Dealerscope’s 2014 Hall of Fame
The entire industry owes CEA’s Karen Chupka sincere thanks for growing CES into the world’s largest trade show. The amount of marketing, education and consumer awareness generated by the show is invaluable.
Dealers of all stripes can learn a few things about growth from Murray Huppin, president of Huppin’s and OneCall.com. Driven by a willingness to embrace change, Huppin was one of the first specialty CE retailers to launch an e-commerce site. Over the years, it has not only helped the overall business grow but has provided a variety of career opportunities to people in the Spokane, Wash., area.
Klipsch’s Paul Jacobs, who set the company on a solid growth path after implementing some smart strategies in the late ‘90s, is another executive known for his tight dealer relationships.
Countless manufacturers owe Mike Mohan, president of Best Buy’s Home Business, for the merchandising and marketing efforts he’s put behind driving their products to a broader consumer base. And John Koss can be credited for helping to create a new market for one of the industry’s shining categories: headphones. Few retailers today can argue that the category is synonymous with growth.
We’re sure you will be inspired by the stories we tell on the following pages and by the people who made them possible. Here’s to a year of growth and positive change.