Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is recognizing the achievements and celebrating the 90th birthday this month of Jack Wayman and his 65th year in the industry.
Wayman was CEA president/CEO Gary Shapiro's predecessor as head of the organization from 1962 to 1983.
Wayman is best known for guiding the association to create and produce the first International CES in 1967.
This event is now the continent's largest annual event and the world's largest consumer technology trade show. Throughout his 60-year career in the consumer electronics industry, Wayman has served in a variety of retail, wholesale and trade association positions.
"Jack Wayman is an industry visionary who paved the way for the successful show that CES is today," said Shapiro in a statement. "Jack has always been at the forefront of both national and local legislation affecting our industry, and was instrumental in defeating the motion picture industry's attempt to stop the marketing of the VCR in the Sony Betamax case. We honor his achievements and celebrate his successes on this his 90th birthday."
Wayman has received virtually every award and recognition in the electronics industry, including the Electronic Industries Association's (EIA) Distinguished Service Medal, the B'nai B'rith Electronic Industries Award and the United Jewish Appeal Electronics Award.
He was inducted into the first class of the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame and has also been inducted into both the Electronic Industries Hall of Fame and Video Hall of Fame. He was named "Man of the Year" by several industry trade publications.
A combat infantry company commander from the Normandy invasion to the Battle of the Bulge through the end of World War II, he has many medals, including two Purple Hearts and awards from France and Belgium. Wayman is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C.
Wayman will be profiled in the July/August edition of CEA's Vision Magazine for a more detailed look into his life accomplishments. His industry friends will also honor his birthday in conjunction with CE week in NYC on June 27. Contact