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Kevin Thorborn Appointed Mojo Barriers UK Director
UK – Kevin Thorborn has been promoted to director of Mojo Barriers UK, following his role as UK manager for the past 17 years.
Having started at Mojo Barriers in 2000 Kevin has managed the provision of stage and crowd safety barriers to over 1,000 festivals, from the local Medway Castle Concerts to Glastonbury Festival. His diverse experience spans venues from student unions to the O2 Arena, supplying concerts and European tours, which this year have included Bruno Mars, film premieres, award shows such as the Brit Awards, major public and sporting events and he has even supplied police forces in riot situations.
Mojo Barriers CEO Alex Borger states: “We are delighted at Kevin’s progression since joining Mojo, particularly over the past two years when he has delivered consistently impressive results and expanded the UK business. I am sure this promotion to UK director is the beginning of a very exciting future as we look to expand our offering to the UK market with Kevin at the helm.
“Kevin has developed an extensive network of clients and he is clearly delivering the high levels of service we aspire to, as shown by the amount of events contracting Mojo Barriers on a regular basis.”
Outside of the companies head office in Netherlands, the UK office sits alongside the USA and Australia offices, with a further 27 distributors providing clients a global network to access Mojo Barriers’ trusted range of crowd safety and stage barriers.
24th April 2017
Scott Rooney-Ashby Joins Hawthorn
UK – Event professional Scott Rooney-Ashby has joined Hawthorn as account director to support the development of new and existing business for the company’s award-winning live event technical production service.
Formerly head of account management at mclcreate, Scott’s 20-year career has taken him through various roles from a technical project manager through to his current role as account director at Hawthorn.
Scott’s extensive experience includes responsibility for retaining and developing UK, European and International key accounts from all sectors, working with prestigious corporate clients including Royal Mail, JTI (Japan Tobacco International), RBS, Network Rail and the Olympic Delivery Authority. His expertise ranges from delivering conferences and award dinners through to large scale events within the Olympic Stadium, The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and the US.
Scott said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the Hawthorn team at such an exciting time for the company, which has seen eye-catching growth over recent years. It’s clear over the short time I’ve been with the business that I’ll be working with a team of talented, experienced and dedicated technical event professionals and I’m very much looking forward to working with them to deliver incredible events for existing and new clients.”
Simon Wood, group director of projects at Hawthorn said: “We’re delighted to welcome Scott to the team. With his in-depth experience of working across delivery, project and creative teams, Scott knows how to create truly memorable experiences for his clients and shares Hawthorn’s commitment to working collaboratively every step of the way to deliver amazing results.”
21st April 2017
Creative Technology’s Chris Burke Appointed Managing Director of Asia Pacific Business
China – Creative Technology (CT) announces that with immediate effect Chris Burke will take on the role of managing director of Creative Technology in Shanghai. Chris will also continue as managing director of CT in Hong Kong and Singapore meaning this appointment now puts all of CT’s Asia Pacific business under his control.
Chris has been with Creative Technology since 2009 and in that time, he has developed the necessary skills to effect the changes that will be needed to further develop the China business and expand CT’s operation in this region.
Chris replaces Simon Tibble who passed away suddenly at his home in Shanghai just over a week ago. A terrible loss for his family and for all at CT, Simon was a key part of the China business and a true industry veteran whose skills helped develop the business into what it is today. He will be missed by all.
Graham Andrews, president of Creative Technology North America and Asia Pacific said: “I am delighted that Chris is taking on this additional responsibility and hope you will join me in congratulating him on his appointment.”
19th April 2017
Green Hippo Grows International Team
UK – Green Hippo has maked four additions to its UK-based team. Jacqueline Attard is the UK HQ’s new financial controller, while Phil Blue joins as sales manager, expanding the technical sales team. Rob Moss enlists as junior production engineer, and Anastasia Nikolaou is the latest member of the London-based marketing team, securing the role of PR and marketing executive.
Jacqueline Attard’s remit as Green Hippo financial controller sees her help manage the financial complexities of a global business, one with offices in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom. Jacqueline’s previous experience includes senior roles with large European and US companies, including Deloitte, Jones Lang Lasalle and AstraZeneca. Jacqueline says:“I am both delighted and excited to join the Green Hippo team at such an exciting phase in its growth. As a qualified finance professional with over 15 years’ experience working for global multinationals across a variety of industries, I look forward to making a difference to Green Hippo.”
Rob Moss brings significant technical expertise, having previously held the position of broadcasting engineer at the BBC, as well as time with Orange Amplifiers where he was senior technician. Rob comments: “It’s exciting coming to Green Hippo. With a background in various industries and disciplines, I’m looking forward learning new skills and getting hands-on with a group of industry-leading products. The HQ office is buzzing right now and I am excited by the fast-moving pace of the company.”
