ADL Honors CE Veterans
At a gala event in New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, the consumer electronics division of the Anti-Defamation League held it’s annual ball to honor luminaries in the CE industry for their dedication to the cause of fighting discrimination and inequality.
Accepting the American Heritage Award was Elmer Karl, president and chair of Karl’s TV and Appliance of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wyoming. Karl is involved in many local and state service and business organizations including the Toastmasters, Rotary Club, Elks, Volunteer Fire Department, El Raid Shrine and the Royal Order of Jesters. He has been a president of MARTA and the South Dakota Retailers Association as well as a City Councilman and Mayor of Gregory, South Dakota.
Don Patrican, executive vice president of Maxell Corporation of America, accepted the Patricia Rienzi Legacy Award. He’s been very active in the CE business since the 70s and has served on the board for the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association, the Supplier Board for the International Mass Retailers Association and the Board of Directors of the International Recording Media Association. He is also currently on the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Electronics Association. Patrican is also a past inductee to Dealerscope’s Hall of Fame.