At its 10th annual Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame awards ceremony held on October 20, 2009 in Phoenix, 13 prominent industry leaders were inducted, including ListenUp’s Walt Stinson. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, praised the inductees for their contributions to the growth of the industry. “The CE Hall of Fame gives us the opportunity to showcase the people in our industry that offer creative solutions. Their ideas have changed the way consumers live,” he said.
In his acceptance speech Walt talked about his boyhood love of electronics and how he could not have predicted what the future held. He said he was grateful to be included in the Hall of Fame that contains some of his heroes. “Paul Klipsch and Jerry Kalov [2004 inductees] were two of my mentors that spent a great deal of time with me. It is an honor to be in the Hall of Fame with them.”