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Former Atlona Regional Sales Manager Signs on as Commercial AV Manufacturer’s Representative for Florida
Rob Beamer joins Ambersphere
UK – Ambersphere Solutions are pleased to announce that Rob Beamer has joined the company as key account manager. Based in Liverpool, Rob will be representing the Ambersphere portfolio in the north of England.
“This is a new role, created for Rob, and will allow us to offer our northern clients a more attentive and personalised service,” says sales director Philip Norfolk. “Rob is professional, knowledgeable, calm and friendly, precisely what our clients appreciate. The whole Ambersphere team is delighted to have someone as exceptionally capable and good fun to join us.”
Rob has a wealth of lighting experience having worked in theatre for 14 years before moving into sales 11 years ago. “I am really excited to have joined Ambersphere. It’s such a perfect fit for me,” comments Rob. “Ambersphere are a service orientated lighting company who only offer the best products.”
Rob will be making his Ambersphere exhibition debut at the upcoming PLASA show in London.
21st August 2019
Former Atlona Regional Sales Manager Signs on as Commercial AV Manufacturer’s Representative for Florida
USA – Atlona, a Panduit company, has appointed Envision Technology Advisors (ETA) as its new commercial manufacturer’s representative for Florida. This strategic business relationship became effective on 1 July, 2019, when Company Founder and former Atlona south-eastern regional sales manager David Pendleton launched the new venture to promote Atlona products.
“While I was a member of Atlona’s internal sales force, we had been doing all we could to maintain market share and boost Atlona’s visibility, especially in Florida,” Pendleton said. “With the launch of my new company, I saw a promising opportunity to actively promote Atlona products in a region that currently did not have representation.”
With ETA, Pendleton will expand market share for both Atlona and Panduit by employing a focused, customer-driven approach that is focused on solving problems for integrators and end users alike. He is bullish on Atlona’s AV over IP product portfolio, and sees Panduit’s Layer 1 infrastructure message as a way to further enhance Atlona’s value proposition for complete AV/IT solutions. Pendleton plans to pursue a multi-pronged marketing strategy including: exhibiting at regional trade shows, demoing products at commercial AV road shows, and providing personalised training and accredited courses.
While ETA currently only represents Atlona, his company roadmap calls for adding manufacturers and product lines in order to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions to integrators, installers, architects, designers, and others who may be planning AV over IP systems and Layer 1 network infrastructures for today’s businesses.
“Rather than rushing in to make a quick sale, ETA will take a different but more effective tact, advising our customers and helping them plan the ideal solutions for their projects,” Pendleton said. “While this outreach may take some time, our goal is to build strong customer relationships that won’t just be mutually beneficial today, but well into the future.”
“With Dave’s in-depth knowledge of Atlona products and more than 25 years of experience in AV, he and the Envision Technology Advisors team are well-qualified to represent Atlona’s broad range of products, and solve problems for systems integrators challenged by a rapidly-changing industry,” said Vince Schuster, senior director, North America sales for Atlona.
16th August 2019
GDS Korea appoints Business Development Manager – APAC
Korea – Bristol-based lighting manufacturer GDS has announced the appointment of GDS engineer Bill Price, to business development manager – APAC. Since relocating to the area when the GDS Korea office launched in 2017, Bill has played an instrumental role in establishing the company's presence in the Asian market, and is perfectly placed to oversee future growth for the GDS Group.
Originally joining the business as a part-time engineer in 2011, Bill quickly worked his way through the ranks, becoming a workshop supervisor, before working in the special projects department. Bill became an expert on GDS’ stage management consoles and went on to design and write specifications for these products, before moving to Korea.
As business development manager – APAC, Bill will work closely within the existing GDS Asian network, and make plans to visit companies in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand in the coming months, to demonstrate GDS’s latest products. The next step will be finding new distributors in new countries in the region to help GDS Korea further expand in this key territory.
“The aim of my new role is to increase our presence in Asia by selling and promoting our products,” Bill says, “and to strengthen relationships with our current distributors and work hard to create new distribution networks in the area too.”
