CTA Mourns Passing of Former Board Member and Audio Champion Joe Richter


ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ expresses its sympathies to the family and friends of former CTA Board Member Joe Richter who passed away early Saturday morning, December 30th, following a long fight against various respiratory issues. Richter, former president of Kenwood USA and Akai USA, served on CTA’s Board of Industry Leaders in 1997 and again from 2000 – 2003. He also served as chair of CTA’s Audio Division and on CTA’s Executive Board from 1998 – 1999. The following statement can be attributed to CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro:

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Richter. Joe was a great supporter of our association and a passionate advocate for audio technology. Joe helped lead the consumer technology industry into the digital audio era, championing a quality audio experience while promoting the many benefits of digital. Joe also was a true gentleman and strong leader, always ready with a smile, a hearty laugh and a desire to find compromise among competing voices. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $321 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

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