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Stage Electrics Appoint Technical Sales Consultant for the South Coast
UK – Jamie Kluckers has joined the technical sales consultant team at Stage Electrics. Based on the south coast, Jamie is responsible for developing new business and maintaining existing relationships with customers in this area.
With over 20 years’ experience as a technical and production manager, Jamie had a long-standing relationship with Stage Electrics as a customer. “As a freelancer, Stage Electrics was my go-to supplier, it’s great to now be part of the team,” commented Jamie.
“Jamie’s appointment falls in line with our continued expansion,” commented Paul Roughton, national sales manager at Stage Electrics. “Having Jamie join us with his knowledge and background is a real positive and he is a perfect addition to the team.”
17th May 2019
Genelec boosts UK presence with appointment of Andy Bensley
UK – Genelec is deepening its on-the-ground customer support in the UK with the appointment of popular industry figure Andy Bensley, whose new role as regional business development manager is effective immediately.
Bensley is already closely associated with Genelec after more than six years of service with their UK distributor Source Distribution, first as the company’s pro audio product specialist then later as brand manager. Both roles saw Bensley play a central, hands-on role in the growth of Genelec within the influential UK market as he commissioned and supported dozens of high-profile projects.
In his new role, he will continue to provide support to ongoing Genelec activities while also delivering new opportunities for training, education and more at the Genelec Experience Centre in London. Through his close personal connections with key facilities, Bensley will bring the company closer to its major UK customers, support Source Distribution in its efforts and play a very important role in the company’s future European sales and marketing activities, offering additional expertise to some projects outside the UK too.
Based in London, he will report to international sales director Ole Jensen. “I am delighted and excited to welcome Andy to the Genelec family,” enthused Jensen. “He brings a wealth of UK market knowledge and of course he has a very deep understanding of what makes Genelec unique, both in terms of our products and our philosophy as a company. The popularity he enjoys with our customers speaks volumes about the excellent work he has already done on Genelec’s behalf and I know there is much more to come.”
“Becoming a part of the Genelec family is a huge honour for me,” added Bensley. “This role is an exciting opportunity to work closely with our customers in all market segments from music recording to installed audio. It’s a privilege to represent a brand which genuinely strives to add real value to its customers, not only through the development of innovative products but by doing so with a sincere passion and love for audio.”
16th May 2019
Le Mark Group Strengthens its Force in the North
UK – Le Mark Group Ltd., manufacturer and supplier to the global arts and entertainment industry, has announced the appointment of Jeff Demain as northern sales manager, UK.
Jeff Demain has worked in the entertainment industry for over 35 years. His experience has encompassed sound, lighting, sales and installation, and he has managed key projects in Russia, the Middle East and the UK.
Jeff has an extensive background in many cross-over elements of the entertainment industry, from theatre to cabaret, through rock and roll and opera. Jeff loves working with passionate and professional people in the entertainment industry and has made many true friends on the way. His history has included leading companies including Concert Light Systems, Playlight Hire, White Light North and most recently, HSL Blackburn.
“I have known Jeff for many years and have always been in awe of his industry knowledge,” said Linda Gibbons, joint managing director. “With Jeff now on the ground locally, he is perfectly positioned and readily available to meet with many more companies interested in our products and to expand our sales in the north of the UK. It is an important move forward for the company.”
“We are all delighted to have Jeff join us,” said Stuart Gibbons, joint managing director. “Jeff is exactly the right person to help take Le Mark to the next level. His experience is invaluable and his enthusiasm to succeed is clear. The sales team are eager to work with him.”
“I am really looking forward to joining the team at Le Mark,” said Jeff. “I’ve known Linda and Stuart ever since they began the business and have been really impressed with the company’s growth and innovation. I’ve been a user of their products at all the businesses I’ve worked with, so this is an ideal opportunity for me to share why I believe in Le Mark products to an even wider audience.”
