Dealerscope 2019 Hall of Fame: Joe Clayton, DISH Network
In Las Vegas, the land of the showman, Joseph P. “Joe” Clayton, who died in November at 69, was an undisputed headliner – a towering figure at so many Consumer Electronics Shows for so many seminal product introductions. There are few who would disagree about his leadership role in ushering into the collective consciousness technologies and formats whose market presence, now taken for granted, have helped to shape how the public accesses and enjoys home and mobile entertainment in their everyday lives.
His 40-plus-year industry career spanned tenures at a roster of companies where he spurred innovation in the development and promotion of CE products, telecommunications, satellite radio and satellite TV broadcasting.
A native of Louisville, Ky. and the son of a liquor store owner in nearby Bardstown, Clayton never strayed far from his roots, attending Louisville’s Bellarmine University through college and attaining an MBA in 1973 from Indiana University.