Anne Howard

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

By Laura Spinale Consumer focus groups have delivered a clear mandate to housewares manufacturers. We like counter space. Tighten up your footprints. But remember, we still need full-size microwaves. Design products for people who love to cook. Except many of us hate sautéing and peeling and want something to keep our minds off the chore. Make everything bigger and smaller. You can't please all of the people all of the time, or so the adage holds. But manufacturers preparing for the International Housewares Show in Chicago this month will unveil products that reach ever-more specific, and often contradictory, segments of the consumer population. In bringing a family-friendly Internet

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After a year of transition, including a new city and a completely new staff, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is finally settled in and ready for business, beginning with its annual member meeting held recently in its new home town. The association announced at last year's annual meeting that it was in the industry's best interest for its headquarters to move from Chicago to Washington, D.C. in order to be closer to the political action. Nearly all of the Chicago staff, made up of long-time industry veterans, decided not to move with the association, leaving AHAM in a new infancy stage. The new, Washington,

Dealerscope is proud to announce new inductees into its Hall of Fame, who will be honored at the 1999 International CES: Dr. Sidney Harman of Harman International, Anne Howard of Sharp Electronics Corp., Noel Lee of Monster Cable Products and Donald Patrican of Maxell Corp. of America. We congratulate this year's inductees on their individual contributions to the consumer electronics industry. Past Hall of Fame Inductees Winter CES 1992 Robert Borchart, Recoton Harry Elias, JVC Richard Kraft, Matushita Electric Corp. of America Harold 'Hal' Schafer, Frigidaire Winter CES 1993 Minoru Arakawa, Nintendo John McDonald, Casio Jack Weyman, EIA Winter CES 1994 Henry Brief, ITA

Howard: Leading Sharp with Dignity Those around Anne Howard say she knows her market. Howard, herself, says she is her market. Not only does she own and use a microwave from her own company, Sharp Electronics, but she knows what she looks for in an appliance, which helps her identify the needs of others. "I'm a very practical kind of person," says Howard, 51, so anything she uses should be durable, and well-designed with features that give the user what they want. Appliances also should be easy to use, she says. "I think that, unfortunately, we are in a business where a lot of

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