LEN WALLIS HONOURED BY HIS PEERS
Len Wallis, owner of Len Wallis Audio Australia’s most iconic hi-fi stores has been inducted to the CEDIA fellows programs.
The prestigious award is given by CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design And Installation Association) to long-time members and volunteers who have made a substantial contribution to the association’s success.
Two other members received the honour at this year’s CEDIA 2017 and these were David Graham MD of London’s Graham Hi-Fi and Julie Jacobson, co-founder of EH Media.
A typically gracious and most humble Len Wallis spoke to StereoNET from America today after accepting the fellowship from CEDIA.
It is an acknowledgement of contribution to the industry and the organisation, (I think). It was a great night, and I was really flattered and honoured. Len Wallis Audio has benefited a great deal from our association with CEDIA, so to receive this type of recognition was somewhat surreal and unexpected,
CEDIA has a global reputation for excellence and in concert with CEDIA Australia has helped raise the skill level and quality of work undertaken by Australian audio-video professionals.
CEDIA Chairman, Dennis Erskine acknowledged the three recipients praising them for their generosity and time, stating:
These CEDIA members have had a profound impact on our association, and we are incredibly thankful for their dedication, generosity of time and knowledge, and significant contributions to the association,
Len Wallis has a distinguished career in Australia’s audio industry whilst simultaneously earning an enviable reputation internationally for the quality and originality of his company’s custom installation, home automation and integration systems.
Len Wallis Audio custom installations designed for consumers in many overseas countries, feature regularly in global magazines for their excellence and aesthetics.
Len has spent his working life in audio, starting as a salesperson for MS Sound in 1970. He opened Len Wallis Audio (LWA) in 1978 as a one-man show, and is still very involved in the daily management of the company.
Len Wallis is one of CEDIA’s inaugural Australian members and was a founding member of the association here in 1995.
He went on to serve on the board for many years and served as CEDIA Australia’s chairman twice. He has also volunteered his services as a presenter at many CEDIA expos.
Len Wallis Audio’s work and reputation was acknowledged by CEDIA in the US when it gave the business a “Dealer Of The Year Award’’ in 2001. Significantly this was the first time a company outside of the U.S. received this award.
The same year, Len received the prestigious CEDIA Lifetime Award. Len Wallis Audio projects have gone on to accrue more than 35 local CEDIA Awards.
StereoNET wishes to extend our congratulations also to Len, an asset to the Australian audio-video industry.
For more information visit Len Wallis Audio.
One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.