Rachelle Friedman, Co-CEO and president of J&R Music and Computer World, New York City
First Job in the CE Industry: While I was still in college, going for a degree in Chemistry, we (she and husband Joe Friedman) started J&R as a part time endeavor to make some money till I graduated.
I have two heroes in my life: Rudolph Giuliani, for his determination, leadership and courage after 9/11. He was the visible sign of strength and confidence about the future that our downtown family desperately needed to recover from the trauma of destruction and fear of the unknown.
And my mother, for showing me how to be a strong woman while still being a classy lady and dealing with life’s ups and downs with a positive, constructive outlook.