It’s an exciting time for the company and according to Bill, reminiscent of GDS beginnings in 2004, “I’ve been speaking to some of the UK team who have been with GDS from the start, and from their stories, how we’re working in Korea feels to me like when GDS first launched, but with a little bit more experience behind us as a company. It’s been great to see the results of our hard work, and for me this new role is a chance to grow GDS Korea and hopefully emulate the success GDS has achieved in the UK over the last 15 years.”
As the GDS Korea pipeline grows, Richard Cuthbert, co-founder of GDS adds: ‘‘I’m very excited to see Bill take on this rewarding role, operating out of our Korean office. As part of our ongoing Asian partnership strategy, Bills work developing the APAC markets will no doubt result in the GDS group helping more customers with solid solutions.”
Cuthbert adds: “Bill's solid engineering background is a brilliant asset to our clients, allowing him to give qualified proposals without delay and ensuring the best suited products are specified.”
13th August 2019
Iain Cameron Joins Audiologic
UK – Leading provider of audio-visual solutions, Audiologic, has announced the recruitment of Iain Cameron to the role of business manager with specific responsibility for Scotland and the island of Ireland. Based in Glasgow, Iain will work to expand the company’s reach in what is a fertile and rapidly growing marketplace for the Essex-based distributor. A background in studio and live engineering led Iain into AV installation in the corporate, house of worship and entertainment sectors. After gaining valuable experience as an application engineer, he moved into the world of manufacturer representation and has spent the last eight years managing distribution channels on behalf of major AV manufacturers across the EMEA region.
Andy Lewis, managing director at Audiologic welcomes Iain Cameron: “We’re pleased to have recruited Iain to what is a very important role within Audiologic. He has a strong all-round appreciation of the industry, having worked in key technical and business-based roles and he clearly shares our strong service-driven ethos. Having someone of his calibre and experience with established contacts in the region will be hugely beneficial in developing what are very valuable markets. Covering this extensive territory will demand a great deal of energy and commitment; fortunately for Audiologic, Iain possesses a great deal of both.”
Iain Cameron anticipates a busy schedule: “I’m delighted to be representing Audiologic’s range of products and expertise in Scotland and Ireland. I’ve picked up a lot from my work in different sectors of the industry, covering all aspects of audio, video and control, so when the position came to my attention, it felt like a great fit. I’ve forged some strong industry relationships over a number of years and I look forward to developing many more as I take the Audiologic message forward into the region. I’m passionate about helping customers deliver the best possible solutions for their clients, something that I know lines up perfectly with the Audiologic way of doing business.”
7th August 2019
A.C. Special Projects Appoints Muraly Kuhan in New Business Development Role
UK – Bespoke lighting, audio and AV solutions and installations provider, A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) has expanded its team with the appointment Muraly Kuhan in the role of business development manager.
Muraly will work closely with AC-SP’s project managers and architectural lighting brand partners including Traxon/e:cue, CLS, Acclaim and Chroma-Q, to develop and implement new business.
He has extensive architectural lighting sales experience on both the product manufacturer and project specifier sides, encompassing supply through to specification, design and installation.
Muraly has worked closely with lighting designers, lighting consultants, architects, engineers and other specifying customers to provide solutions for them to realise their lighting schemes in a wide range of areas, including architectural façade, colour-mixing, and media. His day-to-day role will include conducting on-site product demonstrations and specifying client solutions.
Muraly commented: “I am thrilled to begin a new journey with A.C. Special Projects. It is clear that the set-up and broad experience within the team can allow us to move forward and aid the lighting industry in many different ways. I look forward to getting the AC-SP name out there even more than it presently is, and ensuring that we continue to service our customers’ needs to the highest standards.”
AC-SP’s managing director, Lance Bromhead comments: "I'm delighted to welcome Muraly to our team. With his wealth of architectural lighting product, project management and commercial experience, he will be invaluable in helping A.C. Special Projects to achieve its future growth plans.”
7th August 2019
GDS appoints UK’s DTS product manager
UK – Following the announcement of its partnership with DTS earlier this year, GDS has announced the addition of Hallam Smith to the team. Joining the company as a product manager, Hallam will be working exclusively on promoting the Italian lighting manufacturers products to the UK market.
