Maker Faire Bay Area 2014

RadioShack and the Maker Neighborhood

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Joe Magnacca, CEO of Radio Shack and Dale Dougherty, president and CEO of Maker Media discuss on the needs of the everyday maker, and the evolution of America's most ubiquitous family-friendly electronics store.


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Joe Magnacca — Chief Executive Officer

Radio Shack

Joe Magnacca serves as RadioShack's chief executive officer and is a member of the Company's Board of Directors. An experienced retail executive and merchant, Mr. Magnacca joined the Company in February 2013 from Walgreen Co., where he was executive vice president and president of Daily Living Products, overseeing all of Walgreen's marketing and merchandising operations across more than 8,000 stores. He also was responsible for the integration of the Duane Reade drugstore chain where he was president at the time of its acquisition by Walgreens in 2010. Before that, he served as chief merchandising officer, undertaking the successful transformation of Duane Reade through the creation of an innovative urban operating and customer experience model. Mr. Magnacca's previous senior management experience includes merchandising and marketing roles at two of Canada's leading retail chains. He spent seven years as senior vice president at Shoppers Drug Mart, where he was instrumental in the company's turnaround, and fifteen years at Loblaw, where he began his career. In 2010, Joe was named Merchant of the Year for Drugstore Retailing by Chain Drug Review magazine.

Dale Dougherty — Founder & CEO

Maker Media

Dale Dougherty is the founder, President & CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills. Dougherty was a co-founder of O'Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 1993. MAKE started at O'Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. He grew up in Louisville, KY.