Dealerscope 2019 40 Under 40: Margie Meyers, Control4
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Name: Margie (Duffy) Meyers
Job Title: Sr. Product Manager, Interaction Devices
Years in the Industry: 11
Major Accomplishments that you’re proud of: Since joining Control4 last year, I’ve worked to reinstate the influence of high-end product design by educating those within the company on the look and feel of next-level products. Another major accomplishment was our acquisition of NEEO earlier this year. Not only did the acquisition itself go very well, but the integration of the two teams has been seamless. I’m proud to have been a part of that.
What do you like best about your job?: I love the complexity involved in making products. I enjoy learning about what my customers want by having conversations with them in their homes. This provides a powerful reality check on what is important to them. I live and breathe my product daily while they only use it a few times a day and don’t think about it unless it isn’t working. Overall, I really love the people, and being able to do what I’m most passionate about – designing products.
What do you like least about your job?: It’s a global industry so on an average day I work with people in Europe, China, and the US. Managing the different time zones is probably the least enjoyable part of my job.
Favorite hobby: I enjoy traveling, backpacking, and hiking. I wish I had more time for it, but when I’m not on a job, I’ve been known to spontaneously spend a month backpacking in Europe. I love seeing the world.
Last book you read: Playing Big, by Tara Mohr. I highly recommend it for all women leaders.
Who is your hero and why?: Liz Wiseman, who is a NYT best-selling author, software executive, amazing wife and mother of four phenomenal children plus she takes time mentor random women she meets at talks ie: me! If I can follow in her footsteps to a tiny degree I’ll be a success.
Favorite consumer tech device: I’m in love with a new camera for conference calls, “The Meeting Owl”, it provides a full view of all participants in the conference room and hones in on the person talking. It also looks like an Owl and is adorable.
What you’d be doing if you weren’t in tech: If I didn’t work in this particular industry, I’d still be a product manager, but for a company that designs really cool toys for kids.
What’s the biggest problem the industry faces today, and how would you fix it?: A major problem with the CE industry today is the misconception of DIY smart home devices for convenience. The reality is that as consumer awareness strengthens homeowners are filling their homes with various DIY connected devices, and they are finding that they’re actually creating a more complex ecosystem for themselves. The accumulation of all the DIY devices in the home, which work independently and need to be configured and updated regularly, is actually leading to complications and time consumption, rather than convenience.
What’s your outlook for the CE industry for the next five years?: People are starting to make a conscious effort to limit their screen time which leads me to believe that actively managed technology will start to struggle in the years to come. Technology that doesn’t require active management, it just works in the background, knows your preferences, and executes without consumer involvement, is really going to thrive. The CE industry also needs to focus on AI that manages people’s worlds for them. That’s going to be an important place for us to play.