Anastasia Nikolaou’s passion for media and entertainment has its roots in her five years spent working in the TV industry. This enthusiasm, and urge to expand her knowledge of the video industry, sees her swap Athens for London. Anastasia says: “I am absolutely delighted to become part of the Green Hippo team. This is a great opportunity for me to further explore the AV industry, learn new things and meet with wonderful people. Our plans for the international markets are really exciting and some of the projects we’re now working on are ground-breaking.”
Phil Blue has also now joined the company with a remit covering technical sales in a mix of international territories. Phil is well-known in the industry and his contacts and expertise have already yielded significant gains in what were previously dormant territories. Phil said: “It’s a real pleasure to join what I always felt was the market-leading tech company in this sector. The energy and drive within the business right now is exciting and it’s great to be a part of this sales and marketing team under James Roth’s management. Things are moving really fast and our new activities in the international markets are unique, challenging and fun, all at once!”
18th April 2017
DPA Microphones Appoints Evan MacKenzie
USA – DPA Microphones, a leading manufacturer of high-quality miniature microphone solutions for professional audio applications, is pleased to announce that Evan MacKenzie has joined the team as the new marketing and communications manager for the United States.
In his new role, MacKenzie will be strategically planning all aspects of marketing and communications for new and existing product lines. His responsibilities will include branding execution, augmenting marketing collateral for the region, media planning and buying, event planning and artist relations.
“DPA is one of the rare companies in our industry that has always put attentive focus on the end user experience using the highest quality materials, forward thinking technology and precise, uncompromising workmanship,” says MacKenzie. “DPA is an authentic demonstration of what a 21st century brand can and should be in this era of instant and multiple customer touch points. I am grateful and inspired to be chosen to join the DPA team.”
MacKenzie is accustomed to providing marketing and communications development and support for companies in the pro audio industry. He previously held marketing positions with QSC Audio, Allen & Heath, KRK and Cerwin Vega working closely with the engineering, product development, sales and creative departments to increase corporate revenue and implement branding strategies. MacKenzie began his career on the ad agency side producing branding for advertising campaigns for JBL Pro, Samick, Knabe and multiple Procter & Gamble brands.
“We’re excited to welcome Evan and look forward to putting his many years of experience in the pro audio industry to work for DPA,” says Christopher Spahr, vice president of sales and marketing, USA for DPA Microphones. “His knowledge of branding and communications will help us continue to grow our presence in the United States.”
18th April 2017
Atlona Welcomes Scott Smith as Commercial Regional Sales Manager for South East US
USA – Continuing to add proven talent to bolster its rapid growth, Atlona has hired Scott Smith as regional sales manager, commercial, for the south eastern United States. Based near Atlanta and bringing more than 20 years of experience in the audiovisual industry, Smith will work closely with Atlona’s direct dealers, distributors and representatives to support and expand the company’s commercial business in the territory.
“The AV industry is changing faster than ever, as traditional AV infrastructures transition to increasingly incorporate IT-based technologies and standards,” said Smith. “Atlona is at the forefront of this major shift, leading the charge with solutions like the new OmniStream AV-over-IP family and Velocity cloud-enabled system control platform. I’m very excited about Atlona’s products and vision, and I look forward to working with our resellers and partners to bring these forward-looking innovations to customers.”
Smith joins Atlona from Crestron Electronics, where he achieved 'top ten' sales milestones in each of his 17 years with the company. In his most recent role as senior regional manager, he led the south east team of regional managers, expanded the company’s dealer network and worked directly with key enterprise accounts.
Prior to his time at Crestron, Smith founded audio-visual design and integration firm Gryphon Technology, leading the company until its acquisition in 2000. Smith attended Jacksonville State University and holds CTS, DMC-D and DMC-E certifications.
“We’re thrilled that Scott is joining our team,” said Amelia Vrabel, Atlona’s national sales manager for the commercial market. “His extensive AV industry experience and proven track record of success will be invaluable to our company and our sales partners as we expand our innovative product offerings and market presence.”
13th April 2017
Katie Skelton Joins VER
UK – VER has announced the appointment of Katie Skelton to the position of commercial manager on its UK Broadcast Team.
Katie brings with her a wealth of industry knowledge gained through working with some of the world’s largest broadcasters and production companies.
Having begun her career as part of the BBC’s outside broadcast team, Katie has extensive commercial management experience in all aspects of the broadcast market. Tasked with assisting in the further development of VER Broadcast, this new appointment will allow Katie to make good use of her considerable industry experience and strong relationship management skills to further enhance the support and service enjoyed by the company’s growing clientele.
This newly created role continues VER’s global commitment to investing in expertise, service and innovation throughout its businesses, including the company’s recently expanded, full-support, London based operation.
VER Broadcast director David O’Carroll comments: “Having the opportunity to bring in Katie as part of our UK team is fantastic. Katie has an in-depth understanding of our industry and a superb track record focussed on customer experience. I’m delighted to welcome her as part of the VER Broadcast division.”
