John Riddle

John Riddle

CEO, PRESIDENT HOWARD’S APPLIANCES

WHY: Industry vet heading La Habrabased appliances retailer with revenue in the nine-figure range; previous: SVP of home appliances for LG Electronics.

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RECENT: Benefited from big boost in fridges, freezers due to more people staying at home; boosted employee pay during a pandemic; relocating Long Beach store to new and improved showroom at Marina Pacifica.

QUOTABLE: On company’s nimbleness during pandemic, compared to larger national chains, says “when you have thousands and thousands of employees and hundreds and hundreds of stores, it’s just different and so it’s obviously easier for a company like Howard’s that has 13 locations in Southern California.”