CEDIA welcomes two new faces to executive leadership team

CEDIA has appointed Paul Dolenc as vice president of education and Mitchell Klein as vice president of business development, joining the now eight-person executive leadership team, reporting directly to global president and CEO, Daryl Friedman.

Bringing 15 years of experience to the role, Dolenc has an extensive background in curriculum development, education, and apprenticeship management which has led to record-breaking success during his previous tenure as vice president, education and training with the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC). Dolenc led the organisation’s national education and training strategy for over a decade, which resulted in expanded instructor training programmes, significant yearly growth in apprenticeship graduates, enhanced programme accreditation with increased credit hours for graduates to earn advanced degrees, a more diverse range of professional development offerings, and the establishment of articulation agreements nationwide with community colleges, technical schools and high schools.

“My passion for workforce development has been a driving force throughout my career, and I am excited to help shape and reimagine CEDIA’s education and training programmes to further its mission,” commented Dolenc. “Together with the CEDIA team, I am committed to ensuring that CEDIA’s education and certification initiatives continue to be the leading source of knowledge for the professional smart home industry.”

Newly appointed as vice president of business development, Klein most recently served as the director of Alliances Strategy at Silicon Labs, leading a multitude of initiatives aimed at expanding and accelerating the global adoption of smart technologies. With over 30 years of experience in the IoT landscape, Klein has dedicated his career to designing and implementing strategic programmes that simplify and popularise IoT technology departments.

The former CEDIA board chair is responsible for championing the association’s most groundbreaking initiatives, including the launch of certification programmes, the establishment of the government affairs programme, and the creation of the management conference series. His distinguished contributions earned him a CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award in September 2019.

“My longstanding history with CEDIA has deeply shaped my career, and I am grateful for the opportunity to bring my experience and passion for advancing the industry to CEDIA once again,” said Klein. “CEDIA has always been at the forefront of innovation in the professional smart home industry, and I look forward to collaborating with the team to drive new initiatives and further enhance the growth and success of the association and its members.”

“Individually, Paul and Mitch bring valuable experience from their accomplished careers, and both have the track records of success to propel CEDIA forward,” said Friedman. “But even more powerfully, together they bring a combined fresh view to CEDIA.

“Paul’s experience in trade education will bring a new vision to CEDIA training, and his electrical background will provide an insider’s view of the opportunities for CEDIA members where our industries intersect. Mitch will balance that knowledge with his deep understanding of the integration industry’s past and present – and the foresight to envision its full potential. I am excited to welcome them to CEDIA’s leadership team.”


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