MERIDIAN, MS-Peavey Electronics founder and CEO Hartley Peavey will be among the Mississippi Technology Alliance's inaugural Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame inductees.
In a gala scheduled for May 13 at the TelCom Center in Jackson, the Mississippi Technology Alliance will celebrate the achievements of the Meridian native who founded one of the world's largest makers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment in his hometown in 1965.
Propelled by his innovative spirit, Peavey grew his one-man operation into the pioneer behind computerized systems that power and control audio in the Sydney Opera House, Great Hall of the People in China, U.S. Congress and the world's largest theme parks, casinos and arenas.
"Early in my career as a manufacturer, I discovered that in order to be better, by definition I had to be different," said Peavey. "That realization, combined with a lot of hard work by many folks here in Mississippi, has helped lead this company in directions I never dreamed we would go. I am excited to receive this honor in my home state, where Peavey Electronics continues to push the boundaries of conventional wisdom in pursuit of innovations in product design, performance and manufacturing processes."
Dr. Randy Goldsmith, president and CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, said that his organization established the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame to celebrate the accomplishments of the outstanding individuals and companies who put Mississippi on the map as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.
"Peavey's worldwide success brings great credit to our state, and we are proud that Peavey calls Mississippi home," said Goldsmith. "Any recognition of excellence and innovation in Mississippi must include Peavey Electronics."