Jeff will provide sales and support for Le Mark’s leading range of consumable items, including the self-adhesive tape MagTape, Pro Tapes, Slipway and award-winning BlackTak. Jeff will be the lead advisor in the north of the UK for Le Mark’s expanding range of vinyl stage flooring and studio-installed wooden stage floors. His portfolio will also include the Dirty Rigger range of PPE equipment, stage and rigging workwear and tools.
In picture: Linda and Stuart Gibbons with Jeff demain (centre).
14th May 2019
ETC announces new Regional Sales Manager positions for UK and Ireland
UK – ETC Ltd has appointed new roles for two employees at the company: Jeremy Roberts as regional sales manager for the UK and Mark White as regional sales manager for Ireland and UK rigging.
In his role as regional sales manager, Jeremy will continue to support ETC and High End Systems’ dealers, distributors and customers across the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa sales territories. He will provide strategic and operational management of key clients and continue to identify sales opportunities across these regions.
Jeremy joined ETC 20 years ago from a background in theatre. He worked as the head of light and sound at Nottingham Playhouse Theatre and had experience working in theatre for 15 years before starting with ETC in the London office.
Mark White is also a long-standing employee of the company, having worked for ETC for over 18 years. In his new position as regional sales manager – Ireland and UK rigging, Mark will focus on growing the business in Ireland whilst progressing ETC’s stage machinery offering across the UK. As the rigging sector continues to grow, Mark will concentrate on ETC’s exciting developments in this area whilst also continuing to build customer and dealer relations.
Prior to ETC, Mark worked at the Royal Opera House where he was actively involved in the huge redevelopment of the building, including the large-scale implementation of ETC’s lighting infrastructure and stage machinery. As ETC expands its product portfolio, Mark was a natural choice to manage the rigging sector in the UK and Ireland.
Darren Beckley, sales manager – ETC Ltd, comments on Mark and Jeremy’s new roles: “As ETC continues to grow and develop as a business, offering these new positions ensures that there is a sustained effort in driving the business forward.
“They have both been instrumental in the growth of their regions for ETC and High End Systems and their wealth of knowledge and expertise gives me huge confidence that they will be successful in their roles.”
10th May 2019
Sennheiser Appoints Ron Holtdijk as Director Business Communication
Germany – Audio specialist Sennheiser has appointed Ron Holtdijk as director business communication. He will be responsible for driving forward Sennheiser’s strategy and success in business communications, particularly in the field of ceiling array microphones and in the further growing of Sennheiser’s education market.
“The outstanding breadth, depth and international scope of Ron’s experience is an ideal fit for Sennheiser’s ambitious vision and company culture,” said Peter Claussen, COO at Sennheiser. “He will bring his broad experience and insight to our BizCom management team and play an instrumental role in driving forward our strategy in B2B markets.”
Ron Holtdijk will take on his new role with Sennheiser on 1 June, 2019. He will be based at Sennheiser’s headquarters in Wedemark and report directly to Peter Claussen.
An accomplished audio industry executive with 25 years’ experience in the sector, Ron Holtdijk joins Sennheiser from Bang and Olufsen, where he was director of its global business-to-business division and played a key role in developing the company’s portfolio and go-to-market strategy in this field.
Ron Holtdijk started his career in audio at Bose Corporation in the Netherlands in 1994. Following a range of account management and sales roles within Bose’s professional systems division, he was promoted to Director Professional Systems Division for the Netherlands in 1997. In 2009, he took on a regional role as divisional manager professional systems division Middle East & Africa. From 2010-2014, he assumed P&L responsibility for the wider EMEA region as business director professional systems division EMEA.
9th May 2019
Gino Pellicano and Dan Palmer Named as L-Acoustics Sports Facilities and Consultant Outreach Team
USA – With increasing demand for concert-level audio in sports arenas to elevate the live sports experience, L-Acoustics products have evolved to incorporate greater levels of control and integration as well as weatherisation to match outdoor installation requirements. In tandem with these product developments, the L-Acoustics team supporting this thriving market sector has also evolved, as recently evidenced by the appointment of Gino Pellicano to the new post of application manager for sports facilities and consultant outreach.
