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Atlona Appoints Kai Ellingsen to Newly Created Senior Sales Manager Position in DACH Region
Switzerland – AV collaboration and control leader Atlona has strengthened its central European sales team with the appointment of industry veteran Kai Ellingsen as senior sales manager, DACH. Reporting to Thorsten Goecke, Atlona’s director of business development EMEA, commercial, Kai will leverage his broad industry expertise to support sales initiatives and increase visibility for Atlona across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Kai’s career path over the past 15 years includes key sales and business development roles with distributors and systems integrators serving the commercial AV industry, including Kindermann, an AV systems distributor and manufacturer of mounts and lift systems based in Germany. His experience working with household name brands like Sony and Panasonic, and customising complete integrated solutions for large-scale projects, ideally positions Kai for success at a company that is experiencing rapid growth worldwide.
“Atlona’s strengths in balancing price and performance, along with their very recent innovations in networked control and AV over IP, have arrived for our industry at exactly the right time,” said Ellingsen. “My experience on the distribution and systems integration side have left me with a broad understanding of the business and technical challenges in the design and installation of affordable, scalable and future-proof solutions for their end customers across the DACH region. Atlona solutions such as OmniStream and Velocity remove many of the restrictions of similar solutions of similar solutions that limit flexibility around those points. These and other Atlona solutions are clearly on the leading edge of industry trends, yet remain cost-efficient and easy to install, scale and use.”
Kai also believes that Atlona’s strengths in training and education initiatives are made more appealing through the flexible options offered to customers and attendees. This includes an upcoming training in Hamburg, Germany that expects to attract more than 25 systems integrators in the region.
“Whereas many suppliers centralize all training and education to their factories, Atlona offers regional classes and the Atlona Academy for online education in addition to trainings at their International headquarters in Zurich,” said Ellingsen. “This is another way we are putting our customers first, and getting the word out about Atlona, our products and our services.”
20th March 2018
Renkus-Heinz Names McLaughlin as Sales Manager
USA – Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Dudley McLaughlin to the position of western regional sales manager.
McLaughlin comes to Renkus-Heinz after several years in management positions with TC Group Americas, moving to director level after that company's acquisition by Music Group. His more than two decades of experience in pro audio integration also includes held sales and support roles with Pacific Audio Visual, Audio Geer, and Kaman Music.
In his new position, McLaughlin will join with eastern regional sales manager Joe Fustolo in providing technical and sales support to Renkus-Heinz customers, commissioning systems, and working closely with Renkus-Heinz sales and marketing teams and the company's regional manufacturer's representatives across the western United States.
"We're excited to welcome Dudley to Renkus-Heinz," remarked chief operating officer Monika Smetona. "He brings a wealth of technical experience and systems expertise that will be invaluable in supporting our users and our sales reps."
McLaughlin added: "Renkus-Heinz is one of professional audio's most respected brands, with a long legacy and a reputation for innovation and great customer service. It's exciting for me to have the opportunity to work hands-on with such innovative technologies, and I'm really looking forward to contributing to the support of these products."
McLaughlin will be based out of the Renkus-Heinz offices in Foothill Ranch, California.
20th March 2018
Martin Audio Appoints Ben Tucker as Product Support Engineer
UK – In order to support the current strong growth in sales, Martin Audio has added again to its product support group with the recruitment of Ben Tucker.
Tucker has a Distinction in Live Sound Foundation Degree from the University of Plymouth, a BTEC in Music and is an avid musician, enjoying composition, arrangement, recording and performing live. He has worked for Millstone Sound and as a freelancer live sound engineer designing, preparing and deploying audio systems for large scale events as well as carrying out console operation duties at both FoH and monitors for various shows.
Dan Orton, head of the product support group, commented: “This appointment reflects the growth of the company and the demand for in-field support for live sound production and training. The now six-strong team is set up to be adaptable, in order to support customers anywhere in the world, rather than being region specific. This allows us to better balance different application demands coming from different regions at different times of the year. With the runaway success of recent product launches and a host more to come in 2018, the timing couldn't be better.”
Speaking of the opportunity Tucker responded, “Martin Audio has a fantastic reputation and an exciting product portfolio that delights existing and new users around the world. I'm delighted to join the team, to learn and to grow, and to be involved in the increasing number of live productions Martin Audio is now dealing with and to help its customer base get the most from its products.”
13th March 2018
Experienced Martin lighting team join Sound Technology Ltd
UK - With all Martin by Harman products now distributed exclusively in the UK by Sound Technology Ltd, the company has announced the addition of key personnel to the dedicated Martin UK team.
Ritchie Reed (business development manager, professional lighting) heads up the sales and application team and is joined by Rob Beamer and Lauren Drinkwater as area sales managers for the north and south respectively, while Chris Hale joins as product and application specialist, professional lighting.
