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Board of Trustees

Chair: John Godfrey
Chair: John Godfrey, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

An active participant in the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), John 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.

Vice Chair: Denise Gibson
Vice Chair: Denise Gibson , Ice Mobility

Denise Gibson is the co-founder and chairman of Ice Mobility. Launched in 2014, Ice Mobility is a national provider and distributor of wireless products and supply chain logistics solutions.

Denise Gibson brings 30 years of experience in the consumer technology industry. She is the founder and former president/ CEO of Brightstar US a leading services provider to the global wireless industry, currently operating in excess of 50 countries. Prior to joining Brightstar, she spent 17 years at Motorola as vice president and general manager of U.S. Markets. She serves on numerous boards including CTA’s Board of Industry Leaders

Gibson holds a master’s degree in management from Kellogg at Northwestern University. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration and marketing from Drexel University.

Secretary and Treasurer: Cindy Stevens
Secretary and Treasurer: Cindy Stevens , Consumer Technology Association

Cindy Stevens is the senior director of publications for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation.

She is editor-in-chief and publisher of CTA’s flagship bi-monthly magazine, It Is Innovation (i3) and also oversees Five Technology Trends to Watch, Digital America and CTA’s Corporate Report, as well as the publication website, CTA.tech/i3. She also directs the CT Hall of Fame program including the awards dinner and the Innovation Entrepreneur Awards program.

Before that, she was editor-in-chief of Wireless Business & Technology magazine with Phillips Business Information Inc., and directed the editorial efforts of three additional magazines, Mobile Product News, Mobile Products Europe and Mobile Products Asia. Stevens holds a BS in journalism from the University of Maryland. She serves on the Publishers Advisory Committee for BPA Worldwide.

Chair Emeritus: Lawrence Richenstein
Chair Emeritus: Lawrence Richenstein, 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 startups, including Unwired Technology, which he sold in 2005 and left in 2007.

Since then Richenstein has invested in more than 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.

Richenstein received his bachelor's degree in accounting from NYU, and his juris doctor degree from St. John’s Law School. Previously he has been on CTA’s Board of Industry Leaders and Division Executive Board, and he chaired the Automotive Electronics Division, or which he was a member for 12 years.

Trustee: Matt Ater
Trustee: Matt Ater, VFO

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. Ater joined FSI to deliver new solutions to both existing and new customers. As the VP of Services, he works with industry and government to develop new solutions to support the blind and visually impaired community.

Ater brings more than 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, Ater 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.

Trustee: Adrienne Biddings
Trustee: Adrienne Biddings, Google Inc.

Adrienne Biddings is currently Policy Counsel for Google, Inc., in Washington, D.C. 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 an 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, Biddings worked as a promotions producer for an ABC affiliate in Miami, Fla., and was a technical director for a public access channel in Wilmington, N.C.

Trustee: Bruce Borenstein
Trustee: Bruce Borenstein, PH Advisors

A more than 30-year veteran of our industry, Bruce is currently the Principal at PH Advisors. Previously he was VP of Global Sales for Nuheara - a leader in the hearing health industry. He currently sits on their Advisory Board. He won the Consumer Technology Association’s 2013 Innovation Entrepreneur Award as Small Business Executive of the Year.
He serves as a board member and past Chair of the Accessories Division of the Consumer Technology Association and is also a former member of the CTA Board of Industry Leaders.  Prior to joining Nuheara, 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.
Bruce has a BA in Political Science from the University at Albany and earned the CPMR designation at Indiana University.

Trustee: Scott Burnett
Trustee: Scott Burnett, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM

Scott leads business development for the global Electronics Industry and focuses on the consumer electronics segment, with partnerships, product & service innovation, and cognitive internet of things.

Scott has served in numerous capacities at IBM ranging from executive roles in the Media & Entertainment industry to business development with IBM research. He is a member of the IBM Industry Academy.

Prior to joining IBM, Scott served as VP, Marketing for Liquid Audio, one of the early start-ups in internet music distribution. Scott has an extensive background in the media & entertainment industry having served as VP Corporate Brands, Warner Bros. and Director Operations at The Walt Disney Company.

Scott is an active member of the CTA, Consumer Technology Association Board of Industry leaders, member of the Tech Home Council and member of the CTA Foundation Board of Trustees

Trustee: Lee Cheng
Trustee: Lee Cheng, Leverage Advisory Services LLC

Lee Cheng is the founder and managing member of Leverage Advisory Services LLC. Previously he worked as the Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President of Gibson Brands, Inc., the maker of the world-famous and beloved Gibson Guitars and owner of a portfolio of leading electronics brands such as Philips, Cerwin-Vega, KRK, Onkyo and TEAC.

