Introducing Dealerscope's CE Leaders That Rock
Leadership Philosophy: “Ultimately, running a business is about
people, no matter what business you’re in, and to be successful, you must cultivate relationships with a talented team working in unison with a single purpose. I believe this starts with relationships built on a foundation of trust and transparency with honest, open communication. When there’s trust and effective communication, every situation becomes an opportunity to focus on solutions that will ultimately serve the customer best.
“I’ve found that when you have the right person in the right job—a job that fits their talents and suits their personality—they’re generally happy. In my experience, happy people are not only productive, but they are also empowered to do their best, which keeps them enthusiastic. That combination of happiness and enthusiasm can then perpetuate—
almost being infectious—to other team members, creating a pleasant and very effective work environment.”
Fred Towns, President, New Age Electronics
Fred Towns joined SYNNEX in March 2008. Previously, he served as senior vice president of New Age Electronics before its acquisition
by SYNNEX Corp. With an extensive background in consumer technology, including digital photography, home theater and digital convergence, Towns was instrumental in expanding distribution partnerships
with Kodak and Panasonic and signing additional contracts with vendors such as Sharp and Samsung. He was responsible for sales, marketing and operations supporting distribution, logistics and product recovery. In addition, he was responsible for web-based training tools and ecommerce initiatives to better support vendors and retailers within the consumer technology channel. Prior to joining New Age, Towns was a senior vice president at Panasonic, where he progressed through the company in a series of senior management positions.
He is a member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Board and currently serves as its CE industry chair.
His product-centric approach coupled with a high-level, creative marketing mentality makes for a combination that defines his leadership style. His experience in retail enables him to fully identify with the retailer, whether a store manager or buyer, and he is known in the industry for his commitment to customer advocacy and vendor relationships and an ability to make strong connections, both personally and in business.
Leadership Philosophy: “Over the course of my career, I’ve stayed readily engaged by the fast-moving, always evolving nature of the CE industry. I’m lucky to work in an industry where I can be on a constant pursuit of the next big thing and always striving for more. In all that I do, I abide by the philosophy that you should always tell the truth and remember what you said.