The Consumer Technology Association has announced David Kaplan as the winner of the 2019 TechHome Leadership Award for his contributions and accomplishments while serving the consumer technology industry. Kaplan is currently a consultant at Custom Business Solutions LLC, a strategic consulting and business development firm, and has more than 30 years of industry experience, including work in business development, product development, brand building and more. Kaplan is a member of CTA’s Small Business Council and TechHome Division Board, playing a pivotal role in nominating industry leaders to division boards, the CTA Hall of Fame and the Mark of Excellence Awards, and volunteers as a CTA mentor. As founding executive director of Digital Delivery Group, a specialty consumer electronics buying firm, Kaplan recruited 13 members in 60 days to create a group with more than $100 million of buying power.
“David’s unique understanding of business development in consumer technology has benefited companies and customers for decades,” says Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO. “His leadership and contributions, especially in the growing smart home sector, will have a lasting impact on our industry by enabling innovators to grow and succeed.”
Kaplan will be honored at CES 2019, the world’s most influential tech event, during the TechHome Mark of Excellence Awards reception on Jan. 9. Each year, CTA presents the TechHome Leadership Award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the growth and success of the smart home industry and shows continued dedication and service to the consumer tech industry.
“I could not be more surprised or honored to learn of my selection as winner of this year’s TechHome Leadership Award,” says Kaplan, “I hope that having my efforts acknowledged will inspire others to step up, volunteer and help us achieve the goal of supporting small business and innovation.”
Consumer Technology Association is the trade association representing the $377 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies—80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands—enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services . For more info, visit https://www.cta.tech/