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Executive Officers

James Luksch (now retired) and Robert Palle purchased Blonder Tongue from its co-founders Ike Blonder and Ben Tongue in 1989. They joined long time employee Allen Horvath. Further strengthening the management team and representing over 200 years of experience in the technology industry are Eric Skolnik, Nezam Nikoo, and Jeffrey Smith.

Robert J. Palle, Jr. serves as President and CEO of Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc., which he became co-owners of in 1989 with Mr. Luksch (now retired). Bob combines both vision and strategy to provide owners and operators with advanced digital product solutions that deliver the highest quality performance for fewer dollars. Bob drives BT’s sales, marketing and engineering using over 30 years of industry experience. He started his career in the Air Force as a communications operator in the Vietnam War. From there, he continued on to Texscan, a CATV equipment manufacturer and held several positions including Vice President and General Manager of the Theta Com CATV Division for 12 years.

Eric S. Skolnik serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. As CFO, he oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, internal audit, and facility functions. Eric joined BT as Corporate Controller in 2000, was promoted to CFO in 2001, and then Senior Vice President in 2003. Prior to Blonder Tongue, Eric worked as a CPA/Audit Manager for six years with BDO USA, LLP, which was the Company’s independent auditor. Eric earned his BS in Accounting from Rutgers University.

Allen Horvath serves as Vice President of Operations of Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. He is a long time BT veteran, beginning employment at the Company in 1976. Allen has steadily moved up through the BT ranks first in production testing, then engineering, quality control, and ultimately head of manufacturing. Being named Vice President of Manufacturing in 2003, Allen plays a vital role in sustaining total product quality while continually enhancing BT’s capability to keep up with ever changing technologies including fine-pitch BGAs requiring automated optical inspection.

Nezam Nikoo serves as Vice President of Engineering of Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. since 2012 after being named VP of Advanced Digital Technologies in 2009, Chief Digital Engineer in 2000, and Senior Design Engineer in 1995. Nez leads the team of engineers responsible for design innovation, creation, and deployment of all the Company’s solutions for SD/HD/IPTV and other headend applications. After earning a BSEE from Purdue University and MSEE from the University of Houston, he got his career start at Lockheed Martin Corporation and held several positions over the course of 7 years before joining BT.

Jeffrey Smith serves as Vice President of Sales of Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. after joining the Company in January 2006. Jeff served as the Director of Engineering for WSNet, and as the Director of Commercial for Dish Network, prior to joining BT. His relationship with Blonder Tongue began as a customer dating back to 1988. His product knowledge and experience have influenced the product evolution to digital solutions for Blonder Tongue customers in many markets including government, hospital institutions, education, and commercial applications.