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INDUSTRY | CE Pro Masters
2021 CE Pro Masters
Honors Industry 'Lifers'
Our 9th annual
Masters class
recognizes 9
unsung heroes
who have helped
make the custom
electronics
industry great
during their
influential
careers.
By Deborah Smith
& Jason Knott
THIS YEAR'S CE Pro
Masters is especially
poignant with the passing of
Chuck Schneider (CE Pro
Masters class of 2014), who
died in November 2020. The
CE Pro Masters was the
brainchild of Schneider, who
believed CE Pro needed to
recognize some of the " lifers "
in the industry who have
spent decades devoted to
the market. Truth be told,
" Old Farts Club " was
Schneider's working title for
this annual feature, now in
its ninth installment with
100+ members.
Back in 2013, Schneider
wrote: " About 40 years have
passed for many of us since
we installed our fi rst phono
cartridge. In my wildest
dreams, I never thought
consumer electronics would
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turn out to be my life's work.
When I applied to the little
stereo store near Boston
University in April 1969, I
was looking for a part-time
job - beer and pot money.
(Unlike Bill Clinton, I inhaled,
and so did you.)
" The consumer electronics
industry just sucked me
in. It was fun. There was
passion. And it was cool.
Back in the 1970s, there
were very few cool jobs.
You could work in a
record store, a camera
shop, a head shop or a
stereo shop. That was it.
Any other employment was
working for the establishment,
'da man.' Turns out I
was hardly alone. We Baby
Boomers built this entire
industry, " he wrote.
It was with that mindset
that CE Pro and this year under
the direction of Deborah
Smith, one of the original CE
Pro Masters, presents the
2021 class. As usual, there
were multiple nominations
from the industry.
Chuck Schneider (right,
pictured with CE Pro editor
Jason Knott) spawned the CE
Pro Masters. He passed away
in November 2020.
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