INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 5, 2016) — Klipsch®, a tech driven audio company, is pleased to announce the addition of Derek Smith as National Account Manager. Smith, who previously served as Business Development Manager for Onkyo USA®, assumes the role following more than 15 years as a proven leader in CE sales and account development.
“My goal was to find the individual who radiates the same passion, drive, and winning attitude of our entire sales team. Derek is a recognized industry veteran and an ideal addition to a team dedicated to the legacy of the brand and future of Klipsch as an innovative and technology-driven organization. We are excited to welcome such a talented leader to our team,” said Tommy Jacobs, Vice President of Sales, Klipsch.
Starting his career with Vanns.com™ in 2000 and advancing through the organization while furthering his education, Smith was later honored as a Dealerscope 40 Under 40 award recipient at the age of 24. He has spent his entire professional career in the CE industry, and is known for his ability to develop deep relationships and for the growth of vendor and retailer accounts while at Vann’s and Onkyo USA.
“I am incredibly excited to be selected as the next National Account Manager for Klipsch. My career experiences, from a young, part-time warehouse helper at a respected electronics dealer to now joining the Klipsch team has been a journey of discovery and challenge—both of which I relish. I look forward to working for such a proud American Company and will strive to continue their unwavering tradition in bringing quality sound through innovation and second-to-none build quality. I am excited about the opportunity to grow and partner with many of the best and most trusted retailers in North America to bring the Klipsch audio experience to market,” said Smith.
For more information on the Company’s products and history, please visit Klipsch.com.