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Please join us in welcoming Mr. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of Consumer Electronics Association
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing over 2300 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual trade show, the International CES.
Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and has served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for a hard cut off date and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut off date.
As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. Shapiro also served on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He also served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology. Shapiro has also been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).
Shapiro leads a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. In both 2007 and 2008, The Hill named him one of the top advocates in Washington. Also, in both 2007 and in 2008, Washington Life magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. CEA has won many awards for its magazine, Vision, and as a family friendly employer and one of the best places to work.
Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from the State University of New York, Binghamton.
He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon. Their son, Mark Jerome Malinowski Shapiro, was born April 18, 2008.
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