Jim DeFranco

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

LAS VEGAS—Dealerscope and E-Gear's Best of 2000 awards reception, held January 6, the opening night of the 2001 International CES, featured cold beer, good blues and an impressive awards roster. A multimedia presentation sponsored by Forbes Magazine honored five Dealerscope Hall of Fame inductees (including the first two retailers in the Hall of Fame's 10-year history), four retail Dealerscope Pride Awards and the innovative, designated winners of the Dealerscope Editors' Choice and E-Gear All-Star Awards. Tired feet and busy schedules notwithstanding, we had a blast. Eric Schwartz, vice president and group publisher of Dealerscope and sister consumer magazine E-Gear, chats with Tom DeVesto

By Grant Clauser To be selected into Dealerscope's Hall of Fame means the inductee(s) has made a significant impact on the electronics industry, either in the development of technology, industry prowess, foresight or perseverance. The team of Charlie Ergen and Jim DeFranco, the two men behind EchoStar, exhibit all those qualities and, in their careers, have changed the electronics and television industries forever. The history of Ergen and DeFranco is inseparable from the history of EchoStar, the company they built together, along with Candy Ergen. This year EchoStar is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Their rise to CE fame started innocently enough in a

By Janet Pinkerton Just when you think it's safe to go back into the retail waters…Best Buy buys Musicland and Seattle player Magnolia HiFi for a cool $772 million total, the economy dips into the tank (not very long and not very deep, we hope), and everybody comes out with a convergence product. So much for industry stability. Going into the 2001 International Consumer Electronics Show, the degree of technological diversity we expect to see on the show floor is absolutely astounding. A lot of things are going to get thrown against the wall of consumer acceptance, but in a soft economy, how much of it is

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