John Shalam

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

John Shalam, VOXX International Corp. chairman and a 2014 CEA Digital Patriot Award honoree, started his company in 1965 and built it into a domestic and international marketer of 30 brands of consumer electronics in the speaker, mobile electronics and multimedia, vehicle security and mobile video systems and accessories categories. NASDAQ-listed, VOXX had sales of $835 million in 2013. Here, he looks back – and ahead, at the future of consumer electronics.

Dealerscope: So much has changed in our industry in the 49 years since you started your company. Looking back, if you had to pinpoint some turning points for you over that time period, what were they – and how did they affect your business?

The Consumer Electronics Association has announced its honorees for next month's 10th annual Digital Patriots Dinner, and they include a pair of Senators- Democrat Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio- as well as VOXX International founder and chairman John Shalam. 

The new members of the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame were inducted Tuesday at the CEA Industry Forum in Phoenix

Now, as we sit with the highest unemployment rates in recent history, is the time you should be considering your current workforce and the opportunity to upgrade. One of the best things and worst things I did personally during my time at Pioneer was hiring and firing.  I believe I am like most managers today running small businesses.  Hiring and firing are simply not skills we have nor do we spend a lot of time working to acquire.

The Consumer Electronics Association yesterday announced that Apple visionary Steve Jobs, among other industry luminaries, will be inducted into its 2009 CE hall of Fame.

The mission of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is to support the consumer electronics industry. Year after year, the International CES hosts the world’s greatest festival of technology and ingenuity. In 2007, CE sales are projected to top $155 billion in the United States—a 7 percent growth over 2006. The consumer electronics industry is driving our economy, providing good jobs to two million Americans, and ensuring that America continues to lead the world in innovation. But as is often the case, the success and growth of one industry, particularly an innovative sector fostering change, is perceived as a threat by other industries wedded to entrenched

More Blogs