This week, the CE industry mourns the loss of one of our own. Jeff Caton, CEO of High-Tech Networks, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Norris, Tennessee on Saturday, July 31st. Jeff was 62 years of age.
Jeff’s 43 years in the consumer electronics business began when he was 19 with a job at Harvey’s Warehouse in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over the next few decades, Jeff worked his way up to becoming retail store manager before joining Teal Marketing, where he worked in the sales department in a manufacturer’s representative role. Jeff branched out and created his own rep company, Network Sales and Marketing, which eventually merged with High-Tech Network in 2005.
“Jeff will be sorely missed by our team and the AV community in the Southeast,” said Dave Robinette, President of High-Tech Network, in the company’s press release. “His leadership, sense of humor and big personality left a positive impact with everyone who worked with him. His passion and love for our industry showed in everything he did.”
Born in Tennessee, Jeff had a love for horses, Tennessee football, and managing his company. In honor of Jeff, the High-Tech Network team requests that donations be made in his name to Horse Haven of Tennessee, a sanctuary for neglected and abused horses to be rehabilitated and matched with a new home.