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David Manister Promoted to Director
UK – Flashlight Ltd has announced the appointment of David Manister, a long standing employee, to a directorship role within the company. David had been in a business development position previously, helping to promote the company’s leading lighting brands to the film, TV, theatre and events markets.
David says: "I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to play my part in the continued growth of Flashlight Ltd. I’m lucky to work with a great team of highly motivated, industry professionals who help us to make sure we continue to deliver the highest level of service expected by ourselves and our customers."
Flashlight founding directors Andy Dodd and Rob Williamson commented: "We're delighted with David’s progress within the company. His enthusiasm allows us to continue to be in front of end users and support new business with a strong presence."
17th May 2018
GLP US Grows Again with Two New Hires
USA – GLP US has announced they have bolstered their team with two new members joining the company.
Brandon Jeffrey takes on the role of central regional sales manager, and industry veteran Brad Haynes joins in the newly created position of SceneX Lighting brand manager.
Brandon took a liking to the industry as early as high school becoming heavily involved with organising theatre productions, and throughout his college time. He then continued that work in his professional career putting on large scale corporate and private events. Brandon also spent time at a manufacturer’s rep company, and will bring this unique combination of experience to his role at GLP.
GLP US president Mark Ravenhill commented: “Brandon has a fantastic combination of skills and energy that will really support our customers and their projects in a very solid way. We can’t wait to get him fully embedded into his new position.”
Brandon added: “I am excited to begin work with the great team that GLP is putting together, I can’t wait to hit the ground running and help the company grow within the central territory.”
Brad Haynes joins GLP in a newly created position to promote and strengthen the company’s SceneX brand of LED solutions that it promotes in the North American markets. A 20+ year industry veteran, Brad will add his unique insight and extensive experience to GLP and the SceneX Lighting brand.
Mark Ravenhill said: “In North America, the SceneX Lighting brand has always been about supporting customers in special LED projects and installations, but it was often done on a bespoke basis. Now we want to take things to a whole new level, and I couldn’t be happier than to have Brad taking on the challenge. We have worked together in the past and his commitment, professionalism and passion are second to none.”
Brad commented: “GLP has tremendous respect in the industry as a whole. Not only because of its extremely successful products, but especially because of its family and personal approach alongside and outstanding level of support to the industry.”
Continuing, Brad added: “In SceneX, I look to continue on with that foundation I so strongly believe in by providing that same level of support throughout. SceneX isn’t just about the products but very much about the LED solutions we can provide to the industry with that level of support and backbone to make any project successful. I see SceneX as not just a product, but more importantly, a solution and a partnership that stretches beyond a single project.”
In conclusion, Mark said: “Both Brandon and Brad are fantastic additions to the GLP US team. Their professionalism and customer attitude are perfectly in line with everything we work for on a
17th May 2018
Adamson Welcomes New Education and Support Coordinator for APAC Region
Asia-Pacific – Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the appointment of Ayumi Hanano as education and support co-ordinator for the Asia-Pacific region. In her new role, Hanano will be assisting Adamson’s APAC team with technical support and is now the first point of contact for all training inquiries and initiatives in the region.
“Ayumi has already proven herself to be a valuable addition to our diverse international team,” says David Dohrmann, Adamson’s technical director for the APAC region. “She’s incredibly smart, a strong brand ambassador, and will be a major asset as we continue gaining traction in the Asian markets and increase our global focus on education and training.”
Hanano has already overseen the delivery of Adamson’s Applied Certification training for hundreds of attendees in several countries and will soon begin presenting Adamson’s recently launched Advanced Certification training as well. She’ll also be spearheading technical support for Adamson partners and users throughout the region.
Born in Japan but spending some her formative years in Birmingham, UK, Hanano returned to her native country in her mid-teens. She realised her penchant for live audio production relatively early was mixing shows while still attending upper-secondary school. Her professional career began with an FOH engineering position at well-known jazz venue Motion Blue Yokohama, a branch of Blue Note Japan. From there, she freelanced in several reputable jazz venues throughout Yokohama and Tokyo while also touring several countries as an FOH engineer with a well-known Japanese singer-songwriter.
“I’m very happy to be working with Adamson and its network of partners and end users throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” says Hanano. “I know first-hand from my years as an engineer that Adamson’s reputation for premium audio reinforcement and world-class support is well deserved. I look forward to helping audio professionals get the best possible performance from their Adamson systems in any application, and growing Adamson’s overall profile in the important markets we serve.”
