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PMC Boosts its UK Sales Team with the Appointment of Phil Millross

PMC Boosts its UK Sales Team with the Appointment of Phil Millross

UK – Loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has announced that Phil Millross has joined the company’s sales team as business development manager for studio products in the UK and Ireland.

Formerly employed as a senior design engineer, Phil has been with PMC for more than 13 years and has a thorough understanding of the company’s entire product portfolio. He is now responsible for maximising sales, increasing brand awareness, building strong links with UK business partners and introducing producers, engineers and artists to PMC’s studio products portfolio. This includes the recently launched compact, active state-of-the-art near-and midfield monitors that are redefining the listening experience for every audio professional, whether they are working in stereo or large scale immersive audio formats.

“As we celebrate our 30th year, PMC is rightly renowned for delivering exceptional audio quality to recording professionals all over the world,” says PMC’s CEO Jeff Willcocks. “The launch of our new monitor range, combined with our reputation as experts in the world of immersive audio, is driving a substantial increase in business and we are expanding our sales team in the UK to reflect this growth.”

Maurice Patist, head of PMC’s studio division, adds: “When you are dealing with PMC’s high calibre clients, it is imperative that your sales team support them from end to end. Phil’s extensive knowledge and technical ability makes him ideally suited to this highly specialist role. Whether our customers want a pair of monitors for a small project studio or a full Dolby Atmos immersive audio system, Phil is ideally placed to ensure that they get the advice they need.”

Commenting on his new role, Phil Millross add: “I am really looking forward to getting to know our customers and helping them create recording, mixing and mastering spaces that accurately reflect their audio ambitions. As someone who has been at the sharp end of designing truly world beating monitors for many years, I feel I am in the best position to advise and guide them towards the perfect monitoring set-up.”

11th October 2021

Brian Dowd joins Ayrton as designer relationship manager for North America

Brian Dowd joins Ayrton as designer relationship manager for North America

USA – As Ayrton continues to expand its international designer relations and sales teams, the company has welcomed Brian Dowd (pictured) as its new designer relationship manager for North America. The new role takes effect from 1 October 2021.

Dowd brings to Ayrton nearly 45 years of experience across almost every aspect of the lighting industry, from production and rental to distribution, sales and leadership roles in a variety of companies. His new role will see him work with lighting designers, specifiers and key production contacts to excite and develop the market for Ayrton, supporting the work of Ayrton’s North American distributor, ACT Entertainment.

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to join the Ayrton team,” states Dowd. “I have always felt that Ayrton designs and produces the highest quality automated fixtures in the world. It will be an honour to help grow the brand. The years I have spent nurturing relationships will be well served, and developing new ones will be exciting. I have known many of the Ayrton team for a long time so it will feel like home right away.”

“Brian’s previous experience with Ayrton from his time at ACT Lighting means he knows the product well and understands the Ayrton philosophy,” says Michael Althaus, Ayrton’s global sales director. “His work with major US companies has enabled him to develop a breadth and depth of understanding of designers, their needs and the market, which is important to us.

“While we are very excited to welcome Brian back on board in this new role, we are also very grateful for everything Chris Lose has achieved in this role over the past couple of years. Some exciting projects recently brought Chris closer back to the programming and production side, with the latest project he’s been working on over the past half a year on behalf of WBD – the Al Wasl Grand PLAZA on the EXPO2020 in Dubai – goi g live on October 1st. Thank you so much, Chris, and hope to see you again in person at LDI.”

6th October 2021

New Roles at CTME

New Roles at CTME

Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) welcomes Chad Smith as the newly appointed Project Manager to its live events division. Chad has over 11 years of experience throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. He has extensive knowledge in technical design and production and is responsible for providing AV technical management across various events. Alongside managing a team of engineers, Chad has built strong relationships with worldwide clients, providing support, communication and problem-solving solutions. He has a diverse portfolio across corporate, sports, weddings, live entertainment, festivals and large scale event spectaculars. He has worked on some of the most technically complex projects such as Diriyah Season, World Air Games, Amway ALS & NPF Business Forum in Singapore, UAE National Day and many of the first globally broadcast sporting events to take place in Saudi Arabia. Chad prides himself on delivering the right solution for his clients while ensuring exceptional events are delivered.

