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Introducing The 2012 Young Turks of CE

January 5, 2012 By CR Staff
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Kevin Duffy
President & CFO of DEI Holdings, Inc.
Known for his strategic out-of-the-box thinking, Kevin Duffy has been instrumental to the success and growth of DEI Holdings. Kevin successfully expanded the company’s product offerings by facilitating the acquisitions of Definitive Technology, Clifford, Astroflex, Trilogix, Austostart and Polk Audio. Through the creation of the “Bill of Rights” Dealer Satisfaction Program, Kevin increased market share tremendously by heightening our customer-friendly business model. This program led to the redesign of the warranty returns process, creation of a dealer hotline, improvement of technical and customer service procedures and an efficient finance department. The effective “Bill of Rights” program continues today.

Mike Simmons
President, Directed Electronics
Mike’s innovative contributions revolutionized security and control telematics products in the 12 Volt industry by introducing the ability to start a car using smartphone technology. Through Mike’s leadership, Directed Electronics is at the forefront of this rapidly developing industry. His creative ideas led to the development of Viper SmartStart, allowing consumers to control more from their smartphones than ever thought possible. Control security systems, vehicle GPS tracking and roadside assistance with the touch of a button. Through fresh innovation, the once stale industry has been sparked with infinite new product possibilities creating an entirely new revenue stream for Directed Electronics.

Nick Phillips
Vice President Sales & Marketing, Pakedge Device and Software
Nick joined Pakedge in early 2004 to provide engineering design and manufacturing expertise to deliver specialized networking hardware for the custom installation channel, which is not available from off-the-shelf products. He was instrumental in developing numerous product platforms, including high-power access points and specialized network switching technology. Since then, Nick’s role has evolved to leverage his customer facing expertise to lead the sales and marketing efforts at Pakedge. His primary efforts are focused on making resolute networking solutions more accessible to dealers through simplified and preconfigured concepts such as audio-video bridging, network segmentation through VLANs and virtual cell wireless technology.

Brent Baer
Executive Director of Marketing, Atlona
With more than 17 years of experience managing and directing marketing strategies, programs and projects, Brent has succeeded in taking the reigns of Atlona, which was standing at the edge of the gap between small business and a thriving international corporation. In his role of executive marketing director, he has led the company by connecting departments in a seamless fashion. Brent’s execution of merging sales planning and forecasting with marketing communications strategies has resulted in a more professional and aggressive Atlona. Brent joins previous Young Turk Christopher Bundy as he shifts his focus toward product marketing, giving the company balance as it grows its retail and commercial divisions. Brent’s drive and determination has led Atlona to come out swinging for 2012, with several new channel programs that position Atlona as a major player across multiple vertical arenas.


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