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Gena Buhler joins Theatre Projects as head of new business development for North America New York, New York and Denver, Colorado
Audiologic Appoints Andrew Matthews as Business Manager
UK – Audiologic, has announced that it has recently appointed Andrew Matthews as business manager for Ireland and Scotland. This is a critical role that directly focuses on elevating Audiologic’s presence to the highest service level, in both sales and support for both territories, whilst discovering and developing opportunities for exponential growth.
Ireland and Scotland both have a rich cultural heritage and strong central economic support. In an industry built around innovation, Andrew’s experience ensures he is well-placed to focus on what can be done to encourage new collaborations, build on existing business links and seize opportunities to work locally at ground level. This will ensure Audiologic’s customers benefit from the continued advances in audio technology taking place daily on a global level from some of the best brands in the business. All of this will be delivered with the full support of colleagues from the Applications Support Team in continuing to provide industry-leading technical excellence and full end-to-end support for their clients.
In his role, Andrew will be responsible for maintaining and building on existing relationships with Audiologic’s integrator network, presenting the very latest technical solutions from its world-class suppliers and further developing the business in providing wide-ranging support for new projects and sales enquiries.
With an impressive track record and distinguished career that spans over 30 years, Andrew joins Audiologic primarily from Bose Corporation where he was director/national sales manager for Ireland in all channels that included consumer electronics and live and installed sound. As with many career paths that develop by accident (and good fortune), Andy started working for Bose in manufacturing, and developed a lifelong passion for great sound from there.
On Andrew’s appointment, Dave Smith, senior business manager, says: “We are delighted to announce that Andrew has joined Audiologic, he brings with him extensive local knowledge, a fantastic approach to the customer experience and a wealth of expertise in advanced audio technology to match.”
Andrew commented: “When I knew this role was available, I knew immediately it was the perfect fit. Now I can leverage everything I have learned about the specific needs and excellent customer relationships I already have in these markets for the mutual benefit of all concerned. I am thrilled to have joined at a time when the company really is going from strength to strength.”
14th August 2020
Gena Buhler joins Theatre Projects as head of new business development for North America New York, New York and Denver, Colorado
USA – Theatre Projects has announced the addition of Gena Buhler in the new position of head of new business development, North America. Gena brings over 20 years’ experience in event production, venue management, operational logistics, festival and program development, and relationship-building of critical partnerships to the Theatre Projects team.
Gena will lead the business development team in North America and will act as a key member of the strategic planning team, offering timely and expert advice on project needs, feasibility, early project visioning and other business planning. She’ll work to identify projects and relationships that have the potential to enrich communities and will work with clients to match Theatre Projects’ services with their needs. Gena’s experience transforming neighbourhoods into vibrant and creative communities will be a valuable resource to Theatre Projects’ clients.
“Gena’s a great addition to our team,” says Daniel Ordower, general manager. “She understands the industry, our goals, and our markets: the arts, corporate, hospitality, retail, sports and entertainment. She’ll be offering valuable and strategic insights to our clients on the management and operations of their venues, which will enable us to create more sustainable, impactful, and efficient spaces for their communities.”
Gena joins Theatre Projects from the Wheeler Opera House (Aspen, CO), where she served as the executive and artistic director. During her time in Aspen, she re-engaged the community in the historic venue by revitalising programming, increasing the profile of the Aspen Laugh Festival and Aspen Mountain Film Festival, launching several community-based efforts, and she managed Phase III and Phase IV of Wheeler’s historic renovation project. Previously she was theatre director at Vilar Performing Arts Center (Vail, CO), worked in New York for The Road Company and IMG Artists, and started her career in festival management with Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
“I’m delighted to be able to engage with the amazingly talented, smart, and creative group of people who come to work every day excited and full of energy,” says Gena. “I’m looking forward to helping Theatre Projects realise our full potential, while being able to collaborate and offer support to my colleagues and friends across North America. Even amid the greater impacts of 2020 to our industry, I’m excited to embark on this new adventure and the challenges ahead.”
4th August 2020
ETC welcomes new Field Project Co-ordinator for Northern Europe
Benelux – ETC has announced the addition of Robbi Nassi as field project co-ordinator for the Northern European territory. Based out of Amsterdam, Robbi will be responsible for providing sales support in the Benelux region. His role will involve managing projects and supporting regional sales manager Tim Stokholm in developing the customer and dealer network throughout the territory.
With over 18 years of experience in the industry, his interest in the field began with a performing arts technology degree at the Tshwane University of Technology where he went on to specialise in lighting.
