Last week, CEDIA announced the 2014 executive committee
as well as a new appointed director, Hagai Feiner of Access Networks. Join us as we learn a little more about Hagai Feiner, his experience in the industry, and his vision as a newly appointed director.
What is your day job?
I am the Founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Access Networks. Access Networks is the leading provider of pre-programmed networking solutions for the custom electronics industry. Access Networks' services are retained by both large and small integrators across the country and the world.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I started as a young, wide-eyed computer geek at Signals Audio Video in El Segundo, Calif., working as the IT specialist.
Tell us about your first CEDIA EXPO.
My first experience at EXPO was an eye-opening one. I was awed. I realized the power and size of our industry and was happy my passion for integration was shared by others. Almost a decade later I am running a business dedicated to service the CEDIA channel. I am a strong believer in CEDIA as an organization as well as in the bright future of our industry.
How do you see the industry evolving over the next 5 to 10 years?
In our future I see more IP-dependency than ever before, especially with Wi-Fi. I see manufacturers working together to accommodate cross-platform integration over IP and integrators becoming experts in IT/IP integration. 2-channel and high-res albums making a comeback. ISPs realizing they have a glass ceiling when it comes to home integration.
What is your vision for CEDIA to ensure that it remains relevant and prominent in how it serves this fast-paced industry?
My vision for CEDIA is simple: Strengthen relationships with members by adding value to their business, promoting education, and focusing on evolving technologies, specifically IT. From my vantage point I see the home network as becoming the focal point of the integration project. Strong computer networks yield strong and profitable business models. I am here to help facilitate the transition of the CEDIA membership into the next level of computer networking.
What goals would you expect the board to prioritize in the upcoming years?
Focus on IT. We must strengthen the membership’s skill set in computer networking. This is true for both integrators and manufacturers. An automation product that can be easily integrated over the home network makes life easier for the integrator. An educated integrator creates a better network by installing the right infrastructure and using appropriate hardware for the same home. And the homeowner benefits. The focus is on reducing and eliminating "go-back" situations. Let's create happier clients and make more money by selling a better network and servicing it less.
Read our previous announcement
about the 2014-2015 CEDIA Board of Directors, and see the full list of directors here