With almost a decade of lighting experience behind him, Hallam started out helping with concerts and shows at university, leveraging that into freelance work and eventually a role at Cambridge-based lighting company, Pulsar. Here he worked in product management and technical sales support, while also gaining valuable experience in lighting design and programming installations.
Familiar with GDS’ reputation as lighting pioneers, Hallam’s knowledge of working across entertainment and architectural spaces made him a perfect fit for the company’s 2019 direction, and he was particularly drawn to the exciting possibilities the DTS products would provide.
Hallam says: “DTS are already well recognised in Europe and they have some fantastic products. What we want to do is get the word out and to really make DTS products a key part of the lighting industry in the UK. I’m excited to be meeting with lighting designers, architects and hire companies to show them all the incredible products that DTS have to offer.”
DTS new Alchemy 5 LED Fresnel light is also up for the PLASA Innovation Award, and as ita UK partner, GDS is proud to be showing and demonstrating this product at its PLASA stand this September.
GDS head of sales, James Hall has been very impressed with the Fresnel light, and DTS’ whole range, saying: “We have been blown away with the quality of DTS products and have already seen fantastic installations at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and the Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre in the UK. The innovation at DTS aligns perfectly with our core philosophies to pioneer LED lighting and we look forward to seeing more of these brilliant products being used in our UK theatre and event spaces.”
6th August 2019
Grahame Muir appointed new COO for Star Live
UK - Star Live, the full-service live event and brand experience partner which was launched earlier this week, has announced the appointment of Grahame Muir (pictured) as chief operating officer.
Muir brings with him more than 20 years of leadership experience and knowledge of the events, sport and experiential markets including global overlay projects at Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Over a 30-year career at Arena Group he rose to become Group CEO (UK & Europe) and led the company’s global expansion, culminating in Arena’s listing on AIM in July of 2017.
Muir’s role will encompass the integration of the newly formed Star Live and the provision of a solid foundation that can support their ambitious growth plans both in the UK and internationally. Star Live clients include brands, music promoters, event organisers, national governing bodies and rights holders.
Speaking of the appointment, Star Live CEO, David Walley, said: “I’ve known Grahame since the launch of Arena Group in 2000. He’s a trusted business partner and colleague and I am delighted that he has become part of the leadership team at Star Live. Our mission at Star Live is to create new worlds for our clients and Grahame will play a vital role in that creation.”
Muir said: “I am incredibly excited about the opportunity at Star Live and working once again closely with Dave who I respect greatly. The merger has brought four market leading companies together creating a unique and compelling proposition. This is a special group of people and I am delighted to be part of the team.”
5th August 2019
Grant Geiselman new Elation sales rep Product Specialist
USA – RL Wilson & Associates and JLH Marketing, both independent sales representative firms based in Southern California, have announced the hiring of Grant Geiselman as a product specialist to assist both companies with product demos and overall knowledge of all Elation Professional product lines.
Geiselman, who has been involved in the entertainment technology industry since the age of 13, has developed a comprehensive technical skill set that includes lighting design, programming, networking, software development and more. Most recently working as a freelance designer and programmer, he has extensive experience working on lighting and video design projects across Southern California.
“Grant brings with him valuable knowledge about multiple aspects of the industry and we are extremely pleased to have him join our team,” commented RL Wilson & Associates’ Richard Wilson and JLH Marketing’s Jim Harrington in a joint statement. “He has extensive knowledge of both lighting fixtures and control platforms and will be an invaluable asset to both of us, as well as our dealer network.”
2nd August 2019
Maestra Group Launches Scenic Services in London
UK – Maestra Group launches a new Scenic division which will be headed up by Mark Davies as director of production and will be based at the company’s London HQ. The new department will be housed in a dedicated 55,00 square foot facility with a team of around 20 full-time staff.
The establishment of London’s scenic department enables Maestra Group to offer a dynamic and fully comprehensive range of in-house high-end scenic services; such as CNC, carpentry and joinery, fabrication and engineering, lighting and automation, painting and finishing, as well as the current technical and design offering.
It can also facilitate the smooth and efficient integration of other technical detailing like lighting, video or audio into scenic fabrication projects, and will provide a series of streamlined, flexible and cost-effective options for spectacularly creative end results.
