Dealerscope 2017: 40 under 40
The honorees in this year's Dealerscope 40 Under 40, cited by their industry peers for distinguished job performance and visionary behavior, didn’t get onto this roster of excellence by accident.
Their mention here is recognition of a cumulation of several factors: their investment in years of hard work, their innate maturity exhibited in all the time leading up to this stage of their careers, and their determination to live by deep-seated principles that were oftentimes instilled by strong-willed and influential family members and industry mentors.
Quite a few of our honorees hail from the ranks of consumer technology retailing, and some also boast multi-year backgrounds in retailing that groomed them with the enriched skills and experience for moving into other industry disciplines in distribution and manufacturing.
Quite a few also see themselves as joyful teachers who, having been mentored by others, have become mentors in their own right.
But the most common thread throughout the profile comments has to do with our headline, which is meant as something of a different spin on the usual interpretation of taking one for “The Team.”
To these winners, who acknowledge that success in the consumer technology business is a group endeavor, and that they are truly “taking one for the team,” we offer congratulations, and our wish for continuing success.
Senior Marketing Manager, 32
What I Like Best About My Job: The team, for sure – the environment is very fast-paced, and each of us thrives on challenging work and achieving results.
Director of Sales, 38
Favorite Consumer Electronics Product: Sonos; I was an early adopter (as in the day it came out!). Love it.
Buyer/Brand Manager, 25
Favorite Consumer Electronics Product: I’m not sure I can pick just one. I love music, and anything that makes my music sound better.
Senior Manager Business Development, 37
Brief Description of Your Role: Creating meaningful, strategic relationships between vendor partners and customers.
Automation Engineer, 34
What I Like Best About My Job: My team is my biggest asset. I am extremely grateful for the freedom they give me to excel in my work and be creative in developing new initiatives.
Vishnu Vandana Dandu
Manager of Product Management, 36
New Age Electronics
Brief Description of Your Role: Manage a team that oversees PC hardware as well as accessories in the Retail and Commercial channels.
Product & Technical Support Manager, 37
Metra Home Theater Group
Favorite Pastime/Hobby: My primary hobby is gardening. I literally get to reap the fruits of my labor.
International Certification Trainer, 35
Imaging Science Foundation, Inc
What I Like Best About My Job: Seeing the “light bulb” turn on as a student “gets” a concept. Seeing their eyes open up and getting the head nod always makes me smile.
Marketing Communications Manager, 34
Brief Description of Your Role: I work across the company to create and execute strategies focusing on both corporate and product marketing, and manage the company’s philanthropic efforts.
Director of Enterprise Business, 30
Brief Description of Your Role: I help major corporations validate their innovations through crowdfunding. My role is to help Fortune 1000 companies gauge consumer interest in their new innovations.
Buying Groups Sr. Key Account Manager, 30
What I Like Best About My Job: The relationships I have with my buying groups, and the collaboration to improve our independent retailers’ businesses every single day.
Anna Claire Erwin
Senior Sales Manager, 33
Favorite Consumer Electronics Product: Anything around the connected home.
Global Communications Director, 33
How will the CE industry evolve over the next five years?: Our space is changing and developing at what feels like warp speed. I’m personally excited about the emergence of future ecosystems and platforms.
Industry Partner Key Account Manager, 37
Mrs. G TV & Appliance
Who’s Your Hero, and Why: My hero is my grandfather, Salvatore Volpe. He was the most honest, hard-working person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Laurence A. Gabler
Web & eCommerce Manager, 30
Klipsch Group, Inc.
What I Like Best About My Job: My position offers endless growth and educational opportunities, plus I work in the audio “candy store,” experiencing music and movies through Klipsch speakers and headphones.
Vice President, 31
Brief Description of Your Role: I oversee all PR programs at the agency while also continuing to service clients myself.
V.P. Sales & Marketing, 37
Who’s Your Hero, and Why: Not necessarily a hero, but I admire Warren Buffett. He only invests in what he understands, believes in, and knows he can make profitable.
