People on the Move
June 2, 2006

SpeakerCraft expanded its marketing department the promotion of Heather Rodiques to Marketing Project Manager. Rodriques joined SpeakerCraft as an Administrative Assistant supporting the President, Jeremy Burkhardt and the Vice President of Marketing, Dave Donald. In her new position, Rodiques will be responsible for tactical execution of several marketing programs, as well as implementing special events and integrator relations. Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), home entertainment control technology company, announced the hiring of Kris Haggstrom as their International Sales Manager. Haggstrom was brought in to lead the forward march on increasing RTI’s international sales efforts. He will investigate, identify, select, integrate and train additional regional distribution partners.

Muller Succeeds Jens as Head of Philips North America
June 2, 2006

On August 1, the current president of Philips Consumer Electronics, North America, Reinier Jens, will become the new head of the company’s European arm. Olympus Imaging America Executive Vice President Stewart Muller will take over for Jens, joining Philips on June 12th. In a statement issued yesterday, Philips credited Jens with the corporation’s progress in North America and welcomed Muller’s experience, which also encompasses a leadership position at Apple Computer, Inc. (Pictured below, left-to-right: Muller and Jens). -David Thomas

Assumed Panic Over HDTV
April 1, 2006

America may be facing a “national state of confusion and panic” over the DTV transition, as the analog cutoff date scheduled for February 17th, 2009, approaches, stressed FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein at a policy keynote address during the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) recent DTV Summit. Adelstein said that the American public needs to be made aware of the situation so they can make the necessary decisions so as not to not be left behind. In his keynote, the commissioner issued a call to action for the word to be put out about the DTV transition, as well as a “coordinated, comprehensive campaign,” involving public and

Industry Rountable
February 1, 2006

Dealerscope's editorial advisory board sounds off about consumer electronics retail. By David Dritsas "It's looking like COMDEX more everyday," joked members of Dealerscope's Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), referring to the size and spectacle of this year's CES. But everyone agreed the show offered a lot of great, new technology. This year the Dealerscope editorial staff met with EAB and other members of the industry at the Las Vegas Hilton to discuss topics affecting the industry. One of the biggest issues discussed was the question of how to educate the customer, and the resulting challenges the retailer faces in training its sales staff to sell to an increasingly

Year in CE
February 1, 2006

2006 will be a great year for technology, but it won't be business as usual By The Staff It's not often that the heads of some of the major CE retailers get together in one room to have a conversation. But in a panel hosted by CEA president Gary Shapiro, the heads of Radio Shack, CompUSA, Best Buy and Circuit did just that. And while their concerns may differ quite a bit from that of a smaller dealer or retail chain, their observations could still be viewed as bellweathers of what trends coming out of CES will be important for the year 2006. Overall,

Off to a Good Start
February 1, 2006

By Eric Schwartz The numbers are in and it looks like it has been a successful holiday season for consumer electronics retailers. It was been a pretty good time for the Consumer Technology Publishing Group as well. Not only did we produce one of the largest issues of Dealerscope ever, but we also launched our latest magazine, Home Furnishings Business (HFB). Like Dealerscope, HFB is a business and strategy magazine for furniture retailers and their industry. Our publishing team and editors worked hard to get this magazine out in January and I'm proud to say it was a very successful first issue, one that has already

Dealerscope 2006 Hall of Fame
January 1, 2006

Every year, Dealerscope has the pleasure to honor the most influential leaders in consumer technology with the Dealerscope Hall of Fame Awards. The inductees are selected after consulting with Dealerscope's Editorial Advisory Board, friends and partners and the Dealerscope magazine staff. This year, Dealerscope honors four individuals from the retailing, distributing and manufacturing parts of the CE industry. These inductees represent the best and brightest talent in the consumer electronics world. They have singled themselves out through their vision, leadership and accomplishments, and have helped shape the industry for the better. In the pages that follow, we profile this year's inductees and allow them

VAC Service Corp. Acquired by Bankers Warranty Group
December 14, 2005

The 25-year-old extended-service-plan company and warranty administrator VAC Service Corp. has been acquired by Bankers Warranty Group, Inc., a newly created, wholly owned subsidiary of St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Bankers Financial Corp. The Group, according to VAC spokesperson Ron Marin, was formed for the purpose of placing both VAC, which specializes in warranties for consumer and office electronics as well as major appliances, and Bonded Builders Risk Management, a Bankers subsidiary offering warranties on homes, under the same roof within the corporate structure of the parent company, which has more than $300 million in assets. At the helm of Bankers Warranty Group is Kevin Rupkey, an industry

Storm Surge
December 1, 2005

The hurricanes of 2005 brought harm, havoc and a wave of new business that's only starting to be felt. By Janet Pinkerton Sonny Graugnard, president of Graugnard's, Inc., tells a story about the 78-year-old lady from Chalmette, La., who came with her two sisters to his family's furniture and appliance store Donaldsonville, La. The sisters were helping her buy what she needed to set up a new home in the city, weeks after Hurricane Katrina destroyed Chalmette, a suburb of New Orleans, and came to Graugnard's, a furniture/appliance TV store in Donaldsonville, La. "The sisters were doing everything they could to make this

Challenges and Change in China
December 1, 2005

Hong Kong's Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) marks 25 years by meeting manufacturing competition from Mainland China head on By Nancy Klosek The gyrations of traditional Chinese dragons may have supplanted a Western-style ribbon-cutting at the opening of the bi-annual Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2005, but the overall flavor of the exhibition, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this fall, was decidedly international. The Fair, which ran Oct. 13 to 16—concurrent, for the ninth year, with the component-oriented electronicAsia exhibition—drew more than 2,120 exhibitors from 27 countries, reflecting a five percent expansion from 2004. "The Fair has been growing in size," says Benjamin Chau, assistant executive