NEW YORK — Stella Austi-Gutenplan, 69, of venerable New York metro area specialty retailer Rabsons Audio Video has died.
Austi-Gutenplan worked in the consumer electronics industry for over 35 years and was VP of Rabsons Audio Video, which was founded in 1905.
She is survived by her husband, Marty Gutenplan; her mother, Pasquelina; her sister, Elaine Perri; two children, Donna and Paul Austi; and 10 grandchildren.
The family said that in lieu of flowers donations in her name are being accepted by the American Lung Association.
Westminster, Mass.— Scott John Munson, 43, sales VP of Escort, died on Jan. 3.
Munson was recently employed by Escort where he was the primary motivating force in Escort's retail expansion.
Scott's sales presentations were always captivating with his wild and creative antics that made everyone laugh and assured that they would never forget “how to sell” radar, according to his colleagues at Escort. Under Munson's influence, Escort's sales have grown in radar and laser products.
“Scotty,” as he was known by many in the industry, was also well known for his overflowing generosity, kindness and patience, according to Escort.
A graduate of Mankato State University in 1985, he is survived by his mother, Eileen; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; friend and former wife Connie; and many friends, relatives and business associates.
Memorials are preferred to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International or Camp Odayin in Minneapolis, a camp for children with heart disease.
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. — Fred Bolton, a 25-year veteran of the consumer electronics industry, died on Jan. 1.
Over the course of his career, Bolton held regional and national sales and marketing management roles with Sharp Electronics and Universal Remote Control. In 2003, he successfully founded his own independent sales representative firm — Fred Bolton and Associates.
“Fred Bolton was both a consummate professional and a true gentleman, making him highly revered by the many people that he came into contact with,” said former Sharp Electronics Corporation co-worker and longtime friend Bill Yanke. “He will be greatly missed.”
Mr. Bolton is survived by his wife Kathleen and daughters Annie and Jeanne Marie. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Catholic Education at St. Jean Baptiste, 173 East 75th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021, (212) 288-1645, are appreciated.