Prior to ETC, he was at Electrosonic SA Ltd where he worked in a sales position as a live events manager before moving to Sydney, Australia to pursue further career advancements as a technical sales representative for Event Communications Ltd. Robbi has worked on several large projects including installing the first ETC networking infrastructures in theatres in South Africa.
“We are thrilled to welcome Robbi to the team. He has already worked on several projects with ETC and brings a wealth of experience in the industry and knowledge of our products. I look forward to working with him and growing the business,” comments regional sales manager, Tim Stokholm.
24th July 2020
Chauvet Professional Names Eusebio Romero Garcia Product Specialist for Spain
Spain – Chauvet Professional took a major step toward serving its growing Spanish market by appointing Eusebio ('Sebi') Romero Garcia as product specialist for Spain. An experienced and highly regarded lighting and stage technician, as well as an accomplished photographer, Garcia will be working closely with the company’s Spanish distributor, Barcelona-based, ACSON, to co-ordinate product training and roadshows throughout the country.
“There are exciting opportunities for us in Spain,” said Michael Brooksbank, general manager of Chauvet Europe. “Sebi’s experience and talent make him a valuable addition to our team as we continue to work with ACSON to build on our success and develop our brand in this vibrant market.”
Garcia will be based in Madrid, but will co-ordinate his activities closely with ACSON in Barcelona. He will report directly to Sam Bowden, Chauvet’s European product manager, but will also work closely with the Stéphane Gressier, international sales director and Jon Petts, business development manager at Chauvet Lighting.
“Working together with the teams at Chauvet and ACSON, Sebi will bring a high level of educational resources and training in support of our products in Spain,” said Bowden. “His extensive experience cuts across many segments of our market, including theatre and broadcast as well as concerts. He also has a passion for service, which will make him an excellent fit for the Chauvet Professional team.”
13th July 2020
L-Acoustics Announces Leadership Team of Newly Formed Americas Region
USA – L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of accomplished audio industry expert Alan Macpherson to head the newly formed Americas division, encompassing sales, application, support, fulfilment and finance activities for all countries in North, Central and South America. Alan will report to Laurent Vaissié, CEO L-Acoustics, and Hervé Guillaume, CEO L-Acoustics Group. The company further reinforces the new division with the promotion of BJ Shaver to business development director for the installation market and the appointment of William Cornell as business development director for the rental market, both reporting to Macpherson.
“L-Acoustics is committed to supporting and growing our presence on the American continent. As we navigate through one of the most challenging times for our industry, we feel incredibly fortunate to be able to bring on board two of the most outstanding and respected industry veterans, Alan and William, and confirm the well-deserved promotion of BJ. I’ve already witnessed Alan’s unflappable attitude, personal commitment, and long-term strategic outlook, which, combined with the unique ability to federate and inspire our teams, are the marks of a great leader,” shares Vaissié.
Macpherson brings to L-Acoustics more than two decades of top managerial experience, primarily with Yamaha, where he most recently served as vice president for Yamaha Corporation of America’s integrated marketing group in Buena Park. Over his lengthy tenure with the manufacturer, he had been tasked with spearheading the growth of the NEXO and Steinberg brands, in addition to Yamaha’s own professional audio and music industry product lines.
“I’m delighted to join L-Acoustics,” Macpherson enthuses. "The brand has earned its reputation not just by developing quality products, but by focusing on the systemic quality of its global network of partners and consistent innovation in creating tools that improve the workflow of sound professionals and relentlessly raise the audio bar. L-Acoustics looks to the long game, developing processes and products for enduring success, and always with the improvement of live performance at the heart of what they do. That’s a perfect match for me and my vision.”
Also core to the success of the new Americas division are the newly created director of business development posts conferred to B.J. Shaver for the installation market and William Cornell for the rental vertical.
Based in Tennessee, Shaver has spent more than seven years developing the south-western US market as regional sales manager for L-Acoustics. During that time, his sales and support focus has been heavily invested into the house of worship vertical, a market considered essential to the current and continued success of the company. Prior to joining L-Acoustics, Shaver rose to the position of vice president of Installation at Elite Multimedia in Memphis, Tennessee. “B.J.’s ability to analyse and manage business opportunities, identify partners and foster them to success has allowed L-Acoustics to take our Southern region to the most performing region in North America,” says Vaissié. “Having him in this expanded role where he will continue to grow the install business across the Americas will be an invaluable component of our ongoing success.”
Cornell comes to L-Acoustics after spending almost 15 years with d&b audiotechnik, where he built and managed sales operations in the Americas and rose to the position of CEO of the manufacturer’s US subsidiary. “William is a strategic thinker and has clearly demonstrated his talent for building trust and growth with customers year upon year,” describes Macpherson. “His proven ability to plan and execute long-term business models will be mission-critical as we build the foundation of our Americas team and continue to strengthen our leadership position in touring and make strides into key vertical markets, such as Broadway and corporate.”
