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Audiologic Appoints Rhoda Warren
UK – Audiologic has announced the appointment of Rhoda Warren to the position of accounts assistant. Rhoda joins the company from a background in accounts and book-keeping in the construction and education sectors. Widely experienced in all aspects of customer accounts, VAT and payroll, she will fit seamlessly into Audiologic life. The company continues to enjoy strong growth: its commitment to recruitment across all sectors of the business, reflects the increasing demands placed upon its operations. Rhoda is the latest addition to a strong team led by financial director Matt Boland, who recognises the qualities she brings to the company:
“The significant expansion we’ve enjoyed in recent times is a direct result of the tremendously hard work that every member of staff contributes to the business. We are well aware that growth brings added pressure and that we need to stay ahead of the curve by ensuring that we continue to invest in recruiting high quality staff. Rhoda is a very experienced operator, with a wide range of skills, who is thorough, methodical and calm; a perfect fit for our accounts department.”
Rhoda Warren adds: “Joining an expanding company like Audiologic is a fantastic opportunity to apply my skills in another fast-moving environment. After only a short time in my role, I feel very much welcomed as part of a highly professional team that works in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. These are exciting times at Audiologic and I’m looking forward to playing my part in meeting every challenge we face.”
16th November 2018
TMB Welcomes Tim Obermann as European Sales Manager
Europe – TMB announces the expansion of its European Sales operations with the welcome addition of Tim Obermann as European Sales Manager. Tim brings with him an extensive background in technical show production, sales, administration, and business management, as well as a long relationship with TMB.
Before joining TMB, Tim spent seven years at AIM Sports Facilities, an international company based in Lucerne, Switzerland. In his role as principal of worldwide operations, Tim presided over the installation and leasing of perimeter and jumbo LED screens and associated video and content delivery systems in stadiums throughout Europe. Tim’s high-end clients included, to name just a few, UEFA, Real Madrid, and Paris St. Germain. Tim worked in Europe’s largest sports stadiums, including Allianz Arena, Camp Nou, Emirates Stadium, and many more.
During the preceding four years, Tim served as senior technical manager and chief technical officer for A & O Technology in Germany and the USA. Renowned for their high-power xenon searchlights, used in the largest concerts, events and installations, plus film and TV, it was through A & O that Tim and TMB built a relationship based on respect and trust.
“I look forward to expanding TMB’s presence in the European market,” says Tim. “All the elements are there: unique, quality, high-value products, one-of-a-kind service, plus a vital market. I’m excited by the prospect of truly making a difference, and see TMB as poised for substantial growth here. After all, one should never settle for the status quo.”
TMB’s Colin Waters adds: “Tim joins us at a time when our European distribution partner programme is getting into full swing and he will be spearheading that effort. We’ve known Tim a long time and hold him in the highest regard. With a varied and extensive work experience at a top professional level in Europe, UK, USA, Asia, and the Middle East, Tim has made friends wherever he goes. This all helps Tim fit right in at TMB, where we welcome his enthusiasm and commitment to only the very best! We are looking forward to great things.”
16th November 2018
Audiologic Recruits Richard Minter
UK – Audiologic has recruited vastly experienced industry professional Richard Minter to the position of procurement manager. After working first at Hayden Laboratories and then TEAC/Tascam, Richard moved on to enjoy a lengthy career at Sennheiser, during which time he rose to the position of operations manager. Richard joins Audiologic to take on his new challenge at a time of significant expansion. An expert in purchasing, planning, stock control and sales support, he is held in high regard throughout the AV industry, where his knowledge of products and markets is as detailed as it is extensive.
Sales and marketing director, Andy Lewis comments on another significant appointment to the Audiologic ranks: “Richard’s appointment says much about where we are on the Audiologic journey. We couldn’t have found an operator more experienced or better suited to the demands placed on the company by our continued growth and we’re very happy to have secured the services of this extremely talented individual. Many of us have encountered Richard professionally over a number of years and know him to be an engaging person who places a high value on customer relationships. He will be a tremendous asset to Audiologic.”
Richard Minter adds: “Naturally, I’m delighted to be working with Audiologic at what is a very exciting time for the business. The rapid growth of the company increases the demands on its strategic and operational efficiency, an area I’ve been focused on throughout my career in the industry. I’m looking forward to putting my experience to good use in a new setting, albeit one where there are some familiar faces. In previous positions, I’ve enjoyed working with Simon Jones, Andy Lewis and Dave Smith, something that was influential in my decision to join Audiologic. I’m very confident that the business will continue to take great strides and I look forward to being part of the team.”
14th November 2018
Bradley Watson Promoted to New International Sales Director Role at Martin Audio
UK – Martin Audio has announced the promotion of Bradley Watson to the new position of international sales director.
