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TWICE One On One: ADL Industry Chairman Fred Towns

NEW YORK — New Age president Fred Towns is the new industry chair of the Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology division. TWICE asked Towns to offer some background on the organization and it’s work on the eve of the group’s annual event here.

TWICE: As the incoming ADL industry chair, can you explain what the group’s mission is?

Towns: The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) mission began in 1913 to bring an end to the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment for all. In addition to fighting anti- Semitism and other forms of bigotry, the ADL has evolved to become one of the nation’s premier civil rights and human relations agencies. Today, the ADL’s mission continues to be critical given our nation’s increasing diversity and need for social equality.

TWICE: Why is it important for the consumer technology industry to engage with groups such as the ADL?

Towns: Engaging with groups such as the ADL provides consumer electronics leaders the opportunity to work together to truly make a difference in the lives of others. By uniting our strategy and goals, we are able to make considerable strides in the fight to defend democratic ideals and protect civil rights.

TWICE: Can you comment on this year’s honorees, Mike Fasulo, Murray Huppin and John T. White?

Mike, Murray and John are exemplary leaders who truly embody the ADL’s mission. Their collaborative approach and commitment to the cause continues to inspire others and propel the ADL forward in achieving its short and long-term goals. Within the CE industry, the three honorees are standout leaders who deliver superior results.

TWICE: How can our readers help out the ADL’s efforts going forward?

There are many ways for readers to get involved on a number of levels. Interested readers should become familiar with the cause by visiting www.adl. org. By visiting the website, readers can view a map of regional chapters near where they live or work and consider becoming involved locally. They can also make a monetary donation, help with fundraising initiatives, urge their local senators and representatives to pass legislation to protect civil rights, or join an ADL Advocacy Team.