Smith comments: “It’s an honour to be joining CT Middle East, and I am looking forward to working on the incredible projects we have lined up over the coming season.”

Nick Fenton has recently joined CTME as a highly-skilled AV project manager with over seven years of experience in the live events industry across the Middle East and South Africa. He is a qualified professional with a bachelor’s degree in business management, a diploma in audio technology and has a strong technical and audio background. Over the years, he has worked on various large-scale projects, such as Jazz Fest, Red Fest, Arab Hope Makers, World Economic Summit, Dubai Rugby Sevens and Atlantis New Years Eve events, to name a few. He has extensive technical design and production knowledge across all event disciplines and leads a team of engineers, successfully planning and executing projects to the highest standard.

Fenton adds: “Creative Technology are renowned for their attention to detail and high quality of work across all their projects, and I am excited to be part of the team.”

Creative Technology also introduces Sam Connolly as the head of lighting for the Middle East region. With over eight years of experience in the live events and the system integration industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to his role. Sam is responsible for the creative vision, strategy, and delivery of all technical lighting elements, providing technical guidance and practical solutions across a wide variety of projects. Over the years, he has planned and engineered many high-profile events and special projects, including the Special Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremony, AD Diriyah Inauguration, Burj Khalifa New Years Eve celebrations, Commemoration Day and multiple concerts and live event spectaculars, to name a few. Drawing on his diverse experience, Sam leads a team of lighting experts providing technical direction and management.

Connolly comments, “It is an honour to be part of this new and exciting growth at CTME as they expand and move into a full-service delivery. I am very much looking forward to seeing this new division of CT flourish. I think we can bring something new and exciting to the lighting market in the region.”

5th October 2021

Creative Technology

Ashford based Lighting Effects Distribution Ltd. (LED Limited) has announced the appointment of Nick Terrell as Senior Sales Associate

Ashford based Lighting Effects Distribution Ltd. (LED Limited) has announced the appointment of Nick Terrell as Senior Sales Associate

UK – Over the years, LED Limited has managed to secure an impressive portfolio of products covering many areas of the lighting industry in order to offer a wide variety of choice with cutting edge, innovative designs. With over 25 years of experience in professional lighting, Nick says: “The chance to be involved with a high-profile distributor and manufacturer with superb range of professional lights is a dream come true.”

“We are very excited to welcome Nick to our team,” states LED Limited CEO, Ian Kirby. “This is the third time we have worked together. The first time was at Roger Squires London back in the late 80s, then in 1998 Nick joined the team I was managing at Martin Professional UK, so it's great to be working with him again in a similar role. Nick joins other old Martin colleagues here such as Clive Bailey and Stuart Thompson. Nick is renowned in the industry as being very customer focused, something that very much aligns with our values at LED Limited,” adds Ian.

“To have that chance to be involved with lighting that will be talked about by the general public on high profile installations is what every lighting employee wants,” comments Nick. Nonetheless, it’s not only Nick’s understanding of lighting that makes him a great addition, but also his expertise in the field of customer experience. “Being involved in delivery process of something that makes a lasting impact is very important to me because it motivates me to give my very best on the job. Customers might not be aware of all the work going on behind the scenes, but I want my ethos to apply to every call or enquiry I take. I want us to be at the forefront of any customer’s mind when it comes to lighting specs and, at the same time, for customers to be able to completely trust their order with us,” emphasises Nick.

4th October 2021

Scott Laurentz Joins Chauvet Professional as Product Resource Manager

Scott Laurentz Joins Chauvet Professional as Product Resource Manager

USA – Chauvet Professional continues to develop its capabilities to further serve the broadcast, studio and film markets with the addition of Scott Laurentz to its management team. Formerly with The Lighting Design Group in New York, Laurentz joins Chauvet as product resource manager for broadcast lighting.

In his new position, Laurentz will draw on his extensive global experience working on lighting projects to provide the Chauvet Professional and Kino Flo product development team with strategic input. He will also be involved in building customer relations and conducting training related to broadcast, studio and film lighting.

