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Michael Heiss has close to forty years of experience in guiding the development, production and marketing, of new technology products and services. Well versed in both professional and consumer electronics, he has held management, marketing and technology development positions for leading hardware and software firms such as Harman International, Rank Video, NBC Television, as well Spectradyne, the originator of pay-per-view hotel movie services and Home Video Corp., the first nationwide direct-to-home video software rental service. He is the author of four books on video technology and is a frequent panelist, seminar moderator and lecturer at industry conventions around the world.
Recognized as a leading journalist covering the professional and consumer electronics industries, Heiss is currently a contributing editor and columnist for both Residential Systems and Systems Contractor News. He is also the US Correspondent for HiddenWires.com, the leading on-line publication for the custom installation trade in the UK and Europe. He has also contributed to CEON, Videography, Video Systems and many other trade newsletters and magazines. He has been quoted as a consumer electronics authority in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to the Los Angeles Times, the AP, and the British Audio Journal. A member of numerous engineering, technical and communications societies, including SMPTE, SBE, IEEE, SID, STC and ATAS, he is also member of the Order of the Iron Test Pattern with the Dignity of General. Named to the inaugural class of CEDIA Fellows, Mr. Heiss is an active participant in their activities and served two terms as a member of CEDIA’s Board of Directors.