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 Expert  722989

Expert in Distribution, Retailing, International, Mergers, Consumer Products, Especially Consumer Electronics

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert's consulting practice focuses on helping clients bring products to market and most require extensive brand planning. In addition, he taught a course in Brand and Product Management in the graduate school of business at Loyola Marymount University and taught seminars at the University of California's Marshall School of Business on Product Lifecycles and Branding.

brand extension licensing


CE Marking


Chinese marketing


consumer product label


consumer product marketing


distribution channel


European marketing


international marketing


Japanese marketing


market development


market positioning




marketing brand management


marketing communications


marketing mix






retail banking

Expert has served as an executive and/or director in three well known and two smaller companies in the audio industry. He was the CEO or president of Jensen Sound Laboratories (car stereo), JBL Incorporated (loudspeakers and professional audio products), and Marantz Company (audio and video components). He was also president and CEO of Simtech International, producer of simplified consumer electronics products. He currently serves as Chairman of Neosonik Audio, a development stage company manufacturing the world's first high fidelity wireless 5.1 audio and high definition video systems. Expert also has served as an officer and director of the major trade organizations in the audio and consumer electronics industries.

business management


business strategy


corporate strategic planning




integrated product team


market trend


new product design


organizational development




product development cycle time


project management


small business


strategic market planning


strategic planning


strategic research planning


trade show


audio equipment




consumer product


consumer product design


digital audio tape cassette


home entertainment system




videocassette recorder


retail computer software

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Bakersfield, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  and San Bernardino, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1966   MBA   Marketing and Finance   Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University  
1964   BA   Economics and Fine Arts   Trinity College, Hartford, CT  
2006   Adjunct Professor   Brand and Product Management   Graduate School of Business, Loyola Marymount University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to





Managing Director


As managing director, Expert is both an active consultant and supervises other consultants in two overlapping businesses. Expert's Firm is a full-service consulting firm for small and middle market companies focusing on strategic planning, marketing strategy and development, distribution planning and CEO coaching. VMG Capital is a small investment banking firm that provides merger and acquisition services for middle market companies and raises capital for developing companies.

1989 to 2001


Coloramics, LLC and Mayco Colors, Inc.



Chairman and CEO


Expert served as CEO of this small manufacturer of ceramic glazes and paints for the art, hobby, craft and school markets. He grew the company to be the second largest in the industry through product development, diversification and acquisition. He pioneered a new market creating products for contemporary ceramic studios and founded the industry's first trade association.

1987 to 1989


Cobra Electronics


Marantz Company


President, Marantz; Vice President, Cobra


Prior to his becoming president, Marantz, a manufacturer of audio and video components, had lost $11 million of sales of $60 million. In the first year of his tenure, the company reached breakeven and greatly streamlined its product lines.

1986 to 1987


Fertility and Genetics Research, Inc.





As president of this publicly traded development stage medical services company, Expert created its long term business mission of developing joint ventures with major hospitals and created the initial alliances prior to leaving to return to the consumer electronics business.

1982 to 1986


Harman International Industries, Inc.


JBL Incorporated


President of JBL; Senior VP Harman


Though a premier brand, JBL was a troubled, inefficient manufacturer when Expert joined. He led a turnaround team to reverse losses and build the business. JBL became the leader in the professional sound industry, the leading marketer of US loudspeakers for export, and again a leader in the US consumer electronics market.

1976 to 1982


Esmark, Inc., International Jensen


Jensen Sound Laboratories


Chief Executive Officer


Initially starting as vice president of marketing, Expert became vice president of sales and marketing, then division general manager, and finally CEO. His team made Jensen the leader in the manufacture and sale of car stereo speakers. He introduced the first line of high end in car receivers. Business increased six-fold during his tenure.

