Innovation and our nation’s future to be discussed at Binghamton University Forum

2011-03-22

BINGHAMTON, NY – Gary Shapiro, a Binghamton University alumnus and president and chief executive officer of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, will discuss “Innovation and Our National Future” at the University Forum luncheon, Thursday, Mar. 31.  Lunch will begin at noon, and the program will start at 12:30 p.m., at Traditions at the Glen.

CEA is a U.S. trade association that represents more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and owns and produces the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES ®.

Shapiro is a charter inductee into the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and has received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV.  Shapiro co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center focusing on the need for HDTV.  He also led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date for analog broadcasting.

Shapiro leads a staff of 140 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. Each year since 2006, The Hill has recognized him as a “top lobbyist,” and Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington.

Prior to joining CEA, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill as an assistant to a member of Congress.  He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University.

The Binghamton University Forum is a membership organization comprised of business, professional and community leaders that brings nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year. For more information, call the Forum office at (607) 777-4390.

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