Don Wilmot, New Age Electronics’ Director of Product Management, died April 29 in California, following an illness complicated by the coronavirus. He was 50 years old.
Before he arrived at New Age in 2011, Wilmot’s retail-centric career had included positions at Newegg.com, where he was Senior Product Manager, and at Circuit City, where he was Home Audio Buyer and Senior Category Manager. Earlier, Wilmot also served as a buyer for CompUSA, and before that, served for a total of 11 years in various CE buying roles at Fry’s Electronics.
Wilmot was also a Navy veteran, having served in the military during the Middle East conflicts.
“At New Age, he was director level, and worked with our connected home category,” Fred Towns, president, New Age Electronics/Div. of SYNNEX, told Dealerscope. “He was instrumental in interactions with many of the personal products that fell into that home control product area, including brands such as Google and Amazon.
“He worked with some very high-exposure brands, and he did a great job. He was a great merchant, very level-headed,” added Towns. “He knew all the key industry players and had an incredible reputation. Everybody who worked with him liked him, including the vendor community. He was the nicest man, and was so very, very well respected – a solid citizen, and a really good guy.”
Wilmot’s survivors include his wife, Frances, his 20-year-old daughter, Sidney, and sons Nathan, 21, and Justin, 18.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Wilmot family which can be accessed at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y7gxafyf