10th May 2018
Elation Hires Lighting Control Specialist Menno Appelhof
The Netherlands - Elation Professional B.V. has announced that as of 1st May, lighting control specialist Menno Appelhof has joined the company with the aim of growing the M-Series brand of lighting controllers in the European market. Elation acquired the M-Series range of entertainment lighting controllers from Harman Professional in March.
Menno has been a lighting console specialist since 2004 and has developed a wealth of relationships and valuable experience since joining the entertainment technology industry in the early 1990s. His position at Elation encompasses maintaining contact with the current M-Series customer base while growing the M-Series network of users and partners in Europe. He is a familiar face in the lighting controller milieu and comes to Elation from a similar position at Fairlight, the Dutch sound and lighting company that also distributes the M-Series.
"After working four years with M-Series at the Dutch distributor, it makes me proud to be part of the Elation family and have the opportunity to make something great out of the M-Series. I look forward to working closely with all of Elation’s partners. There are many amazing things that together we can and will do!"
9th May 2018
Lynx Pro Audio appoints Cristina Cerdeira as new Media Marketing Professional
Spain – Cristina Cerdeira is a media marketing Professional who is ready to give it her all on this new project. “I know that being here is a challenge, a place to test everything I have learned and, of course grow the company. I look forward to working with the Lynx team as well as all the distributors around the world,” she comments.
Cristina is a Journalist Graduate from the University of Valencia, with training in digital marketing from the University of Alicante. She posses multiple professional design skills and comes with a positive mindset, full of energy and ideas: “I’m very excited about joining Lynx Pro Audio and am grateful for this opportunity to further develop my skills.”
Ben Sinclair, Lynx Pro Audio sales director comments: “We are delighted to have Cristina as part of the team. We have been searching for someone with her qualities and experience for a long time and are sure she is going to add a lot of value not only internally to the company but also as support to all our sales network worldwide.”
Mastering Spanish, English and improving her Japanese, Cristina Cerdeira is passionate about communication, the on-line world and languages. “I regard myself as dynamic, full of curiosity and a desire to learn new things on a daily basis. I want to help develop Lynx Pro Audio and see the brand grow in the pro audio sector. I know this will be both a personal challenge as well as important professional experience.”
With Cristina’s appointment, Lynx Pro Audio gets a new team member and opens up the doors to new challenges and goals without losing sight of our company’s aim: keep designing the most advanced and technologically innovative sound available anywhere in the world.
9th May 2018
Unusual Rigging appoints four new directors to the board
UK – Unusual Rigging has appointed four new directors to the board in response to the company's exponential growth over recent years. The new directors, all current employees at Unusual will, in time assume specific leadership roles within the company. Senior project managers, Steve Porter, Simon Stone and Simon Tiernan, together with Tom Harper, Unusual's sustainability co-ordinator have accepted positions on the board and Alan Jacobi, managing director at Unusual said: "Unusual has grown at an unprecedented rate in recent years and now has responsibilities in very defined but different sectors where the clients expect to deal with officers at the highest level. This, together with the ever increasing compliance requirements meant that we had to take measures to ensure the board is not overstretched."
He continued: "We needed to regenerate the thread of continuity as we move forward and continue to grow and the board needs to reflect this intention in the management and governance of the company. We need a solid and secure base to guide us into the future where no doubt the responsibilities will be ever more demanding."
Speaking on behalf of the newly appointed directors, Tom Harper commented: "It is an honour to be invited to sit on the board of Unusual Rigging. We are all long-standing employees of the company and have been a part of the team for nearly 30 years. We all know the company inside out and all share the same aspirations for its future."
Alan added: "We have been discussing these issues for some time now and decided at the beginning of the year, that to help meet the exciting challenges in our markets, we should expand our board of directors to include those who currently lead the larger sectors of our business and who are recognised and respected in the wider industry for their loyalty and expertise. I am confident that with these new appointments, Unusual's future will be in safe hands."
8th May 2018
Larry Italia joins d&b audiotechnik as Americas Territory Manager
USA – Laurence Italia joins d&b audiotechnik as the new territory manager Americas and president & CEO of d&b audiotechnik Corporation, USA. In this role Italia is responsible for all d&b business in North, Central and South America.
Italia has a strong track record in the American pro-audio industry with an impressive career path over three decades. He will be based at the d&b Corporation US office in Asheville, North Carolina.
Until recently, Italia was vice president of Sound Image’s integration division, one of the leading AV Systems Integrators in the US. He was responsible for new business development as well as management of the day-to-day business and staff.
