The fifth annual Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame Awards dinner was held Tuesday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, and my family and I were extremely excited and honored to be on hand to see my late grandparents, Jewel and David Abt, become officially inducted. For those of you who might not know, they were the founders of Abt Electronics way back in 1936, and they established the foundation and were the guiding lights for a family business that has continued to grow and currently employs more than 1200 people at our current location.
The CE Hall of Fame honors industry leaders who have helped shape the consumer electronics market into the dynamic and exciting industry it is today. Bob Abt, our current CEO who also happens to be my dad and the son of Jewel and David, gave a short speech in which he expressed how much he wished they were still around to enjoy this ceremony and what a great honor it was for himself, his family, and our entire staff.
Bob Abt (left) accepting the Hall of Fame award
We sat with Marty Cooper and Donald Linder, who were inducted for creating the first cellular phone (the Motorola DynaTAC), and also chatted with Sony’s Ken Kutaragi, another inductee who is the inventor of the PlayStation gaming consoles. Other recipients included the founder of DirecTV, the chairman of Sirius Satellite Radio, the “father” of the DVD, and the founder of Sennheiser. Overall, it was a fantastic evening, one that I’ll never forget.
Of course, this Hall of Fame honor and the continued success of Abt Electronics would not have been possible without our great employees and loyal customers, whose support throughout the years is truly appreciated. I’m sure Jewel and David would be proud to see their creation continuing to flourish. —by Jon Abt