40 Under 40: Ramirez, Simcha, Sonntag, Szymczak, Todd, Tseng, Vosika,Weller
Stephen Weller, 31, Director of Product Management at
Newegg.com, City of Industry, Calif.
Background: Grew up in Newport Beach, Calif., and now lives in San Dimas, Calif.
Higher education: Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Career: Ten years in the industry. Weller is responsible for providing leadership and strategy at a category level in order for the company to achieve goals as well as providing guidance, training, support and overseeing multiple category managers. Other duties include strategic direction and accomplishment of sales and margin goals, including ongoing success of product through the entire lifecycle. He currently oversees the video cards, professional video, PC audio, professional audio, input/output, home automation and UPS categories.
Industry accomplishments: “In less than two years, I have moved up the ranks at Newegg from merchandiser to senior category manager to director of product management over seven categories. I currently oversee one of Newegg’s top selling product categories, video cards, which we are the largest channel reseller of in the world. I helped change the way video cards are sold in North America with a new merchandising tactic. We saw double-digit growth in the average selling price by bundling video games to the sale of video cards.”
Awards: 2004 Top Salesman Fry’s Electronics; 2006 Best Department Manager Fry’s Electronics; 2012 Eggie Award for Best Merchandising Campaign Newegg; 2013 Eggie Award for Best Merchandising Campaign
What you like best about your job: “I enjoy watching my team flourish and excel while being able to make decisions that impact the entire company.”
What you like least: “Having to decide what my new favorite product is almost every week.”
Favorite pastime: “I have an elaborate collection of 30-plus-year-old PCs.”
Last book read: “The End of Business as Usual” by Brian Solis
Favorite movie: “The Boondock Saints”
Best concert: Daft Punk at Coachella 2006
Favorite CE product of the year: “NVIDIA Shield, because it’s going to change the way we play video games.”
If you could be anyplace else right now, it would be: “Backpacking through the Galápagos Islands.” DS