Ritchie Reed has worked in the entertainment lighting world for over 20 years, including positions as key account manager for theatre and subsequently UK sales director at Martin Professional until April 2016.
Lauren Drinkwater worked at City Theatrical Ltd for seven years and most recently was UK channel manager at Martin Professional specialising in theatre.
Rob Beamer has been working in the entertainment industry for over 24 years, including positions as chief electrician for both the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, and business development manager for Stage Electrics. Rob has also worked as a freelance lighting designer for theatre and touring concerts.
Chris Hale joins as product and application specialist with over 20 years of experience at Martin Professional. From an initial role of lighting programmer, his role of application specialist at Martin crossed touring, theatre, TV and film markets.
Robin Young is the primary contact for Martin customers within Sound Technology's sales office team.
In picture: Rob Beamer (area sales manager, north), Lauren Drinkwater (area sales manager, south) and Ritchie Reed (business development manager); Chris Hale (product and application specialist).
12th March 2018
Wireless Solution Sweden expands
Sweden - The Swedish manufacturer of Wireless DMX technology has recently expanded its team by hiring two new people to meet its continual growth rate and to keep improving its development and customer support.
As part of the expansion, Wireless Solution has built an in-house assembly space, where Jonas Jonsson, W-DMX’s new production technician, has started full-time. This new space will allow for quick manufacturing turnaround, along with a stricter quality control over all components. Jonas will also be involved with RMA and second-line of support and repairs of all W-DMX products.
Wireless Solution has also secured another in-house R&D engineer to support Anders Zellén in the development team. Dimitar Kolev, an electronics engineer with over 20 years of experience, brings vast knowledge of hardware and PCB design, allowing for a quicker turnaround within the department. Dimitar has previously worked for RISE Acreo, LumenRadio and Semcon.
Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, commented: “The biggest part of our commitment to our users is keeping our manufacturing and assembly in Sweden; for 15 years we have kept that promise, and we’ll continue honouring it.” Arvidsson added: “We are extremely happy with securing two new team member, as they will help us improving and growing our brand.”
This year Wireless Solution will be celebrating its 15th anniversary as a global supplier of Wireless DMX technology – the celebrations will be taking place at Prolight & Sound in April, where the manufacturer will showcase its newest technology.
9th March 2018
Flashlight appointments Danny Tomkins
UK - Flashlight Ltd has announced the appointment of Danny Tomkins, who joins the company's UK sales department as a business development manager. Danny will provide field based sales and support for the company's expanding range of leading lighting brands.
Danny has grown into the industry over the last eight years working with Rosco (UK) focusing on the LED solutions for the film and TV market. Danny says: "I'm looking forward to the exciting challenges and learning from two of the best in Andy and Rob!"
Flashlight directors Andy Dodd and Rob Williamson commented: "We're delighted to welcome Danny to the company. His enthusiasm and hunger in the Film/ TV lighting market allows us to continue to be in front of end users and support new business with a strong presence."
Flashlight Ltd is a leading UK supplier of lighting equipment to the broadcast, motion picture and theatre industries. Operating from Manchester and London bases, they have been satisfying the needs of local and national productions since 2002, and have expanded rapidly now supplying freelancers, productions, studios, and theatres across Europe and beyond.
8th March 2018
Community Appoints Paul Peace as Senior Director of Engineering
USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Paul Peace as senior director of engineering.
Peace has three decades of experience in the pro audio industry, including the design and development of loudspeaker systems and real-world hands-on experience as a systems installer. He comes to Community from Harman/JBL Professional where he was senior manager in systems engineering. Previously Peace has also held technical leadership roles at Renkus-Heinz and IMAX. He has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Acoustics from Penn State University.
Leading all engineering efforts at Community, Peace will oversee product development, production engineering, product management and vendor research, while directing research in advanced directivity control, equalisation techniques and loudspeaker specifications.
Community’s CEO, Steve Johnson, commented: “We’re really happy to extend a warm welcome to Paul. In addition to his extensive research and development expertise, he has the innovative approach to development that forms a core philosophy of Community. Paul will be a key member of Community’s leadership team, providing valuable input for our future success.”
Paul Peace added: “This is an exciting time to join Community, a well respected company with an impressive product line-up that is celebrating its 50th year anniversary. The longevity of the company means something, that it embraces agility, creativity and innovation. I’m looking forward to leading the engineering efforts with one of the most dynamic teams in professional loudspeakers.”
6th March 2018
FBT Audio (UK) welcomes Mike Roissetter as Business Development Manager
UK – Cementing the company's aim of delivering nationwide coverage with dedicated regional support, FBT Audio (UK) Ltd has announced Mike Roissetter as its business development manager for South Wales, the Midlands and the South West of England. A well-known and highly respected figure within the UK industry, Roissetter is described by FBT Audio (UK) managing director, Mark Parkhouse, as: "The right man with the right ideas as we continue to grow."
