It is with deep sadness that we report that Tom Malone, President of VOXX Advanced Solutions Corporation and former President of Audiovox Electronics, passed last week.
Malone helped create and grow the car audio, mobile video and advanced driver safety markets. He was a gracious, caring, and devoted member of the consumer electronics industry and a highly respected leader at Audiovox/VOXX for 33 years.
He died of complications from back surgery.
Aron Demers of VOXX Electronics said: “Tom will be deeply missed not only at VOXX but within the entire Consumer Electronics industry. He is an icon in the 12 volt industry with deep passion and admiration for the business. Tom was on the forefront and a pioneer of many 12 volt categories that are still being sold and manufactured by VOXX and others today. Those who worked with Tom knew what a strong work ethic he had and mentored many of us in the industry. For all of us at VOXX Electronics we give our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and business associates. He will not be forgotten.”
His long time friend Bob Fields (who has held VP roles at Mitek and InstallerNet) said, “He ….helped shape the current leadership team and many would say they are where they are thanks to him. He was one of my biggest supporters and confidants as I have followed my crazy dreams. He believed in me and was always available to offer counsel. I will miss him greatly.”
We at CEoutlook spent at least 20 hours over the years interviewing Tom who, while always busy, was ever friendly, courteous and generous with his time. In command of the facts and not afraid to speak the truth, he was candid in his interviews and held a clear vision of where the industry was heading.
Chris Cook, President of the Mobile Electronics Association, said, “On behalf of the MEA team and our members, we offer our prayers of comfort to his family during their time of mourning. Tom Malone will be greatly missed by all of us that knew him. We are greatly saddened hearing of the loss of this great industry leader and mentor. His contributions to our industry have had and will continue to make a positive impact on our future.”
Given the current “shelter in place” mandate, no funeral service will be held at time, according to a notice here.