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Award Judges


Judges for the 2018 Smart Building Awards


Vin Bruno

One of the most experienced executives working the automation and AV sector, Vin is currently responsible for global business development at AV and connectivity maker VCOM. Vin is also former CEO of global smart home trade body CEDIA, overseeing a period of highly successful consolidation and increased marketing activity producing nearly 300 collateral pieces, videos, blog posts plus consistent social media efforts which resulted in more than $2 million in earned media relations in a year.

Vin has also served on the Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome Division Board and was director of marketing for seven years at automation specials Crestron Electronics.

Jason Knott

One of the most experienced writers in the sector, Jason is vice president of consumer electronics and security at EH Publishing, overseeing trade publications and websites for technology titles CE Pro, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales & Integration, Campus Safety Magazine, and TechDecisionsMedia. Ce Pro US editor for a total of 17 years, Jason’s knowledge of the building and home automation market is extensive and a hugely valuable asset to this year’s panel.

Daniel J Sait

Daniel is the founding editor of the UK’s trade bible for the smart building market, Essential Install (EI) and also editor in chief and co-founder of All Things Media, owner of EI and the smart building awards.

Daniel has been promoting the advantages and achievements of the smart building sector for over a decade through the pages of EI and prior to that in various trade editor roles in the AV sector.

The deadline for entries to the Smart Building Awards is Friday March 16. EI Live! will take place May 9 – 10 Sandown Park, Surrey.

Owen Maddock

Owen Maddock started the successful install company ConnectedWorks with the belief that technology in homes should be simple, beautiful – even invisible. Intuitive so you forget it’s there, yet capable of creating unforgettable experiences to share with friends and family.

ConnectedWorks is now one of Bristol’s leading home technology specialists, particularly well known for Wi-Fi networking, lighting control and home cinema.
Owen is an active volunteer member of CEDIA, the global smart home trade body, heading the working group writing a new CPD course about home cinema and media rooms. An Oxford MA, Owen also carries the CEDIA Certifications Designer, Networking Specialist and Technical Specialist.
Owen regularly delivers smart home training to architects and interior designers, and has presented at the RIBA Roadshow for the last two years.

Anna Gamble

Anna Gamble is managing director at Customised, a residential install company based in East Anglia. Whilst overseeing the day to day operations of this growing and innovative company, Anna’s

main focus is on marketing, business strategy and development. Anna spent over a decade working in agriculture and the food supply chain, taking new products to market, developing business growth strategies and diversifications.

Stuart Burgess

Create something that encompassed Stuarts passion of technology was key in his decision to start his new company. So in 2007, Stuart started the company now known as Just Add Popcorn. At first they secured a contract for our local Sony Centres and dealt with all their TV’s being Wall-Mounted, which naturally evolved to customers wanting more technology and more complex installations. Now in 2018, the company goes from strength-to-strength, covering initial wiring of smart home infrastructure to high-end design and creation of home cinemas. Stuart’s also a Cedia Volunteer, Trainer and sits on one of the Global Industry Committees.

Melanie Malcolm

Melanie Malcolm has been a key member of Bespoke Home Cinemas for the last fifteen years’ working closely with husband Gifford and the team growing the Bespoke brand across the UK. Recently Melanie sat as CEDIA Board Director which gave great experience and knowledge to support the industry. Still an active volunteer for CEDIA, Melanie is currently leading the Apprenticeship group developing the Smart Home Technician standard.

With two other companies, Yorkshire Ladies Links, a conference & events company which supports individuals and businesses to grow their network and also Director of The Yorkshire Choice Awards that recognises inspirational people, businesses and charities at an annual award ceremony.