Young Turks of CE
CR sent out the call for bright, young professionals in the CE industry, and you delivered. Following is CR’s homage to the Young Turks of CE, stars from every corner of our field, who create, support and catapult your businesses to success.January 2010
CEO, Dana Innovations/Sonance, iPort
At Sonance, Ari has been intricately involved in the rebranding, repositioning and general turnaround of the Sonance brand back to a leadership position in the CEDIA industry. He also was an integral member of the team who developed the strategic marketing and sales launch of the innovative Architectural Series and Visual Performance Series products—both of which received back-to-back "CEDIA Products of the Year" awards. Also responsible for the creation and launch of the Moderno brand exclusive to Best Buy. He has also been a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School CaseWorks Program, presenting his published case study about Sonance. www.sonance.com
Vice President, Wright's Sound Gallery, Inc.
John has grown up in a family audio-video business. He started on the delivery truck while in high school and joined the company full time after he graduated from college. John heads many initiatives, including buying responsibilities, managing of the 12-volt division of the company, hiring employees and performing many other duties. He has personally become the IP manager of the evolving computer marketing world. His services are invaluable.
Eric G. Harper
Director of Marketing, ELAN, Sunfire, Home Logic and Aton
Eric has been a member of the CE industry since 1997. After a successful stint in custom installation, Eric moved to Integra where he served as brand manager and spearheaded their groundbreaking initiatives in custom installation. In 2005, Eric was tapped by Sunfire to head up both product development and marketing. He has developed a compelling high-performance line of products along with the right programs and marketing to make Sunfire one of the premier brands in home theater and custom installation. In 2009, he was promoted to director of marketing for all of the ELAN brands. Eric possesses an exceptional blend of outstanding professional and people skills. www.elanhomesystems.com
National Product Specialist, Tributaries
From the time he was 16 years old until he was 23, Joey worked with Tributaries, primarily packaging and testing cables as well as performing shipping and receiving duties. In 2001, he began working as a custom installer at Absolute Sound, a Retail/Custom Installation company in Orlando. After 4 years working as an installer, Joey rejoined Tributaries as a Technical Support Specialist. In his fifth year with Tributaries, Joey was appointed National Product Trainer. In his current position, Joey travels extensively throughout the USA working with the representatives and dealers training them on products and technology. In addition to the USA, Joey has travelled to Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England to train the International Distributors and assist at International Trade shows. Joey also assists in Product Development and new product evaluations. www.tributariescable.com