Consumer Electronics Association Showered with Industry Awards

Honorees Include CEA Publications, Events and Executives

Arlington, Va., October 14, 2003 - The Consumer Electronics Association has enjoyed a banner year in 2003, netting more than 20 awards from leading publications and associations across the country. CEA's corporate report, Consumer Electronics Vision magazine and five CEA executives all received accolades. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), produced by CEA, also took home honors this year.

"With so many areas of our association being recognized, these awards underscore what we at CEA already knew - that we are a dynamic organization with great people, great ideas and a great environment," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "I am proud that our efforts across the board have been applauded and look forward to carrying over this momentum to another successful CES in January."

Two CEA publications, CE Vision and One Digital World, won six awards in both editorial and design competitions. For the second year in a row, the League of Communication Professionals (LACP) awarded One Digital World, CEA's 2002 -2003 corporate report, a platinum award in the 2002 Vision Awards Annual Report Competition. Entries are judged on criteria including message clarity, creativity and information accessibility.

On the design front, CE Vision won two awards in the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington's Design Awards 2003. The awards honored design excellence in two feature stories, "Down at the Crossroads" and "Home Equilibrium". CE Vision also is in the running for four more design awards from Folio's annual Ozzie competition. Results of the Ozzie Awards will be announced at the Folio:Show's Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on October 28. Since CE Vision's inception in 1967, CEA has worked with The Magazine Group to produce award -winning designs for its magazine.

Proving that design is not its only forte, CE Vision captured an Eddie Award for editorial excellence from Folio. The Eddie award signifies overall publication quality and fulfillment of the editorial mission statement. The publication will be awarded either a Gold or Silver Eddie in the Best Issue category at the Folio:Show Gala later this month.

CE Vision also was named one of the Most Improved Magazines and Journals by Communications Concepts' 2003 APEX awards. The APEX awards recognize excellence in editorial content, graphic design and overall communications effectiveness. In 2003 CE Vision switched to a bi -monthly format, added more editorial content and began running outside advertisements. The 15th annual APEX competition also honored communications relating to the International CES. The CES media kit picked up an award of excellence in the media kit and news release writing category.

In addition to its APEX accolades, the International CES won four first place awards in the International Association of Exhibition Management's (IAEM) annual Art of the Show competition - more than any other tradeshow or convention. The CES campaign took top honors in the large show category for Brand Development and Design, Print Advertising and Exhibit Sales. The campaign also received an honorable mention for attendance promotion. IAEM's Art of the Show awards honor excellence in promotional materials for the exhibition industry. CEA has worked with Frank Strategic Marketing to produce award -winning CES campaigns for the past three years.

IAEM also awarded first place in photography to Einzig Photography's coverage of the International CES. Einzig has been the official photographer of CES since the show first launched in 1967.

As the world's largest annual tradeshow for consumer technology for more than 30 years running, CES is used to being the biggest, but according to Tradeshow Week, CES also is one of the fastest growing. TSW's Fastest 50 contest named CES one of the 50 fastest growing tradeshows in North America in recognition of its net square footage growth from 2000 -2002. Over that time span, CES has grown by more than 112,000 net square feet.

On top of the numerous awards for CEA and CES, individual CEA executives also took home honors in 2003. President and CEO Gary Shapiro received a lifetime achievement award by the National Retail Dealers Association (NARDA) for his life -long contributions to the consumer technology industry. He also received the DTV Industry Leadership Award from the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers for his efforts in making digital television a reality. Karen Chupka, CEA's vice president of marketing and events, was listed as one of Tradeshow Week's Top 25 Women to Know and one of Tradeshow Blues Next 100, solidifying her as a top player in the exhibition industry. Similarly, Dealerscope named both Jeff Joseph, vice president of communications and strategic relationships, and Dave Wilson, director of technology and standards, to its annual Top 40 Under 40 list. Finally, Chris Cook, staff director of CEA's Mobile Electronics Division, was recognized by Custom Retailer's C -Business 50 list as one of the 50 up -and -coming players in custom installation.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 1,200 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $85 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.
CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

* CEA Industry Forum
October 13 -15, 2003, Carlsbad, CA
* Fall Electronic House Expo (EHX)
November 11 -13, 2003, Long Beach, CA
* International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology
January 8 -11, 2004, Las Vegas, NV
* CEA Winter Technology & Standards Forum
February 22 -27, 2003, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
* CEA Winter Summit
February 26 -29, 2004, Aspen, CO
* Spring Electronic House Expo (EHX)
March 11 -13. 2003, Orlando, FL
May 5 -7, 2004, Dallas, TX
* Consumer Electronics CEO Summit
June 23 -26, 2004, Huntington Beach, CA

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