“Alan joined the team just before the crisis, and while we’d certainly never choose this type of on-boarding situation voluntarily, it’s been a valuable learning experience for all of us,” explains Hervé Guillaume. “Alan has confronted the battle head on, and the full team has rallied with him, developing a collective resilience and digging deep to find creative ways to help the company and our partners weather the storm.
“With this new leadership structure and the full strength of our team, we’ll be well poised to return from this difficult season stronger than ever and ready to serve our industry as it moves forward to recovery and beyond,” concludes Guillaume.
In picture: Alan Macpherson, B.J. Shaver and William Cornell.
2nd July 2020
Altman introduces Matthew Klasmeier as Product Development Support Engineer
USA – In a move to bolster the strength of its product development and support team, Altman Lighting has announced the appointment of Matthew Klasmeier as product development support engineer. Working within the new Altman headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Klasmeier will be responsible for overseeing current and future product development, as well as in-house warranty service, support and repair.
“We are very excited to have Matthew joining our team as he will serve as an integral part of the launch and support of many new Altman technologies,” said Pete Borchetta, vice president Altman Lighting product innovation. “His expertise within the lighting industry is undeniable and he will be a valuable asset in the development and customer service behind our entertainment and architectural lighting solutions.”
With a B.F.A. In technical theatre from Northern Kentucky University, Klasmeier was previously employed as a field service technician for Vincent Lighting Systems specialising in the installation and verification of new entertainment and architectural lighting systems. His responsibilities also included end user training and customer support for lighting consoles, dimming systems, moving lights, and other theatrical lighting equipment. Additionally, he has served as the master sound and lighting technician, as well as technical crew chief, for Paramount’s Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Understanding the reputation of Altman Lighting as one of the most trusted lighting manufacturers in the industry, I am very delighted to be joining the Product Development and Support team,” stated Klasmeier. “I have worked with Altman technology in the field for a number of years, and I look forward to being part of the future development of their innovative product lines.”
19th June 2020
Sonosphere appoints Jamie Gosney and Henrik Oppermann to board of directors
UK – Immersive audio specialist, Sonosphere, has announced that commercial director Jamie Gosney and creative director Henrik Oppermann have been appointed to the company’s board of directors.
Recognising the growing appetite for immersive audio, Sonosphere was formed in 2019 and specialises in all aspects of immersive audio from content creation, system design, consultancy through to installation.
The company also provides education, having developed an Ambisonics Workflow for Immersive Content Production training course. Aimed at sound professionals from both the film and music worlds, as well as music producers, audio engineers and immersive content creators and provides a hands-on, practical understanding of the immersive content production, from capture to delivery. The course has recently been taken online to ensure continuity while face-to-face training is unavailable.
Jamie and Henrik’s experience places them perfectly to take the company forward. Jamie has over 40 years’ experience working in concert touring, theatre, for manufacturers and latterly as an audio systems designer, working on a variety of projects including immersive audio installations. Henrik, meanwhile, is a 3D sound specialist who has worked as head of sound at immersive content production company Visualise, and has over 10 years of recording studio quality audio on location for film, advertising and music industry clients, as well as 3D sound installations.
“This is a very apposite time to be part of such incredibly creative team,” says Henrik. “So many changes have happened in a very short space of time, and the way we are listening to music is changing as a consequence.”
“Immersive audio was already finding its place in the live arena, with companies like L-Acoustics developing L-ISA, d&b its Soundscape solution, as well as speaker agnostic solutions such as TiMax, Astro Spatial and Flux Audio’s Spat Revolution Plug-in that can be used on any digital mixing console,” adds Jamie. “Now that people are listening to concerts in their home via live streaming, there’s a real need to present them with a better audio solution and the industry is starting to find ways to do that. With our team’s expertise in the studio, live and installation markets Sonosphere is in the perfect position to help.”
In picture: Jamie Gosney and Henrik Oppermann.
18th June 2020
ETC promotes Konstantinos Vonofakidis to Regional Sales Manager
Europe – ETC has announced the promotion of Konstantinos Vonofakidis to regional sales manager. In his new role, Konstantinos will oversee the sales activities in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus and Egypt. He will manage sales arrangements for key accounts in these regions and work in cooperation with the company’s distributors and dealers.
Darren Beckley, sales manager, ETC Ltd, commented: “Konstantinos is a valuable member of the sales team who has built a great rapport with the dealers and customers in his territories. With his strong market knowledge and expertise, I am confident he will continue delivering high levels of service and be successful in his new role.”
