40 Under 40: Ramirez, Simcha, Sonntag, Szymczak, Todd, Tseng, Vosika,WellerJune 24, 2013
Carlos Ramirez, 38, owner of NVS AUDIO , Linden ,N.J.
Background: Grew up in Belleville, N.J., and now lives in Elizabeth, N.J.
Higher Education: HoHoKus RETS Institute of Technology, Nutley N.J., Associates Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology
Career: Twenty years in the industry. Ramirez is owner, head fabricator and director of sales.
Industry accomplishments: One of the only Mobile Electronic Certified Professional (MECP) Master certified technicians in New Jersey. Voted Top 100 installer in the United States two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Many of his builds have been featured in major magazines.
What you like best about your job: “Building cool high-tech cars and integrating technology in a way people have never seen before.”
What you like least: “Being limited by the customer’s budget.”
Favorite pastime: Attending car shows.
Last book read: “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
Favorite movie: “The Game”
Best concert: The Eagles
Favorite CE product of the year: iPad mini and the Kenwood Excelon DDN990HD
If you could be anyplace else right now, it would be: “California, so I could do what I love all year round.”
Shai Simcha, 39, Owner and Buyer at Gadget Circuit, Somerset, N.J.
Background: Moved from Israel to Franklin Lakes, N.J., at 14 and now lives in Highland Park, N.J.
Higher education: Ryder University, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Industry accomplishments: Started a new company with direct relationships with over 40 vendors. Monster Buyer of the Year.
What you like best about your job: “The challenge of the business and new opportunities.”
What you like least: “The challenge of competing with national retailers.”
Favorite pastime: Fishing
Last book read: “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose” by Tony Hsieh
Favorite movie: “Pirates of the Caribbean”
Best concert: Pink Floyd
Favorite CE product of the year: Google Glass
Mike Sonntag, 27, Director of Business Development, Dana Innovations, San Clemente, Calif.
Background: Grew up and lives in Orange County, Calif.
Career: With 11 years in the CE industry, Sontag is responsible for selling Dana Innovations’ products into new markets.
Industry accomplishments: Helping to develop the Magnolia Design Center Concept for Best Buy.
Awards: Presidents Club for Magnolia Audio Video. Best Buy Achievers Award winner six times. Brad Anderson Legacy Award.
What you like best about your job: The ability to meet great people from all over the world and gain insight from each of them.