Board of Trustees
Chair: Larry Richenstein
, CEO, Peak Ventures Inc.
Lawrence Richenstein is an entrepreneur, active angel investor, and mentor to early stage companies. He has founded a number of consumer technology start-ups, including Unwired Technology, which he sold in 2005, and left in 2007. Since then Richenstein has invested in over 40 early stage companies, primarily through his involvement in New York Angels, one of the nation’s most active angel investment groups. He was elected to the Board of Directors of New York Angels in 2013.
Larry received his BA in accounting from NYU, and his JD degree from St. John’s Law School. Previously he has been on CTA’s Board of Industry Leaders, Division Executive Board, and chaired the Automotive Electronics Division where he was a member for 12 years.
Vice Chair: John Godfrey, Vice President, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
John Godfrey is Vice President of Communications Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Samsung Electronics America. An active participant in the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Godfrey is a member of CTA’s Board of Industry Leaders, Division Executive Board (as past chair), Video Division Board, and Government Affairs Council, among other groups. Godfrey has a Master of Arts degree in Telecommunications from George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas.
Secretary and Treasurer: Laurie Lutz, Vice President, CES Operations, CTA
Laurie Lutz is vice president of CES operations for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer technology companies, and owning and producing the world’s largest gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.
Lutz joined CTA in 2001 and oversees the production and operations of CES. She and her team are responsible for building the infrastructure of the event, which includes everything from managing the show venues, general contractors and show vendors to planning the show set-up, décor, transportation, food service, security and hotels. Prior to CTA, Lutz worked at Reed Exhibitions and Conference Management Company, both in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Lutz earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. In 2010, Lutz was selected as one of Dealerscope’s “40 under 40.” Her most notable honor is her twin daughters.
Chair Emeritus: John Shalam, Chairman and Founder, VOXX International
John Shalam founded and is chairman of what is now VOXX International Corp.
Shalam leads an active life outside of VOXX International; he is a member of many notable associations such as the Wharton School Club of NY. Shalam was inducted into the CTA Hall of Fame in 2009. In 1997, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 2012, he was honored to receive the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Lifetime Achievement Award. In April 2014, Shalam was honored and received CTA's Digital Patriot Award in Washington, DC. Shalam received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Jane Shalam, with whom he has three sons, Ari, David and Marc.
Matt Ater, Vice President of Services, Freedom Scientific
Matt Ater is the Vice President of Services for Freedom Scientific (FSI), the worldwide leader in Assistive Technology solutions for persons who are blind or who have low vision. Matt joined FSI to deliver new solutions to both existing and new customers. As the VP of Services, Matt works with industry and government to develop new solutions to support the blind and visually impaired community.
Matt brings over 20 years of experience in working with people with disabilities. He began his career training disabled government employees on Assistive Technology. In 1996 he joined the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind as the Director of Assistive Technology and in 2001 he joined HumanWare as the Federal Account Manager. From 2002 through 2013 Matt worked for subsidiaries of VSE Corporation as a certified Project Manager for SSA, Treasury and other federal agencies delivering support and technology to disabled employees.
Adrienne Biddings, Policy Counsel, Google Inc.
Adrienne Biddings is currently Policy Counsel for Google, Inc. in Washington, DC. Prior to going to Google, she was a staff attorney at Georgetown Institute for Public Representation, where she worked on projects to make communications media accessible, diverse and responsive to the needs of all segments of the community.
She has L.L.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. She received her JD, cum laude, from the University of Florida College of Law. She also received her Master’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Miami. Prior to her position at Georgetown, she taught Telecommunication Law and Regulation in the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. Before attending law school, Adrienne worked as a promotions producer for an ABC affiliate in Miami, FL and was a technical director for a public access channel in Wilmington, NC.
Bruce Borenstein, President & CEO, AfterShokz
A more than 30-year veteran of our industry, Bruce is proud to lead AfterShokz. He recently won the Consumer Technology Association’s 2013 Innovation Entrepreneur Award as Small Business Executive of the Year. Bruce serves as a board member and is currently Chairman Ex Officio of the CTA Accessories Division and has recently taken on the Chairmanship of the CTA’s Leadership Development Working Group. Previously, Bruce was Executive Vice President of The Neat Company where he was responsible for global sales and sat on the company’s operating committee that set company strategy and direction.
Michael Brown, Senior Director of Marketing, Consumer Technology Association
Scott Burnett, Managing Director, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM
Henry Chiarelli, EVP, Industry Relations, Gibson Brands, Inc.
