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Kathy Gornik, president of Thiel Audio Products, has been named the first female chair of the Consumer Electronics Association. Also part of the executive board are: Loyd Ivey, chairman/CEO of Mitek; Jerry Kalov of Kay Associates, who was re-elected industry executive advisor; Pioneer Electronics president Ron Stone; Peter Lesser, president/CEO of X-10 (USA); Bob Borchardt, chairman/CEO and president of Recoton Corp.; and the chairs of each of CEA's seven product divisions. New to the executive board are Patrick Lavell, president/CEO of Audiovox Electronics, who is the chair of the CEA Mobile Electronics Division, and Duane Paulson, strategic marketing VP for GE Interlogix, who was re-elected chair of the new CEA TechHome Division…

CEDIA recently announced members of its 2002-03 executive committee and board. The executive committee members and their titles are as follows: president Jeff Hoover, Audio Advisors; VP Ray Lepper, Home Media Stores L.C.; Treasurer Marilyn Sanford, LaScala/Smart fx; Secretary Andy Willcox, Pro Line Integrated Systems; and past president Steve Hayes, Custom Electronics. The CEDIA board members are: Andy Baker, Audiocom; David Beauchamp, Switched On Living; Larry Dashiell, Hometech; Jill Kent, Audio Video Systems; Bill Skaer, Eric Grundelman Inc.; Michael Heiss, M. Heiss Consulting; Jeff Kussard, consultant; Richard Stoerger, Audio Design Associates; Mitchell Klein, Media Systems; and Scott McAllister, MediaWorks…

Polk Audio promotes North American sales manager Dean Tassio to newly created position of sales VP. The position doesn't consolidate existing positions, Polk said. A new North American sales manager will be announced in the future … Former GE Capital exec William Mayer has been named president/COO of Wells Fargo Retail Finance, which provides merchants with working capital, growth capital and acquisition funding …Bob Grant was named marketing manager for the Midwest division of Cory Home Delivery Service, which provides fulfillment for Best Buy, Circuit City, Home Depot and other CE, majap and furniture retailers … Sharp Electronics veteran Jim Higgins was named national service manager at VAC Service Corp. … Retired Home Depot exec Ronald Brill has joined Circuit City's board of directors … Former Charles Schwab exec Jamie Moldafsky has joined Whirlpool as VP/general manager of the KitchenAid brand.


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