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CEA Remembers Innovative Retailer and CE Hall of Fame Inductee, Richard Sharp

Arlington, VA – June 26, 2014 – 
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® mourns the passing of Richard Sharp, former president and CEO of electronics retailer, Circuit City. Sharp led the company through its period of greatest growth and helped to make it one of the nation’s premier big box superstore retailers. In 2008, Sharp was inducted into CEA’s CE Hall of Fame for his leadership and unique vision. The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA:
“Rick Sharp was a giant in the consumer electronics industry.  He helped build Circuit City from a regional chain into one of the nation’s leading electronics retailers.  He also was an innovative businessman, leading the creation of the breakthrough consumer-friendly used car retailing concept, CarMax. Sharp was an innovative and bright mind who exemplified the creativity, dedication and passion that are hallmarks of our industry’s great leaders. We send our condolences to his friends and family.”
Additional information on Sharp’s career and life can be found in his profile on CEA’s CE Hall of Fame Inductees page.
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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media.