Henry Chiarelli has held a series of leadership roles within Gibson Brands…In his current role as Executive Vice-President, Industry Relations; Mr. Chiarelli oversees corporate relationships in the technology standards and channel communities focused on emerging technologies within the Consumer Entertainment Technology sector…From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Chiarelli was President of DBL Distributing a $350 million Consumer Electronics Distributor which was purchased by Ingram Micro in 2007. Mr. Chiarelli also served in a number of roles for CompUSA including Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Chiarelli was a Division President with RadioShack from 1998 to 2001, which capped off a 32-year career at Tandy Corp. Mr. Chiarelli’s career at Tandy is noted by many executive level positions, including Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing for Computer City, General Manager of Incredible Universe, and Senior Vice President of Retail Support Services for all Tandy retail divisions. Mr. Chiarelli is an active member of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and former CTA Executive Board member where he served as vice-chair in 2008-2009…Mr. Chiarelli currently serves as chair of the AVnu AVB Wireless Standards Group and sits on the Texas Christian University MBA Advisory Board. He received his MBA from Texas Christian University.
Robert Heiblim, Principal, BlueSalve
Areas of Expertise: All phases of general management, including management of new technology start-ups, and high growth companies.
Mr. Heiblim has consulted to clients including AT&T, Sony, Panasonic/Matsushita, Best Buy, The Good Guys!, , Tweeter Etc., ICX Global, Philips, Sony, Wal-Mart CEBus Industry Council, Audiovox, and many others. Mr., Heiblim has also been very active in the industry serving as Audio Division Chair for the then EIA/CEG (CTA), on their executive committee, as chair of the DAR Manufacturers Caucus, Vice President of the Compact Disc Group, and numerous other industry activities including standards setting, new technology launches and promotion.
Loyd Ivey, CEO, Mitek Electronics and Communications
Loyd Ivey is the founder and CEO of MiTek Electronics and Communications Corp. Additionally, Ivey serves on the Board of Industry Leaders and CEAPAC Board. Ivey have been a major factor and contributor to the advancement of the consumer technology industry. He continuously works hard to advocate for the industry’s growth and sustainability on Capitol Hill.
Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009
Recipient Illinois Governor Export Award for International Trade, 2009
Cover CE Vision Magazine, 2008
Entrepreneur of the Year, Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young/Merrill Lynch – 1990
Jim Mault, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life
James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the VP & Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life. Dr. Mault has more than 30 years of experience in executive positions in the HIT & Med Device industries as well as clinical medicine. He's been board-certified in both General Surgery & Cardiothoracic Surgery. Mault conducted academic medical research under numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and others. Mault holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Medical Degree from the University of Michigan, and conducted his General Surgery & Cardiothoracic Surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center.
Mike May, Co-Founder and CEO, Sendero Group
Mike May is co-founder and CEO of Sendero Group, developers of the first accessible GPS to improve the independence of people who are blind. He has been the principle investigator on several U.S. federal grants working with numerous organizations to advance accessible wayfinding technologies worldwide.
Mike May has attended the Consumer Electronics Show since 1984 evaluating technology accessibility. He has worked with several companies, large and small, to improve accessibility on hardware products and within apps. He is part of the Accessibility Team evaluating products at the show since 2014 and an Innovations Judge for three years.
Mike's personal life and professional career have been characterized by pioneering efforts in business and community service. Mike has been on the boards of many nonprofits and currently also serves on the board of the Seeing Eye. He holds the downhill speed skiing record for a totally blind person of 65 MPH. Mike has met Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Obama. A story of Mike’s adventures is told in Robert Kurson’s best-selling book, Crashing Through.
John Penney, Chief Strategy Officer, Starz
John Penney is Chief Strategy Officer for Starz. Penney is responsible for building and evaluating key business strategies, partnerships, and identifying and developing new business opportunities across the Starz family of companies.
Prior to joining Starz, Penney was President and Head of Corporate Development of Foresee Entertainment, a media and entertainment company he co-founded with current Starz CEO, Chris Albrecht in 2008.
An early and ongoing proponent of the digital transformation of the entertainment industry, early in his career Penney spent five years with HBO, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Digital Initiatives, where he oversaw the strategic planning, delivery and operational management of digital businesses and new advertising-supported broadband channels.
In 2014, Penney was elected to the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and remains Chairman of the organization’s Media & Entertainment Council and a member of its Board of Industry Leaders.
Penney holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Administration, concentrating in Science & Technology, from Columbia University.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times
Robin Raskin is founder of Living in Digital Times (LIDT). LIDT produces conferences and expos at CES and throughout the year focusing on how technology enhances every aspect of our lives through the eyes of today’s digital consumer. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. She lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop in now and then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.
