“This year’s Innovation Entrepreneur Award winners embody technology’s ability to make our lives better,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “And their innovative spirit is what makes our industry unrivaled. Tom DeVesto is a lifelong entrepreneur, hall of Fame audio designer and visionary with a history of innovative thinking.”
Tom DeVesto has been designing and introducing quality consumer electronics brands for more than 40 years. He recently founded Como Audio in 2016, where he is founder and CEO, and prior to that was responsible for launching companies and innovative brands at Advent, Kloss Video, Cambridge SoundWorks, and Tivoli Audio, LLC. In founding Como Audio, Tom DeVesto’s goal was simple: to make it easy to access all of the music content available through one device that would deliver multi-room, true high-fidelity, Wi-Fi sound in a compact wooden design.
“I’m thankful to the CTA for this significant honor as a lifelong entrepreneur and innovator to the consumer electronics industry,” adds Tom DeVesto. “This has been my life’s work and it is an honor to be recognized by the CTA and its distinguished panel of judges.”
A distinguished panel of media and industry judges selected the Innovation Entrepreneur Awards honorees:
- Jim Barry – CTA’s Digital Answer Man
- Greg Borchardt – co-founder and managing partner, Caerus Ventures
- Rob Calem – freelance journalist
- Pam Golden – founder and president, GLA Communication
- Joellyn Gray – director of new business development, Fujifilm
- Frank Gruber – CEO and executive editor, Tech.Co
- Ximena Hartsock – co-founder, Phone2Action
- Robert Heiblim – co-founder, BlueSalve
- Jim Ledbetter – editor, Inc.
- Eric Schwartz – managing director and executive producer, NAPCO Media
- Skip West – president, MAXSA Innovations
- Gary Yacoubian – president and CEO, SVS Sound
To learn more about the Innovation Entrepreneur Awards, visit CTA.tech/IEA for videos of the winners.
Find complete profiles of the IEA winners in the January CES issue of It Is Innovation (i3) magazine. At CES, the world’s most innovative startups and entrepreneurs are found in the Eureka Park Marketplace. Since 2012, more than 1,600 companies from all over the world have exhibited in Eureka Park, raising more than $1 billion in funding.
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About Como Audio LLC:
Hall of Fame member and 40-year veteran in the consumer electronics industry Tom DeVesto founded Como Audio LLC, his third Boston-based audio company, in an effort to simplify the world of streaming music. Como Audio’s first Solo and Duetto music systems allow users to access all music content with the touch of a button. Prior to Como Audio, Mr. DeVesto was founder, CEO and Chief Designer of Tivoli Audio, a company he launched in 2000 to create audio products designed to deliver high fidelity performance in a unique range of colors, textures, and furniture grade woods. He was also Co-Founder, President, CEO and Head of R and D of Cambridge SoundWorks, a company he started in 1988 with Henry Kloss, an Audio Hall of Fame member. At Cambridge SoundWorks, he utilized factory-direct selling via the Internet through hifi.com. Mr. DeVesto has achieved a “triple play” in bringing great sounding, iconic, high-fidelity music systems to market that are simple to use and that look as great as they sound.
For more information, visit: www.comoaudio.com
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