Up there with the CEOs and executives newly elected to a prominent Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) board is one of our own, car stereo shop owner Derek Pace of Certified Sounds in Hawaii.
He was elected to the Board of Industry Leaders along with Russ Johnson Pioneer’s Exec VP of Marketing, Product Planning and Communications and Ford’s head of electrical engineering, Jim Buzckowski as well as Robert Struble, CEO of iBiquity (HD Radio), and Bob Fields, President of Exos Systems.
Certified Sounds is a high end shop based in Wailuku, HI which has been in business for 14 years. It performed two installs for Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler., and in 2008, the Certified Sounds team appeared on the popular show Overhaulin.
Pace has been of the CEA’s Automotive Electronics Division (AED) Board since 2011 and regularly travels to numerous 12 volt industry trade shows and events representing the the interest of independent 12 volt retailers.
He says the time, travel and expenses are worth it. “CEA involvement has helped shape my vision for our place in the industry’s future and also by building valued business relationships.” He said he plan to continue to find opportunities for growth for car audio specialists in his new role on the Board of Industry Leaders.
Pace founded Certified Sounds in 2000. He is an MECP Master Certified Installation Technician as well as an ASE A-6 Electrical Technician and has numerous ME-Mag Top 12 retailer and installer nominations.
You can see the full list of 2014 CEA Board members here.