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Tom Callahan, president of Sawyers Control Systems, a home electronics integration company, became the new TechHome Division Chair and a member of the CEA executive board. Another integrator, Sean Fields, president of Audio/Video Entertainment, was re-elected to serve on the CEA board of directors. CEA also re-elected Kathy Gornik, president of Thiel Audio Products, and Loyd Ivey, chairman and CEO of Mitek, also were re-elected to serve as chair and vice chair of CEA's executive board. In addition to Callahan, other new executive board members include: Mike O'Neal, chair of CEA's Accessories Division and president and CEO of Gemini Industries; Gary Warzin, chair of CEA's Audio Division and president of Audiophile Systems Ltd.; and Peter Fannon, chair of CEA's Video Division and technology policy and regulatory affairs VP for Panasonic/Matsushita Electric Corp. of America. The elections were held during the CEA Industry Forum held earlier this month in Carlsbad, Calif. (See coverage beginning on p. 1.)…

Jeanette Howe, member services director of the Professional AudioVideo Retailers Association (PARA) for seven years, has joined BrandSource's Home Entertainment Source (HES) buying group as national membership manager working with HES general manager Jim RistowHal Compton, CompUSA's CEO will receive the Spirit of Cabrini award from the Cabrini Mission Foundation that will be held here, Nov. 6. The event, to be hosted by actor Charles Grodin, will also honor NBC Entertainment president Jeff ZuckerDan Petersen, ex-Phoenix Gold America sales and marketing VP, rejoins Kenwood after an absence of about eight years, becoming Kenwood USA senior VP market development and Kenwood Canada president … Rusty Bennett promoted to Phoenix Gold Int. senior sales and marketing director … Consultant Roland MacBeth, once with Cerwin-Vega, joins Phoenix Gold International as executive VP to manage worldwide sales, marketing and product development for Phoenix Gold, AudioSource, and Carver Professional … Ali K. Emad named international sales director for Gemini Industries, a new post … Patrick Watson promoted to DTS senior VP of strategy and business development from consumer division VP. DTS also hired ex-Kenwood Brian Towne as consumer division VP … Bob Gatton, ex-Philips and -Federated Group, named marketing manager for home theater supplier SIM2 USA ... Hank Finke ex-Genelec, promoted at ReQuest Multimedia to worldwide sales managing director, replacing Nick Carter, who left the company.


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