Polk Audio announced the passing of Craig Georgi, who worked at Polk for more than 30 years before his retirement in 2008, and was the company’s first employee.
Ben Newhall, vice president of sales and marketing for Polk Audio, said: “On behalf of the entire Polk Audio and DEI Holdings teams, we are deeply saddened to hear of Craig’s passing, but we are equally proud of the innumerable contributions he made to both the company and the speaker industry as a whole. He brought heart to Polk Audio with a knack for problem-solving combined with an unshakable work ethic that set the foundation for our continued success. His influence is indelibly stamped on our culture.”
Craig Georgi (September 14, 1948 – October 22, 2011) was there at the beginning, in 1972, hand-winding coils for crossovers in his bedroom at Le Chateau, an old mansion in Baltimore where he and the company’s co-founders all lived and worked. As the company grew, Craig moved onto manage production and manufacturing for Polk Audio both at the company’s headquarters in Baltimore, MD and its manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico.
Craig devoted more than 30 years to the company before his retirement in 2008. Since then he spent much of his time devoted to family, bicycling, and an annual fundraising golf tournament benefitting the Home of Guiding Hands, which provides services to more than 425 individuals with developmental disabilities in San Diego’s East County, where Craig lived with his wife and family.
A private service will be held in San Diego, CA on Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Craig’s favorite charities: The Home of Guiding Hands, The Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Salvation Army.