Changing Television for Everyone
By Grant Clauser
To be selected into Dealerscope's Hall of Fame means the inductee(s) has made a significant impact on the electronics industry, either in the development of technology, industry prowess, foresight or perseverance. The team of Charlie Ergen and Jim DeFranco, the two men behind EchoStar, exhibit all those qualities and, in their careers, have changed the electronics and television industries forever.
The history of Ergen and DeFranco is inseparable from the history of EchoStar, the company they built together, along with Candy Ergen. This year EchoStar is celebrating its 20th anniversary.