The 2011 Young Turks of CE
Dominic Symons is the founding principal designer at Bluelounge and is the guiding force for all creative design and product development. Bluelounge is known internationally for its sleek, minimalist custom-fit tech accessories that are sold in a variety of retail stores throughout the world.
Dominic studied at the Art Center College of Design in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland, and Pasadena, Calif. He graduated in 1996 and moved to San Francisco to join Eight Inc., a multidisciplinary design firm. Three years later in 1999, he launched Bluelounge in Los Angeles with partner Melissa Sunjaya and quickly gained international recognition. Dominic’s fluid work ranges from furniture, footwear and eyewear to numerous personal and home electronics. www.bluelounge.com
Chief Creative Officer, Autonomic Controls
Melanie’s creative abilities have positioned Autonomic as a leading CE manufacturer in digital media products. In 2008, Autonomic hired Melanie’s graphic design firm who developed the touchscreen interface for Mirage Media Control System. MCS has since garnered multiple industry awards, due in large measure to the elegant operational flow and aesthetics of the UI. Melanie has since earned responsibility for all interactive product design, brand development, advertising and trade shows for Autonomic, propelling them from a grassroots technology organization to a mainstream CEDIA manufacturer and industry leader. In late 2010, Melanie acquired an equity stake in Autonomic Controls, Inc. as chief creative officer. www.autonomic-controls.com
Director of Custom Install Sales, Panamax/Furman
Jimmy joined Panamax in April 2008 as the company’s eastern regional sales manager. During that time he significantly increased Panamax/Furman’s dealer base in the East, while bringing on new business from buying group members. He was also instrumental in positioning separate Panamax and Furman brands into one unified product line for dealers. Jimmy’s success led to his promotion to director of custom install sales. In this role, he has the opportunity to lead a talented sales team and help position Panamax/Furman as a leader in energy management by promoting the company’s revolutionary BlueBOLT power control and energy-management platform. www.panamax.com