2011 Hall of Fame: Leon Temiz, CEO of Electronics Expo
Leon Temiz delights in a modest duel with the house every now and again at the Vegas blackjack tables during CES. "I enjoy it, even when I'm not winning," he explained. "My attitude is, when you gamble, whether you lose or win, have fun."
If the results of his endeavors at the tales are occasionally mixed, there has been nothing mixed about his results since he left a thriving 6th Avenue Electronics in 2003 to establish Electronics Expo in New Jersey. Since then, Temiz, the company's CEO and president, has grown the franchise into an eight-store chain with 215 employees and revenue that of more than $153 million in 2009 and an expected $165 million by the end of 2010.
"We are a profitable company," Temiz said. "Our comp-store business is up for 2010, and our goal is to do over $200 million in 2011."
Temiz prides himself on having been involved in building two CE retailing companies in the New York metropolitan area. "At the same time so many people came and went," he said. "But here we are, still standing, and competing with the nationals."