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Consumer Technology Industry Mourns Death of Industry Executive Harry Elias

Arlington, VA  – November 15, 2017 – 

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) mourns the passing of former JVC Honorable Chairman and CT Hall of Fame member Harry Elias. 

"Harry was a good friend to many, a strong industry leader and a CTA supporter," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "He helped JVC become a significant player in the U.S. consumer technology industry, and his passion for the industry and his family was apparent to all. Our condolences go out to the entire Elias and JVC family." 

During his 37 years at JVC, which included serving as executive vice president and COO, Elias helped build a $1.5 billion company with fewer than 300 employees. JVC is best known for introducing Japan's first televisions and developing the Video Home System (VHS) video recorder. After a distinguished career with the company, Elias stepped down as honorable chairman of JVC Company of America in 2004, one of few Americans at the time to reach such high status within a Japanese company. 
In 2005, Elias joined AKAI USA as chairman of the board and also served on the Board of Directors for Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. He began his career in the consumer electronics industry as a salesman for VIM's electronics, a retailer.