Azione Unlimited has established a new education committee that consists of one chairperson and five to six members, all of whom do not hold the title of owner. This important distinction was designed to focus on the perspectives of different layers of a team and make sure each voice is represented at the table.
Azione Unlimited is a Smart Home Association with 291 custom integration members and 55 manufacturer members.
While the detailed goals of the Azione Unlimited Education Committee cover many of the significant needs of the group, the aggressive statement being transmitted to the industry is that “Azione Unlimited will lead the pack in education,” stated Patrick McCarthy, director of new business development and member services. “Our tentpole for 2024 is education, and assembling some of the most intelligent minds in our community in one committee is our most vital asset. The future for how our members ingests education is three-dimensional, and it is pivotal that our core foundation has a multitude of ideas, cultures, and wisdom. In unveiling our dynamic Education Committee, Azione Unlimited is not merely making a commitment; it’s igniting a movement.”
The early goals that the Azione Education Committee are dedicated to fulfilling include enriching learning opportunities by reviewing and endorsing educational materials so Azione members can access the latest knowledge and resources to thrive in a rapidly evolving industry.
They are also tasked with representing Azione members’ voices by explaining diverse needs and aspirations through collaborative initiatives, ensuring the group’s offerings are designed for their success.
According to Azione, the committee will influence the design of conference education, ensuring that it aligns perfectly with industry trends and emerging technologies. They will also work to secure influential keynote speakers, deliver insightful webinars, and introduce a technician pay scale grading system to recognize and reward excellence.
As the newly appointed chair of the Education Committee, Jeff Rodgers, sales engineer for One-Touch Automation, exuded enthusiasm for this pivotal initiative, stating, “I am thrilled to be part of this transformative journey. Education is the cornerstone of our community’s growth and prosperity. It empowers individuals to unlock their potential, fostering innovation and driving progress,” he stated. “Together, we will pave the way for a brighter future, where every member of Azione can access quality education and realize their potential.”
In addition to Rodgers, the Azione Education Committee consists of Bruce Reed, operations director, Current Home Technologies, Washington; Chris Vives, COO, ABE Networks, Maryland; Riley White, general manager, AIS, Utah; Nick Nardone, technical, training, safety & quality control manager, Definitive Electronics, Florida; and Olga DeSalvo, operations director, Elevated Integration, New York.