Board & Management Bios
VOXX International Board of Directors
John J. Shalam, Chairman, VOXX International Corporation
Patrick M. Lavelle, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), VOXX International Corporation
Charles M. Stoehr, Director, Senior VP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), VOXX International Corporation
Paul C. Kreuch Jr., Director
Peter A. Lesser, Director
John Adamovich, Jr., Director
Ari M. Shalam, Director
Denise Waund Gibson, Director
VOXX International Management Team
Patrick M. Lavelle, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer,
VOXX International Corporation
Charles M. Stoehr, Director, Senior VP, Chief Financial Officer, VOXX International Corporation
Loriann Shelton, Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer, VOXX International Corporation
Ludwig Geis, President, VOXX/Hirschman; President & CEO, Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH, both wholly owned subsidiaries of VOXX International Corporation
T. Paul Jacobs, CEO, Klipsch Group, Inc, — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation
C. David Geise, CEO, VOXX Accessories Corporation — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation
Ian Geise, President, VOXX Accessories Corporation —wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation.
Thomas C. Malone, President, VOXX Advanced Solutions Group —division of VOXX International Corporation
Aron Demers, Senior Vice President, VOXX/ Hirschmann Automotive
Mark Finger, Managing Director/CEO, VOXX International German Holdings
John J. Shalam
John J. Shalam founded Audiovox Corporation (now VOXX International Corp) in 1965 and was elected Chairman of the Board by May 2005. He served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and 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 and a leader in consumer electronics. He is a significant force within the realm of mergers and acquisitions. 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 and the University of Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Society. He is a life member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Officer of La Chaíne des Rótisseurs (N.Y. Chapter), a 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 active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® where he serves on the Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and is the chairman of CEA's Investment Committee and charitable foundation. He played a significant role in helping CEA become an active participant in the Wireless Communications Industry by establishing the Wireless Communications Division in 2001 and acting as its first and founding chairman. By 1997, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame in October 2009.
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 VOXX Electronics Corp. 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 diversified into the mobile electronics category and quickly became a dominant manufacturer of automotive entertainment and security systems. By 1992, VOXX International's Mobile Division was consolidated into VOXX Electronics Corp, and Lavelle became its first President.
Under Lavelle, the company has been active on the acquisition front and 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 takes an active role in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, where he has held several key committee positions over the years. Among the more notable posts he held in CEA are Chairman of the In-Vehicle Electronics Board, Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, and Executive Board. Currently, Lavelle sits on the CEA Executive Board as an industry analyst and past chair. He is 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. When the company filed its IPO in 1987, Stoehr became part of the VOXX International Board of Directors.
Stoehr was instrumental in the company's 1987 IPO, the subsequent 144 Subordinated Debenture offering, and its ultimate conversion. Additionally, he manages the financial side of the company's acquisition program, which has added ten businesses to the VOXX International family to date. VOXX International's Management Information Services (MIS) group, which is a staff of nearly 60 all report to Stoehr. By 2009, Stoehr established a new company-wide buying and inventory control programs as part of the budgetary controls. Before joining VOXX International, Stoehr was a commercial loan officer at Chase.
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. Recently, Kreuch was 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 manager roles in specialties such as Corporate Banking, Treasury, Finance, Retail Banking, and Administration. Before 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 Round table.
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 serving as president from 1984 to 2009. A former 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. Additionally, Lesser is a former President of the (electronic) Security Industry Association (SIA).
John Adamovich, Jr.
John Adamovich, Jr. was appointed to the VOXX International Board of Directors effective, November 3rd, 2016. Mr. Adamovich fills a vacancy on the Board following the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. He is an independent Director as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will serve on VOXX International's Audit, Compensation and Special Transactions committees.
Adamovich brings to VOXX over 40-years of financial and management experience, and a wealth of expertise in corporate finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC and risk management compliance. In his most recent position, Mr. Adamovich served as Chief Financial Officer of Aeroflex Holding Corp., a NYSE-listed aerospace and test & measurement company focused on wireless communications. He served as Chief Financial Officer for almost a decade, and was responsible for all financial functions, including corporate reporting, financial planning, accounting, tax, treasury, insurance, internal audit, IT, and risk management. He also has considerable experience in M&A activities, having overseen both acquisitions and divestitures.
Prior to Aeroflex, Mr. Adamovich served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Rainbow Media Enterprises, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation; Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of NYSE listed Pall Corporation, a leading manufacturer of filtration, separation and purification solutions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Adamovich held a number of roles over a more than 20-year period with KPMG, ultimately as an SEC Reviewing Partner and Professional Practice Partner.
Mr. Adamovich has also served on the Board of Delta Financial Corporation. A graduate of St. John's University, he is a member of the American Institute of CPA's (AICPA) and the New York State Society of CPA's (NYSSCPA).
