URC CEO Chang K. Park receives 2016 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Home automation and control visionary honored at opening keynote

Dallas TX USA – CEDIA 2016 – 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.

For more information about URC, visit www.universalremote.com.

About CEDIA
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.

About URC

Headquartered in Harrison NY USA, URC is a global leader in smart home automation and control. URC technology is respected for unsurpassed performance and reliability with over 100 million remote controls sold in the past 10 years alone. URC control systems include Total Control, MX HomePro and Complete Control. Legendary URC user interfaces include tabletop controllers, in-wall touchscreens, handheld remotes, keypads and mobile apps – plus voice control integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. URC systems are custom designed, installed and maintained by a network of URC trained systems integration professionals.