A panel of media and industry professionals selected the inaugural class of award winners from a group of seven finalists. One executive and two small businesses were announced at CEA’s Industry Forum
as winners. The 2012 winners are:
Small Business of the Year: ecoATM - Originally called reMobile, ecoATM was founded in 2008 by Tom Tullie as an automated eCycling Station for eWaste recycling. Its automated kiosk buys back used cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, iPads and game media and provides cash or an in-store credit. The company incentivizes consumers to participate in reselling and recycling to cut down on CE eWaste.
Small Business of the Year: GrandCare - GrandCare Systems integrates daily activities, telehealth monitoring, social networking, medication management and cognitive assists into a user-friendly touch-based system for seniors. Charlie Hillman, founder and CEO, originally created the system to help his great-aunt live independently. The system connects to the Internet allowing caregivers to communicate with their loved one.
Small Business Executive of the Year: Sandy Gross - Sandy Gross is co-founder of Polk Audio, Definitive Technology and his latest business, GoldenEar Technology. At Polk he was in charge of marketing and product concepts. In 1988, Gross left for a stint in Hollywood, then founded Definitive Technology in1990. The company designed high-end models of center channels and surround sound speakers. He retired as president in 2009 and started his third loudspeaker company in 2010, GoldenEar Technology. Gross is often called upon by other entrepreneurs in the early stages of developing their companies for advice.