The 2011 Young Turks of CE
Chief Procurement Officer, VIZIO, Inc.
Jeff Schindler took on his business planning role in the early days at VIZIO when the company was integrating new component supply and assembly partners. Some could even look at him as VIZIO’s fourth founder. Without his unique ability and genius to plan and coordinate with supply chain and retailer partners to correctly forecast and manage phenomenal growth, the VIZIO vision for better and more affordable HDTVs would never have succeeded. www.vizio.com
Henry Clifford founded Livewire in 2001 after identifying a need for simple home technology in Central Virginia. He began his career in IT during the .com boom of the 90s working as a Web developer and Information Architect. His lifelong passion for technology made Livewire an easy choice. Henry quadrupled the size of Livewire over a four-year period and continues to gain market share in Central Virginia. Each member of the Livewire team has been handpicked and their combined talents fuel the company’s explosive growth. www.getlivewire.com
Executive Vice President, Expert Warehouse
Dean Sottile is the executive vice president and chairman of the Expert Warehouse management team, which is based in Carlstadt, N.J. The leader of the Expert Warehouse team since its inception, Dean has guided the joint venture with BrandSource/Home Entertainment Source from one line and modest volume to its current multi-million dollar run rate by adding multiple product lines and most recently, major appliances. In addition to P & L responsibility, Dean also oversees the merchandising and sales teams for the venture.
Co-Principal manufacturers representative, LK & Associates, Inc.
With 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, 17 of which have been spent as a manufacturers representative with LK & Associates, Inc., Seth has been the co-principal for the last five years. Four years ago Seth founded LK Stockroom, which is the stocking arm of the rep company. Through integrity, exceptional service and superlative interpersonal skills, he has forged unbreakable relationships in the territory with custom integrators, retailers, distributors and exporters. These relationships are the conduit to top-tier sales levels for all the manufacturers LK & Associates represents in Florida. He is a member of the IPRO New Leaders Group. www.lka-fl.com
Director of Marketing, MartinLogan
Bringing a new marketing philosophy to MartinLogan, Justin focused on expanding the brand to reach new customers by leveraging his knowledge and 10+ years of experience working intimately with web-based marketing tools. Within the past year working at MartinLogan, Justin has redesigned its corporate website from the ground up, and created an in-house database system to support direct-to-consumer marketing efforts. Additionally he has pushed digital and social media marketing with an “Insider’s Club,” allowing owners to publish their system online, and an online video campaign targeting education and product information. www.martinlogan.com
Director, Marketing Communications, MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance)
Roberta has been instrumental in driving MoCA’s strategic relationship with CEDIA. With a clear understanding of how MoCA solutions would be key to the rejuvenation of the custom Iinstallation business, Roberta spearheaded the internal effort leveraging MoCA’s Emerging Markets Task Force.