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Jerry Throgmartin, hhgregg Chairman, Dies

1/23/2012 09:02:56 AM Eastern

Indianapolis - CE
retail industry veteran Jerry Throgmartin, executive chairman of hhgregg, has
died.

Throgmartin, 57, was also the former president/CEO of the multiregional CE, appliance and furniture chain founded by his grandfather in 1955. The cause of death was not disclosed.

In a statement
this morning, president/CEO Dennis May said, "We are deeply saddened by the
passing of Jerry Throgmartin. Jerry played a critical role in both building and
growing our company over his astounding 36-year career at hhgregg.

"To all of us at
hhgregg, Jerry served as a role model, a community patron, and an inspirational
leader, who always lived his life to the fullest. To me personally, he also
served as a mentor, a trusted advisor and a tremendous friend. He will be
greatly missed. His life is an amazing story and our thoughts are with his
family during this difficult time."

Throgmartin began
his career at hhgregg in 1975 as a salesman, and worked his way up the ranks as
manager, district manager, director of advertising, store operations VP and
later, president/CEO.

Throgmartin was
also president of the NATM Buying Group in the early 2000s when the chain was
part of the organization.

He was involved in
many local charities, including serving as chairman of the Indiana University
Simon Cancer Center Development Board and the University of Indianapolis Board
of Trustees.

Throgmartin is
survived by his wife Peggy, a son and twin daughters, and two granddaughters.