David Rodarte, CEO, ChangingVelocity
David Rodarte is the CEO of ChangingVelocity.
His enthusiasm for the Consumer Technology Association has been proven by his active participation in numerous CTA boards and councils. He was awarded CTA Mark of Excellence Leadership Award in 2008. Born and raised in the United States, David is first generation Hispanic with a strong curiosity and appreciation for diverse cultures and thinking. A graduate from The Ohio State University he resides in Covington, Kentucky with his wife of more than 37 years, Vicki.
Paul Sabbah, President, Stamford International inc.
Paul Sabbah is founder and President of Stamford International Inc., an Export Management Company working with North American-based manufacturers looking to go global. He has a 30 year history of sales, product development and business development in the consumer technology industry. Sabbah received his M.B.A in International Business from City University of NY in 1989, and his BA from Williams College in 1983, and currently lives in Stamford, CT. Sabbah, through his company’s affiliation, is an active member of both the Consumer Technology Association (www.cta.tech) and the Small Business Exporters Association (www.sbea.org). He also serves as a Board Member of SBEA.
George Stepancich, CEO and founder, Invisionate, LLC
George Stepancich is the CEO and founder of Invisionate,LLC. Prior to starting the company, Mr. Stepancich has spent the last 10 years running GoldLantern, LLC, a consumer technology company.
Mr. Stepancich received a BA degree in Business from California State University and attended courses from faculty and staff associated with Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Yale.
Mr. Stepancich is both a past and present member of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Executive Board, Industry Board of Leaders, Wireless Division Board, Chairman of the Accessory Board, and a member of the CTA Foundation.
John Taylor,Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, LG Electronics USA
John I. Taylor is Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for LG Electronics USA Inc., serving as LG's senior U.S. industry relations, government affairs and public relations executive. Active for three decades in the Consumer Technology Association, Taylor is currently Chairman of the CTA Communications Committee and Vice Chairman of the CTA Ultra HD Working Group. In addition to his role as a Trustee of the CTA Foundation, Taylor serves on CTA's Video Division Board and is a long-time member of the CTA Government Affairs Council and the judging committee for the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame. Taylor serves on the boards of other organizations, including the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the Advanced Television Systems Committee, The Media Institute and the Library of American Broadcasting.
Skip West, President, MAXSA Innovations, LLC
MAXSA develops and markets solar motion lights, battery powered lighting and innovative automotive accessories to help you park better, stay safe all winter and keep your car organized. Mr. West serves on the boards of The Consumer Technology Association, National Science and Education Partnership and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association as well as being involved with charities focused on improving childhood education in Ghana. He also teaches as an adjunct at George Mason University in both the business and IT schools. Mr. West received his Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College in 1978 and his Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University in 1980. Before his college graduation, Mr. West spent a year teaching in Africa. He enjoys outdoor activities.
Stephen Ewell, Executive Director
Steve Ewell is the executive director of the CTA Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that can enhance their lives.
Prior to joining the CTA Foundation he served in other nonprofit leadership roles. He was managing director of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA), a public private partnership with the FBI focused on promoting and developing critical infrastructure protection.
Steve graduated cum laude from Drew University with a Bachelors of Arts and earned his MBA and Masters in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School. He serves on the Board of Directors of Grantmakers in Aging and the Washington Cyber Roundtable. In 2014 he was selected by Dealerscope Magazine as one of their Top 40 under 40.
What are the Foundation’s main areas of focus?
The CTA Foundation is focused on improving the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. For information on our programs visit our Initiatives page.
When was the Foundation Created?
The Foundation received IRS recognition as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2009 and started supporting its first programs in 2012.
How to apply?
At this time the CTA Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Organizations that fit our mission can submit information about their programs through the contact us page, however please recognize that due to limited staff and resources the CTA Foundation cannot respond to unsolicited requests.
How does the Foundation decide which grants to fund?
The CTA Foundation staff does extensive research on potential programs that meet the mission and vision of the Foundation. Upon identifying potential partners they may request proposals from those organizations. The Foundation Board of Trustees makes the final section of proposals to support. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
What relationship does the Foundation have with grantees after funding is provided?
The CTA Foundation sees their grants as part of a partnership and works closely with our grantees to ensure the program’s success.
How does the Foundation measure success of its grantees?
Programs that receive grants from the CTA Foundation are required to submit reports outlining the impact that the program has had towards our mission. These metrics are taken into consideration when future requests are made.
Do we support international programs?
The CTA Foundation supports 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations that utilizes technology to empower the lives of seniors and people with disabilities in the United States.
Are there any jobs available at the Foundation?
The Foundation does not currently have any positions available.
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