Editor in chief of Dealerscope

The Consumer Electronics Association held a banquet Monday evening at New York City's Grand Hyatt, where it inducted the 2014 recipients of its Hall of Fame Awards.

The honorees, visionaries from all walks of the industry  – retailers, inventors and  entrepreneurs – included the following individuals:

Founders/Innovators: Tim Westergren, Pandora; Lloyd Ivey, Mitek; Dr. Levy Gertzberg, Zoran Corp.; Gerald McCarthy, Zenith.

Technologists: Dr. David Lee, Silicon Image; Victor and Janie Tsao, Linksys; Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil, Spread-Spectrum Technology

Retailers: C.W. Conn, Conn'; James C. "Cowboy" Maloney

Journalist: Walter Mossberg, Re/code, ex-The Wall Street Journal

Electronics and appliance retailer Conn's that its board has agreed to consider "strategic alternatives," and has hired BofA/Merrill Lynch to help weigh them.

Retailer Conn's Monday announced a quarterly profit $28.5 million, a 34 percent increase over the same period last year, on retail sales of $278.1 million.

Retailer Conn's Wednesday reported that it has posted a $3.4 million loss for the most recent quarter. This compares to a $1.6 million profit the same period last year.

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