40 Under 40 2013 Profiles: Al-Saadi, Berry, Chiou, Clark, Cohen, Dickerson, DiTullo, Fleury
Don Fleury, 39, President, Creative Car
Audio, Springfield, Mo.
Background: Grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas, and now lives in Nixon, Mo.
Career: Twenty-two years in the industry. Fleury oversees the marketing team and purchasing.
Industry Accomplishments: Winning host of top awards from Mobile Electronics magazine.
Awards: Voted Top Ten 12 Volt Retailers by AudioVideo International magazine for 1999 & 2000; Top 12 Retailer of the Year by Mobile Electronics magazine 2004-5, 2005-6, and 2008-9; 2008 MECP Award in recognition of supporting Mobile Electronics Certification program; XM Radio Top 50 Retailers Central Region; Kicker Dealer of the year for 2006, 2007, and 2008; JL Audio Signature Dealer for 2008 and 2009
What you like best about your job: “It’s a good fit for my personality: It’s something that mixes technology, music and automobiles all under one umbrella.”
What you like least: “As far as the industry goes, I’d like to see more open-mindedness about product solutions. I’d like to see faster adoption of new technologies in our field.
Favorite pastime: Guitars. And I’m also a boat enthusiastic; I have a 27-foot Formula 1 I used to put on the lake every weekend, until our family exploded. But our boys are getting old enough now that we’re going to start taking it out again.”
Last book read: “I just finished the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz; I got them on Audible. I’m on the road quite a bit, so Audible’s a great investment.”
Favorite movie: “Less Than Zero”
Best concert: The Page & Plant tour. “It was a really cool concert … but I think the Chili Peppers were probably the most fun to see.”
Favorite CE product of the year: I’d say just the integration of the Apple products over the past couple years—integrating them with phones. [Creative Car Audio is] actually just starting to integrate Apple TVs into cars.
If you could be anyplace else right now, it would be: I’d be in the British Virgin Islands on the beach.