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By Janet Pinkerton OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif.—A forest fire burned 20 miles in the distance, and the impact of an uncertain economy remained only a phone call away, but the Consumer Electronics Association's fifth annual CEO Summit gave industry manufacturing and retailing executives some needed creative downtime. This year's summit was sponsored in part by Dealerscope and other media and business companies. CEA sought to increase retail participation in the CEO Summit, held June 20-22 and attended by about 75 industry executives plus their spouses. Retail representation included executives from 800.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, Computer Renaissance, Crutchfield, Ken Crane's, NARDA, Paradyme, RadioShack, Sound

By Bill Crutchfield, Founder and CEO of Crutchfield Corporation Last October, I cautioned my 500 employees that Crutchfield might have to postpone the construction of a state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar call center that we had planned to build this year near Charlottesville, Virginia. In my company Intranet message, I stated, "Although still in the minority, a growing number of people (myself included) fear that the economy may slow too much and fall into recession." Although I was in a very small minority eight months ago, I did see a situation that deeply troubled me. Recently, many people have asked me what I saw back in

Commentary by Bill Crutchfield Last October, I cautioned my 500 employees that Crutchfield might have to postpone the construction of a state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar call center that we had planned to build this year near Charlottesville, Virginia. In my company Intranet message, I stated, "Although still in the minority, a growing number of people (myself included) fear that the economy may slow too much and fall into recession." Although I was in a very small minority eight months ago, I did see a situation that deeply troubled me. Recently, many people have asked me what I saw back in October that others did

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