After the success of last year’s inaugural class of Powerful Women in Consumer Technology, Dealerscope decided once again this year to reach out to our contacts in the industry to ask them for their help in finding the game-changing, and often humble women in the consumer tech field who deserve a little extra recognition.
Powerful Women in Consumer Technology is a program designed to not only recognize, but honor these women who are effective in their fields, mentors to the up-and-coming females in CT, and natural leaders among their peers and colleagues. This year, we’ve expanded the program to include the retail segment, manufacturing world, other industry professionals, and—for the first time—the custom integration space.
Their backgrounds, as well as their stories of how they were introduced to the CE world and made the most of their chance to play in it, are diverse. And many have shared their reflections on their career histories and their perceptions of their roles and responsibilities in the CT industry, as pioneering women.
Their comments offer a view on how each has uniquely staked out her place in what has traditionally been our male-dominated industry arena.
Please join us in congratulating the 2017 class of Powerful Women in Consumer Technology honorees.
Manufacturer | Peggy Ang
Senior Director of Brand Marketing, Home Appliances, LG Electronics
Peggy Ang is LG’s U.S. Head of Home Appliance Brand Marketing. Her two decades of experience in the consumer technology industry includes senior brand and marketing communications roles at Samsung Electronics America, Sony Electronics and Discovery Communications.
She joined LG in 2016 from Coravin Inc., a privately held wine technology and accessories firm, where she served as global head of marketing. Earlier in her career, she worked in account positions at the Leo Burnett and Hill Holliday advertising agencies.
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Retail | Angela Avina
Senior Manager, Apple Victoria Gardens
Avina is a store manager and district manager with over 20 years of experience in the field. Over the course of her career she’s gained experience in retail management including start-up operations and turnaround management.
She’s built up a strong background in all aspects of operations management, general merchandising, visual merchandising, customer service, training and development, recruiting, and human resource functions. Prior to Apple, Avina spent time working with retail brands like Kohl’s, Old Navy, and Target.
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Custom Integration | Sandra Benson
Owner, Custom Audio Video
Since 1996 Sandy has been the owner of Custom Audio Video. Before that, she received her B.S. from the College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University in 1983, and worked as a pharmacist until opening Custom Audio Video.
Sandy has demonstrated that women can lead a technology-based business to success, and at the same time raise a family and maintain a connection with the community. Through challenging times, she managed to continue developing CAV into the premier AV integrator in her region.
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Industry | Terri Burns
Associate Product Manager, Twitter
Burns works on Twitter’s live video team. As a speaker, Terri explores how technology impacts various communities around the world. Also a freelance writer, Terri regularly writes about technology, diversity, and inclusion, and has been featured in publications like Forbes, Scientific American, and Teen Vogue.
Formerly, she was a cohost of the Forbes podcast “Well, Technically.” Terri received her degree in computer science from NYU, and was President of Tech@NYU, the largest student tech group in NYC.
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Custom Integration | Nicole Charney
Vice President, Advanced Home Audio
Nicole and her husband started Advanced Home Audio in 2004. Nicole’s skills in marketing, sales and business helped build her company and helped AHA grow quickly and successfully.
Nicole’s talents have led AHA to receiving many industry awards including the Savant - Put It To The Test Award. She has helped make AHA a company that stands out in a crowd. She has set a high standard that clients have grown to rely on for a first-class experience from start to finish.
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Manufacturer | Katie Cheng
VP of Marketing & Demand Generation, Home Appliance, Samsung
Katie Cheng is a classically trained marketer, starting her career at global companies including Proctor & Gamble and Unilever. Katie joined Samsung Electronics America in 2014 where she has been a true game-changer, redefining the marketing strategy for the home appliance business.
Prior to her current role at Samsung, Katie worked within the consumer products and medical devices divisions at Johnson & Johnson for 12 years. Most notably, Katie was instrumental in developing the Aveeno, Clean & Clear and RoC businesses on a global level.
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Manufacturer | Bernice Cramer
Director of Product
Management and Global Marketing, Bose
Bernice has had a stellar career working at Polaroid, Altec Lansing, Plantronics and Bose, to name a few highlights.
She has led work in many new areas for each of these firms and produced market-leading solutions as well. Bernice keeps in mind the connection between design and function, which is more important than ever.
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Retail | Jan Garner
Secretary and Treasurer,
Garner’s Stereo Center Inc.
