AVB’s Ristow Named to Dealerscope Hall of Fame

Cited for his leadership, business skills and passion for the industry

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Jim Ristow

Jim Ristow, CEO of AVB Inc., has been inducted into the 2024 Dealerscope Hall of Fame in recognition of his successful career within the retail, appliance and consumer tech sectors.

The industry journal’s annual award series celebrates business leaders who, through their leadership, business skills and teamwork, have made a significant impact in the marketplace.

Ristow is one of five industry luminaries to join the exclusive fraternity this year. In making their selection, the Dealerscope editorial team cited the inductees’ “commitment to business and their passion for their industries [which] is something to which we should all aspire.”

Ristow began his career while still in high school, working at a small audio shop in Oshkosh, Wis. Following college and a brief stint in advertising and pharmaceutical sales, he returned to the business he loved and launched what became a three-store A/V chain. As a dealer member and later director of AVB, he was tapped to lead the group’s CE initiatives and in 2014 assumed the role of CEO.

Under Ristow’s leadership, AVB BrandSource has achieved the gold standard in merchandising, digital marketing and operational support for independent home goods dealers. And, in a nod to his CE roots, he helped create Expert Warehouse, the buying group’s in-house tech distribution arm, which allows members to compete effectively in the electronics arena against big-box chains.

In a statement to Dealerscope, Ristow said “I am blessed to have a vocation vs. a job. It’s made the biggest difference in my business life; we get to wake up every day and do all we can to make our members more successful. At AVB, our mission statement is, ‘It’s all about the members.’ If helping them live their American dream doesn’t get you inspired, nothing will.”

Sharing 2024 honors with Ristow are fellow Hall of Famers Tony Monteleone, group publisher of Dealerscope parent CT Lab Global Media; Johnny Williams, Harman International’s VP/GM of North America consumer audio; Peter Weedfald, senior VP, sales & marketing, Sharp TV & Home Appliances; and Deena Ghazarian, founder/CEO of Austere tech accessories and managing partner of the TargetPath consultancy.

Congratulations to Jim and his fellow 2024 inductees!

YSN publisher AVB BrandSource is the nation’s largest merchandising and marketing co-op for independent appliance, mattress, furniture and CE dealers.

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