VOXX International Board of Directors
John J. Shalam, Chairman
Paul C. Kreuch Jr., Director
Dennis F. McManus, Director
Peter A. Lesser, Director
Philip Christopher, Director
Fred R. Klipsch, Director
Ari M. Shalam, Director
Patrick M. Lavelle, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audiovox Corporation
Charles M. Stoehr, Director, Senior VP, Chief Financial Officer, Audiovox Corporation
VOXX International Management Team
Patrick M. Lavelle, Director, President and Chief Executive
Officer, VOXX International
Charles M. Stoehr, Director, Senior VP, Chief Financial Officer, VOXX International
Loriann Shelton, Senior VP, Accounting & Credit, VOXX International Corporation
Thomas C. Malone, President, Audiovox Electronics Corporation — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International
C. David Geise, President, VOXX Accessories Corporation — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International
Mark Finger, Managing Director/CEO, VOXX International German Holdings
T. Paul Jacobs, CEO, Klipsch Group, Inc. - wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International
John J. Shalam
John J. Shalam, founded Audiovox Corporation (now VOXX International Corp) in 1965 and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2005. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of VOXX International (or its predecessor) from 1960 through May 2005.
Shalam was instrumental in building his company from a marketer of one of the world's first in-dash auto sound systems, to a major player in the cellular industry, to a leader in consumer electronics. He is a significant force within the realm of mergers and acquisitions, facilitating 10 acquisitions to date. Shalam was at the helm in 1987 when the company went public and serves today in an advisory capacity.
Shalam leads an active life outside of Audiovox as a member of The Wharton Club of New York, the University of Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Society and the JPMorgan Chase Bank Metropolitan Advisory Board. He is a life member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Officer of La Chaíne des Rótisseurs (N.Y. Chapter), member of the Ordre Mondial Du Vin, Fondateur de L' Académie Brillat-Savarin, and Past President and Director of the Old Westbury Horsemen's Foundation.
Shalam is also active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, where he serves on the Board of Industry Leaders (BIL), and is chairman of CEA's Investment Committee. He was instrumental in helping CEA become an active participant in the Wireless Communications Industry, establishing the Wireless Communications Division in 2001 and acting as its first and founding chairman. Shalam was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame in October 2009. In 1997, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Paul C. Kreuch, Jr.
Paul C. Kreuch, Jr., was elected to the VOXX International Board of Directors in February 1997 and has been Chairman of the Audit Committee since May 2005. Kreuch is a principal at Knightsbridge Advisors LLC. As a search executive, he has completed searches for positions including Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Executive Vice President and other functional senior managers in specialties such as Corporate Banking, Treasury, Finance, Retail Banking and Administration. Prior to entering the search profession, he was a banker for more than 34 years. Kreuch began his banking career at Pittsburgh National Bank and later Wachovia Bank and Trust Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He joined NatWest Bancorp in 1982 and managed the U.S. and Regional banking groups before becoming head of corporate banking and being named President, CEO and a member of the board of NatWest USA. Past affiliations include serving on the Best Practices Council of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Citywide Advisory Board of Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City and the Bankers Roundtable.
Dennis F. McManus
Dennis F. McManus, was elected to the VOXX International Board of Directors in March 1998 and is currently self-employed as a telecommunications consultant. From May 2001 to February 2005, he was employed full time as the Vice President, New Product Marketing of LSSI Corporation. Prior to that, McManus was employed by NYNEX Corporation (now Verizon) for more than 27 years, most recently as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director from 1991 through December 1997.
Peter A. Lesser
Peter A. Lesser, was elected to the VOXX International Board of Directors in 2003. Lesser founded X-10 (USA) Inc., a wholesaler of electronic home control and security systems, and served as its president from 1984 to 2009. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Consumer Electronics Association from 1999 to 2010 and served as its Industry Executive Advisor from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Lesser is a past President of the (electronic) Security Industry Association (SIA).
Fred S. Klipsch
Fred S. Klipsch, was elected to the board in 2011. Mr. Klipsch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Klipsch Group, Inc. VOXX International's newest wholly owned subsidiary.
