Livio, iBiquity Among Finalists for CEA Honor

IBiquity Digital and Livio Radio are among the finalists for a new award from the Consumer Electronics Association that honors entrepreneurs.

The first annual Innovation Entrepreneur Awards are sponsored by the trade organization’s new flagship publication, It Is Innovation (i3), launching at the 2013 International CES in January, 2013 and CEA’s Small Business Council. The awards honor excellence in entrepreneurship and recognize visionaries leading businesses with revenues under $30 million, according to CEA.

CEA President/CEO Gary Shapiro says the new awards enable the lobbying group to publicly recognize entrepreneurs in the consumer electronics industry “who demonstrate a true sense of innovation, dedication to the industry and the tenacity to persevere through business and economic challenges.”

He continued: “From a specialty retailer to a successful wholesale distributor; a company that created automated recycling kiosks and one whose technology connects caregivers with loved ones; groundbreaking work that brought AM and FM radio into the 21st century and another that brought Internet radio into the car; to an innovator in the audio industry — this is truly a standout group for the inaugural year of our award.”

Livio founder Jake Sigal is up for the Small Business Executive of the Year award, along with GoldenEar Technology co-founder Sandy Gross and DC-Genius President/CEO David Lorsch.

IBiquity is a finalist for the small business of the year award, alongside Audio Video Interiors, EcoATM and GrandCare.

From these seven finalists, one executive and two small businesses will be announced as this year’s winners at the 2012 CEA Industry Forum, Oct., 14–17 in San Francisco.


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