One of the company’s longest serving executives, Watson was instrumental in building domestic sales during the first decade of the millennium before leaving in 2010, but maintaining a close relationship in his capacity as an installer.
Presented with the opportunity to re-join the company in September 2016, and assume the new role as sales manager EMEA he described the opportunity as “a perfect scenario”.
Speaking of the latest promotion, Watson said: “Since my return to Martin Audio I have been proud to be part of a team that’s been instrumental in bringing over 30 new products to market in just over 24 months.
“As EMEA sales manager, I inherited many long standing relationships and distribution partnerships that my predecessor and good friend Martin Kelly worked hard to forge prior to his retirement, and I have greatly enjoyed the role to date.”
However, he notes that the market has changed considerably in recent years, with Martin Audio pioneering a number of key technologies to assume a leading position in the pro audio industry. “With the advent of scaleable resolution, in the form of Wavefront Precision, we have experienced well managed growth over the two years, with an exciting product roadmap that will provide even greater opportunity to explore new market sectors.
“The new role as international sales director will offer greater scope, as part of the new Martin Audio family, to further influence and develop our business in these segments, alongside our territory managers throughout the UK, EMEA, APAC and LATAM.”
Dom Harter, managing director, added: “Brad has been instrumental in driving sales growth in EMEA and fostering strong relationships throughout the territory. As Martin Audio has grown around the world, the need to introduce an International sales director role is prudent to help plan and execute our next wave of commercial success, and Brad is perfect to take on that responsibility.”
13th November 2018
Roe Visual Europe Supports Growth in France
Belgium – ROE Visual further supports its regional growth in the EMEA region with the appointment of Emmanuel Pezant in the role of technical sales support. With this latest expansion, ROE Visual Europe enhances its sales force and extends its knowledgeable team of LED display specialists. With this addition ROE Visual can execute its growth plans and support its growing basis of French speaking customers.
As experienced and knowledgeable LED technician, Pezant is a great addition to the ROE Visual team. Having worked as video technician for over 15 years, his involvement in both the French market and in the latest LED technology is demonstrable. Pezant has worked as LED and video technician for notable partners in the French market as video technician and project manager.
“Combining his practical skills with a commercial flair, Pezant will support our French speaking clientele in both their commercial needs as well as the occasional technical support. We are very pleased to have him joining our team,” states Auke Meijer, operations and sales director for ROE Visual Europe.
“I’m delighted to be part of the professional team at ROE Visual Europe and I’m happy to lend my expertise to contribute to the company’s growth plans. ROE Visual is a renowned brand with a firm potential, supporting the French customers with dedicated service and outstanding products will be my pleasure,” comments Pezant.
5th November 2018
GLP Appoints New Sales Director Brian Dowd
USA – Brian Dowd joins GLP US in a new position as sales director for the company. From an early start, building his first lighting rig at age 15, Brian has enjoyed a career encompassing positions as electrician, rigger, designer and production manager.
Through a subsequent illustrious career within the sales and marketing side of the industry, most recently as sales director for another lighting firm, Brian brings an extensive combination of skill and knowledge to this new position.
GLP US president Mark Ravenhill said: “It is fantastic to have Brian join us at GLP. Having known him for many years, his knowledge of the industry and his ability to consistently grow markets will be a great asset to the company as we move forward.”
Brian added: “I was attracted to GLP because they do not follow the pack. They are unique in that they follow their own creative path. The family like connection between the GLP team was a huge thing for me. I can’t overstate the positive vibe that the team has.”
With 40 years of experience in the industry, Brian will be well equipped to move into the new position smoothly. “My role at GLP in the Americas is to create growth in the marketplace," he said. "Product innovation combined with world class support and the best team you could ask for, will fuel that growth. There are some very exciting opportunities out there, and I am looking forward to them all.”
5th November 2018
Stage Electrics expands installation division
UK – Stage Electrics has announced that Chris Wells and Mark Willey have joined its busy installation projects department. Based regionally in the North-West and East-Midlands respectively, Chris and Mark have joined the team in order to meet an increasing order book and regionally serve installation customers.
As well as significant experience in delivering installation projects, Chris Wells has a strong background in theatre, having worked in the technical departments of Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Watermill Theatre and Oldham Coliseum as well as serving as the Technical Manager at Southport Art Centre for over 21 years.
Mark Willey also joins with project management experience and his career history includes spells at the Mill Theatre at Sonning, The Hawthe at Crawley, The Queens Theatre London, and The London Palladium.
Chris and Mark will be responsible for designing, engineering and project managing installations to satisfy a customer’s aspirations.
