Dealerscope 40 Under 40 Profiles: Iacovelli, Ivey, King, Lake, LaPorte, LeBeau, Leo, McMaster
(This is the latest in our series of complete profiles of Dealerscope's 2014 40 Under 40. For the full list, stay tuned on Dealerscope.com this week and next, or check out our June issue)
Christian Marco Iacovelli, 22, President, A-Audio Headphones, Inc., Miami, Fla.
Twitter Handle: @aaudioheadphone
Background: Grew up in Miami; now lives in Miami.
Higher Education: Babson College, Wellesley, Mass. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Years in Industry: 3
Brief Description of Role: Founder and President.
Main Industry Accomplishments and Why Important to Company/Industry; Proudest Achievement: Conceptualized, designed and manufactured a line of premium active-noise-cancelling headphones and earphones, which flaunt a unique three-stage technology. Infusing avant-garde designs with state-of-the-art materials to build an innovative and truly unique line of headphones and earphones in an industry filled with many like products.
What I Like Best About My Job: The ability I have to express my creative and entrepreneurial talents by developing new products and releasing them into the market.
What I Like Least About My Job: Playing within my job description. I love to get involved in every aspect of the product, even where I do not belong – like in the art or engineering department!
Johnathan Ivey, 37, Senior Vice President of Atlas Sound, a division of MiTek Communications, Phoenix, Ariz.
Twitter Handle: Johnathanivey1
Background: Grew up in Chicago, Ill.; now lives in Chandler, Ariz.
Higher Education: Studied Computer Information Systems and Business Management at Southeast Missouri State University and Arizona State University.
Years in Industry: 20+ (grew up in the industry)
Brief Description of Role: I run the daily business functions including product development, sales, marketing, setting the direction and keeping the company on track and focused on our customers.
Main Industry Accomplishments and Why Important to Company/Industry; Proudest Achievement: My proudest achievement is finding balance in my life. While for most people that means leaving work at the office. For me it meant bringing my family into the office. I am the second generation at MiTek, a privately held company, and I am working with my children to ensure that they will have the necessary tools to manage the company long after I retire. I choose to share an office with my wife at work so she fully understands when I have to skip dinner at home to jump on a conference call with Asia, etc.
Awards: MiTek/Atlas Sound has received multiple awards and recognition including Innovation awards, Inc. Magazine awards, and others. Awards are nice but my favorite form of recognition is when we are awarded patents on products that are truly revolutionary and improve the consumer experience.
What I Like Best About My Job: The partners. Our team at MiTek is like a family.
What I Like Least About My Job: I don’t like dealing with price deterioration and counterfeit products. These cheaper “knock-off” products give the entire industry a bad reputation and truly hurt the premium brand images.
Favorite Pastime/Hobby: I love racing. I have raced BMX, Jet-skis, motorcycles, ATVs, cars and am looking at getting into Baja racing. I raced in the Bob Bondurant ProSearch program at age 16. This has suited me well with my positions in the CE industry, as people passionate about vehicles are often passionate about technology. I have been on multiple boards including the CEA AED board for over a decade, the MERA board and others. I do my best to share my passion and insight.
Best Concert Ever Seen: Last year I took my wife to see Eric Clapton for her birthday. By far the best concert I’ve ever attended.
Who’s My Hero, and Why: Loyd Ivey, CEO MiTek Electronics and Communications Group. Without Loyd’s entrepreneurship, thousands of people would not have had the opportunity they had for success. His innovations and leadership are without equal and he is just getting started.
Favorite CE Product of the Year: The MTX / Margaritaville headphones. I have always been a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, and working with him on his new line of audio products has been a dream come true.
If You Could Be Anyplace Else Right Now, Where Would it Be and What Would You Be Doing? If I could be anywhere right now it would be at one of the MiTek/Atlas Sound trips we put on for dealers who support our company at the highest level. We have taken dealers to four different tropical locations and we always stay at a five-star hotel. It is a great time to share knowledge, ideas and get dealer feedback on our current products and direction. Of course, we always come back with a nice tan and a smile of our face, so it’s not all work and no play.