“This position is part our product resource group focused on customer-focused product innovations and applications,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Adding Scott’s expertise to the Chauvet Professional and Kino Flo brands will drive our ability to provide a full range of solutions for this market. In Scott, we not only have someone who has valuable insights into this market, but also shares our company’s vision of following a philosophy based on customer first.”

For his part, Laurentz is equally enthused about his new position. “I’m beyond energised about this opportunity,” he said. “The experience I’ve had with Chauvet Professional and its people in the past has been very positive. The company is demonstrating the understanding of this market by fuelling development that is only strengthened by the addition of Kino Flo. The future is very bright, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

30th September 2021

POLAR Promotes Will Turney to Head of Integrated Solutions

POLAR Promotes Will Turney to Head of Integrated Solutions

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the AV Integration, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the promotion of current national sales manager for integrated solutions, Will Turney, to the post of head of integrated solutions. Will joined the POLAR team in 2017 as a business development manager after five years with Harman-owned AMX. A marketing and management graduate of Newcastle University, Will's career at POLAR been impressive, and his promotion to leading the Integrated Services Division is a reflection of his dynamism and detailed understanding of the AV industry.

Will Turney comments: “My role managing the integrated solutions division will include supporting and developing the sales and technical support teams at POLAR in continuing to meet the challenges of a fast-moving technology sector. I will also be responsible for liaising with our brands to develop strategies for new product launches, as well as ongoing product updates. My task is based on taking a holistic view of the industry to help us develop in new areas and respond quickly, as a value-added distributor, to the needs of the market.”

POLAR managing director John Midgley adds: "In his time at POLAR, Will has demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of AV technologies and their application in the widest range of market sectors. He’s very well respected by our team members and customers, displays great energy, and possesses a highly developed set of skills that make him the ideal fit to take charge of the division.”

22nd September 2021

The Astera After Sales Technical Support Team Expands

The Astera After Sales Technical Support Team Expands

Germany – Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera has announced the appointment of Thor-Andre who joins the after-sales technical support team based at the company’s HQ in Munich, Germany.

Norwegian-born global citizen Thor has lived and breathed the brand since he was introduced – and blown away by the quality and ingenuity – in 2018 whilst working for UK distributor Ambersphere Solutions.

At that point he was moving to Australia to work with another leading sales company, ULA Group, where he ran their Sydney office with great energy and enthusiasm and further enhanced the Astera success story which kept rolling throughout the pandemic as the film and television industry boomed.

About to start his permanent residency application in Australia, Thor discovered that the criteria for PR had changed since arriving in the country, making him no longer eligible. A combination of having enjoyed working with Astera products so much and his ongoing quest for new challenges and horizons led to a conversation with Astera’s sales director Sebastian Bückle, which resulted in the job offer.

“This is a fantastic and hugely exciting chance to work directly with one of the world’s leading entertainment LED lighting manufacturers,” stated Thor, adding that while he has relished living and working in Australia enormously and will miss the sea and warm weather, this “new adventure” is an absolute dream job opportunity.

Thor and his 12-year-old Norfolk Terrier dog, Maiko, who is also from Norway, are upping sticks and relocating back to Europe and the lively and buzzing Bavarian capital city of Munich.

The new role is perfect for Thor.

He will be engaging directly with key customers and companies worldwide offering after-sales support and be working with gaffers, DoPs, lighting and set designers, rental and production companies, combining his first-class communications skills with his love of geekery. He will also be travelling extensively as well as attending all the major international trade shows once they get up to speed post-pandemic.

The role will also involve future Astera product planning and R&D. And, building on the great connections he started at ULA Group, his role at Astera will include a ‘special relationship’ with the Australian market to ensure continuity for that ongoing evolution.

“Astera’s growth has been extremely strong even through this very difficult pandemic period, and that’s a testament to the ingenuity, foresight and imagination that goes into producing products that are so ultimately useful and usable,” he commented.

Astera has brought three cool new products to the market this year, and apart from the great products and people, Thor is impressed by the company’s organisation, strategic planning, and future vision.

Sebastian Bückle comments; “Thor is one of the most knowledgeable Astera users and technical supporters out there. His expertise and dynamism will help take our after-sales services to the next level.”

