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Linda Rigano, Director, Corporate Communications
Rockleigh, NJ, November 30, 2015 – Crestron, the industry’s leading manufacturer of control and automation systems recently announced that its founder, George Feldstein has been inducted into the Consumer Technology Association’s 16th annual Hall of Fame.
The CE (formerly known as Consumer Electronics) Hall of Fame was created in 2000 to honor inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs who have paved the way for the products and services that are changing the way we live. The Hall of Fame specifically honors those leaders whose creativity, persistence, determination and sheer personal charisma helped to shape the $285 billion dollar industry.
Crestron’s current Chairman and son of George Feldstein, Dan Feldstein, accepted the award on his father’s behalf at the association’s annual conference held Monday, November 9th at Gotham Hall in New York City. “When he started Crestron, his immediate goal was to provide for his family, but his dream, and ultimate accomplishment, was to create an environment where free thinking and open ideas would allow us to make the best products imaginable and to serve our customers and our industry in the best way possible,” said Mr. Feldstein.
The idea of the modern connected home with integrated system controls for audio and video distribution, lighting, HVAC, home theater systems, intercom and video security was first conceived and brought to market by the vivid imagination of George Feldstein who started the company in the basement of his home in Cresskill, NJ.
Feldstein was born in lower Manhattan near Houston Street, where his father worked as a sewing machine operator. He attended New York City public schools and displayed a rare engineering aptitude. When he was 12, he acquired a "ham" amateur radio license and was building transistorized amplifiers, and at 15 he won a citywide physics competition. At NYU, Feldstein earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering.
In May 1975, Feldstein incorporated under the name Crestron Electronics. What turned the corner for Feldstein's business was a remote to control 35mm slide projectors and window drapes for conference rooms. This success was followed by other audio, video and lighting switches and controls. In 1980 Feldstein built Crestron's first building in Cresskill, NJ.
Soon Crestron's systems were installed in Microsoft, the penthouse of Trump Tower, nearly all of the Ivy League schools and even the Pentagon Situation Room. In 1997 Feldstein moved the company to its current headquarters in Rockleigh, NJ, and purchased a few more buildings in the complex for a state-of-the-art Research Center to house 400-plus engineers. In 2009, Crestron opened its 8,000-square-foot "Experience Center" in New Jersey. This showcase, open to Crestron dealers and partners by appointment only, includes a reception area, a multimedia presentation room, a digital boardroom, the Theo Kalomirakis Home Theater and a technology design studio which showcases the various models, colors and finishes of Crestron’s product portfolio. Crestron soon opened several other Experience Centers and Design Showrooms in the top design centers across the world to showcase its residential solutions.
Feldstein handed over his position as CEO to long-time Vice President Randy Klein in March 2014. Today, there are 3,000 employees worldwide, with 91 offices around the globe and more than 15,000 independent partners and dealers. Before he passed away in November 2014, Feldstein secured over 70 patents – mostly based on Crestron products, but including everything from medical equipment to bike chain cleaners.
At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for buildings and homes let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as A/V, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. In addition to its world headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.