40 Under 40 2013 Profiles: Al-Saadi, Berry, Chiou, Clark, Cohen, Dickerson, DiTullo, Fleury
Sami Al-Saadi, 39, Vice President, Progressive Automated Distributing. Key Account Manager, The Progressive Group, Grand Rapids, Mich. Digital Delivery Group Board of Directors member.
Background: Grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and now lives in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Career: Twenty-four years in the industry. Al-Saadi manages dealers and staff and forges relationships.
Industry accomplishments and awards: Multiple nominations for Monster Cable Rep of the Year
What you like best about your job: “Interfacing with dealers and manufacturers. Perspective is the key to life, and being able to present the best solutions for both.”
What you like least: Overhead
Favorite pastime: Cooking, music, wine, two-channel audio
Last book read: “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” by Gary Shapiro
Favorite movie: “Pulp Fiction”
Best concert: Pearl Jam’s Versus tour.
Favorite CE product of the year: “JVC DLAX55. It never ceases to amaze me how good projectors have become, but this one really takes the cake. I haven’t ever seen anything look this good for $5,000.
If you could be anyplace else right now, it would be: “Running a winery in Napa, Calif., and employing a personal chef.”
Nick Berry, 29, Director of Sales, Soundcast, San Diego, Calif.
Background: Grew up in Las Vegas, Nev., and now lives in San Diego, Calif.
Higher education: B.S. in Business Administration Entrepreneurship and MBA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Career: Five years in the industry. Berry works the Soundcast’s executive team to set strategy. He also manages the direct sales team, sales reps, territories and retail accounts.
Industry Accomplishments: I was the project manager on the Henderson North Community Police Station, the first LEED certified building in Henderson, Nev. This project had some very cool technology, including photovoltaic panels on the carports for solar power, and a building automation and security system centrally controlled from the City Maintenance Building.
What you like best about your job: “The ability to plan the go-to-market strategy of new products and brands and creating value to our customers.”
Favorite pastime: Running, and listening to live music
Last book read: “Haha! I’m in a Masters program, so pleasure reading is out the window. Lots of Harvard case studies and texts books. All-time favorite is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
Best concert: Rage against the Machine and Muse at the L.A. Coliseum
Favorite CE product of the year: “The MZC from SpeakerCraft. Distributing audio the way they did before wireless audio was accepted is very powerful.”
If you could be anyplace else right now, it would be: “In Maui with my fiancée and step-daughter, playing golf and watching them play on the beach.”