Lee previously served as the Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary at Newegg.com, the largest online only retailer of electronics in North America.  While at Newegg, Lee was twice named Top 50 General Counsel in America by the National Law Journal and served on the Consumer Technology Association's Board of Industry Leaders.  He also won NYU-Polytechnic's Innovation Award in 2011. 

Prior to Newegg, Lee also worked at premier international law firms Latham & Watkins and DLA Piper, and served as General Counsel at two venture funded startups. 

Lee is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Harvard College and received his JD from the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.


Trustee: Henry Chiarelli
Trustee: Henry Chiarelli, 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, 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, he was President of DBL Distributing, a $350 million consumer electronics distributor, which was purchased by Ingram Micro in 2007. Chiarelli also served in a number of roles for CompUSA, including chief strategy officer. Prior to that, he was a division president with RadioShack from 1998 to 2001, which capped off a 32-year career at Tandy Corp. His 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.

Chiarelli is an active member of CTA and former member of the CTA Executive Board, on which he served as vice-chair 2008-2009. He 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.

Trustee: Levy Gerzberg
Trustee: Levy Gerzberg, Gerzberg Foundation

Dr. Levy Gerzberg is the CEO of the Gerzberg Foundation, a Charity Organization focusing on Health and Education. He serves on the board of several other charity organizations and on several advisory boards of technology companies in the Health & Fitness and Consumer Technology areas.
Levy co-founded Zoran Corp. in 1981 and served as its President, CEO and Director until its acquisition by CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) in 2011 where he served as a Board Director until its acquisition by Qualcomm in 2015. Zoran directly and via its acquisitions, pioneered several consumer technolgoy markets with its System On a Chip (SOC) and Software Solutions including Desktop Video Editing, Digital Cameras, Digital Audio, DVD, HDTV/Converter Box, Color Printing, Digital Tuners and more.
Prior to Zoran, Levy was Associate Director of Stanford University’s Electronics Labs, where he conducted research and taught. He served on the Consumers Technology Association’s (“CTA”) Board of Industry Leaders between 2006 and 2013 and he was inducted to the CE Hall of Fame in 2014. Levy was named Northern California’s “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2003 and received the “California Israel Chamber of Commerce International Partnership Award” in 2014.
Dr. Gerzberg holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, California and an MSC in Medical Electronics and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

Trustee: Joellyn Gray
Trustee: Joellyn Gray, Fujifilm North America Corporation

Joellyn Gray is Principal of GrayMatter Advisory Services, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in business strategy, marketing, and new product development.  Formerly Director of New Business at Fujifilm North America Corp, Joellyn has held strategic marketing and new business development positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft Foods, Cadbury Beverages, JP Morgan’s Private Bank, and Xerox.

Highly regarded in the tech industry, Ms. Gray has served on the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders, the CTA Executive Board, and as Chairman of the Digital Imaging Board.  She is former President of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association, now the Imaging Alliance.

Gray is a Trustee of the Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust which supports Scouting in Darien, Connecticut and launched the first co-ed STEM Venture Crew in the country, delivering Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math training to under-served children.

Trustee: Robert Heiblim
Trustee: Robert Heiblim, BlueSalve

Areas of Expertise: All phases of general management, including management of new technology start-ups, and high growth companies.

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. Heiblim has also been 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.

Trustee: Linda Kinney
Trustee: Linda Kinney, Intel Corporation

Linda Kinney is Managing Counsel, Product Regulatory at Intel Corporation. Prior to joining Intel, Linda held several positions in the federal government, including Senior Advisor for Internet Policy at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), Deputy General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner.

Linda has served on the Board of Directors of the Copyright Collective of Canada and as a Commissioner on the Healthy Media Commission. She is a graduate of Vassar College, attended the London School of Economics and received her law degree from the University of Virginia.

Trustee: KR Liu
Trustee: KR Liu

As former VP of Advocacy and Accessibility at Doppler Labs for over two years, KR Liu played an instrumental role in the passing of the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act. She garnered bipartisan support working across party lines resulting in the bill being signed into law on August 18, 2017. She has spent over two decades advocating for affordable and socially acceptable hearing technology for the 48 million Americans living with hearing loss.

KR is on the Board of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Deaf Kids Code and the World Wide Hearing Foundation (an arm of the World Health Organization). She has been featured in NPR, CBS This Morning, Fast Company, Inc. and many more for her work in hearing accessibility.