Jan began working part time with her husband, Gary, in the early 1980s at their family-owned car audio company.
Her immediate grasp of the business and unparalleled customer service has contributed to the growth and sustainability of the company that is celebrating its 45th year in business in 2017.
Husband and founder Gary retired in 2008, but Jan continues working with Gary’s successors — their two sons. She has been and continues to be an integral part of the company’s success.
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Manufacturer | Charity Hardwick
VP of Sales and Marketing, Soundcast
Charity has a strong success and growth background and a tenacious “get to the heart of an issue” approach with her dealers and former clients.
Her experience runs the gamut of the marketing channel, and she has worked in and with manufacturing, distribution, rep-level, specialty CI, and retail in areas of Operations, Brand Strategy, Finance, Advertising/PR, Events and Vendor Relations.
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Manufacturer | Erica Kautz
Senior Sales Manager, TCL
Erica entered the consumer electronics industry at then upstart TV manufacturer Vizio in 2007 as a sales manager. Managing the club channel, Erica was a huge part of the company’s growth as their annual sales more than doubled during her tenure.
In 2012, she joined TCL as it prepared to enter the U.S. market. Erica helped secure TCL its first national placement with a 48” TV at all Sam’s Club locations. In her five years with TCL, Erica has helped the brand move into the top 5 in TV sales while managing their largest account and more than half of their sales volume.
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Retail | Stephanie Keough
Chief Merchant, World Wide Stereo
Stephanie came to World Wide Stereo from the fashion industry. She was looking for a change that also was closer to her home.
She joined WWS as the assistant buyer, but when the previous head of purchasing left unexpectedly just before CES several years ago, Stephanie jumped in and took over all purchasing and really made a strong impression. Since then, she has revamped and streamlined the company’s purchasing department.
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Industry | Kathryn Howe
Director of Digital Transformation, Retail, and Hospitality, Cisco Systems
Kathryn Howe leads Cisco’s Digital Transformation Business for Retail and Hospitality.
She has 20-plus years of experience in Retail and Consumer Sectors, serving in senior positions at IBM, NEC, and retail startups. She has direct experience working with clients leveraging advanced technologies, data analytics and IoT innovation to achieve business value.
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Industry | Roberta Lewis
Founder, Roberta Lewis & Associates, LLC
Roberta Lewis is an industry veteran with over two decades of successful consumer electronics retailing, Internet marketing, and manufacturing experience.
Roberta Lewis and Associates was founded in 2005 to support the broad range of consumer electronics businesses including manufacturers, retailers, custom installation businesses, and group associations with marketing, advertising, public and consumer relations, product/brand awareness, and strategic sales management.
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Industry | Beth Marcus
Senior Principal Technologist, Amazon Robotics
Dr. Marcus has been Founder and CEO of several successful startups, most notably EXOS, Inc., which was venture capital backed and sold to Microsoft in 1996.
Since then she has been involved in 30 start-ups in a variety of fields as a founder, investor, or advisor. She’s an acknowledged expert in the hand-device interface space and a leader in the field of Virtual Reality.
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Retail | Julie Moorehead
Executive Director TCC Gives, TCC
Julie Moorehead is the brainchild behind TCC’s philanthropic arm, TCC Gives, a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides community grants in cities across the nation.
Prior to TCC Gives, Julie ran Moorehead Family Foundation, a charitable giving organization focused on supporting nonprofit organizations in Central Indiana. Through TCC Gives’ “Community Grants” initiative, customers and employees can visit TCC stores to nominate nonprofits to be selected to receive grants of up to $10,000.
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Manufacturer | Terra Teat
Director of Marketing, JLab Audio
In the past four years, Terra has helped JLab become one of the fastest-growing headphone brands through detailed digital marketing, creating partnerships with top brands, and onboarding passionate ambassadors.
With detailed insight to digital marketing, she has helped grow JLab’s email list to three times more subscribers than before. JLab has partnerships and sponsors numerous brands, including Pandora, through her outreach.
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Industry | Lois Whitman
President and Founder, HWH PR
Lois Whitman is Co-Founder and President of HWH PR, a PR agency specializing in technology, the Internet, entertainment, law, publishing and sports.
HWH clients include: Samsung, Sony, DuPont, Fox, HBO, Casio, Kyocera, and many more. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Electronics Monthly for three years before starting HWH with her husband, Eliot Hess.
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