Career Accomplishments:

Governor/Executive Committee Member, Electronics Industries Association; Director and Division Chairman, Consumer Electronics Group; Chairman and Co-Founder, Committee of Car Audio Manufacturers. President and Treasurer, Car Audio Specialists Association (CASA). Founding Sponsor & Director, Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association. Founder, Ceramics 2000. Professional Networking Group

Chairman (middle of second 3 year term), Board of Trustees, House Ear Institute, the world's leading medical research organization for hearing disorders. Member, National Association of Corporate Directors. Member, Professional Networking Group, Century City II Chapter. Member, Corporate Directors' Forum. Several Offices, Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). Chapter Ambassador, World Presidents' Organization. (WPO) YPO-G, Young Presidents' Organization Graduates. Session Chair, California Club Executive Forum; Member Tournaments Committee. Finance Committee, Los Angeles Tennis Club Director, Los Angles Music Center's "In the Wings". Board Member, St. Expert' Episcopal School. Steering Committee Member, National Public Radio.

Corporate Boards (in addition to those of companies for whom he has worked) Delivrion, Inc., food delivery dot-com start-up. Metal Box International, Inc., manufacturer of sheet metal tool boxes and point of purchase displays. Communication Innovations Corporation, owner of nationwide paging license. Comfort Center Stores, Inc., the largest retailer of mattresses in the Western U.S. Compact Industries, Inc., coffee packaging and distribution.


Awarded the First Lifetime Achievement Award by the Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association.

Publications and Patents Summary

Authored numerous articles in trade publications. Frequent lecturer at colleges and universities. Co-Author of a Chapter in the Product Development Management Association's ToolBook 3.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Interbrand's Brandchannel.com  
 - Product Development Management Association  
 - BrandChannel.com  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has had extensive experience in helping clients bring products to market. He works with them from the earliest stages in concept innovation and research and development, through product design, sourcing or manufacturing, packaging design, point of sales magerials, collaterateral advertising and promotional materials, distribution strategies and other elements which are part of the "whole product" development process.
  • Organizational assessments, planning, structuring and implementation of new organizational structures are key consulting services provided by Expert and his associates.
  • Expert does a great deal of work helping clients restructure their product development organization, processes, and interfaces with other corporate and outside departments. He has taught brand and product management courses at the graduate business school level at Loyola Marymount University and at USC's Marshall School of Business.
  • Expert is a partner is a Hong Kong based company that assists manufacturers, distributors and retailers in developing, sourcing and quality control of products manufactured in China and other Asian countries.
  • Distribution planning for consumer products through all major channels of distribution is another of Expert's specialties. He has had experience in marketing to and selling big box retailers, mass merchants, specialty retailers, catalog and internet marketers and other forms of direct marketing.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Has provided testimony in product liability cases on behalf of the defense. Has served as an expert witness in a case involving the terminated acquisition of a foreign distributor in the software industry. Has given depositions in a variety of cases including product liability, wrongful discharge, regulatory matters and others.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Brand licensing expert california for consulting on Reasonableness of terms of a licensing agreement for juice.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1976 to   Europe   Extensive work in establishing distribution companies for all of Europe and in individual countries.
1976 to   Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China   Actively involved in sourcing products on both an OEM and ODM basis from small factories to some of the world's largest manufacturers.
1982 to   Asia   Established distribution companies for American-made products in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore

Market Research:
For over 30 years have worked designing, developing, manufacturing or sourcing, marketing and selling technically sophisticated consumer products.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has been on the graduate business school factulty at Loyola Marymount University where he taught a 2nd year MBA course in Brand and Product Management. He also taught a two day seminar at the Marshall School of Business at the USC in product lifecycle management. He has been a frequent speaker to chapters of the Product Development Management Association and to their national convention. He was also a frequent speaker in consumer electronics and ceramics industry conventions.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Currently a partner in a Hong Kong based company for sourcing products in China. Have actively sourced products in Asia for nearly 30 years.

Other Skills and Services

For 20 years, six as chairman, Expert has been a Trustee of the House Ear Institute, the world's leading medical research organization for hearing diseases and disorders.


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