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Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame Inducts Eleven Luminaries(October 21, 2005)
Eleven giants of the consumer electronics industry entered the prestigious Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, joining 87 members inducted since 2000. They were honored at a special dinner and awards ceremony held earlier this week during the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) annual Industry Forum in Las Vegas.
"These movers and shakers have developed, promoted and merchandized consumer technologies and products that let consumers enjoy entertainment, connect to information and communicate with family and friends," said Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO.
The Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, Class of 2005 includes:
-- Ken Crane, known as the grand old man of retailing in southern California, started his first television business in 1948 and helped develop the concept of single-line retailing in the 1950s with Ken Crane's Magnavox City. Currently, Ken Crane's embraces the high-end of new technology and was among the first to sell HDTV and flat panel technology. His family currently operates Ken Crane's stores in California.
-- Joseph Donahue spent 43 years at RCA, starting as an engineer and rising to CEO. He invented the "slurry process" still in use today to produce picture tubes and oversaw the development of the Dimensia system, one of the first interconnected video products. In 1989 he began to focus on the development of the HDTV standard and was a leader in the Grand Alliance, which produced the HDTV standard adopted by the FCC.
-- Harry Elias spent 37 years at JVC Company of America and built it into a $1.5 billion company with fewer than 300 employees. He is a past chairman of CEA's Video Division and past member of CEA's Board of Directors. In January 2005, he joined AKAI USA as chairman of the board and also serves on the Board of Directors for Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc.
-- George Fezell implemented Magnavox's innovative factory-direct business model in the 1950s and became president of the company's consumer electronics division in 1968. A past member of the Electronics Industries Alliance's Board of Governors, he was instrumental in the formation of the Consumer Electronics Division, the predecessor of CEA. -- Saul Gold served as the executive director of the North American Retailers Association for 30 years and was largely responsible for making the retailer buying group a respected force in the consumer electronics industry. Under his direction, regional retailers came together and competed on a national level with big box national retailers.
-- Art Levis, a consumer electronics journalist and writer for more than 20 years, started reporting for Merchandising Week in 1968 and eventually became an editor at Consumer Electronics Monthly and the editor-in-chief of Video Magazine. He received numerous awards including the 1984 Jesse H. Neal Award for editorial achievement and the American Business Press Excellence Award in 1988. In 1991, he was posthumously inducted into the Video Hall of Fame for preeminent video journalism.
-- Jack Luskin, a Baltimore/Washington/Virginia area retailer for nearly 50 years, opened his first store in 1948 becoming one of the nation's first TV dealers. He has spent 15 years as the commissioner of the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission and was the vice president of NATM, the retail buying group.
-- Masaharu Matsushita joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. as an auditor in 1940 and steadily moved up the ranks to president then chairman of the board. Under his leadership, the company, best known for its Panasonic Brand, became the largest consumer electronics company in the world.
-- William Hewlett and David Packard, the fathers of Silicon Valley, launched what is now the world's largest personal computer company from a California garage in 1939. Aside from HP, Packard served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969-71 and was a co-founder and past chairman of the American Electronics Association. Hewlett was awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor in 1983.
-- John Winegard, an inventor and entrepreneur who developed the rooftop television antenna, incorporated the Winegard Company in 1953. Winegard became the prototype for consumer electronics accessory businesses and is still a major supplier of K-band antennas and mobile satellite systems worldwide. During his life, Winegard was granted 28 patents and designed communications amplifiers for NASA for which he was recognized for his contribution to the Apollo space missions.
"We are proud to recognize industry leaders whose innovation, vision and determination have enhanced and simplified consumers' lives," Shapiro added.
One of the winners, Harry Elias, attributed his success to "the three P's - people, product and performance" and paid tribute to his colleagues at JVC and the staff of The Consumer Electronics Association. Another winner, Joseph Donahue exclaimed that "this award is fantastic; it will stand next to my Emmy!"
For more information on the CE Hall of Fame visit www.CE.org/Events/Awards.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $121 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.
CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. UPCOMING EVENTS -- EHX Fall 2005 November 7-11, 2005, Anaheim, CA -- CES New York Press Preview November 15, 2005, New York, NY -- CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of CES January 3, 2006, Las Vegas, NV -- 2006 International CES January 5-8, 2006, Las Vegas, NV -- Winter Summit 2006 March 2-4, 2006, Vail, CO -- CEA 2006 Winter Technology and Standards Forum March 6-10, 2006, Clearwater Beach, FL -- CEA Spring Break March 14-17, 2006, Washington, DC -- 2006 PARA Conference May 3-7, 2006, Hilton Head, SC -- 2006 Consumer Electronics CEO Summit June 21-23, 2006, Southampton, Bermuda -- 2006 SINOCES July 7-10, 2006, Qingdao, China
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