John J. Shalam, founded Audiovox Corporation (now VOXX International Corp) in 1965 and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2005. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of VOXX International (or its predecessor) from 1960 through May 2005.
Shalam was instrumental in building his company from a marketer of one of the world’s first in-dash auto sound systems, to a major player in the cellular industry, to a leader in consumer electronics. He is a significant force within the realm of mergers and acquisitions. Shalam was at the helm in 1987 when the company went public and serves today in an advisory capacity.
Shalam leads an active life outside of Audiovox as a member of The Wharton Club of New York and the University of Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Franklin Society. He is a life member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Officer of La Chaíne des Rótisseurs (N.Y. Chapter), member of the Ordre Mondial Du Vin, Fondateur de L’ Académie Brillat-Savarin, and Past President and Director of the Old Westbury Horsemen’s Foundation.
Shalam is also active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, where he serves on the Board of Industry Leaders (BIL), and is chairman of CEA’s Investment Committee as well as chairman of CEA charitable foundation. He was instrumental in helping CEA become an active participant in the Wireless Communications Industry, establishing the Wireless Communications Division in 2001 and acting as its first and founding chairman. Shalam was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame in October 2009. In 1997, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Our Executive Producer sat down at Voxx International Corp’s Booth at CES 2015 and did an exclusive interview with John J.Shalam Chairman and Founder Voxx International Corp,see what he had to say.