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Samsung Names President of Tech Info Division
February 16, 2005

Samsung named Yong Jin Park as president of the Information Technology Division of Samsung Electronics America, which is based in Irvine, California. Park is a 23-year veteran of Samsung with extensive international and Samsung headquarters experience. As President, he is responsible for overseeing all product sales, marketing and operational activities in the U.S. marketplace for Samsung's line of information technology products. These groups include LCD and CRT computer monitors, large-screen LCD and plasma displays for the commercial and pro A/V marketplace, monochrome and color laser printers and multifunction products. "With over 20 years of experience and proven leadership ability at Samsung, Mr. Park is a true

Retailer Names ViewSonic Vendor of the Year
February 16, 2005

ViewSonic has been selected as "Vendor of the Year" by Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM) in the computer category. During its six months on the shelves, NFM notes that ViewSonic performed extraordinarily well by exceeding all expectations of the Midwest retail superstores. "The effort, performance and relationship that ViewSonic has extended to Nebraska Furniture Mart has been exceptional," lauds Jay Buchanan, electronics division director for the retailer. Nebraska Furniture Mart also honored ViewSonic's regional sales manager, Jack Neary, with the company's "Outstanding Performance Award" in the same computer category. The recognition applauds his efforts in support of ViewSonic's product offerings, which include its full-line of retail

Sharp Names New Executive Vice President
February 9, 2005

Sharp Electronics Corporation named Michael Troetti as executive vice president of the company's Consumer Electronics Group (CEG). Troetti will be responsible for the U.S. sales and marketing of Sharp's home entertainment and appliance products. He reports to Noboru Fujimoto, president of Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. Troetti comes to Sharp from Matsushita Electric Corporation of America which he joined in 1982 as a group sales manager for the Panasonic Group. In his most recent position as president of Panasonicís Appliance and Commercial Group, Troetti directed sales and marketing for the consumer appliance, personal care and commercial products categories.

HP's Carly Fiorina Steps Down
February 9, 2005

The board of directors of Hewlett-Packard Company announced that Carleton S. Fiorina has stepped down as chairman and CEO, effective immediately. Robert P. Wayman, HP's CFO, has been named in her place on an interim basis. He's also been appointed to the board of directors at HP. Patricia C. Dunn, an HP director since 1998, has been named non-executive chairman of the board, also effective immediately. "Carly Fiorina came to HP to revitalize and reinvigorate the company. She had a strategic vision and put in place a plan that has given HP the capabilities to compete and win. We thank Carly for her significant leadership

Retail Guinea Pig
February 1, 2005

About 40 years ago, Sam Walton told John Kiefer: "If you really want to see what's going to happen, you don't want to talk to old guys. You want to look at the kids. If you look at the kids in the sandbox, you can look at everything you need to know about marketing." At the time, Walton was opening up a chain of tiny variety stores across Arkansas and Kansas. The first Wal-Mart debuted in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962. Kiefer's distribution business, Kief's Records & Stereo Supply, serviced the record departments in the first six Wal-Mart stores. The "look at the kids

Vidikron Names Dealer of the Year
January 28, 2005

At its annual corporate awards dinner in Las Vegas, video display manufacturer Vidikron named several award-winners, including Sales Representative of the Year and Dealer of the Year for 2004. C&E Marketing, based in Miami, Florida won the honor of Sales Representative of the Year, while Florida-based Sound Image of Orlando, Inc., was announced as Dealer of the Year. The awards ceremony is held every year in conjunction with the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of the most widely attended events in consumer technology. "We're very proud to have onboard such an elite rep and dealer force to support

EchoStar to Purchase Satellite from Cablevision
January 21, 2005

EchoStar Communications Corporation (parent company of DISH Network) has agreed to purchase certain satellite assets from Rainbow DBS Co., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation, for $200 million. Specifically, EchoStar has agreed to purchase Rainbow 1, a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) located at 61.5 degrees West Longitude, together with the rights to 11 DBS frequencies at that location. The satellite includes 13 frequencies, up to 12 of which can be operated in "spot beam" mode.     The EchoStar III satellite also located at 61.5 degrees West Longitude broadcasts DISH Network TV programming to hundreds of thousands of consumers today using DBS spectrum controlled by EchoStar

Hall of Fame, Paul Klipsch
January 1, 2005

For some, audio is a passion. Sometimes that passion turns into a career and, if you are fortunate, that career becomes a legend. One such figure that fits that mold is the late Paul W. Klipsch, the founder of Klipsch Audio Technologies and the inventor of one of the most recognizable speaker designs in audio—the Klipschorn. His hard work and dedication to improving audio ranks him as one of the most preeminent scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs in his field; his name will not soon be forgotten. His interest in audio started at an early age with radio, even before it became a huge public

Hall of Fame, Sandy Gross
January 1, 2005

There is a list of names in the audio industry that everyone knows. Some are the pioneers of audio engineering, others are the founders of well-established and beloved companies, and just about all can be counted as enthusiasts at heart. Sandy Gross is one of them. His 33-year career spans time at just two companies, but they are two of the most well-respected names in audio: Polk Audio and Definitive Technology. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1972, Gross joined a few friends of his—Matthew Polk, George Klopford and Craig Georgi—in forming Polk Audio, the now well-known speaker and audio product vendor.

Hall of Fame, John Flanner
January 1, 2005

While most businesses simply try to stay afloat during turbulent times, Flanner's Audio & Video in Brookfield, Wisconsin has managed to thrive for 113 years under four generations of family ownership. These days, it's John Flanner who serves as president of the family-owned business, though the story of Flanner's began when his great-great grandfather Joseph, a successful New Orleans music retailer, moved to Milwaukee and opened his own store, selling pianos, band instruments and published sheet music. "In 1891, you had to play music yourself or have someone do it for you," says John Flanner. "It evolved from instruments and music to phonographs