Akio Morita

Every year Dealerscope has the pleasure of honoring the most influential leaders in consumer technology with the Dealerscope Hall of Fame Awards. The inductees are selected by the magazine staff after consulting with various members of the industry. This year, Dealerscope honors five individuals from the retailing and manufacturing parts of the 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 to share their experiences and

JVC's Harry Elias Retires Industry veteran Harry Elias announced that he will be retiring from the consumer electronics industry, relinquishing the position of honorable chairman of JVC Company of America, where he worked for over 31 years. "I have survived and succeeded in a Japanese company for over three decades," said Elias of himself. "I know how to thrive in diversity, continuously solidify relationships with customers and employees and achieve revenue and profit objectives." Elias was born Brooklyn, NY and started his career as a retail salesman for Vim's electronics store, where he work for 10. He then joined JVC, a then-fledgling, relatively unknown company in the

The Columbia TriStar movies we watch, the Sony electronics we use, the Sony music we enjoy, and more, evolved from the dreams and ambitions of two men united in business and friendship more than 50 years ago. Sony's current status as a marketing and manufacturing machine lulls one to believe this corporate identity always existed on a grand scale. But a reading of Sony's history shows how the tenacity, humanity and ambitions of the company's founders set the company firmly on its current course. The partnership between Sony Corp. co-founders Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita was one forged in the hardships and challenges of

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