Roissetter brings an enviable body of experience to his new role, having worked in both audio retail for the Soundpad chain of stores, and distribution for a number of global brands including EAW. He was also responsible the launch of the Dexibell digital piano in the UK. His arrival at FBT Audio (UK) represents something of a reunion with Mark Parkhouse, with whom he previously worked closely at Proel Group, though the relationship goes back much further.
"Mike actually sold me my first PA, when I was 14," explains Parkhouse. "Since then we’ve had the pleasure of working closely together and I've also had the opportunity of watching Mike from afar as he has continued to excel in often challenging circumstances. He's a true professional who will raise our already excellent level of customer service to new heights. I’m very pleased to welcome him to the FBT Audio (UK) family."
Roissetter is equally enthusiastic: "FBT is a real draw because although it’s a recognised and respected brand, it's really still at the beginning here in the UK, with so much potential in areas such as installation and even with hire companies. I think it's great that FBT maintains its focus on Italian quality with a small, passionate team. We're all part of the same family – I can even have direct contact with the R&D department. The same is true of JTS microphones, which are now becoming the trusted choice of many professionals throughout the UK. These are high quality products made by people who are listening carefully to their customers."
He continues: "I believe that FBT Audio (UK) is going about building a loyal customer base in the right way with strong marketing, a huge Facebook following and a lot of great in-store events that drive interest in the products. It's about hard work, passion and drive, and I really appreciate that. I just can't wait to start – the old team is back together!"
Roissetter officially took up his position on 1st March.
5th March 2018
Dr James Green Joins Flare as Head of Intellectual Property
The former head of intellectual property at specialist technology development business Ilika plc, Dr James Green has joined consumer and pro-sound developer Flare Audio in the same role. Dr Green brings to Flare over 45 years’ experience in international technology commercialisation, having negotiated numerous agreements and licences with major corporations including US and Japanese multinationals.
His new role includes managing and progressing Flare’s portfolio of patents, designs and trademarks, and advising management on competitive threats or potential patent infringements.
Flare’s Davies Roberts comments: “Dr Green has an extraordinary wealth of experience and will play a key role in ensuring Flare’s proprietary technologies are recognised throughout the world.”
“When I met Flare CEO Davies Roberts, I was very impressed with what he had created,” says Dr Green. “I like working with interesting and enthusiastic people, and I like early-stage technology-based companies where the team is determined to succeed. Flare certainly fits that definition.”
Flare loudspeakers use the company’s own patented technologies to deliver a sound almost indistinguishable from that made by the performers on stage or in the studio, while in 2016, its revolutionary ISOLATE ear protectors raised over £2.2m on crowdfunding websites.
2nd March 2018
Jo Beirne Joins Colour Sound
UK – London-based lighting and visuals rental and production specialist Colour Sound Experiment has announced the arrival of Jo Beirne, who has joined the lively and proactive account management team at their busy operation in Park Royal.
Jo is extremely well known and liked in the industry. She worked at XL Video for over 15 years – almost the entire lifespan of the company – and together with many other memorable personalities of the time was at the forefront of putting live touring video on the map throughout the 'noughties'.
At XL, Jo quickly became a rising star and enjoyed the experience of working with some of the brightest names in touring video including the late Des Fallon and the award-winning company’s founders, Chris Mounsor and Lee Spencer.
She project managed and co-ordinated video worldwide for internationally acclaimed touring acts including The Killers, James Blunt, The Kaiser Chiefs and many more, and has a particular penchant for working with young and up-and-coming designers and bands ‘to watch’.
“Jo is a fantastic addition to the company,” stated Colour Sound’s Haydn Cruickshank. “Her enthusiasm, drive and personality is a perfect fit with our core values of ensuring outstanding customer service, great personal attention to detail and encouraging innovative designers to explore their ideas and imaginations.
“Her vast knowledge and experience of live entertainment production and extensive contacts will be a huge asset, and we are all looking forward to a positive and exciting long-term working relationship”.
Independently owned and run Colour Sound was founded in 1989, and first established itself as a lighting, laser and special effects company. Over the last eight years, it has steadily invested in and expanded its video capacity, first with high quality proprietary LED screens and more recently with touring-ready camera systems and vision mixers.
Getting Jo on-board is also a canny strategic move, with the announcement of a massive new video investment imminent in the next few weeks!
Jo will be based at Colour Sound’s HQ in Park Royal North London and will be working alongside their other account handlers including Fletch, Steve Marley, Alex Ryan and Haydn.
She will again be working on developing relationships with emerging music talent, designers and creatives, an area which she loves and in which she excels.
Jo comments: “I am extremely happy! The vibe and can-do attitude at Colour Sound reminds me of the early trailblazing days of XL! There’s a great camaraderie and team spirit, and we all share the same vision of wanting to empower designers to be more creative and push the boundaries of what is achievable using current and future technologies.”
In picture: Haydn Cruickshank and Jo Beirne.
photo: Louise Stickland