Konstantinos previously worked as a field project co-ordinator for High End Systems in the Southern European, African, Middle Eastern and Indian territories. He began his career as a service engineer working with High End Systems for ten years before going on to manage significant lighting projects such as the National Theatre of Greece, Bahrain National Theatre and Onassis Cultural Centre.
Konstantinos adds: “I’m excited to build new customer relationships and work more closely with our dealers and distributors in these markets. I look forward to working in this role and growing the business in my regions.”
16th June 2020
In memory of our friend and colleague, Alan March
UK – A statement from Sennheiser:
It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you that our friend and colleague, Alan March, has been prematurely taken from us and his family. Alan sadly passed away peacefully on Saturday 30th May with his wife Kate by his side. After a short but brave battle with cancer Alan is now out of pain and at peace.
Alan took up his employment with Sennheiser UK in 2008 as a business development specialist. Alan’s 21 years’ experience in the pro audio industry in various roles, for HW International and Shure Distribution UK, meant that he arrived at Sennheiser with a wealth of experience and knowledge and was an instant fit within the Sennheiser team. Alan helped drive both new and existing business for Sennheiser with his exceptional reputation in the industry and he contributed greatly to the success of the professional and install sound business areas. Alongside Alan’s Sennheiser role he also worked tirelessly as part of BEIRG’s steering team regarding the retention of radio spectrum for the entertainment industry. Alan’s enthusiasm in this aspect later led to his role as senior manager for spectrum affairs for Sennheiser, where he continued to make headway for the industry and Sennheiser alike.
Dr. Andreas Wilzeck, head of spectrum and innovation at Sennheiser, gave the following statement on behalf of his team, including Norbert Hilbich: “As musician and in his role at Sennheiser, Alan March was full of passion in his mission to protect radio frequencies for creativity and culture. We not only lost friend, but also a strong advocate of our industry, who contributed significantly in reaching the good foundation we are on.”
Outside of work Alan’s passion for the industry continued with his music. Alan was often gigging around Kingston-Upon-Thames as the lead guitarist for GrooveManoova, he was an incredible musician and would also often be found playing at a Sennheiser party. This passion continued to the end through his purchases of multiple guitars. Along with his passion for playing music, he loved to listen to it as well. This made for an encyclopaedic knowledge of bands and he amassed a vinyl collection that would be the envy of many an enthusiast.
Alan was one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, a gentleman of extraordinary generosity. He was a very genuine, passionate person that was never afraid to show his emotions and will be greatly missed by many within the pro audio industry. There will no doubt be many memories of Alan to be shared, which will highlight what an amazing person he was and how blessed we all were to have known him and call him a friend.
Kate, Alan’s wife has set a website where we are all able to share our memories, photos and tributes to celebrate his life.
Alan was a person of great heart and extraordinary generosity and would be the first one to support any charitable events that Sennheiser initiated.
In his memory, Sennheiser has set up a JustGiving fundraising page to raise money for Kingston Hospital Charity, as the Kingston Hospital acute unit looked after Alan at the end of his battle and went above and beyond to support Kate and the family in these difficult times. We believe that this is what Alan would love us to do.
Rest in peace Al, you will always be in our hearts.
8th June 2020
Graham Hendry Joins Renkus-Heinz with Focus on Strategic Development
USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has appointed Graham Hendry to the position of vice president of strategic development. The role places Hendry in a position to develop and execute the creative vision in both product and market development, a key role as the company continues to expand and constantly innovate to help partners place sound precisely where they want it.
Hendry’s professional background encompasses engineering, product management and customer facing roles, a unique blend that has allowed him to take on the responsibility for both developing product lines and bringing them to market.
“My entire career has been focused on premium audio solutions, mainly in the loudspeaker world,” Hendry said. “Because of that, joining Renkus-Heinz is a real honour, as well as a natural progression. They’re a true technology leader in the space. That said, the development of my career has led me to discover that I very much enjoy dealing with people, and that is also a big part of the draw of Renkus-Heinz. I believe their team is among the best when it comes to putting the customer first. I am very much looking forward to be a pivotal part of that.”
The majority of Hendry’s career was spent with Tannoy and TC Group, where he began on the research and development engineering team in 1990. After a stint in commercial integration from 1998 to 2002, he returned to Tannoy – and the brand’s ownership teams at TC Group International and later, Music Group – in roles including engineering director, business development director, vice president of solutions and brand leader.
“Graham brings a wealth of experience and he will play a critical role in both our strategy development and the execution of that strategy,” said Matt Czyzewski, President of Renkus-Heinz. “He will be heavily involved in product development and market development. We’re excited to have him on-board.”