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RENIER, James. (Dubuque, IA, Apr. 16, 1920--Dubuque, IA, Apr. 10, 1994). Renier graduated from LORAS COLLEGE in 1940 with a degree in mathematics. Locally he was a member of the 990 Club of the DUBUQUE SHOOTING SOCIETY, Rotary, and many city boards and commissions.
A president of the National Association of Retail Dealers of America, Renier was one of the area's best-known retail dealers of home entertainment equipment. He sold his first TELEVISION sets in the 1950s when the nearest television station was in Davenport.
Renier's reputation for business insight was developed through such activities as quickly seeing the sales potential of new products including the videocassette recorder. Recognizing that new ways were needed to do business, Renier assisted a Chicago retailer in establishing, through the National Association of Retail Dealers of America, a buying co-op.
During the 1980s, Renier turned the operation of the store, Renier's TV, Video and Stereo, over to his son, Mark, and concentrated on advertising and attending trade shows.
Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, April 12, 1994, p. 8A