40 Under 40: Leone, Maniscalco, Manowitz, McRae, Monasterio, Newnam, Ngoy, O'Connell, O'Connor, Owens, PaladinoJune 6, 2011 By Dealerscope Staff
Welcome to our annual listing of 40 leaders in the CE industry who are under 40 years old. Every year we take this time to profile the young leaders who provide the energy, enthusiasm and ideas that drive this industry forward. Make sure to see the June issue of Dealerscope for the full report.
As in the past, we have reached out to retailers, vendors, distributors, buying groups and software developers to submit their best young talent. While we're familiar with many of the choices, we're delighted with some of the people who haven't been on our radar. Stay tuned throughout the next two weeks for more 40 Under 40 inductees, as well as some outtakes we've compiled from their interviews.
Roxanne Leone, 38
Marketing Manager, New Age Electronics, Carson, Calif.
Education: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Years in Industry: 7
Career History/Accomplishments: As the first marketing professional employed by New Age Electronics, Leone has brought visibility to the company, helping to position it as a national distribution partner for CE manufacturers.
Leone's role expanded with the acquisition of NAE by SYNNEX Corporation, and in 2010 she began to manage marketing initiatives for Jack of All Games. Leone's dedication and loyalty are contagious among her colleagues and she has helped make New Age Electronics a recognizable and respected brand name in the consumer electronics industry. In the three years since the acquisition, her leadership has increased marketing sales by almost 400 percent.
Leone began honing her leadership skills working as a camp counselor in the summer during college, and she also learned a thing or two about persistence from an initial rejection of her McDonalds job application as a teenager, and later with a stint as a tele-marketer.
Awards: SYNNEX 3-Year Service Award, 2011
Michael Maniscalco, 31
Co-Founder and Vice President of Technical Operations, ihiji, Austin, Texas
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech
Years in Industry: 6
Career History/Accomplishments: A dedicated educator and mentor, as well as a member of the CEDIA Tech Advisory Group, Maniscalco is also involved with CEDIA's Tech Council, whose mandate is to identify emerging trends and technologies and present related opportunities to the industry. He leads ihiji's design and systems architecture efforts, overseeing partnership programs and marketing communications and working with manufacturers, sales reps and dealers to forge ihiji's go-to-market strategy.