Carlos Giraldo is the East Coast Regional Custom Install Sales Specialist at Sony Electronics. Carlos has always had a close connection with the CI channel. 

His expertise in display technologies and industry knowledge has always been a major asset to Strateres and all of the Sony integration partners in the New England and Upstate NY markets.

Carlos will be demonstrating and comparing Sony's new line of Home Cinema Laser Projectors and all of the new TV models in multiple sessions during the SDDE.

Becca Ryan is our Lutron North East Residential Sales Territory Leader. Becca's background and experience in lighting is perfect for a high level overview of the Lutron Intelligent Light Portfolio and how a Lutron digitally addressable solution is the right choice for your clients and business.

Chris Christofilakes is a Lutron System Sales Engineer, and the Strateres technical pre-sale contact. Chris will be reviewing the latest updates from the HomeWorks 22.0 + software. This will include remote transfer, remote support files, new app features, HVAC integration, Cool Automation, LEAP, and partner updates.

Joe Brown is our Lutron local Senior Sales Representative and a close part of the Strateres team. He lives in Boston and is actively outreaching into the specification community and working with many of our Lutron integrators. Joe will be providing an overview of the newly launched Radio RA3 platform and reviewing how it can be incorporated with new or old Radio RA2 projects.

Kevin Minton is the Coastal Source Northeast Sales Specialist. Kevin is powered by his sense of humor and love for life. He is a wealth of knowledge for Coastal Source and has many years of experience within the landscape design/build industry.

Pete Sepesi is the Director of Technical Services at Coastal Source. Pete provides the backbone of Coastal's technical operations. He leads the Design Services team and is an invaluable resource to our technical support team. A pro at 3rd party integrations, Pete doesn’t hesitate to work directly on a design project that requires a higher level of functionality.

Garrett Farnum is a Technical Sales Engineer for Garrett comes from the field in the CI channel. He's experienced in programming, project management, and sales, and is always ready to help deliver top tier experiences to you and your clients. Join Garrett for a closer look at in action with live demonstrations and training throughout the SDDE.

David Cohen is the Eastern Regional Sales Manager for David will be demonstrating the power of voice control, why it matters for your business, and how to be successful introducing to your clients.

Arthur James is the President of Progressive Screens. No stranger to coastal living, Arthur understands what it takes to offer reliable outdoor motorized screen solutions for the New England market. Join us to learn more about this new and exciting product category.

Jim Fix is the Sales Director for Progressive Screens. Join Jim and Arthur to learn about MagnaTrack and how it is the foundation for Progressive Screens' outdoor solutions.

Kolby Schellhammer is the National Sales Manager for Progressive Screens. Kolby's background and experience in the motorized screen industry is an asset for integrators in the CI channel. Her expertise in the technology of outdoor screens allows her to effectively communicate the Progressive Screens differentiators out to the market.

Robert Messier is a new addition to the Seura team, but not new to the industry. Robert is the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Seura. He will be providing training on “The Science of Light” via an IDCEC-approved CEU course.

Michael Don Ham is the Co-Founder and President of RePure, a leading supplier of best-in-class wellness technology solutions for residential applications available through professional installers. He has a deep background in regenerative organic agriculture, indoor air quality, water quality and other important aspects of wellness technology for the home. Michael has been invited to speak about wellness and technology at IAQA, TecHome Builder Summits, Housing Innovation Alliance, GreenHome Institute, LivABLE Design Summit, CES, CEDIA and the Science in Design Summit Tour.

Erik Bernal Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Elite Water Systems - Since 2016, Bernal has progressively built his organization into a total home wellness-driven organization focused on indoor air quality, water quality and smart plumbing solutions working with over 60 home builders including many in the Top 10. Erik and his team are recognized as thought leaders in the residential industry providing environmentally sound and pandemic-ready solutions that are affordable and scalable across all market segments.

George Haight is the director of Sales for Monitor Audio in the Eastern US. Brace yourself for a memorable demonstration! Be one of the first people in the US to experience Monitor Audio’s new dedicated theater solution. Cinergy is the new benchmark speaker solution for custom built theaters. 

