Dealerscope 2018: 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.

Scroll over each bio to learn more about the honoree, and click the link to view their full profile.

Warrick Bell
VP of Marketing and Product, 30

REM-fit

What I Like Best About My Job: Problem solving is what I really enjoy doing. There is nothing like the feeling on solving a problem when everyone was freaking out thinking there is nothing that can be done.

Warrick Bell
Douglas Corbin
Senior Merchant, Televisions, 37

Brandsmart USA

Favorite Consumer Electronic: Televisions, but I also find the smart home devices fascinating.

Douglas Corbin
Marshall Deese
Director of Business Intelligence, 26

Safeware

Last Books He Read: What Technology Wants, by Kevin Kelly (nonfiction), and Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer (fiction)

Marshall Deese
Adam Ely
VP and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, 37

Walmart

Prior to joining the Walmart team, Adam cofounded Bluebox Security.

Adam Ely
René Escamilla
Vice President of Product and Marketing, 31

ESI

Favorite Pastime/Hobby: Spending time with my daughters, video games, playing video games with my daughters! (It allows me to get away with being a kid)

René Escamilla
Kim Fassetta
Chief Marketing Officer, 39

Aftershokz

What She Likes Best About Her Job: Our people, hands down. We’ve been incredibly lucky to collect the most passionate and positive group I could’ve ever wished for!

Kim Fassetta
Stewart Denton
Product Manager, 32

The NPD Group

What He Likes Best About His Job: Never a boring day, the tech industry and client needs are rapidly evolving every day which keeps me on my toes

Christian Ferrer
Jeanne Gabbay
Director of Sales, Mass B&M, 39

Sound United

Who’s Her Hero, and Why: My parents! They both came to the U.S. as refugees in their early 20s ... and became successful in their respective industries.

Jeanne Gabbay
Jasmeet S. Gambhir
Sr. Field Account Executive, 37

Synnex

Brief Description of His Role There: Focused on Walmart.com merchandising and assortment planning as well as optimizing business operations and meeting sales objectives.

Jasmeet S. Gambhir
Aaron Gates
National Sales Manager for Housewares and Sporting Goods, 38

D&H Distributing

Brief Description of His Role: Drive the sales of the Housewares/Sporting Goods category for all D&H customers.

Aaron Gates
Gretchen Gilbertson
CEO, 39

Séura

What She Like Best About Her Job: Our people – their passion for our mission and competitive spirit inspires me to keep pushing the envelope for what’s possible.

Gretchen Gilbertson
Brian Gluck
Owner, 38

BuyAV/ProjectorScreen.com

Favorite Pastime/Hobby: I’m a new father and there is nothing that I look forward to more than spending time with my wife and baby daughter.

Brian Gluck
Melissa Go
Senior Client Services Account Manager, 29

Centricity

Favorite Pastime/Hobby: You can usually find me working in my garden or just hanging out with by husband, and our four dogs.

Melissa Go
Louise Handa
Head of Global Retail Marketing, 31

Kano

Best About Her Job: The product! It’s so exciting to be able to bring a product to mass market that teaches kids how to shape the future by demystifying technology and learning to code through play.

Louise Handa
Halee Hempfling
Ecommerce Channel Manager, 28

TargetPath

Favorite Consumer Electronic: I live in headphones: Podcasts, phone calls and music, my headphones are a part of my daily accessories.

Halee Hempfling
Brian High
Territory Sales Manager, 35

URC

Who’s His Hero, and Why: Father; very hardworking, taught me to have a strong work ethic.

Brian High
Will Irvin
Senior Sales Rep, 35

Ingram Micro BCS

What He Likes Best About His Job: Being on the forefront of emerging categories and helping our resellers and their end-users stay ahead of the technological curve.

Will Irvin
Kuntha Kith
Business Planner, 38

TCL

Description of Role: Create and implement business process to enable TCL to grow.

Kuntha Kith
Joseph Kolchinsky
Founder and CEO, 34

OneVision Resources

Description of His Role There: Enable my team to be as successful as they can possibly be both inside and outside the business.

Joseph Kolchinsky
Ray Lee
CEO, 27

Raycon Global

What He Likes Best About His Job: Working alongside Ray J. Because of his deep roots in music and TV, we often discuss our brand positioning in the intersection of technology, culture, and music.

