About Gary Shapiro

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Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES®.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and the Board of Directors of the Washington Economic Club. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University.

He has received annual recognition from The Hill since 2006 as a "top lobbyist" in Washington. Also, Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington, D.C. CEA has won many awards as a family friendly employer and one of the best places in Virginia to work.

Shapiro authored the 2011 bestselling book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort). The book echoes his call for more broadcast spectrum to meet rising demands from wireless devices, as well as advice on new regulations that can improve the business climate for innovators in the electronics and technology communities.

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How CES Helps Turn Entrepreneurs to Successful Businesses

How CES Helps Turn Entrepreneurs to Successful Businesses

January 5, 2015 with

CEA CEO talks about the meteoric global rise of International CES in Vegas, and how it is an invaluable event for startups and innovation

Google Glass: Only the Beginning of Wearables of the Future?

Google Glass: Only the Beginning of Wearables of the Future?

May 13, 2014 with

CEA President Gary Shapiro on how successful products fill a need: ‘They made a difference in our lives’

Gary Shapiro: SXSW, CES Help Move 'Us Forward In the World'

Gary Shapiro: SXSW, CES Help Move ‘Us Forward In the World’

March 14, 2014 with

At SXSW 2014, CEA CEO Gary Shapiro on how Int’l CES and SXSW are alike in that they attract ‘creative people’ looking to use innovation to solve problems

Ninja Innovation: Companies Need to Change or Die (VIDEO)

Ninja Innovation: Companies Need to Change or Die (VIDEO)

February 4, 2014 with

Consumer Electronics Association CEO says companies need to innovate, highlights 10 companies doing it right

Gary Shapiro: Innovation and the American Dream (VIDEO)

Gary Shapiro: Innovation and the American Dream (VIDEO)

March 5, 2013 with

Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association discusses his book, The Comeback

Gary Shapiro: Stop ‘Hurting Innovation,’ Start Strategizing (VIDEO)

Gary Shapiro: Stop ‘Hurting Innovation,’ Start Strategizing (VIDEO)

March 15, 2012 with

Consumer Electronics Association president on how U.S. needs ‘new path’ to innovate for our future

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