Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Mar 11 2001

Casio Executive and Concord Alumnus to Speak Wednesday, April 11

Athens, W.Va. - Gary Rado, president of Casio, Inc., Dover, New Jersey, will be speaking at Concord College Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

Rado joined Casio, Inc., in July 1996 as executive vice president of the consumer products division. In this position he was responsible for the sales and marketing of calculators, educational products, organizers, digital cameras, musical key boards, handheld color TVs and a new line of high-end Windows CE handheld and Palm-size PCs. He was elected president in 1999.

Rado has been instrumental in the redirection of Casio’s corporate marketing plans. He developed a strategic planning team, whose sole responsibility is to develop new ideas and programs that will enable Casio to remain a leader in the consumer electronics industry.

Rado joined Casio with 22 years of consumer electronics experience with Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas. While at TI, as senior vice president and division manager of TI’s consumer products division, Rado was responsible for worldwide management of TI’s consumer products that included calculators, printers, learning aids (Speak & Spell) and organizers. Under his leadership, TI’s total consumer business grew 50% from 1987 to 1993, representing seven years of continuous volume growth.

Mr. Rado’s speech is sponsored by the College’s Alumni Association and is part of the Distinguished Alumni Speaker’s Program, which was established in 1994. The lecture series honors alumni of Concord College by bringing them to the College’s campus where they can share their successes and achievements with the College’s students, faculty, staff, and community members. Other distinguished speakers include: Princeton native Gordon Harvey, former deputy inspector general, U.S. Department of Energy and Dr. John W. Jones, strategic manager for food safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Rado earned his BS in business administration from Concord and recently established a scholarship to benefit students from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Janet have 4 children and reside in Warren, New Jersey.

The lecture will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a question and answer session at
1:40 p.m. Concord College President Jerry L. Beasley, Alumni Association President Suellen Hodges and Vice President for Development J. Douglas Machesney will present an award to Mr. Rado in recognition of his contribution to the College as a distinguished alumnus. The lecture is free to the public.

For more information about the lecture, call Director of Alumni Affairs Kati Whittaker at 1-304-384-5348 / 6056 or e-mail alumni@concord.edu.

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Photo: Mr. Gary Rado, president, Casio, Inc.

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