Ray Lee
Daniel Lutz
Inventory Control Manager, 27

World Wide Stereo

Accomplishments He’s Proud of: Key contributor to the establishment of a new distribution center; improved physical inventory management and procedures.

Daniel Lutz
Tim Martz
Installation Manager, 39

HiDEF Lifestyle

Who’s His Hero, and Why: Nick Foles... No explanation needed.

Tim Martz
Michael Anthony Mendez
Senior Buyer, 33

Brandsmart USA

Major Accomplishments: I feel that my greatest accomplishment is achieving the position of Senior Buyer.

Michael Anthony Mendez
Chris Merck
Engineering Manager, 30

Olibra

Favorite Pastime/Hobby: Communicating from mountaintops using Morse code.

Chris Merck
Michael Mitchell
Vice President of Sales, 38

Hunt’s Photo and Video

Major Accomplishments: Hunt’s was selected as 2011 Massachusetts Retailer of the Year.

Michael Mitchell
Albert Mizrahi
CEO, 35

Dealershop, Control4 Mexico, and Smartlab

What He Likes Best About His Job: I love selling big boy toys. Our job is to make sure people enjoy and love their homes.

Albert Mizrahi
Mike Nolan
VP of Sales, 37

JLab Audio

What He Likes Best About His Job: Our work hard, play hard environment that encourages teamwork and creative thinking.

Mike Nolan
Austin Noonan
Northeast Territory Sales Rep, 22

Metra Home Theater Group

Favorite Movie: How can you pick just one? The entire Fast and Furious Franchise.

Austin Noonan
Dan Paulson
VP of Technical Sales, 38

Paulson’s Audio & Video

What He Likes Best About His Job: Witnessing the passion my coworkers put into their job and helping them evolve into industry specialists

Dan Paulson
Taryn Saavedra
Marketing Director, 38

MERGE

Major Accomplishments: Started with the company before any products launched, and we now have 5 products and are in more than 9,000 brick and mortar stores in 13 countries.

Taryn Saavedra
Chris Scanlan
Technical Sales & Design, 30

Capitol Sales

Major Accomplishments: After 10 years as a professional A/V engineer, I am adept at helping our customers design and manage systems of nearly any size, for both resi and light commercial projects.

Chris Scanlan
Tyler Scherner
Senior Category Manager, 32

DAS Companies, Inc.

What I Like Best About My Job: Every day is different. When someone asks me to describe what I do on a daily basis, it always feels impossible. It’s everchanging.

Tyler Scherner
Michael Short
Global residential Marketing Manager, 30

Crestron

What I like least about my job: Seeing the mega-home and super yachts of our clients and not owning one... yet!

Michael Short
Maxzi Soto
Director of Events, 29

Brandsource/AVB

Description of role: Leads and oversees the planning of AVB National and Regional Events.

Maxzi Soto
Joshua Sy
Sales & Marketing Operations Manager, 30

Sony

What He Likes Best About His Job: I love that my position gives me a chance to see nearly all aspects of Sony's activites in the CI channel.

Joshua Sy
Chris Thorp
US Head of Field Sales, 39

Sonos

What I Like Best About My Job: I am passionate about coaching and development of my team.

Chris Thorp
Josh Thurman
Western Regional Sales Manager, 39

Luxul

Major accomplishments: Since joining the Luxul sales team my primary focus has been driving revenue. In that time, we have increased sales by 40 percent.

Josh Thurman
Rachel Tracey
Director of Merchandising for Appliances and Home Comfort, 37

Almo

What She Likes Best About Her Job: Working in an environment and on a team that fosters collaboration, integrity, engagement, and evolutionary thinking.

Rachel Tracey
Kurt Villanueva
Managing Director, 39

The Audio Room

What I like best about my job: Knowing I have helped customers better their lifestyle and solve their problems gives me the ultimate satisfaction.

Kurt Villanueva
Sarah Yule
Director of Sales, 36

ROLI

What do you think is the major problem with the industry today? There is too much noise and not enough purposeful orchestration in how many companies communicate with their audience or vie for their attention.

Sarah Yule