To create the L-Acoustics sports team, Dan Palmer has been promoted to business development manager, sports facilities – USA and Canada, after ten years with the L-Acoustics application team. He will be working in tandem with Pellicano, who is also based in the manufacturer’s Westlake Village, California office and now oversees all technical support for L-Acoustics’ sports facility vertical market and its client base.
Pellicano is also tasked with leading the company’s outreach to major sound design consulting and integration firms across North America, both to educate and learn from this key community of sound design experts.
Pellicano joins L-Acoustics from Powersoft, where he served as the amplifier manufacturer’s market development and applications manager for North America. Prior to that, he worked as a project engineer for Burbank-based Electrosonic, following several years spent as an applications engineer for Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). Pellicano has also previously held design/consultant positions at both Technomedia Solutions and SIA Acoustics.
“Having worked for manufacturers of both loudspeakers and electronics as well as several leading systems integration and consulting firms, Gino’s background is uniquely suited to fit the L-Acoustics install application team,” explains Laurent Vaissié, L-Acoustics CEO – USA and Canada, who announced Pellicano’s appointment. “His technical acumen combined with organisation and communication skills as well as his strong dedication are the perfect match to manage our technical support for the booming sports entertainment market.”
“Dan Palmer, in his new role, will be running in stride with Gino to manage all aspects of this vertical market for L-Acoustics moving forward,” Vaissié adds. “Dan has been instrumental in supporting system integrators, end users, and consulting firms over the past decade. As a direct result of Dan’s work, L-Acoustics is now recognised as a major provider of audio solutions for sports entertainment. Dan and Gino will lead the way towards an even greater outreach and support for major sports facilities in the US and Canada.”
L-Acoustics director of application, installations Cédric Montrezor shares Vaissié’s enthusiasm for this new 'sports team' of Pellicano and Palmer. “Dan has been with L-Acoustics for over ten years as a respected colleague and leader in opening new markets for the company,” notes Montrezor. “As his technical counterpart, Gino is well positioned to serve the needs of our current sports facilities clients, and to reach out to the broader consultant community. With the widespread adoption of AVB for audio and the popularity of our P1 AVB processor, Gino’s electronics expertise constitutes a valuable asset to helping our end users and clients optimise networking and interoperability for their projects.”
At InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, Pellicano and Palmer will both be involved on a vendor-neutral seminar titled “Players and Perspectives in Sports Venue Sound System Integration,” which will be held in Orange County Convention Center room W414C starting at 9:00am on Wednesday, 12 June. This panel session will present the perspectives of various designers, integrators, manufacturers, and end users involved in major sports stadiums worldwide and allow attendees to learn about the opportunities and challenges for sound system integration driven by rising expectations for immersive, AV-rich experiences.
In picture: Gino Pellicano and Dan Palmer.
8th May 2019
Green Hippo announces new UK and US appointments
UK & US – Green Hippo has announced that Ashley Hazlett has been appointed inside sales representative at Green Hippo US, and Warren Keyes joins as development manager for the Green Hippo UK team.
Ashley Hazlett brings hands-on experience of Green Hippo, including media server QC responsibilities at VER. This move marks the next step on a career path that originally started with Green Hippo, the media server Ashley first learned on was a Hippotizer V3. With experience of rack building, prep, and on site engineering, Ashley is perfectly placed to help further boost Green Hippo’s growth in its vibrant sector.
"The first media server I ever learned on was a V3 Hippo. After working closely with the Green Hippo team and products over the years, I am thrilled to get the opportunity to represent a company and product I truly enjoy. The AV/Video industry is such a great sector – I love encountering all the different people with different skill sets, personalities, and creative minds. Knowledgeable people that over the years, were willing to teach me anything I didn’t know. I enjoy learning something new and evolving everyday within this industry."
