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September 15, 2016

CEDIA Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to Chang K. Park, URC Founder and CEO

Home Control and Automation Visionary and Leader Honored at CEDIA 2016 Opening Keynote

Dallas TX – CEDIA 2016 – September 15, 2016 – Mr. Chang K. Park, Founder and CEO of URC®, the leading provider of entertainment control and home automation solutions, was honored with CEDIA’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s CEDIA Opening Keynote.

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The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of the residential technology industry. Nominations are submitted by industry professionals and are evaluated on the basis of achievement and service within the industry.

“I thank CEDIA for nurturing us to be able to grow and flourish in this amazing industry,” said Mr. Park. “I’d like to express gratitude to CEDIA and Vin Bruno for this high honor and the decades of leadership and pioneering spirit that have helped us to push forward and deliver new technologies that brought so much improvement in people’s lives. I’m also grateful to our dealers for helping us be where we are today and for standing by us – in both good times and in challenging times for all these years.”

“Mr. Park has created an inspiring legacy with URC. It’s clear to everyone in the industry that he is incredibly thoughtful not only in his product design but also in the way he conducts business and runs his company. We are honored to recognize him as the 2016 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner,” said Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO.

Chang K. Park is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, social activist and a visionary. In the early days of the industry, Mr. Park foresaw the birth of the "home theater" in America and changed the course of control by expanding his company beyond producing remote controls for subscription broadcast providers and many of the world’s most recognized brands to sophisticated RF remotes and control devices for the custom installation industry. Mr. Park has been developing and marketing advanced remote controls and home automation products for more than 25 years.

In addition to his achievements within the industry, Mr. Park chairs the Chang K. Park Foundation, an organization that supports human rights, the elimination of poverty and hunger, the implementation of political reform and economic justice. He is also a member of the national governing board of Common Cause, a public interest organization in Washington DC, the board at the Union Theological Seminary in New York and Bread for the World. Mr. Park holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from his alma mater, and recently was inducted into the Academy of Electrical Engineers. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Park’s latest innovation for custom professionals, MX HomePro™, debuts at CEDIA 2016 and features elegant control of audio/video entertainment plus smart home products. Dealers, press and industry partners can see and take a live test drive at CEDIA in URC’s demo room in booth #5128.

About URC
URC has been a global leading provider of control and smart home automation systems for more than 25 years. A privately held American company, URC is dedicated to providing superior products for homes, businesses, cable service providers and OEM partners that deliver powerful, personalized control of entertainment, lighting, temperature, and security in a seamless solution. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Harrison, NY, URC has sold over 100 million remotes and control systems in the last 10 years alone, and is the emerging force in whole-house control with its Total Control® and MX HomePro™ product lines. URC has built its reputation by delivering exceptional levels of quality, training, reliability and support to its customers. Learn more at universalremote.com

CEDIA is the international trade association and central touch point for 3,700 member companies who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA is committed to helping members at every level set a pathway to prosperity by offering industry-leading education, training, and certification; delivering market intelligence through proprietary research; providing opportunities to foster community within the channel, and cultivating awareness with industry partners and consumers. CEDIA founded the largest annual residential technology show, now in its 27th year, and co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world’s largest AV and systems integration exhibition. CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home. Life Lived Best at Home. To learn more about CEDIA, visit cedia.net.

Anne Gattoni
URC – Director, Marketing and Communications

Olivia Sellke
CEDIA Senior Public Relations Manager
317.328.4336 ext. 130

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