Michael O Neal

Linear LLC said this week that it has named Michael O'Neal its new president, with previous president Dan Stottlemyre becoming Vice Chairman of the Linear Group.

Micro Innovations Corp. has announced that it has named Michael O’Neal as its new president and CEO, effective Tuesday. A 30-year industry veteran, O’Neal comes to the computer accessories distributor from Alco Consumer Products, where he was also president and CEO. The 52-year-old O’Neal is a member of the CEA’s Board of Industry Leaders, and has also worked for Team Products International, Philips Accessories North America and Gemini Industries. ““Mike has an extensive background not only in electronics and computer accessories, but also in licensing,” Micro Innovations board principal Jerry Pasternak said in a statement announcing the hire. “His successful brand portfolio

Imagine waking up and reading the following: “China’s fast-growing middle class demanding higher wages and better working conditions.” “Global demand for raw materials creates 400 percent increase in manufacturing raw material costs.” “Major U.S. manufacturer set to recall 20 million products due to traces of banned substances in their product.” “China’s government reduces VAT refunds reducing manufacturers/exporters profitability.” It is happening and will continue to happen. The implications are clear that we are entering a new age where we will need to be much smarter at running our businesses. The last 20 years will prove to have been relatively easy compared to today. What has

I recently had the good fortune to spend a few hours with a diverse group of consumer electronic accessories companies discussing the opportunities and threats that our businesses face. What I found interesting is, regardless of whether we sell cables, wall mounts or recordable media, our challenges are the same. By dealing with those challenges with the right strategies, however, we have the potential to change our businesses in dramatic ways. Here’s what we came up with. We all agreed that our businesses still generated decent margins and growth opportunities. This growth is driven by our willingness to innovate, either through the technology

Imagine waking up and reading the following: “China’s fast growing middle class demanding higher wages and better working conditions.” “Global demand for raw materials creates 400% increase in manufacturing raw material costs.” “Major U.S. manufacturer set to recall 20 million products due to traces of banned substances in their product.” “China’s government reduces VAT refunds reducing manufacturers/exporters profitability.” It is happening and will continue to happen. The implications are clear that we are entering a new age where we will need to be much smarter at running our businesses. The last 20 years will prove to have been relatively easy compared to today.

So what does living in New Jersey, joining Philips Consumer Electronics and conducting business with Wal-Mart have in common? All three have confronted the increasing need to address our environmental issues directly. New Jersey started its recycling programs many years ago and residents must comply or their trash will not be collected. Philips’ dedication to environmental sustainability is unmatched, requiring licensees and employees to back the company’s dedication. And finally, Wal-mart has turned a reactive business posture into an aggressive strategic position of being a leader in pushing environmental sustainability. Living in all three worlds makes it clear to me that we will have

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