Before joining Sound Image in 2015, Italia built a distinguished career at Yamaha Corporation of America, most recently serving as vice president and general manager of Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. In this role, Italia was responsible for all aspects of the business in Canada and the U.S.
“It’s a great honour for me to join the d&b family,” said Italia. “Made up of a unique blend of artistic, human and technical resources, the team also has the experience and expertise to harness those resources into an amazing offering that customers can rely on. I look forward to working for this great company that truly understands customers and the market. The Americas business is already well on its way to realising the next phase of unparalleled growth.”
Stephan Greiner, d&b chief sales officer, commented: “I am very excited that we managed to win Larry for the d&b-team. With the perfect mix of industry experience and a great personality, Larry is the addition we needed to lead our d&b network in the Americas to new heights. We have been very successful in the Americas over the last twenty years, but this hasn’t lowered our ambitions. We will continue to work with our partners to strengthen our leading position in the rental markets, and seize our great momentum in the Installation segments. Larry’s expertise and experience will drive the business and inspire the team as we continue to position d&b as the partner of choice for audio technology and solutions.”
4th May 2018
GDS Restructures Management
UK – Specialist LED lighting manufacturer GDS has announced some exciting developments at its Bristol HQ. This week, following a three-month comprehensive business review, GDS will be making some management changes to assist in the long-term growth of the business. Richard Cuthbert will take on the role of managing director, whilst Matthew Lloyd will now occupy the position of sales director for entertainment. Ian Colquhoun will continue in the role of finance director.
Matthew Lloyd comments: “During the 14 years of the company’s history, Richard and I have overseen the growth and success of ArcSystem, BluesSystem, CueSystem, GDS-Korea and the business as a whole. I feel now that Rich should take GDS forward with his strategic view, allowing me to focus on the sales and international business so core to our roots.”
Richard comments: “It has always been a pleasure working with Matt to create great solutions for the industry and we will continue to forge ahead together in our new capacities. I’m looking forward to assessing and further developing the commercial areas of GDS and helping to improve products and services for our customers. These are very exciting times for GDS and the focus is now firmly on establishing a solid base for the company’s long-term growth.”
23rd April 2018
Triple E recruits Richard Black
UK – Richard Black has joined stage track and engineering specialist Triple E in a newly created technical sales and marketing role.
Previously the projects manager at Flint Hire and Supply, Black’s new job will utilise his ten years’ experience in scenic construction and rigging with a focus on client relationships, training and marketing Triple E’s expanding portfolio.
David Edelstein, managing director, says: “We’re delighted to have Richard on board. He’s familiar with our products and ambitions and fully equipped to communicate the company’s product solutions.”
Richard Black comments: “I’ve admired Triple E since I started working in this business. David wants people in tune with his designs, who recognise their merits. The tech sales and marketing position is a perfect fit for me and I’m looking forward to exciting challenges as Triple E takes its message into new corners of the market.”
9th April 2018
Audiologic Appoints Simon Jones as Business Manager
UK – Leading provider of audio-visual solutions, Audiologic, has announced the appointment of Simon Jones to the post of business manager. Simon is a highly respected and vastly experienced audio industry professional with wide-ranging skill set, who joins the company after a number of years’ service at Sennheiser. During his career Simon has been immersed in every aspect of audio, from manufacture and servicing through to system design, installation and project management, as well as gaining a thorough understanding of product specification, development and sales. A perfect fit to support Audiologic’s continuing expansion, Simon will take particular interest in supporting the company’s recent distribution deal with QSC.
Andy Lewis, sales and marketing director at Audiologic, is very pleased to be welcoming Simon Jones to the Audiologic family: “We’re genuinely thrilled to have secured the services of such a well-respected and popular industry figure. Simon not only brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience of all things audio to the company but a track record of proven success and an enviable reputation as a principled and customer-focused operator. Those are precisely the qualities that Audiologic seeks to promote and I’m confident that he will thrive in our close-knit environment.”
Simon Jones is clearly relishing the challenge: “When the chance arose to work with Audiologic, there was no hesitation whatsoever. The company is highly thought of throughout the industry and is seen as an organisation that places real value on going the extra mile to satisfy its customers and their clients. I’ve learned a great deal about the technical side of audio provision over the years but I’ve also devoted a lot of energy to building close relationships; I’m of the firm belief that my success has been based on both these criteria. Speaking with Andy and the Audiologic team left me in no doubt that my approach is very much in tune with their view of business and I look forward to helping the company continue its impressive growth.”