Dealerscope 40 Under 40 Profiles: Moon, Moreno, Muller, Nicholson, Ochs, Orsini, Posa, Rench
Michael Posa, 30, Senior Manager/Buying Group, LG Electronics, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Background: Grew up in North Hampton, N.H.; now live in Atlanta
Education: University Of South Carolina, Columbia S.C., B.A. ; Georgia State University, Atlanta Ga., MBA (to be completed in 2016)
Years in Industry: 9
Description of Role: Responsible for Buying Groups and Distribution Channel/Account Management, strategy and execution.
Industry Accomplishments/Proudest Achievements: Realigned LG to an industry-leading position in GTM strategy at key buying group partners and distributors (to improve dealer-level profitability and inventory management). Directed effective grassroots marketing and dealer training campaigns with OLED technology to penetrate the influential (and profitable) “early adopter” consumer segment. Added value to key regional independent dealer base by improving supply-chain effectiveness.
Awards: LG CE Training All Star (2007); PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (2011); LG Sales Person of the Year (2013); Georgia State Honors Society Recipient (2015)
What I Like Best About My Job: The ability to explore “white space” opportunities to grow business from the ground up
What I Like Least About My Job: The constant downward pricing pressure
Favorite Pastime/Hobby: Scuba diving
Last Book I Read: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Best Concert Ever Seen: The Rolling Stones
Favorite CE Product of the Year: The automobile (which is slowly becoming a CE product unto itself)
If You Could Be Anyplace Else Right Now, Where Would it Be and What Would You Be Doing?: Shooting an underwater film in The Galapagos
Stuart Rench, 35, CEO, ihiji, Austin, Texas
Twitter Handle: @sjrench
Background: Grew up in Houston, Texas; now live in Austin, Texas
Education: B.S. in Computer and Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta
Years in Industry: 10
Description of Role: As CEO of ihiji, Rench is responsible for the ongoing development of ihiji’s strategic plan to advance the company’s mission and objectives, further promoting growth of this young and dynamic organization via the trade, technology-related communities.