Harry Elias

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

The fourth quarter holiday selling season is upon us. What’s in store? Wild ride? A crash? Or just another frenetic three months of selling before everybody heads to Las Vegas for CES? In a Summer 2006 Retail Sales Outlook written for the National Retail Federation (NRF), Rosalind Wells of Wells & Associates reported U.S. retail sales averaged 7.8 percent retail sales growth in the first quarter, followed by an estimated 7.0 percent in the second quarter. Citing a “slow-down in progress,” NRF expects retail sales rates to “moderate for the balance of the year” and track at a 6.0 percent increase for

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

People in the industry The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced a slew of elections to its board and its product divisions. Tom Callahan, president of Sawyers Control Systems, a home electronics integration company, became CEA's TechHome Division Chair and a member of the CEA Executive Board. Callahan is the first non-manufacturer elected to the CEA Executive Board. Other new CEA Executive Board members include Mike O'Neal, chair of CEA's Accessories Division and president and CEO of Gemini Industries; Gary Warzin, chair of CEA's Audio Division and president of Audiophile Systems; and Peter Fannon, chair of CEA's Video Division and vice president of technology policy and regulatory

JVC has named former CEO Harry Elias to the position of honorable chairman, in which he will focus on marketing strategies and areas of distribution. Craig Geiger takes over Elias' previous title and responsibilities. Peter Weedfald moves up Samsung ranks with his recent promotion to senior vice president of strategic marketing. He joined the company in October of 2001 as the vice president of marketing communications and new media. The Monster Cable Porsche took first place in both the GT class and in the overall race at the "Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona" event. Sound Marketing and NOVA Marketing are the latest

By Joe Paone 4/1/03, WAYNE, N.J. — Industry legend Harry Elias has received another promotion in his illustrious career. Effective today, Elias leaves behind his duties as executive vice president and chief operating officer of JVC Co. of America to become the company's Honorable Chairman. Taking over Elias' previous position and responsibilities will be JVC Midwest Branch vice president Craig Geiger, who will report to president Neil Kurihara, while Midwest Branch sales manager Bill Utermark takes Geiger's position. Elias, who helped put JVC on the map in the 1960s and has been a guiding force at the company ever since, will focus on revenue enhancement, market share

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