40 Under 40: Ramirez, Simcha, Sonntag, Szymczak, Todd, Tseng, Vosika,Weller
Mike Szymczak, 29, CEO, Co-Founder OrigAudio, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Higher Education: Illinois State University, Normal, Ill., Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology,
Background: Grew up in Chicago and now lives in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Career: In the industry for three years. Develops and brings new products to market; expands the brand globally.
Industry Accomplishments: Being named in TIME magazine’s Top 50 Inventions of the Year 2009; Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, by Entrepreneur magazine
What you like best about your job: “Every day I walk through the door, you never know what could happen. I also really enjoy the fact that my products are providing people all over the world with a great music listening experience.”
What you like least: “The long hours it takes to run a successful business. Another dislike is how easy it is these days to have a great idea and product copied and into the market as fast as it is.”
Favorite pastime: “I love nothing more than exploring new places and get excited at the thought of every trip, whether it be somewhere for the 15th time or brand new.”
Last book read: “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts
Favorite Movie: “The Shawshank Redemption”
Best Concert: Jimmy Buffet
Favorite CE product of the year: “This past year I really like how Samsung challenged the Goliath (Apple) with the new phones.”
If you could be anyplace else right now, it would be: “Thailand; doing fishing and boating charters for tourists.”
Charles Todd, 36, Director of Special Project Services, World Wide Stereo, Hatfield, Pa.