Trustee: Jim Mault
Trustee: Jim Mault, 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 health information technology and medical device industries, as well as in clinical medicine. He's been board-certified in both general surgery and 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 and cardiothoracic surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

Trustee: Mike May
Trustee: Mike May, Sendero Group

Mike May is currently Executive Director of the Workforce Innovation Center at Envision Inc. He is cofounder 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.

May has attended CES since 1984, evaluating technology accessibility. He is part of the Accessibility Team evaluating products at the show since 2014 and was an Innovations Judge for three years. He has worked with several companies, large and small, to improve accessibility on hardware products and within apps. 

May's personal life and professional career have been characterized by pioneering efforts in business and community service. He has been on the boards of many nonprofits and currently serves on the board of the Seeing Eye. He holds the downhill speed skiing record for a totally blind person of 65 mph. 

He has met Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Obama. A story of May’s adventures is told in Robert Kurson’s best-selling book Crashing Through.


Trustee: Tiffany Moore
Trustee: Tiffany Moore, Consumer Technology Association

Tiffany M. Moore serves as Vice President of Government and Political Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). In this role, Tiffany leads CTA’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill on a host of issues including communications and technology policy, patent litigation reform, strategic immigration reform and international trade. Tiffany also oversees CTA’s political action committee, CTAPAC.

Tiffany’s career in Washington, DC spans twenty years where she has served in a variety of roles including stints as a senior advisor to Congress, a corporate government relations executive, a political appointee at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and a strategic consultant to tech and telecom companies and trade associations. A proud native of Detroit, Michigan, Tiffany earned her M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and her B.A. from Western Michigan University

Trustee: John Penney
Trustee: John Penney, Twentieth Century Fox

John Penney is EVP of Product Strategy at Twentieth Century Fox.  He previous served as 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 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.

Trustee: Daniel Pidgeon
Trustee: Daniel Pidgeon, Starpower Home Entertainment Systems Inc.

Daniel Pidgeon started Starpower Home Entertainment Systems Inc. (Starpower) in 1995 with his fellow associates. Since then Starpower has become one of the largest custom installers of luxury brand electronics and has been named “Best of the Best” by Dealerscope Magazine.

Daniel is a past Chairman of the Executive Board for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and currently serves as a member of the CTA’s Board of Industry Leaders. In addition he is a member of the Dallas chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of the Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Board. Daniel is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics.

Trustee: Robin Raskin
Trustee: Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times

Robin Raskin is founder of Living in Digital Times, which 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 New York City and the Hudson Valley with her husband, her three drop-in-now-and-then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.

Trustee: L. Dennis Shapiro
Trustee: L. Dennis Shapiro, Arzak Corporation

L. Dennis Shapiro is the retired Chairman of Lifeline Systems, Inc.  During his tenure Lifeline pioneered the personal response systems industry in America and grew to serve millions, helping them to remain independent in their own homes.

Dennis holds 11 patents in the fields of intrusion detectors and personal response systems and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, a Trustee of PBS SoCal and a Fellow of the Explorers Club. Dennis is graduate of MIT with a B.A. and M.A in electrical engineering.

Trustee: Skip West
Trustee: Skip West, 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. West serves on the boards of CTA, the 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. West received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College in 1978 and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University in 1980. Before his college graduation, West spent a year teaching in Africa. He enjoys outdoor activities.

Trustee: Gary Yacoubian
Trustee: Gary Yacoubian, Specialty Technologies, LLC

Gary Yacoubian is President, CEO and Managing Partner of Specialty Technologies, LLC (SVS).  They are a global high performance audio brand that has been operating since 1998. Prior to joining SVS, Gary was Vice President, Strategic Development, of Monster Products working on the ground breaking Beats headphone brand.

Gary has served as chairman of the Consumer Technology Associations (CTA) Executive Board and is currently serving on CTA’s Audio Division Board. He is the holder of a B.A. from Kenyon College and a MBA from the University of Maryland.

Founding Chair: John Shalam
Founding Chair: John Shalam, 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 Lifetime Achievement Award. In April 2014, Shalam was honored and received CTA's Digital Patriot Award in Washington, D.C. 

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.

Staff: Steve Ewell
Staff: Steve Ewell, CTA Foundation

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, a public-private partnership with the FBI focused on promoting and developing critical infrastructure protection.

Ewell graduated cum laude from Drew University with a Bachelors of Arts and earned his MBA and master's degree 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."