Hall of Fame: Jeannette Howe: The Exemplar of Passion
If there’s one word that best describes Jeannette Howe, executive director of Specialty Electronics Nationwide, it’s “passionate.” Since the day she first stepped into a Tweeter store, she has found the audio/video industry electrifying.
Howe is the consummate anti-shopper; she literally fell into retail. When she couldn’t find a job in publishing after graduating in English Literature from Boston University, she went to work at the Boston hi-fi specialty chain until something in her field opened up. But, to her surprise, she got hooked on retail and on the AV business. She has never looked back.
Instead of bemoaning being shut out of publishing’s old boys’ network, she has made her own mark in the male-dominated consumer electronics industry. (Jeannette still loves writing, though, and agonizes over each word when updating the Specialty Electronics Nationwide website or writing promotional copy for her group’s events.)