Rob Salvo is the National Sales Manager at Kaleidescape. Rob is a huge proponent of the concept that the performance of your AV system is only as good as the source. Join Rob to learn how using Kaleidescape as a source can elevate your experience. You will be amazed by the visible and audible benefits you can provide by delivering uncompressed video and audio to your home cinema and home media systems.

Jimmy Paschke is well known throughout our industry for his unwavering dedication to the business of power management, diagnostics, and surge elimination. In his role as Director of Sales for SurgeX Residential, he is focused on ensuring that integrators understand the importance of a solid power foundation. Jimmy will demonstrate the effectiveness of the SurgeX power diagnostic tools and provide a live demonstration of their UPS technologies.

Caitlin Parker is the Sales Development Manager for Leon Speakers, a custom speaker manufacturer out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is part of an incredible culture that Leon has crafted over many years, where technology intersects with art + design.

Leon will show the Terra LuminSound outdoor speakers and the newly designed Terra Bollard with pathway + halo lighting. Caitlin will also showcase one of Leon's ultra-thin Horizon Designer Soundbars that elegantly adds high-performance audio to slim form factor displays while unobtrusively blending into any space.

Mike Menendez is a National Sales Executive with IC Realtime. Mike brings over 30 years of combined b2b & b2c sales experience to the industry. Mike will be demonstrating IC Realtime CCTV cameras, doorbell cameras, other specialty cameras, and discussing upcoming software and cloud software changes.

Tom Oliver is the Director of Sales at Legrand AV Residential. Well-versed in consumer electronics, residential, and commercial integration, Tom will be showcasing several of their industry leading brands that make projects easy to install and more profitable.

Carl Kennedy joined JL Audio in 2003 to help launch the home division. His current role as VP/Special Markets allows him to continue to work closely with the product development team for all applications and divisions. Carl will be providing us with an update on some next generation JL Audio Home products and continue to educate our channel that JL manufactures the best subwoofers on the planet - right here in the USA.

Keith Vanderkley is Vice President of Sales at Amina Technologies Ltd. Keith brings his passion for style and performance to the SDDE this year. Join us to learn about the benchmark of speakers that are heard, but not seen.

Bruce Clark is the founding designer at Kaleidolight. When you sit at the project table, what lighting cards do you hold in your hand? Bruce Clark, our Lighting Sherpa, will walk you through how design can reveal the lighting potential your client is missing. More importantly, it positions you as the lighting expert who can guide the conversation towards a satisfying sale, significantly increasing your bottom line on every project. Don't walk away and leave your lighting cards (and dollars) on the table again!

Suzanne Petri is the Lighting and Shade Manager at Strateres. Suzanne will be leveraging her vast experience and expertise in Lutron shading solutions to present an exciting update of Lutron Shades. This class will include information on Palladiom Wire Free, Architectural Honeycomb, Wood Blinds with Natural Light Optimization, and shade fabric updates.

Terry Rogers specializes in Specification Sales at Strateres, but she comes to us with a ton of passion and experience in the world of lighting. Come join Terry and experience how Ketra can redefine any living space in a 20 minute demonstration featuring the power of

Nick Hart is the Southern Area Sales Manager for Yusen Associates. Nick will be introducing our channel to additional revenue stream opportunities from Panasonic.


Gary Blouse is the Vice President of Sales at Storm Audio. With his decades of experience in the industry, Gary brings a new level of performance to the SDDE. Don’t miss their world-class home cinema experience powered by Storm Audio.

Eytan Vestin is the Area Manager at Snap One and Control4. Eytan is an industry veteran in the New England market.  He will be demonstrating the key integrations between and Control4 at this year’s SDDE.

Representing Sonos, Northeast Account Manager, Sam Aldrich, will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the latest products and innovations including Sonos Voice control and partner integration.

  • 14 vendors!
  • 6 concurrent training rooms
  • Food and beverage served all day
  • Outdoor AV and lighting demonstrations
  • Cocktail Party with raffle prizes… Grand Prize: TWO tickets to Paul McCartney at Fenway!