Klipsch is a premium, world-class speaker company that markets the Klipsch, Mirage, Jamo, Energy brands. For over 20 years, Fred has served as Chairman and CEO of Klipsch?successfully growing Klipsch into a global premium audio icon?driving the company?s reach into international markets, overseeing meaningful acquisitions of global brands and maintaining the Klipsch legacy and commitment to quality. Throughout his career, he has worked with companies both public and private, owning and operating several in the health care space and managing successful sales and public offerings.
Mr. Klipsch is active in many philanthropic organizations with a passion focused on improving the education of underprivileged children. He was the recipient of the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame award in 2006 and was Indiana Heartland?s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2000.
Ari M. Shalam was elected to the board in 2011. He is the eldest son of Chairman John Shalam and has worked with VOXX International both in its former wireless division and with its corporate management prior to transitioning into the real estate business. Mr. Shalam is presently the Managing Director of RWN Real Estate partners LLC, a New York City based real estate private equity fund. Previously, he has worked with Enterprise Asset Management, Taconic Investment Partners and the Kaufman Organization. Over the course of his real estate career, he has successfully led in excess of $1 billion in investment and development transactions across numerous real estate asset classes. In addition to serving on the board of VOXX International, Mr. Shalam is currently a trustee of the Trinity School in New York City and a member of the board of directors of Baby Buggy Inc., a not-for-profit charity. Mr. Shalam received his BS-Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Philip Christopher, has served as a Director of VOXX International (or its predecessor) since 1973. He is the President and CEO of Personal Communications Devices LLC. Christopher is considered an independent director of the company. Until Nov. 1, 2004, Christopher had been Executive Vice President of Audiovox and CEO of Audiovox's cellular subsidiary, Audiovox Communications Corporation. He left the company sold its cellular subsidiary, but maintains an active role in the telecommunications industry. He was a member of the White House Economic Council and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of CTIA - The Wireless Association. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, the Atlantic Professional Soccer League and several other organizations. Christopher is also the recipient of numerous industry and humanitarian awards and honors, including the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Patrick M. Lavelle
Patrick M. Lavelle, was elected President and CEO of VOXX International in May 2005 following stints as Vice President of VOXX International, Senior Vice President and President of Audiovox Electronics Corporation. He was elected to the VOXX International Board of Directors in 1993 and serves as a Director of most of VOXX International's operating subsidiaries.
Lavelle joined VOXX International as an audio salesman and held numerous sales management positions before being appointed Vice President of Mobile Accessory Products in 1980. Under Lavelle's direction, VOXX International began to diversify into the mobile electronics category and quickly became a dominant manufacturer of automotive entertainment and security systems. In 1992, VOXX International's Mobile Division was consolidated into Audiovox Electronics Corporation, and Lavelle was named its first President.
Under Lavelle, the company has been active on the acquisition front and has expanded its lines and brands including developing a significant international business. Some of the brands acquired include well-known names such as Klipsch, RCA, Acoustic Research, Jensen, Code Alarm and Terk, as well as international brands such as Magnat, Heco and Mac Audio.
A veteran of the consumer electronics industry, Lavelle has been very active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, holding several key committee positions over the years. Among the more significant posts he has held in CEA are Chairman of the In-Vehicle Electronics Board (2003-2004) and Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association and Executive Board (2007-2008). Currently Lavelle sits on the CEA Executive Board as a member at large and past chair. He is also active in his community and serves on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Marist College in New York.
Charles M. Stoehr
Charles M. Stoehr, has been VOXX International's Chief Financial Officer since 1979 and Senior Vice President since 1990. He has been on the VOXX International Board of Directors since 1987 when the company filed its IPO.
Charles was instrumental in the company's 1987 IPO, the subsequent 144 Subordinated Debenture offering and its ultimate conversion. He also manages the financial side of the company's acquisition program, which has added 10 companies to the VOXX International family to date. In addition, VOXX International's Management Information Services (MIS) group, a staff of nearly 60, reports to Stoehr. In 2009, Stoehr established new company-wide buying and inventory control programs as part of the budgetary controls.
Prior to joining VOXX International, Stoehr was a commercial loan officer at Chase.