21st September 2021

Pro Audio Systems Appoints Chris Beardwell

Pro Audio Systems Appoints Chris Beardwell

UK – Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems has announced the recruitment of Chris Beardwell to the post of video and lighting sales. For more than 30 years, Pro Audio Systems has supplied professional audio for sales, hire and installation, offering bespoke system design and comprehensive technical support to a wide variety of clients. In a response to consistent customer demand, the company recently began to expand its operations in the direction of the video and lighting sectors; Chris joins to oversee this development.

His role will be to develop existing and new relationships with manufacturers, to enable Pro Audio Systems to supply video and lighting products alongside its extensive audio inventory. Chris will also look to drive sales and deliver turnkey audio-visual solutions for a variety of different customer applications.

Having taken an early interest in technical lighting and AV, Chris worked alongside school and amateur dramatics groups before deciding to pursue a professional path in the industry. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Production from Lincoln University, he joined Luminar Leisure (now Rekom U.K.) as a lighting technician at ‘Liquid’, ‘Envy’ and ‘Trinity’ nightclubs. Chris gained valuable experience utilising moving light technology and control systems from Robe and Martin Professional, before moving to become head lighting technician/operator at Wolverhampton super-club ‘Faces’. As well as broadening his scope using products from SGM and Madrix, Chris also assimilated valuable audio skills, maintaining the venue’s sound system and associated DJ equipment.

In 2014, in search of a fresh challenge, Chris joined AC Entertainment Technologies as a technical video sales executive, using his technical knowledge and experience from the ‘shop floor’ to develop and grow the company’s video department. During his seven years at the company, Chris developed strong relationships with suppliers and customers, providing sales, technical and after-sales support, including product demonstrations and technical training sessions and was involved at every stage in the sales process from specifying to shipping. His in-depth knowledge and experience of video projection, LED screens, media servers and control systems, will be invaluable to Pro Audio Systems as the company broadens its offering in this area.

Pro Audio Systems MD Brian Lumb comments: “Chris’s extensive experience in the video and lighting sector, both in hands-on roles and as part of a successful sales team, qualifies him as the ideal candidate for this position. He has established many strong relationships within the industry and shares our commitment to offering the highest standards of customer service.”

Chris Beardwell adds: “Lighting and video systems continue to push the boundaries of what is possible within live, corporate and installation spaces, so I’m really excited to be joining Pro Audio Systems to help build and develop their offering in this area. I look forward to working closely with our customers and helping them to achieve their creative visions through the use of cutting-edge lighting and video technologies.”

21st September 2021

POLAR Appoints Richard Ward and Stuart Russell

POLAR Appoints Richard Ward and Stuart Russell
POLAR Appoints Richard Ward and Stuart Russell

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the AV Integration, MI and professional audio markets, has appointed Richard Ward and Stuart Russell as business development managers.

With a career spanning more than 35 years, Richard Ward is a widely recognised face in the industry, where has been associated with world-leading brands such as Korg and Technics, and played key roles in the UK launch strategies of Mackie and Nord Lead. A professional keyboard player, producer and DJ in his own right, Richard possesses a keen understanding of the needs of customers across the MI, production, broadcast and DJ sectors.

Richard Ward looks forward to his new role: “I think that learning the industry from both sides of the fence has been key to creating a synergy where both the retailer and end-user get the best from the brands I represent. The range of POLAR’s portfolio and the diverse market it serves, including retailers, professional AV companies and consumers, aligns perfectly with my knowledge and experience.”

Tim Riley, director, brand development at POLAR comments: “I’m excited about Richard’s appointment. His passion and enthusiasm for all things audio shines through in every conversation, and his commitment to delivering exactly the right product technology and value to his customers makes him the perfect fit for the role. He’s a highly dynamic operator who’s sure to make a significant impact at POLAR.”

Stuart Russell is another highly-regarded professional who has worked for many leading brands including Audio-Technica, Soundcraft and Harman Audio. Familiar with every aspect of AV manufacturing, distribution, installation and retail, Stuart brings a wealth of knowledge that can be readily applied to support POLAR’s extensive portfolio.

