Dealerscope 2019 Hall of Fame: John Potts, Peerless-AV
John Potts, who joined Peerless Industries in 1995 and was appointed president when the company was renamed Peerless-AV in 2012, has been instrumental in its evolution from its legacy business as an A/V mount manufacturer into a global technology company and an integrated solutions provider. He has played pivotal roles all along the evolutionary path, including having a hand in the growth of the company from under 100 employees to over 500. Potts was also involved in overseeing three moves that have tripled the company’s combined headquarters/plant space to 320,000 square feet.
Potts came to Peerless-AV after working for a tool-and-die maker for injection molding – a fascinating career transition and one, he said, that was stimulated by an interest “in running a manufacturing company that was a leader in its industry and one that drives innovation. As the originator of the TV mount, and pioneering almost every major mounting innovation since then, Peerless-AV fit the profile of the type of company I wanted to join when leaving my previous employer.”
He started at Peerless-AV as a paint line supervisor, right about the time he identifies as “the beginning of when the average consumer started to realize significant benefits from mounting the units to walls and ceilings. I was lucky to see explosive growth in technology and be one of the enthusiasts in the organization to evolve us into an innovator in technology.” Those innovations, to name just a few, included manufacturing the first-ever plasma TV mount to creating the first-ever IP68 large-format display.