Michael Heiss is a long-time observer of the consumer and professional electronics markets. As a product and marketing executive at Harman International he was responsible for many breakthrough audio and video products. On the entertainment side of the business he was a promotion manager at NBC and was key to the development of hotel in-room movies and created the first nationwide movie rental service for Beta and VHS cassettes. Active in CEDIA since its founding, he served two terms on the CEDIA Board, headed the Technology Council and is a favorite presenter at CEDIA events around the globe. He is a CEDIA Fellow and is the recipient of CEDIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a member of the TV Academy, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and is a Life Member of both IEEE and SMPTE.