SAN FRANCISCO –
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) honored its 2010 CE Hall of Fame class at a gala dinner during its Industry Forum at the Fairmont Hotel, here, in October.
Thirteen individuals were cited for their contributions to the development of the industry and were celebrated by top executives, their friends and families.
The Class of 2010 consists of:
• Joe and Rachelle Friedman, founders of J&R Music and Computer World in New York.
• David and Eugene Mondry who expanded Highland Superstores.
• Al Sotoloff, a top executive with Silo Appliance City, one of the first big box format CE/appliance dealers.
• Richard Kraft, the first U.S. president of Panasonic Corp. of North America.
• Frank McCann, top PR executive for RCA and Thomson.
• Frederik Philips, longtime president of Philips during World War II and the 1960s.
• Dr. Lauren Christopher, who led the development of the digital satellite system for DirecTV.
• Dr. Larry Weber, a pioneer in developing plasma display panels.
• Cynthia Upson, a VP at CEA, who was a communications and public relations guru that promoted the International CES, home theater, digital TV and HDTV.