Loriann Shelton, joined VOXX International in 1981 and currently holds several titles with the company and its subsidiaries. She has served as Senior Vice President of Accounting and Credit for VOXX International since 2005, CFO of Audiovox Electronics Corporation since 1994 and CFO of VOXX Accessories Corporation since 2007.
As CFO of the company's two major subsidiaries, Shelton is responsible for all budgeting, forecasting and management of their accounting and credit groups. In addition, her team manages the consolidation for public reporting of all the company's subsidiaries including all overseas operations. Shelton manages a staff of more than 50 people at the New York headquarters as well as in VOXX International's domestic and international offices.
Thomas C. Malone
Thomas C. Malone, is President of Audiovox Electronics Corporation. Malone joined VOXX International in 1986 as a vehicle security specialist developing products with the company's overseas vendors and programs with the company's 12-Volt, Expeditor and DIY (Do It Yourself) security markets. Over time, his responsibilities expanded to include management of the company's other mobile electronics product lines including video, auto sound, navigation, GPS tracking and satellite radio. He was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales for Audiovox Electronics Corporation in 2006 and President in 2007.
Malone manages products and brands for the subsidiary's complete portfolio of mobile electronics products including Audiovox, Jensen, Phase Linear, Code Alarm, Prestige, Pursuit and Advent and is closely involved in product development as well as overall management of the mobile company.
Prior to joining VOXX International, Malone served as Vice President for Primary Security, a New York-based vehicle security manufacturer. A veteran of the consumer electronics industry, Malone sits on the board of the Mobile Electronics Division of the Consumer Electronics Association.
C. David Geise
C. David Geise, has spent more than 33 years in the consumer electronics and appliance industries. In his current position as President of VOXX Accessories Corporation, Geise is responsible for both the domestic and international operations, with responsibilities over product development, sourcing/manufacturing, marketing, and sales and distribution of consumer electronics and accessories products.
Prior to joining VOXX International, Geise held numerous executive positions with Thomson Consumer Electronics: Sales Department Manager (1988-2006), President of Thomson Canada (1991-1993); Vice President and General Manager, Thomson Latin America (1993-2001); Vice President and General Manager Thomson Accessories Worldwide (2001-2006); and Vice President, International Business Americas (2006).
Prior to Thomson Consumer Electronics' acquisition of GE/RCA consumer electronics business from General Electric in 1988, Geise worked for GE in various sales, marketing and business development positions starting in 1977.
Mark Finger, Managing Director/CEO of Audiovox German Holdings, has been in the audio business since 1987, holding a variety of positions in the consumer electronics industry in Europe. Prior to VOXX International, Finger worked from 1987 until 1992 for Magnat, where he began in sales and advanced into a management role for a number of different departments. In 1992 Finger became Managing Director/CEO for International Jensen at Recoton German Holdings and maintained this position when VOXX International acquired Recoton German Holdings and became Audiovox German Holdings.
In his current capacity at VOXX International, Mark is responsible for all of Audiovox German Holdings — which includes five active business operations such as the recent acquisitions of Schwaiger, Oehlbach and Incaar — and supervises the marketing of products under seven international brands.
Finger also manages all business affairs for Audiovox German Holdings including brand positioning, acquisition of companies, marketing, sourcing/manufacturing, product development, and sales and distribution.
T. Paul Jacobs
T. Paul Jacobs is CEO of Klipsch Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International (NASDAQ: VOXX) and leading global manufacturer of premium sound solutions for the consumer and professional markets. With the legendary Klipsch®, Jamo® and Energy® brands under its corporate umbrella, Klipsch Group offers more than 160 collective years of superior engineering and world-class research and development experience.
Prior to being named CEO, Jacobs served as president and chief operating officer of Klipsch Group, Inc. and was responsible for all company operations. In years past, Paul progressed through several executive level positions at Klipsch, including president of the Klipsch and Jamo brands, executive vice president and chief operating officer, company vice president and vice president of worldwide sales.
He first joined Klipsch as a manufacturer?s representative after working as sales manager for Lyons & Associates, a consumer electronics rep firm, and as regional sales manager for Fretter Appliance. Altogether, Jacobs? career represents significant retail, manufacturing, sales and management experience totaling over 30 years.