Stuart Russell is relishing the challenge: “Being part of the POLAR team gives me the chance to work with a fantastic range of top brands which cover a huge section of the MI sand Pro Audio markets. I know my customers will love these brands, and I’m looking forward to continuing the great relationships I’ve built with them over the years, as well as developing new ones through the breadth and depth of the POLAR portfolio.”

Tim Riley adds: “I’ve known Stuart for many years, and worked with him at Audio-Technica. His drive, professionalism and determination, not to mention his great sense of humour, will be of huge benefit to POLAR. He’s very experienced and held in high regard by all his customers.”

Reflecting on POLAR’s emergence from the pandemic, Tim is optimistic: “I’m confident that as we emerge from the pandemic into a strengthening market, POLAR will be in an even stronger position following the recruitment of two such experienced and customer-focused managers.”

16th September 2021

Mike Jarvis 1956 – 2021

Mike Jarvis 1956 – 2021

UK – The family of Mike Jarvis are sad to report that Mike passed away on 9th August 2021 at the age of 65. Mike grew up in south Birmingham in a loving home, with his parents Douglas and Peggy and his brother Paul, and it was from his parents that Mike gained his strong morals and sense of fairness.

Early on, as a reward for sitting quietly while Paul had visits to the orthopaedic hospital, Mike was allowed to buy a Dinky car on the way home and thus began a lifelong collection of model vans.

Music was very important to Mike, especially when it was live. Growing up in Birmingham meant that he saw bands in small clubs before they went on to become rock legends.

He attended Harborne primary school, followed by Lordswood boys school. Mike was always artistic and he produced some beautiful ceramics at A-level. His foundation year at Fazely street in Birmingham studying art was a happy one, experimenting with sculpture and design which led him to the Theatre Design course at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic in the mid 1970s.

Joanna was one of his fellow students on the course and they quickly developed a strong friendship, in spite of his Brummie reaction to her posh southern accent. At the end of the three years that friendship developed into the loving relationship that has lasted for 42 years, 35 of them as a married couple.

Mike moved from the polytechnic to a job as an electrician at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He quickly gained a reputation as a cheerful and reliable member of staff and he became responsible for running the lighting for shows in the studio theatre. He loved the intimate atmosphere of the studio and enjoyed the camaraderie of the small company of actors for each show. Sitting at the lighting desk in the box, he was physically close to the performance, something that he appreciated.

Promoted to deputy chief electrician he moved to running shows in the main theatre, sitting in the lighting box at the back of the auditorium night after night, chatting to the other technicians on the headphones and reading his newspaper, as well as running the show.

Mike worked at the Rep for 14 years until complaints from the three-year old Elizabeth that she never saw daddy and the imminent arrival of Alice prompted him to accept a job as hire manager at Midland Theatre Services in Smethwick, in the hope of more regular hours.

Mike’s daughters, Elizabeth and Alice were the centre of his life and he was always proud of their achievements, but more than anything else that they have both grown to be strong, independent women. Among other qualities, they have inherited his kindness, his strong sense of fairness and maybe a little of his left-wing bias.

Mike’s job was very important to him, it was here where he could exercise his mind. When he became a project manager for live events and a freelance lighting designer, he found the work challenging and stimulating and he valued the friendships that it brought to him. He often worked long hours away from home and those friendships became doubly important. Joanna always felt that one of his skills was in knowing how to put together a team, using each person’s strengths to the benefit of the task. He had very high standards and expected a lot from the lighting professionals who worked for him, but he never had trouble finding people willing to join him.

Lockdown was very difficult for Mike, as it was for many others. Over a 24-hour period a year of bookings for work disappeared as if in a puff of smoke. One small comfort is that Joanna and Mike got to spend a great deal more time together over the past year than would have otherwise been the case.

His last, and possibly greatest role was as a grandad and Lego master. He adored without reservation both Henry and Cora his grandchildren. For Henry, grandad was his Lego master, for Cora he was a loving and cuddly man who would do anything for her.

His home was the centre of Mike’s life and he was the still, calm, centre of that home. Mike’s life was celebrated on 2nd September at Lodge Hill Crematorium where his family and a large number of industry colleagues and friends paid tribute to “an unflappable, smiling, lovely man.”

Donations are being collected in Mike’s memory, for #WeMakeEvents and Heart Research UK.

14th September 2021

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