James E. Minarik
Chairman, DEI Holdings
Jim Minarik has served as Chief Executive Officer of DEI Holdings (DEI) since 2001. DEI holds some of the most respected names in the Consumer Electronics Industry, including the leading vehicle security and remote starter brands, including Viper, Clifford, Python, AutoStart, (known collectively as Directed) and the leading audio brands of Polk Audio & Definitive Technology (known as Sound United).
Prior to joining DEI Mr. Minarik was employed by Clarion Company Limited, a supplier of audio equipment to global car manufacturers and retailers, including as the Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Corporation of America from 1997 to December 2000.
Jim currently serves on a number of Boards outside of DEI, including Ellery Home Styles and Twinstar International, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Vista Foundation. In the past, Jim has served as the Chairman of McIntosh Labs, the Automotive Division of the Consumer Electronics Association, and on the Boards of many other firms including Escort Radar, Brown Jordan International and Aero bed.
Minarik received both is BS and MBA from the Pennsylvania State University. Jim and his wife Megan reside in both Orange County and Oceanside and have two grown children, Kelsey and Ryan.