Maestra Group is investing heavily in state-of-the-art technology and CNC machinery, but most importantly, are bringing on board some of the most experienced and talented people in the industry, according to Mark. His working background has included being sales director with Stage One Creative Services and before that as director of technical operations at the National Theatre.
Among those joining Mark and the team is Paul Evans, who will be heading up the construction department. He was previously head of construction for the National Theatre and workshop / project manager for another well-known company in the set and scenic world. He has worked on numerous ambitious events and productions worldwide.
Head of production is Jon Chute, previously an account director for a leading scenic engineering and automation company and, before that, a senior production manager for Imagination, where he delivered some of their largest and most impressive international events.
The facility is made up of a 9,000 square foot fabrication area which will include the best CNC equipment for carpentry and metalwork, and a 2,500 square foot mezzanine area that will be utilised for CNC poly carving and other 3D modelling. An eight by six metre external spray booth will deal with all finishing, and another 6,000 square feet of warehouse is allocated for assembly, quality control, packing and dispatch. In addition to the workshop, there is 32,000 square foot of external space which will be used for test builds and loading.
All of this is geared to producing the highest quality set and scenic elements efficiently – large or small – and to meet often tight schedules.
Says Mark: “The goals for good scenic companies are about meeting and then exceeding client expectations in all aspects: quality and build, finishing, being on-budget and ease of installation. It is essential to have the right people and processes all working harmoniously and with a full understanding of each project’s individual requirements. At Maestra we strive to achieve this every time.”
Mark was attracted to working at Maestra because of their “fantastic” reputation in the industry combined with the “spirit of innovation, progression and their future aspirations, there is everything to play for.”
Group director Justin Hammond commented:, “We are very excited to be working with Mark, Paul, Jon and the rest of the Maestra Scenic team, and we have amassed an amazing array of skills and experts with a huge aggregate knowledge base which is already very busy with interesting and challenging projects. Maestra Scenic brings an additional synergy to our brand and more creative and technical capacity that is good for all our clients.”
Maestra Scenic is the latest in several large investments and expansions being made by Maestra Group which recently announced the opening of a Barcelona base in early autumn, with more news coming soon.
29th July 2019
Roth Edwards Named Bandit Lites Director of Operations
USA – Global entertainment lighting supplier Bandit Lites has announced the appointment of long time Bandit Roth Edwards to the new position of director of operations. Roth has been at Bandit for 20 years and was most recently director of special operations.
Edwards came to Bandit from Grand Island, Nebraska with a keen understanding of the lighting business, a desire to learn more, and a passion second to none. From that point, Edwards quickly ascended the management ladder at Bandit and now sits in a lead role.
“You could never find a smarter, more dedicated person to have on your team or in the trench with you,” said Bandit chair Michael T. Strickland. “Roth has a relentless quest for knowledge and wants to get it right every time. There is no task he will not tackle, and he will always succeed. To add to that, his vast understanding of lighting technology and computer technology is simply stunning. Roth is a world class person as well, and I am proud to call him a friend.”
As director of operations, Edwards is responsible for all things operationally from a system point of view, in every Bandit facility, including phone systems, VPN, utilities tracking, inter-company communication, freight rates, telecom deals, inventory control and everything in between. The list of operations that a company relies on daily is staggering, and Edwards now oversees all of those for Bandit globally.
“If it requires a system behind it as an operation, Roth is the architect and the caretaker,” stated Strickland. “Roth discovered overbilling for trash, rental car misbilling’s, utility mistakes, and vendor errors on a regular basis. The things this guy catches and oversees is incredible. We all value his ability and know he is 100% reliable, 100% of the time!”
“I have been blessed to spend the last two decades working in an industry and for a company that I love, surrounded by a passionate and dedicated group of people,” said Edwards. “I look forward to the challenges and adventures that lay ahead.”
Moving Edwards to director of operations is a huge advantage for Bandit as he was previously pulled in several directions in addition to dealing with these types of issues. Now, he focuses solely on the operations of the entire firm while simultaneously identifying more areas of need on a daily business. He is currently overseeing systems for the new Bandit facility in Charlotte and for the expansion of the current Bandit facility in Nashville, all the while maintaining the current workload of operations he created. Edwards also created Bandit Buys, the Bandit Lites internet web sales site, and is still involved in that endeavour.