Dealerscope 2019 40 Under 40: Joe Feregrino, Nebraska Furniture Mart
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Name: Joe Feregrino
Job Title: Electronics Buyer – Home Audio & Portable Audio
Company: Nebraska Furniture Mart
Years in the Industry: 13
Major Accomplishments that you’re proud of: Being a part of the Audio Committee for ProSource and working with our vendor partners on bringing new items to market has been very rewarding. I really enjoy collaborating with vendors to create one-of-a-kind, world class store-in-store shopping experiences for NFM. This includes our latest showrooms from Bose and Sonos as well as developing our new Premium Audio experience from the ground up. I am very proud, and grateful, to have been a nominee in Dealerscope’s “40 under 40,” in 2014 and again this year. Thank you to my peers that nominated me!
What do you like best about your job?: I really enjoy the relationships I have formed working with a very talented group of NFM teammates as well as the training and mentoring from my management team. There also are so many great vendor partners that share my passion for the Audio industry. Seeing the success we have had collaborating on new products, marketing plans and merchandising gives me great satisfaction. Together, we help customers improve their lifestyle and that’s really what it is all about.
Favorite hobby: Nebraska Football! I also enjoy listening to live music and attending concerts.
Favorite consumer tech device: The entire headphone category has always been a favorite of mine. There always seems to be affordable new technology available. Noise canceling technology has improved greatly and true wireless is the latest exciting innovation for consumers.
What’s your outlook for the CE industry for the next five years?: There are so many emerging categories for CE to continue to get healthier and thrive. We are just beginning to see what Artificial Intelligence can bring to so many different products. Smart home and Bluetooth technology continues to improve and there are untapped opportunities in the health and wellness category. Audio will always create a very emotional connection for so many people and consumers will continually demand more products to meet the needs of their ever-changing lifestyles.