Speaking on her new role, Katie says: “Joining VER is an exciting opportunity for me, particularly at a time when the company is undertaking significant investment to help grow all aspects of its global business. The team are committed to the continued development of their broadcast service and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
13th April 2017
Bandit Lites and Gene Brian ‘Get the Band Back Together’
USA – Gene Brian, a former long-time Bandit Lites team member, has returned to the family, as Bandit has announced his rehiring as production manager. Gene was a key member of the Bandit family in the 1990s and early 2000s when life took him to another city and away from Bandit. Although Gene was gone from Bandit, he was never forgotten, as most people at Bandit stayed in touch with Gene through the years as he was above all, a good friend.
When circumstances arose bringing Gene and his wife Carol the chance to return to Nashville, Gene’s first call was to Bandit vice president Mike Golden to see what opportunities might exist at Bandit. Golden called Bandit chair, Michael T. Strickland, who upon hearing of Gene’s possible return, said: “Let’s get the band back together!”
Gene was a vital part of Bandit his entire prior career; following a stint on the road, Gene moved into the office and eventually assumed the role of general manager. Gene was a critical part of many innovations and strategies as Bandit rose to the top of the industry. “Gene was always a go to guy that served as an industry leader,” said Strickland. “He is respected by everyone in the industry and will once again to an irreplaceable part of the Bandit family.”
As a production manager in Bandit’s Nashville office, Gene’s considerable skill set, along with his vast knowledge, will strengthen the Bandit Standard and allow for even greater growth.
“I am looking forward to returning to Bandit Lites and working with a team that specialises in the lighting field to the degree that Bandit does,” Gene said. “Bandit is known for delivering a quality product and I hope to further develop my skills as well as contribute to the firm’s respected reputation.”
“I am thrilled to be working with Gene again after all these years,” said Golden. “We have kept up with each other through all these years and worked on a number of projects together, but to know he is back at Bandit again is a very uplifting thing to me. I value the quality of Gene’s work as much as his professionalism and I look very forward to working with him for many years to come.”
“Having Gene back home is a blessing,” added Strickland. “It truly is like getting a world famous band back together; it’s something you dreamed of but were never sure if it would happen. Welcome home Geno!”
11th April 2017
Stuart Fraser joins LTM to focus on the Entertainment industry with the launch of the new LP Hoist
UK – LTM (Lift Turn Move Ltd) has announced a new structure for the entertainment side of the business, appointing Stuart Fraser as head of entertainment products. He took up his new position in March and has made a dramatic impact on the business.
Stuart brings more than ten years’ experience in the entertainment industry, in engineering, product development and technical sales to LTM. His focus will be on further growing the entertainment market, as he bring a wealth of technical experience from his previous positions. Stuart will be the face-to-face contact for our key accounts, offering technical advice and helping to create solutions.
John Jones commented: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart as our new head of entertainment products, with the experience and knowledge he brings we hope this will help serve our customers more efficiently and provide the expertise and advise needed to assist in this very complex and high pressure environment.”
John Jones goes on to say: “We are hugely excited for the launch of the new hoist, which main advantage is it’s compact frame size with high capacity to weight ratio, perfect for stage engineers and riggers a like.”
The new hoist offers 60% increase in lifting capacity on D8 Models in comparison to the LG50 Hoist. The LP500/1 D8 Model can offer a lifting capacity of 800kg in comparison to the LG50, were the lifting capacity is 500kg. The hoist comes with IP65 protection as standard, three years' warranty and is extremely quiet, there is a reduced decibel reading at one metre from 75db to 65db.
11th April 2017
Renkus-Heinz Appoints Joe Fustolo as Eastern Regional Sales Manager
USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Joe Fustolo to the position of eastern regional sales manager.
Fustolo, who joined Renkus-Heinz in 2016, is an experienced engineer with roots in live and installed sound. His extensive work in loudspeaker and audio technology includes more than a decade providing applications support for Eastern Acoustic Works. His resume also includes technical positions with loudspeaker manufacturers FBT and Outline, as well as production roles with major concert and theatrical companies and landmark live venues.
"Since joining Renkus-Heinz, Joe has quickly become an indispensable member of our support team," remarks North American sales director Ladd Temple. "His exceptional expertise in loudspeaker technology, as well as his excellent communication skills and instinctual understanding of our customers' needs has been a tremendous asset to both our company and our customers. We're thrilled to welcome him to his new position."
Fustolo adds: "I have been very much enjoying my work here at Renkus-Heinz, and am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with such a forward-thinking organization. It's both an honour and a pleasure to accept this new expanded role and become even more involved with helping to support our products and our users.
Fustolo will continue to work from his offices in Massachusetts, offering support to Renkus-Heinz clients east of the Mississippi.