Remembering Sidney Harman
Eli Harary, senior vice president of Boston Acoustics, forged a tight relationship with Harman when was running Paris Audio, a specialty dealer. Harary, who went on to work for Harman in the early 1990s, always marveled that Harman would reach out to specialty dealers even though he had his hands full running a billion-dollar business.
“He would call me at Paris Audio to ask, ‘What are customers asking for today? How is the demonstration of this or that going? Did you listen to this recently?’” Harary recalled.
Harman’s accessibility also impressed Harary. “I was considering moving my family out to Long Island when I joined, so I had them come out to see where I’d be working. We went to the Woodbury office and were just leaving when Sidney pulled up in his Town Car, got out, shook my hand, and immediately went over to my kids. He must have spent the next 15 minutes honestly welcoming them and making them feel warm and cozy. Then he proceeded to do a magic trick for my four-year-old.”