CTA inducts eight CE Hall of Famers for 2015
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), formerly known as CEA, held a gala dinner Monday night at New York City’s Gotham Hall, where the organization’s eight honorees for its CE Hall of Fame award were inducted.
Recognized for lifetime innovations and contributions to the consumer electronics industry this year was a mix of inventors, manufacturer executives and individuals from the retail sector.
The honorees are:
- Vic Hayes, founding chairman of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group for Wireless LANs, and spearhead of the effort to establish a Wi-Fi standard.
- Dr. Floyd Toole, psychoacoustic scientist and loudspeaker design and engineering pioneer.
- Noel Lee, Head Monster of Monster, who established both the high-end audio and video interconnection markets and then introduced the Beats headphone line.
- Tom Campbell, leading retail executive, technologist and industry evangelist who has been instrumental through the years in enabling seminal technology and product introductions at showcase retailers.
- Wilfred Schwartz, retailer and founder of The Federated Group, one of the first technology superstores.
- Bernie Mitchell, the first president of the U.S. division of Pioneer Electronics of America, who was key in growing both the mobile electronics category and also, his company’s U.S. presence a hundredfold in a decade (posthumous award).
- Robert Borchardt, former president and CEO of Recoton and former CEA chair, who helped elevate the accessories category to a true profit center for retailers (posthumous award).
- George Feldstein, founder of the custom integration products company Crestron, one of the first entrepreneurs and inventors to establish integrated system controls as a category for audio and video distribution (posthumous award).