The 2011 Young Turks of CE
Director of Marketing, Dana Innovations (iPort, Sonance, Trufig)
Simon joined Dana Innovations three months ago and he has quickly established himself as a resourceful team member and leader. His extensive experience working within the A/V and design community—25 years—has been instrumental in the development of new marketing and sales materials, advertisements, website enhancements and new business relationships. He will now turn his focus, attention and talents into leading the company’s marketing initiatives in 2011 and beyond. www.sonance.com
President/CEO, Starpower Home Entertainment Systems, Inc.
David Pidgeon, one of the founders of Starpower Home Entertainment Systems, Inc., has served as president/CEO since the company’s inception in 1995. Under his leadership, the Dallas-based company has grown into one of the most successful home electronic companies in America. Starpower now has four locations, including three in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and one in Scottsdale, Ariz. With unique sales promotions, marketing programs and an unprecedented dedication to customer service, Pidgeon created a brand name for the 15-year-old company that has attracted an elite clientele, including hundreds of professional athletes, celebrities and Fortune 500 business leaders. www.star-power.com
Co-Founder & VP of Technical Operations, ihiji
As a key architect of ihiji’s remote monitoring and servicing system, invision, Michael works tirelessly to bridge the complex worlds of IT and A/V. Responsible for the technology behind ihiji’s flagship product, invision, Michael executes critical aspects of the company’s product and software development efforts, including invision’s front and back-end systems.
Overseeing the ihiji brand and market strategy, including PR and marketing efforts, he also works closely with independent sales reps and manufacturer partners. He is a certified CEDIA Registered Outreach Instructor and a member of the CEDIA Tech Council Discover Action Team. www.ihiji.com
Marketing Manager, Elite Screens Inc.
In the five years since he started with the company, Rodgers has contributed to the growth of Elite from a small U.S.-based business to a multi-million dollar international company with corporate offices in North America, Europe and Asia, along with a worldwide distribution network. He has won 18 industry awards and citations against larger and more established competitors. He has coordinated and/or managed 44 tradeshows in the U.S., Europe/CIS, Asia and the Middle East. He has made numerous television, radio and print media appearances while maintaining a high level of editorial presence to ensure strong company branding and customer relations. www.elitescreens.com