The members of The Thoughtful Home by Joe Whitaker Designs are made up of the brightest minds in Technology and Business. The combination of technology knowledge, organization, process, management, and business operations allow The Thoughtful Home to provide solutions that encompass the end users needs in a budget threshold and time managed fashion unmatched in the industry. The Thoughtful Home offers full home automation, smart home design and installation, intelligent lighting control and comfort solutions, home theater, outdoor entertainment, multi-room audio and video, security and safety options, Hi-Res audio,pre-wire, central-vac and even pool and spa controls.

Joe Whitaker

Founder/President The Thoughtful Home by JWhitaker Designs
Founder/President JWhitaker Designs LLC.
CEDIA Board of Directors / Director
Contributor CePro Magazine, Electronic House Magazine
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On Twitter at @joe_tech_guru

Joe Whitaker has almost two decades of experience in Custom Systems Integration and Design and is one of the most proactive members of the Control4 community. Among the first to be certified by Control4 in Texas, Joe continues to design and implement amazing solutions while contributing to the consumer knowledge base. With Hundreds of installations under his belt in over 25 states in the U.S. Joe has continued to take his well designed and remotely manageable products to happy clients across the country. Joe has also helped in product development, creation, and preproduction testing with top manufacturers like Sony, Platinum Tools, Sanus, Nyne, Stealth Acoustics, Simply Reliable, VANCO and many more. Joe Whitaker is an award winning inventor and designer of products more commonly known as “The Unstoppable Geek”.

Beyond developing many custom tools to assist in custom installations,custom rack building, and video and audio products that benefit the integrator as well as consumer, he is a regular contributor of news, product reviews and tutorials at EH Publishing, CE Pro Magazine, Electronic House Magazine, and Commercial Integrator Magazine.

Not only has Joe had his hand in products and technology he has consulted for many companies in the tech sector on business and logistical operations to help boost operational efficiency. Joe has taken these strategies to many companies to create a better experience for the home owner and end user. These strategies both in technology and business have been deployed in businesses from the small AV company to Multinational Enterprise Corporations.

Helping to support the industry is a key goal for Joe. Not only has he volunteered for many technology speaking panels and held classes and seminars, Joe is also a member of the CEDIA Board of Directors. As a Director his mission is simple, focus on the future of the CEDIA Industry and it’s members.

Notable Achievements

  • 2011 CEDIA Board of Directors Nominee
  • Member of the Inaugural CEDIA Blog Mob 2012
  • Judge for CE Pro Best Products of the Year 2012 to Present
  • Judge for Electronic House Magazine Best Products of the Year 2012 to Present
  • 2013 CEDIA Board of Directors Nominee
  • Inventor of Vanco HDBASET over Existing HDMI (CePro Best Product of the Year Winner 2013)
  • Inventor of VANCO No Tools Needed Quick Install Speaker
  • Elected to CEDIA Board of Directors 2013
  • Awarded Most Influential 40 under 40 by Commercial Integrator Magazine 2015
  • Inventor VANCO MusicLife Concealer 2015 (CePro Best Product of the Year Winner 2015)
  • ReElected to CEDIA Board of Directors 2015 / CEDIA Governance Committee 2015
  • TecHomeX People You Should Know (2015)

Steve Sigel

Steve brings over 20 years of business operations experience to The Thoughtful Home. He is a serial entrepreneur and successfully started and ran several businesses. Always interested in the newest technology, Steve jumped at the chance to become a part of The Thoughtful Home team. In his first year with The Thoughtful Home, Steve has become Tech I and Tech II certified with Control4, ESC certified with CEDIA and several other manufacturer certifications. When Steve is not working or running his two daughters to softball or soccer, he enjoys fishing, listening to music and watching movies with his family.

What Others Are Saying


eric-smithEric Smith
Founder Control4
“Joe is an amazing technologist and communicator. I feel privileged to call him a friend, and will always be grateful for the way he is as an integrator and writer helped to my company successful. I believe Joe can be great at anything he puts his mind to.”

trent-mulliganTrent Mulligan
VP of Sales at Just Add Power
“Joe is a highly skilled professional with a wide array of talents in the custom electronics/installation industry. In addition, his industry related freelance journalism pieces were some of the most helpful and respected works in print.”

joseph-stormJoseph Storm
CEO at Fusion Research
“I have had the good fortune of working with Joe on some joint projects between our companies. Joe’s attention to detail and good communication skills make working with him very production and efficient.”

jeff-oakesJeff Oakes
Director of Sales DTools
“I have worked with Joe for several years and he is extremely passionate about his work and taking care of clients. He is always full of energy, proactive, and the kind of person everyone wants on their team. You can always count on Joe to get the job done — and done right the first time.”

luke-grantLuke Grant
VP of Marketing at
“Joe is an enthusiastic thought leader when it comes to consumer electronics – specifically the AV market for professionals and advanced users. Joe has an engaging style of doing business, and his knowledge of the technology – and their markets – is impressive.”

ray-hartjenRay Hartjen
Director, Content Marketing and Public Relations at RetailNext
“Joe is a consummate professional and an unquestioned expert in the custom install industry. I have worked with Joe in a variety of manner over the past few years, including soliciting his feedback and input as a beta tester for new home entertainment products and as a reviewer of both custom install products and complete entertainment ecosystems. Joe is a respected leader in the industry, and his thought leadership is very influential in my go-to-market strategies.”

david-schaninDavid Schanin
CEO HydraConnect
“Joe is a very experienced CI technical professional with deep industry contacts. His broad range of experience is invaluable to HydraConnect and I am sure to his clients and customers.”

ben-khoshabehBen Khoshabeh
“Joe was one of the most professional folks Ive ever dealt with and I’ve always had a pleasure dealing with him either over the phone or in person. His knowledge and discipline has made a phenomenal character called Joe Whitaker!”

bob-archerBob Archer
senior editor at CE Pro magazine
“Joe, is an energetic, passionate member of the consumer electronics industry that brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the table. Working with Joe in an editor/contributing writer role, I found Joe to be responsive to the guidelines I provided, which included important tasks such as meeting deadlines and following format criteria.”

petro-shimonishiPetro Shimonishi
Global Director of Brand / Product Management, MBA
“Joe is a very creative and intelligent entrepreneur that has a passion for learning new things. He has a brilliant capability for quickly understanding complex technologies, developing ways to leverage technology to provide value to the end user and communicating the benefits to consumers in an easy to understand manner. He also has a great sense of humor, which makes working with him extremely enjoyable.”

jay-juarezJay Juarez
A/V Installation Manager at Builder Security Group (BSG)
“Joe epitomizes the concept of “thinking outside the box” on multiple levels. He is a keen listener and quickly understands what the real issues are and what it will take to achieve a solution. His personality is open and high energy, that quickly spreads to people he works with. Over the years, I have seen Joe’s success multiply exponentially and know that he still has more to come. Joe would be an asset to any project you need help with.”