Warren Keyes brings 16 years of professional programming experience to his new role at Green Hippo, including most recently, working with Microsoft in Seattle as an Engineering Manager covering Xbox and AR/VR. Warren has also worked at Skype and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, as well as engineering management roles at game companies, big and small.
"This role is the ideal opportunity for me to use the skills that I have developed over many enjoyable years at the likes of Microsoft and Skype. I am excited to be joining Green Hippo and looking forward to help accelerate our product development."
Jim Laschinger, commercial director, US said: “Ashley is Green Hippo to the core – her first experience with media servers was Hippotizer, so it’s terrific to add her insight and enthusiasm to our US team.”
Emma Marlow, business unit director at Green Hippo said: “Warren’s global and technology experience with high-performing development teams will bring strong skills in his role as Development Manager and we are delighted to welcome him to the London office.”
8th May 2019
Community Appoints Rob Davidson for EMEA Sales
Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Rob Davidson to the UK-based position of EMEA sales manager. With an early career in medical technology sales, Davidson joins Community from the professional audio export company, PAXT Ltd., where he held the position of senior international sales manager.
Davidson will report directly to Community’s CEO, Steve Johnson, who commented: “We’re very pleased to welcome Rob to the team. Combined with excellent technical experience, he has a proven track record of building great working relationships with distributors, consultants, system integrators and dealers.”
Johnson continued: “With our wide offering for installed sound, market leading all-weather systems, and new products like the IV6 modular vertical array already rapidly increasing sales, Rob’s professional approach will provide great support for our important EMEA markets.”
Davidson added: “I am delighted to be joining Community, a brand whose products and ethos I respect and believe in. At its core, Community is dedicated to delivering high quality, great sounding products, providing practical solutions across a wide variety of installed applications. This will always make our products suitable and desirable, so I see plenty of growth opportunity across the region. Community has a 50-year heritage of designing outstanding loudspeakers, including some genuine game-changers. I have already had the opportunity to preview the exciting products coming in the near future that will continue this legacy of innovative engineering. I am looking forward to joining the hard-working and dedicated team, as well as partners old and new across the EMEA region.”
1st May 2019
Five New Faces Join the Maestra London Team
UK – London and Dubai-based event design and technical production company, Maestra Group, has added several new members of staff to the London team filling new positions created due to extremely strong business in 2018.
The company has also doubled the size of its premises in east London by acquiring the warehouse space next door, creating a brand-new environment from which to service and administer a diversity of shows and events.
The new staff joining the team include two project managers, two production designers and another technical manager.
Maestra London’s managing director Justin Hammond commented: “I’m always very energised to see new talent coming onboard and am really looking forward to working with all our new colleagues, offering them opportunities to flourish as individuals and to excel at their work in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere.”
Michaela Welford, senior project manager, worked in Dubai’s vibrant and a high-pressure events bubble for five years, so Maestra London was keen to capitalise on her expertise in dealing with a cosmopolitan mix of international cultures and finding new and different ways of working within the events industry itself.
Known for her tight and detailed organisation skills, creativity and ambition, Michaela wanted to work with Maestra London for the team spirit as well as the fun, social vibe. “Their events are diverse and constantly striving for perfection in every area, from designs and set to new technologies,” she states.
Michaela enjoys working on one-off events with lots of audience interaction and social opportunities, and also using the latest technology to push the boundaries of what’s possible to achieve.
Matt Appleby, senior project manager, saw a company with a “bright and exciting future” he declared, adding that the events and projects on which Maestra work are varied and exciting with great latitude for creativity.
He likes the way Maestra London structures its team, with talented and dedicated designers, technical managers and an operations department that offers PMs “full support and a huge amount of comfort” on site as well as in the design and planning stages of the event.
Matt loves a laugh and brings his friendly and motivated personality, plus his expansive sense of humour to the party, the office and the operation. “Everyone needs a joker!” he quips.
Matt used to work as a sound engineer where a sense of humour is a prerequisite, but also entails serious detail. This has all helped the transition into a client facing role. He’s worked in most sectors of the events industry in recent years which gives him a good grounding in what is possible and what isn’t whilst still trying to push all factors to create truly brilliant events.
