Orange County Convention Center

Legends of the Industry

Each year, IAEE selects a “Legend of the Industry” whose contributions, innovation and leadership have been truly unique and remarkable.  The recipient is recognized during the annual Krakoff Leadership Institute program which provides career and leadership development for industry professionals.  An informal setting during the Krakoff Leadership Institute allows those participants one-on-one time with this industry leader.

Congratulations to the 2019 Legend of the Industry,
Gary Shapiro.

Shapiro is President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies, which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation. He directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for a lower deficit, skilled immigration, free trade and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek government funding for the industry.

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation (HarperCollins, 2019), Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses (HarperCollins, 2013) and The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers.

“It is an honor to be selected as the 2019 IAEE Legend of the Industry,” Shapiro said. “Exhibitions and the tech industry are all about innovation, change and pushing the envelope. Thanks to the many relationships we’ve developed through IAEE, we’ve been able to learn and apply what we learned to ensure CES remains the global stage for innovation and an excellent experience for all who attend.”

Past recipients of the Krakoff Leadership Institute “Legend of the Industry” include:

2018: Donald Pazour

2017: Skip Cox

2016: Darlene Gudea


2015: Lawson Hockman, CEM


2014: Doug Ducate, CEM, CMP


2013: Galen Poss, CEM


2012: Patricia Farias-Barlow, CEM

Bob Dallmeyer

2011: Bob Dallmeyer, CEM


2010: Jacqueline Russo


2009: Donald S. Freeman, Jr.