Ian Dunne, the commercial manager for Stage Electrics’ installation division, commented: “We have seen an increase in the demand on our installation services across the UK, Chris and Mark are a part of the plan to meet this increase in demand and better service our national customer base, we are always looking for suitably qualified individuals to join our expanding team.”
In picture: Chris Wells, Ian Dunne and Mark Willey.
2nd November 2018
Audiologic Appoints Anna Shahin
UK – Keeping pace with ever-increasing demand for its services, leading provider of audio-visual solutions, Audiologic, has recruited Anna Shahin to the post of applications support engineer. As well as a 1st Class BSc Honours Degree in Audio Recording and Production from the University of Hertfordshire, Anna also studied Speech and Hearing Science at Buffalo University in her native USA. Throughout her academic career, Anna has gained wide-ranging hands-on experience as a recording studio technician, as well as working on a host of live events as a technical crew member. She will be a key member of the technical team, with a brief to support and advise Audiologic’s customers across projects of every type and scale.
Sales and marketing director Andy Lewis welcomes Anna’s appointment: “The AV industry is a fast-evolving environment where it’s essential that sales and distribution is supported by technical practitioners whose appreciation of complex technologies is acute and easily translated in the field. Anna fits the bill to perfection. Her academic expertise is solidly grounded in real-life experience of the AV sector and we know that she has a terrific amount to offer Audiologic and our customers. She brings with her an unbeatable combination of knowledge and passion for the job and I’m confident she will add significant value to the team.”
Anna Shahin expresses enthusiasm for her new role: “The team here at Audiologic is close-knit and they’ve welcomed me with open arms. I feel very supported, not only by the technical team but also by everyone in the office. In spite of being so new to the company, I feel that my technical experience in live and studio production, combined with the specific training support I’m receiving on our great brands, has already enabled me to utilise my skills to good effect. Playing an active part in supporting our clients promises to be a varied and challenging role that I’m sure I will enjoy and which will significantly enhance my own technical development.”
30th October 2018
Elation Welcomes Erich Meitzner, Regional Sales Representative
USA – Elation Professional has announced the addition of Erich Meitzner to the Elation team as the company’s new regional sales representative for Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Meitzner, who hails from Kansas, has a broad knowledge of the lighting world and brings with him a wealth of real-world experience as a touring lighting designer/director for acts like Grouplove, Walk the Moon, Liz Phair, and Bleachers, among others.
Elation National sales manager, John Dunn, commented on the hiring: “As an experienced touring professional, Erich brings important on-the-road insight to the position and knows what it takes to deliver a designer’s vision. He also has excellent hands-on product knowledge and is already well-acquainted with the Elation product line. He will fill an important roll in helping support our dealer and customer network and we are excited to have him onboard as a valued member of the Elation team.”
Meitzner commented: “Part of what keeps me excited about lighting is working with people and helping them find the right kind of product that best meets their needs. As a user of Elation products, I couldn’t be more excited to continue with the Elation team while educating people about the amazing product line.”
Meitzner, who started in the new position on 1st October and is based in Kansas City, will work directly with Scott Kinnebrew, regional sales manager - central for Elation. “We are really excited to have Erich join Elation,” Kinnebrew stated. “He’s someone who is passionate about the business and a solid addition to the team.”
29th October 2018
Audiologic Appoints Kamil Hamidou
UK – Leading provider of professional audio-visual solutions, Audiologic, has announced the appointment of marketing co-ordinator Kamil Hamidou. Recent significant expansion has seen the Harlow-based company engaged in a recruitment drive on all fronts of its business, adding personnel in its sales, technical and marketing departments. Kamil joins Audiologic with a Music Industry Management degree, during the pursuit of which, he acquired hands-on experience of helping to organise and run marketing campaigns for a variety of artists and events. Kamil also possesses a good understanding of the production side of the industry, having worked on a number of tours.
Andy Lewis, sales and marketing director at Audiologic said: “In recent months we have recruited a number of team members to meet the rising tide in demand for our products and services. The one thing they all have in common is an absolute passion for the AV industry and the dynamism that reflects that commitment. Kamil is no exception. His previous experience means that he is accustomed to working on his own initiative and thinking creatively under pressure, both essential attributes in our fast-moving environment. As marketing co-ordinator, Kamil’s ideas and communication across the company will play an essential part in our continued growth.”
Kamil Hamidou adds: “I’m looking forward to very quickly getting up to speed with the demands of the job. Audiologic is an exciting place to be right now and I’m confident that the knowledge and experience I’ve gained in the music marketing sector can be readily applied to helping further develop the Audiologic brand. It’s fantastic to be joining such a friendly and hard-working team and being given immediate responsibility for what I see as a very important role. I’m a highly motivated and determined to make the most of this excellent opportunity.”