The job of keeping an overall perspective on all things technical is pivotal to Maestra London’s smooth and efficient operation, and that attracted Alex Hardie, technical manager, who is not only methodical and thorough as well as creative but was also looking for new challenges, where every event was bespoke and demanding in different ways.
Alex brings the lighting element of technical design to the fore with a career that started as a theatre ASM working his way up through being a technician, an operator and then an LD. He then switched his huge enthusiasm for the job and passion for lighting to events and experiential.
Maestra London has an outstanding reputation for providing imaginative and appropriate lighting and has constantly invested in the latest lighting technologies, including the newest premium LED sources and control, so it was a perfect fit.
Alex brings a related and systematic approach to his work. He’s a big team player and likes empowering those on his own crew to also feel confident and in control of the scenario.
Adrian Powell, production designer, wanted to join Maestra London because he was looking for a place in the design world with an enjoyable office culture and ambitious imagineering opportunities.
“I live for work and we do it for the majority of our lives, so I want to be somewhere that’s fun, challenging and stimulating and Maestra London seemed like the perfect fit!”
He sees how the designs, people and culture all collaborate at Maestra, and he also wants to learn from others in a “very accomplished design department” who all readily share their knowledge and expertise for the greater benefit.
His previous employment was in exhibition design, and he engages in a lot of videography and photography skills which are definitely transferable to his work at Maestra London. He will be taking on part of the company’s current extensive design workload and assisting in hitting all targets.
Adrian speaks a bit of Mandarin Chinese which could prove handy with Maestra’s international activities constantly on the rise!
Kat Fung, assistant production designer, is an interior architecture graduate. Finding it difficult to find a job within that given field, she looked at the zany world of events and experiential as a “whole other ball game”.
She enthuses: “It’s fun, fast-paced and the outcome is extremely rewarding, especially with the opportunity of working with some dedicated and hardworking people who have been in the game for a while.”
She loves the opportunity to go on site and watch designs being built and has immediately felt a part of Maestra's young and consistently growing company. In addition to that: “We get to work in a cool warehouse,” she states, referring to the new space which occupies a charismatic original Victorian industrial development in Woolwich, and is a fabulous environment!
Kat’s calm creative thinking, positive energy and design skills will be a great asset to Maestra London, and she intends to utilise everything she’s learnt from mentors and all the skills and knowledge from university to produce “immaculate designs” in the near future.
In picture: Adrian, Alex and Michaela; Kat and Matt.
26th April 2019
Seasoned industry veteran joins Prolyte Group’s North American Team
USA – Prolyte Group continues expansion in the North American market with the announcement of Keith Bohn as general sales manager North America.
Keith Bohn is a seasoned veteran in the entertainment industry with over 25 years in design, manufacturing, and use of structural rigging solutions ranging from simple span truss applications to complex permanently installed structures worldwide.
Keith has served as a principal voting member in the Rigging Working Group of the ESTA Technical Standards Programme since 1998 and has chaired the task groups creating and revising ANSI E1.2 (aluminium truss and towers) and ANSI E1.21 (temporary outdoor structures). Keith is also a founding contributor of the Event Safety Alliance and a co-chair of the rigging task group within the Event Safety Working Group. Keith’s experience includes instructing courses on the safe use of truss and outdoor structures worldwide and has authored multiple articles on safe rigging practices. He is also an ETCP Certified Rigger and ETCP recognised trainer.
“I am very excited about joining the Prolyte team,” states Keith. “The attention given to user training and safety is impressive, not to mention the breadth of the product line covering very light applications to clear truss spans over 180' in length. I am eager to introduce more of the US market to Prolyte's solutions, especially the innovative tool-free Verto line of truss.
“This is an exciting time for Prolyte as there is such a strong commitment to assist the user on many different levels. I am proud and excited to be a part of this dynamic team.”