The 2011 Young Turks of CE
General Manager, Runco
Adam was appointed general manager for Runco shortly after the Planar acquisition, when dealer satisfaction for the brand was at its lowest. In a short time, Adam was able to instill faith and excitement back to the brand to help put it back at the top of the channel. He has integrated an efficient and effective service model into the company that has improved dealer and customer satisfaction exponentially. Since Schmidt has taken over, he has driven profitability for Runco. Successful Runco programs, such as Runco TradeUp and service improvements have improved dealer relations and have directly preserved Runco’s position as an influential force in our industry. www.runco.com
Sales & Marketing Manager, Media Decor
Vanessa is a dedicated team player who is highly regarded by her colleagues as well as the dealers she has built relationships with across the country. Her sales and marketing skills have created new opportunities for the companies she has worked for and she has been instrumental in the successful launch of several new products. She is extremely detail-oriented and an excellent trainer in the field. www.mediadecor.com
National Account Manager for Jamo, Klipsch Group, Inc.
Matthew Schuler started his career in retail with Good Guys, a large California-based retailer, and was then hired by Klipsch Group, Inc. five years ago. In his first few years, he demonstrated he was capable of handling immense responsibility, while excelling with his customers and attaining all predetermined sales goals.
He was then promoted to regional manager, where he continued the same success until recently promoted to brand manager of Jamo, his official title being national account manager, Jamo. In his current position, Schuler has boasted excellent job recruiting skills, all while maintaining the Jamo brand and driving sales volume in the United States. www.jamo.com
Richie and Emily Scholl
Vice President & Director of Operations (respectively), Worthington Distribution
Our son, Richie Scholl was 15 when he said “I don’t want to go to Disney. I want to go to the trade show,” and so he did and has ever since. Richie is now vice president of Worthington Distribution and his wife Emily is director of operations. Richie and Emily through their direct involvement helped grow the company from a mom-and-pop national operation to a multi-location global organization increasing revenue three-fold. Website integration, order entry and order fulfillment are 100 percent automated. Off-site offices and personnel are connected to the corporate headquarters via IP phones and VPN for computers allowing everyone to interact seamlessly and efficiently. Richie is beginning his second term as a board member with CEA TechHome. www.worthing tondistribution.com