Sam Abdelnour

How does hhgregg do it? In an age of zero margins, ever-increasing big-box presence, consumers with less expendable income and more things to spend it on, this regional powerhouse of a consumer electronics retailer has been expanding… aggressively. That means Chairman and CEO Jerry Throgmartin has at least two things going for him: the knowledge of what it takes to succeed in a highly competitive CE landscape, and the guts to execute on it. And, to be sure, he ought to be this good. He literally grew up around the business, working in the store his grandparents built while in middle school. That

At a gala event in New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, the consumer electronics division of the Anti-Defamation League held it’s annual ball to honor luminaries in the CE industry for their dedication to the cause of fighting discrimination and inequality. Accepting the American Heritage Award was Elmer Karl, president and chair of Karl’s TV and Appliance of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wyoming. Karl is involved in many local and state service and business organizations including the Toastmasters, Rotary Club, Elks, Volunteer Fire Department, El Raid Shrine and the Royal Order of Jesters. He has been a president of MARTA and the

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