Women in Consumer Technology (WiCT) has announced the six recipients of its 2024 Legacy Awards. The annual awards program honors remarkable women who are changing the landscape of the consumer technology industry through their leadership across all sectors, including integration firms, manufacturers, and trade associations. Honorees will be recognized during the 15th annual CES networking reception on Jan. 9 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
“For 15 years, the WiCT Legacy Awards have recognized women who have sent the message that there is place for us in the technology industry,” says Carol Campbell, founder of WiCT. “In fact, the astounding growth and evolution we’ve seen over this year has made it increasingly difficult to narrow down who deserves to be honored! It’s a wonderful and welcomed problem to have so many women who demonstrate the support and encouragement that makes them respected leaders. This year’s group of Legacy Award honorees have displayed incredible passion and expertise.”
The 2024 Class of Legacy Award Honorees:
- Stephanie Keough – Chief Merchant, World Wide Stereo: Stephanie Keough joined World Wide Stereo — an award-winning residential technology integration firm with premium retail showrooms in the Philadelphia area and a national e-commerce experience — in 2013 after a successful 20-year career in design and merchandising in the fashion industry. Brought in initially to focus on new acquisitions, she quickly expanded her role in the organization, becoming a senior buyer in 2015 and then the company’s current chief merchant. Her role includes the strategic vision and management of all brands, categories, and market footprint within World Wide Stereo’s successful multichannel business model. Keough’s positive and passionate energy for the industry has brought important recognition as one of Dealerscope’s Most Influential Buyers and Most Powerful Women in Consumer Electronics. She joined the ProSource Audio Committee in 2015 and is currently the chairperson. She shares the company’s motto of “doing well by doing good,” which has contributed to World Wide Stereo’s multichannel success.
- Rosanne Lang – Executive Director, Tradeshows & Events, Crestron: Rosanne Lang boasts a 30-year career at Crestron, evolving from the sole member of the nascent marketing department to the current role of executive director of tradeshows and events. Her journey includes collaborating with founder George Feldstein on the first CresNet II symbols manual, expanding global sales networks, and overseeing the growth of Crestron’s Customer Experience Centers. Lang has significantly increased the company’s exhibit presence, led initiatives like Crestron Velocity and Crestron Next (a virtual event spanning 108 countries), and manages over 100 tradeshows annually. Beyond Crestron, she advocates for exhibitors, contributing to CEDIA Expo, InfoComm, and ISE Steering Committees and Exhibitor Advisory Boards. Her leadership emphasizes enhancing attendee experiences and delivering heightened value to event exhibitors.
- Melissa Matalon – Vice President, Membership, CTA: Melissa Matalon is the vice president of membership at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 1300 consumer technology companies, which owns and produces CES. Matalon oversees all functions of membership, including member engagement, retention, and growth. Her responsibilities include revenue generation and leading a team that manages member programs and development. Prior to her 13-year tenure at CTA, she worked for the non-profit organization Girls, Inc. and in healthcare consulting.
- Maryellen Oswald – Partnerships Business Development Manager, Somfy: With more than 25 years in the consumer technology sector, Maryellen Oswald’s diverse journey includes roles in publishing, marketing, and events. As the founder and publisher of Connected Design Magazine, she reached a pinnacle in her career. Currently serving as the partnerships business development manager at Somfy Systems, she blends her tech passion with design principles. In 2021, she pursued interior design education, enriching her understanding of seamlessly integrating technology into Somfy’s products. Beyond work, she’s an ardent sports enthusiast, enjoying golf and winery visits. Oswald’s dedication extends to family, and her pursuit of excellence positions her as a mentor for women in the industry. In 2020, she earned recognition as one of Dealerscope’s Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology.
- Woman to Watch: Erin Thomas – General Manager, SaaviHome: You’ll rarely catch Erin Thomas, general manager of SaaviHome, without a smile on her face. With over a decade of small business development experience, Thomas joined the SaaviHome team — and CE industry — in 2020, bringing positive energy and a fresh set of eyes to a successful and growing integration company. As general manager of SaaviHome, she leads the day-to-day operations and serves as the in-house window treatment expert of the Denver-based firm. Additionally, Thomas has been instrumental in the recent launch of the SaaviHome Franchise Company. She’s an avid traveler who has been sprucing up on Duolingo in her free time.
- Carol Campbell Inspiration Award: Jamie Briesemeister, Co-Founder and CEO of Integration Controls: Jamie Briesemeister, co-founder and CEO of Integration Controls, spearheads a company dedicated to simplifying and enhancing homeowners’ lives through thoughtfully curated technologies. In her leadership role, she actively engages the design-build community, providing education and design support for in-home technology. Currently serving as the vice-chairperson on the Board for CEDIA, Briesemeister promotes collaboration and inclusion of technology in the designed environment. She is a member of various industry associations, including the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the American Society of Interior Designers. As a CEDIA Outreach Instructor, she offers educational sessions and CEUs for design-build professionals. Recognized as a thought leader and award recipient, Briesemeister values her time outdoors, enjoying activities like hiking, gardening, yoga, and travel.
The 15th Annual WiCT Legacy Awards reception at CES 2024, takes place on Jan. 9, starting at 7:00 PM at the Venetian Hotel in the San Polo 3405 and 3406 ballrooms. Kinsey Fabrizio, senior vice president of membership and CES sales, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and Class of 2023 WiCT Legacy Award Honoree, will act as the master of ceremonies. Opening remarks will be presented by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA.
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