WiFi HiFi is saddened to announce the passing of Jimmy Davlouros, long-time industry member who previously held executive roles at companies like Samsung Electronics America and BenQ USA. He passed away on Sunday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. from a heart attack.
Jimmy spent more than 20 years in the consumer electronics business, most notably as an executive vice president of Samsung Electronics America, where he worked from 1998-2004, and vice president and COO at BenQ USA in the early '00s. He was also instrumental in bringing the VisionQuest brand to Canada back in the mid-‘00s. Most recently, Jimmy served as President and CEO of Ontario Technology Group for the past two years; and General Manager for outdoor sporting gear and apparel company Carrot Stix since 2012. Ontario Technology Group, based in Santa Ana, CA, is a private import/export company specializing in outdoor sporting goods and consumer electronics goods. Jimmy got his startin the consumer tech world working with Brother International's IT Group back in 1992.
Jimmy's involvement in CE is no surprise, given that he also had a true passion for music, even having worked as a musician prior to joining the industry. When serving as vice president and general manager at BenQ Canada prior to heading up sales and marketing for the company stateside in the early ‘00s, Jimmy launched an ongoing concert series in Toronto highlighting local Canadian talent, some of which went on to enjoy more widespread success. You'd be hard-pressed to find Jimmy without his signature locks and sunglasses perched atop his head.
"Jimmy played to his own beat, which was a lot of fun to watch," commented Pat Button, Vice President, Canadian Sales & Distribution at Freedom Mobile on an obituary announcement made on Jimmy's LinkedIn page.
Adds John Henderson, Director, North American Sales, DMR at StarTech.com: "Jimmy was one of the most original personalities the Canadian IT and Consumer Electronics industry saw."
The family is having a private funeral with a cremation on Wednesday, April 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel in Toronto.