Store Manager, 28
Hanson Audio Video
What makes you believe the CE industry will thrive during the next five years?: With the continuing growth of the IoT, I think our industry is just at the beginning of the era of the connected home.
Digital Home Creations
What I Like Best About My Job: What Job? I play with toys for a living!
Vice President, 26
Favorite Consumer Electronics Product: Drones! From the Toy ones that Odyssey makes to my DJI Mavic I bring with me wherever I go!
Director of Sales Operations, 34
Favorite Product: I’m a huge lighting control advocate. Smart lighting is the icing on the cake when it comes to home automation.
New & Emerging Technology Business Manager, 39
Who’s Your Hero, and Why: Steve Irwin or Sammy Hagar. Steve was so incredibly passionate and Sammy for, surprisingly, his business acumen.
Operations Manager, 31
What I Like Best About My Job: The variety! I get to do a little bit (a lot) of everything, which lends well to the fulfillment I find in both personal and organizational development.
V.P. Merchandising/Audio Buyer, 35
What I Like Best About My Job: I mostly enjoy the daily challenge and opportunity management has afforded me to develop new categories. It’s always interesting to see how our team rallies together.
Chief Executive Officer, 33
Major Accomplishments: Inc. 500 list three times; Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year;” Counselor Magazine’s Fastest Growing Supplier three times.
Web Manager, 33
Major Accomplishments: One of my major accomplishments with the continuing growth of HiDEF Lifestyle is creating and training a very strong web team.
Vice President of Engineering, 35
If You Could Be Anyplace Else Right Now, Where Would it Be and What Would You Be Doing?: Professionally I am exactly where I want to be, but I’ve dreamed of working at SpaceX for years.
Director of Operations, 32
Audiolab Stereo & Video Center Inc
What I Like Best About My Job: The ability to see, hear and touch all the products we sell. I love electronics and have for as long as I can remember. Wen something new comes in, I’m like a kid in a candy store.
Vice President of Finance, 33
Favorite Consumer Electronics Product: By far, my cell phone – it keeps me connected (almost too much!). But my latest favorite is the iRobot Roomba. Love it!
Director of Member Programs, 34
Consumer Technology Association
Favorite Consumer Electronics Product: My phone. I’m not sure I even know what to do without it anymore!
Appliance Merchant, 34
Nebraska Furniture Mart
What is the future of CE over the next five years?: Specific to appliances, I’m seeing consumers purchasing more innovative products across all manufacturers. It is encouraging to witness the amount of reinvestment being made into the category.
Director IT Dept, 38
Audio Video Systems
What I Like Best About My Job: I get to work with and implement the newest technologies. I also enjoy the people I work with. AVS feels more like a family than a company.
Executive V.P. of Sales, 34
Xtreme Lifestyle Digital Accessories
What I Like Best About My Job: Traveling all around the world, meeting new people and the thrill of closing deals.
Director eCommerce, 36
What is the future of CE over the next five years?: One of the great things about being a part of the CE industry is that we are always changing. There is always something new around the corner to get consumers excited.
Category Manager of Home Ent & Appliances, 35
What I Like Best About My Job: I love having my finger on the pulse of what is trending, and what customers are looking to buy – then closing that gap to insure that the company I work for wins that sale!
Tradeshow Manager, 34
What I Like Best About My Job: The fast pace that constantly keeps me on my toes and all the hard-working and fun people I get to interact with on a daily basis!
Vice President, Business Development, 35
Favorite Consumer Electronics Product: How about my Top 3: B&W P5 Wireless Headphones, my Savant Pro Remote (programmed it myself!), Apple AirPods
Vice President Global Sales, 38
Favorite Pastime/Hobby: Professional drummer and percussionist
Chief Executive Officer, 30
What I Like Best About My Job: I love working with the team we have built at Ultimate Integration, watching everyone work hard on a day-to-day basis, and having the results pay off.
CEO & Co-founder, 27
Owlet Baby Care
Major Accomplishments: Biggest accomplishment is the 100-plus families sharing their stories when Owlet notified them of their baby’s heart rate or oxygen fell outside the preset zones, allowing them to be there when their baby needed them most.