Ari M. Shalam was elected to the board in 2011. He is the eldest son of Chairman John Shalam. Shalam worked with VOXX International both in its former wireless division and corporate management, before transitioning into the real estate business. 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 more than $1.5 billion in investment and development transactions across numerous real estate asset classes and has served on the board of VOXX International. 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. Shalam received his BS-Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Denise Waund Gibson
Denise Waund Gibson was elected to the VOXX International Board for Director in 2015. Gibson is a seasoned senior executive and board member with over 30 years of experience in consumer electronics design and manufacturing, logistics and supply chain distribution, and retail services. Currently, Gibson serves as the co-founder and Chairperson of Ice Mobility that launched in 2014. Additionally, she is a national provider and distributor of wireless products and supply chain logistics solutions.
Gibson once served as the founder and former President/CEO of Brightstar US and as a director of Brightstar Corp. from 2001 to 2011, a company that is a leading services provider to the global wireless industry. Before joining Brightstar, she spent seventeen years at Motorola. Gibson has an extensive history that includes her time serving as a member of the executive board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Consumer Electronics Association and a former Vice Chair of CTIA's Wireless Foundation. Gibson's qualifications to serve on the Board include her demonstrated leadership ability, knowledge of marketing, supply chain logistics, corporate finance and the operational and strategic issues facing the consumer electronics business. Additionally, her prior board service at CEA, CTIA, and Brightstar will give her invaluable insight into the issues the Company's Board may consider.
Loriann Shelton was appointed SR. VP and COO in January of 2016. Achieving this new role, Shelton will work closely with the Company's leadership team, looking at various process improvement programs to enhance efficiencies among the Company's global subsidiaries. She will oversee the Corporate Shared Services Groups, including Accounting, Accounts Payable, Corporate Compliance, Credit, Customer Service, Display, Human Resources, Logistics, Operations, and Web Services. Additionally, Shelton will continue in her current role as Chief Accounting Officer, responsible for budgeting, forecasting, and management of VOXX International's Accounting and Credit groups.
Shelton will maintain her current responsibilities as CFO of VOXX Electronics Corp, a position she has held since 1994 and CFO of VOXX Accessories Corporation, which she held since 2007. With these roles, she is responsible for all budgeting, forecasting, and management of their accounting and credit groups. Additionally, her team will manage the consolidation for public reporting of the company's subsidiaries including overseas operations. Shelton received a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from LIU, CW Post. She is actively engaged with several charitable organizations and serves as one of two corporate liaisons with The American Heart Association.
Ludwig Geis has been the President of VOXX/Hirschmann since 2014, and CEO of Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH since 2007. The two companies represent VOXX International's Automotive Business and direct their efforts to both the OE and Aftermarket on a domestic and international scale.
VoxxHirschmann Corporation-Orlando, Florida combines the company's Original Equipment Automotive Groups (OEM) into a single entity that includes, Hirschmann Car Communications®, Audiovox Incaar®, Code Alarm® OE in Detroit, our Invision® team in Florida, and Voxx Electronics' 12 Volt Aftermarket business.
Both VoxxHirschmann and Hirschmann Car Communication have tier-1 supplier status to many of the world's largest automakers. The extensive list of customers includes Audi, Bentley, BMW, Citroen, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, Hyundai, KIA, Jaguar, Mazda, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Scion, Subaru, Toyota to name a few.
Geise has been in the industry since 1976 and held a variety of positions in product development, research development, and software design. He has worked for companies such as Siemens, Robert Bosch GmbH in Berlin, and Blaupunkt GmbH in Hildesheim. As president of the Company's Automotive 'Arms', Geis is directly responsible for the OE product development for Infotainment and Antenna Solutions worldwide.
T. Paul Jacobs
T. Paul Jacobs is CEO of Klipsch Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation 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.
Before being named CEO, Jacobs served as president and chief operating officer of Klipsch Group, Inc. and was responsible for the company's operations. Through previous years, Paul progressed several executive level positions at Klipsch, including president of the Klipsch and Jamo brands, executive vice president, 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.
C. David Geise
C. David Geise has spent more than three decades in the consumer electronics and appliance industries. As CEO of VOXX Accessories Corporation, Geise oversees all activities of the business and is responsible for the company's financial performance.
Before joining VOXX International, Geise held numerous executive positions with Thomson Consumer Electronics. His previous roles included 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 of Thomson Accessories Worldwide (2001-2006), and Vice President of International Business Americas (2006).
Geise was instrumental in helping VOXX International establish as a dominant CE accessory company in North America. 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.
