heart. I've volunteered in various capacities for CEDIA over the years, but this project is the most immersive experience I've had with the association, having been involved from the very beginning and participating in calls every two weeks for most of the year for two years.
There are a lot of events competing for the attention of a residential systems integration professional, but Business Xchange is a great, intimate gathering featuring business expertise targeting specific topics that we felt, as a committee, most reflected one of the pressing challenges of the industry: finding and retaining great employees. This targeted approach will leave attendees with a true action plan when they return to their company.
We've also left time during the two days for attendees to address other pressing questions with their peers during our Idea Xchange portion of the event. During these moderated sessions, attendees can discuss featured topics, sharing best practices with one another.
What did you gain from the 2015 CEDIA Business Xchange?
For me, as a member of the trade media, attending Business Xchange provides a perfect opportunity to listen to industry professionals discuss their top challenges, so we can continue to present those topics in our editorial coverage. It's also a great way to meet people I don't know and get to know others better in a somewhat intimate setting.
For 2016, we're also planning some fun icebreaker events and dinners in the beautiful San Diego coastal setting, so it's a bit of R&R for all of us.