Innerspace Electronics Inc. invited teenage students from the Northern Westchester Boys and Girls Club (BGCNW) to their facility in Port Chester, NY for an opportunity to learn more about possible career options in the technology industry. The students visited the company on November 14 and company executives and staff offered presentations and led group discussions designed to be both thought-provoking and educational on the technology industry in general, and on possible careers options with which they may have been unaware.
The teens started their visit at Innerspace by taking a personality quiz, designed to help them better understand who they are – an awareness that can greatly aid them in their assessment of potential career options. The teens were then asked to vocalize what topics or tasks that they currently enjoyed studying in their classes. As the students shouted out subjects such as Math, Science and Art, IEI co-founder Barry Reiner explained how each of those skills are needed and used in a company like Innerspace Electronics.
The group was then treated to a demonstration of the sophisticated technology products in IEI’s showroom, something the entire group really enjoyed. Drawing interest from the group were technologies such as the “invisible” Stealth loudspeakers, as the teens sought to understand just how the technology works. Each of the students was also allowed to independently operate an iPad controller connected to a Savant home integration system, letting them directly experience the effects of the different settings with which they experimented.
“This event was designed to help students learn about, and potentially consider, various career options in the technology field,” said Andrea Reiner, Innerspace Electronics, Inc. co-founder and Chief Financial Officer. “All of the students were deeply engaged in each of the sessions offered, including demonstrations, experiments and classes. We even built time into the agenda to allow the students the opportunity to listen to some of their favorite music on a system that included the top-rated Bower and Wilkins 804 D3 speakers…and they were just blown away with the quality of sound which many of them had never experienced.”
IEI employees took time to share with the students their own individual career journeys leading them to Innerspace Electronics, starting with their days in high school, something with which the teens could really relate. The youngsters were very engaged and asked a lot of questions as to how these stories might relate to their future.
Capping the day with a fun dinner of pizza and soda, IEI employees presented the young attendees with a goodie bag filled to the brim with products donated by Innerspace Electronics’ manufacturers and sales representative firms. The company would particularly like to extend their gratitude for the generous contributions of Bowers & Wilkins, URC, RTI, Sony, Audio Control, Atlantic Integrated and Ultimate Integration.
This Innerspace career day event was a huge success with both company presenters and the Boys and Girls Club attendees enjoying spending time with, and learning from, each other. Innerspace Electronics plans to hold a fund raiser this spring to collect money for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester.
“The Boys and Girls Club is an amazing, life changing organization where 100% of the high school seniors go on to college or technical schools,” said Ms. Reiner. “Not only that, but they also serve 80,000 meals a year so children don’t go hungry, and they teach over 1,000 children a year to swim – which is really important when you consider that the number one cause of death in children under six is drowning. We hope everyone joins us in supporting this important organization.”
As custom AV integrators, it’s not always about just selling a product. Many times it comes down to educating potential and existing clients about the pros and cons of the most current technologies available. Click on the link below to see the latest article written by Andrea Reiner for Technology Insider Group.
We Are Educators
On Thursday, May 4th Innerspace Electronics took part in the To The Trade Only Market Day at the Wakefield Design Center in Stamford, CT. The day featured presentations, networking and delicious refreshments.
The day started with a presentation entitled The Enduring Legacy of Midcentury Design by Michael Berman. Mr. Berman discussed the history of design in California and the mid-century influences that inspired architecture and furniture trends that remain today. He discussed how his own designs were influenced by the car industry after spending his childhood in Detroit, MI.
The next presentation It’s all in the Mix by Meg Braff discussed using different elements of design to create unique spaces that showcase how traditional and modern design can truly complement one another. A book signing followed her presentation.
The last presentation was by the Editor-in-Chief of Veranda, Clinton Smith, who presented Veranda Entertaining, an A-Z guide on the art and allure of elegant entertaining. A book signing followed his presentation as well.
As a sponsor, Andrea Reiner presented on who Innerspace Electronics is, what we do and how we hope to help the design world incorporate our technology into their designs. We had our motorized window treatment fabrics on display along with some high-end light fixtures for all attendees to see.
Each year CE Pro puts together a list of the nation’s top 100 custom installation companies. Innerspace Electronics, Inc. is once again proud to be included on that list. This year the company ranks number 31, a 9 spot jump from last year’s 40th position.
The article points out that the custom installation market is seeing increased revenues across the board. Consumer confidence just hit a plateau not seen in 16 years. New home construction is at its highest level since 2007. The “Trump Bump” in the stock market and his proposed tax reform has the market salivating over the potential for even more expendable income in consumers’ pockets, along with potential tax breaks for businesses. Home remodeling spending is moving along at 6.7% growth and Millennials are now purchasing homes and one in three homeowners plans to install home automation in the next 12 months. All of these factors have created an overall growth in the industry of 24%.
For more on the trends in the industry and other factors that have led to the immense growth over the past year, check out the full article at CE Pro Top 100
Barry & Andrea represented Innerspace Electronics, Inc. at the annual HTSA Spring Conference. This year it was held in beautiful San Diego, CA. Vendors and integrators from all over the country came to share ideas and learn more about new products, technologies and industry happenings. Below is the link to the full recap of the three day conference.
HTSA Spring Conference Recap
CE Pro Editors · December 1, 2016
Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, has elected two new members to its Board of Directors, including the first woman ever to sit on the board.
The new directors, Andrea Reiner of Innerspace Electronics and Terence Murray of Audiovisions, will assume their new role on the HTSA Board beginning January 2017. They will replace outgoing directors Jim Richards, of Future Home Systems and Design, and Navot Shoresh, of Spire Integrated Systems.
In addition to her duties in managing the financial and administration departments of Innerspace Electronics, Reiner brings an extensive background in sales and marketing to the HTSA Board.