Ian Geise joined VOXX Accessories Corporation in 2008 following management positions with Sirius Satellite Radio (2000-2007), Directv (1998-2000), and Directv's Latin American affiliate (1995-1998). Within Voxx Accessories Corp., he has served as Vice-President, Marketing, and most recently as Senior Vice-President, Marketing, and Product Management.
As President of Voxx Accessories, Geise will be responsible for sales/ product development, engineering, marketing, sourcing, and purchasing. The VOXX Accessories portfolio includes Acoustic Research, RCA, RCA Symphonix, TERK, 360 Fly, Singtrix, Jensen and Surface brands. The company's product lines are diverse and cover a broad range of consumer electronics. These electronics include wireless speakers, headphones, sports action cameras, baby monitors, mobile charging stations, mobile accessories, clock radios, remote controls, indoor/outdoor TV reception, HDMI cables, additional A/V connectivity accessories, personal sound amplifiers, surge protectors, power conditioning, cleaning, and care products.
Geise is no stranger to new product development and product launches. At Sirius, Geise was responsible for the retail marketing execution, and at Voxx, he has led the successful launch of the 808 audio brand, which has met with widespread consumer acceptance. Geise works in close collaboration with the Company's retail distribution including the development of joint marketing promotions with some of the industry's giants.
Thomas C. Malone
Thomas C. Malone is President of VOXX Advanced Solutions, a division of VOXX International Corporation. Malone joined VOXX International in 1986 as a vehicle security specialist and was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales for VOXX Electronics Corp. in 2006 and President of that subsidiary in 2007.
As President of VOXX Advanced Solutions, Malone will focus on the development of ground-breaking digital technology. His experience in innovative product development as well as sales management, distribution, and marketing have guided the Company's entrance into exciting new products and markets that range from action cameras to connected cars. Malone is a relationship builder who developed and maintained significant partnerships for VOXX. These companies include Sirius, Qualcomm, 360fly, Eyelock, iBiquity, and IGT, along with Wireless Carriers such as AT&T and Sprint. His experience positioned him to achieve the Company's goal successfully, as he continues to partner with companies that have new technology and a global reach. His outsourced partnerships are qualified to be used throughout the VOXX family of businesses as it continues to expand towards new markets and distribution channels.
VOXX Advanced Solutions manages the existing partnerships with 360fly in the high-profile action sports market, AT&T/ Car Connection, Eyelock iris authentication, and Biometric Solutions products. Additionally, it brings Voxx into the growing body camera space and is aligned with a major carrier for the launch of 4G streaming body camera that will target law enforcement, correctional facilities and the public safety sector. Before joining VOXX International, Malone served as Vice President for Primary Security, a New York-based Vehicle security manufacturer. He is a veteran of the consumer electronics industry and sits on the board of the Mobile Electronics Division of the Consumer Electronics Association.
Aron Demers is a 27-year CE Industry veteran that was recently appointed as Senior Vice President of VOXX/ Hirschmann Automotive Aftermarket in March 2016. Demers' new role has given him complete responsibility for the VOXX Electronics Group 12 Volt aftermarket sales/ product development as well as the company's financial performance, budgeting, forecasting, inventory management, sales, and management of VOXX 12 Volt Aftermarket sales groups. VOXX Electronics includes the Aftermarket activities for the Advent, Audiovox, Code-Alarm, Invision, Movies-2-Go, Omega, Prestige, and Pursuit brands as well as the continued distribution of the SXM Satellite radio products.
Demers began his career at VOXX in 1995 as the Western Regional Retail Sales Manager for AEC and has held the position of Vice President of Sales since 1997. He was instrumental in the launch of the Mobile Video group, one of the most successful in the 12 Volt category. Demers enjoys strong relationships with the Company's 12 Volt distribution that includes its distributor, car dealer, and independent retailer forces.
Demers is active in the Consumer Electronics Industry and supports groups such as CTA, MESA, and MERA.
Mark Finger is the Managing Director/CEO of Audiovox German Holdings. He has been in the audio business since 1987 and held a variety of positions in the consumer electronics industry in Europe. Before VOXX International, Finger worked for Magnat between 1987-1992, where he began in sales and ended in a management role for a handful of different departments. By 1992, Finger became Managing Director/CEO for International Jensen at Recoton German Holdings. He maintained this position when VOXX International acquired Recoton German Holdings and became Audiovox German Holdings.
Finger is presently responsible for all of Audiovox German Holdings, which includes five active business operations such as the recent acquisitions of Schwaiger, Oehlbach, and Incar. Additionally, he supervises the marketing of products under seven international brands. Finger manages all business affairs for Audiovox German Holdings including brand positioning, acquisition of companies, marketing, sourcing, manufacturing, product development, sales, and distribution. He is on the Board of Directors of CCTL, Car Communications Holdings (Hirschmann).