UK - Specialist asset finance company Medialease has expanded its sales force with the appointment of long term industry professional, Stuart Fenwick, who has held management roles in the European production technology industry for over 20 years and is a familiar face to manufacturers, rental companies and end users alike.

With broadcast, live event and AV technology continuing to evolve at a remarkable pace, Medialease's specialist asset finance services are in more demand than ever to ensure that service providers and rental companies have the most up-to-date equipment. But the company also services a much wider customer base, all of whom need sound advice and dedicated, individual service - which is why Stuart was the standout candidate.

"Stuart's combination of experience, industry knowledge and being a well-known face ideally place him to provide the kind of service

The Netherlands - The ADJ Group of Companies has announced that a new management team will be running its European operation with immediate effect. The new team will be responsible together for the continued growth of all European-based companies including ADJ Supply Europe B.V., Elation Professional B.V. and DuraTruss B.V.

The new management team is made up of familiar faces from within ADJ Europe and consists of Marc Librecht, European sales manager (Elation); Kris Dawber, European sales manager (ADJ); Jo Mulders, general manager; and Sebastian Mobers, purchase manager.

The new management team in Europe has been hand-picked by ADJ president Toby Velazquez. Speaking of the change, Velazquez said: "These are exciting times for ADJ in Europe. The last couple of years have seen rapid expansion, new warehousing and hundreds of new products. At the heart of any good company i

UK - Three new trustees have been appointed to industry charity Behind the Scenes UK, joining the board of trustees led by chairman John Simpson. Their combined expertise and reputation are set to help promote awareness of the charity within the industry as well as enabling greater representation across its different sectors.

Sue Dunford is currently head of production for entertainment for ITV Studios UK, responsible for the delivery of over 1250 hours of television a year. Having started her career at the BBC, Sue worked in production management across various genres. She joined ITV in 2001 as head of production for arts. Since then she has been head of production for all the non-scripted departments within ITV production, managing large teams in both Manchester and London.

Tom King began work as event manager at the Royal Albert Hall in 2006, working on a host of shows, inc

UK - AV technology pioneer Peerless-AV has appointed Stuart Robson-Frisby as director of business development for EMEA. Leveraging over 10 years' industry experience in business negotiation, channel and end user sales management, Stuart will be responsible for helping to identify and secure new business opportunities in key vertical sectors throughout EMEA territories.

"Peerless-AV is on an exciting journey as it grows from a successful mounts company to also becoming a recognised global player in Emerging Technology solutions," said Stuart. "It's an ideal time to join the team, enabling me to apply my communication, negotiation and relationship building skills to help drive new leads through our partner base."

Stuart comes to Peerless-AV from ViewSonic Europe where he held the role of European product marketing manager. Prior to that, he worked at Samsung

Denmark - Pascal A/S, manufacturer of high power pro audio OEM amplifier modules, has appointed Aage Hejgaard as key account manager. The appointment and creation of the new position, is in direct response to the continuing growing rate of expansion of the company's business.

Hejgaard joins Pascal with a 15 year career in sales, marketing and business development roles within the IT and digital signage industries.

Welcoming Hejgaard to the company, sales director Peter Frentz said, "We are experiencing a increasing rate of growth in both sales and customers which has required us to look to appoint someone especially skilled in customer orientated business development."

(Jim Evans)

USA - ARRI Inc has announced the hiring of Randy Read as specifications sales manager for lighting, reporting to John Gresch, vice president, lighting products. Read's primary focus will involve building and managing a network of representatives to support the design and installation of ARRI's renowned lighting products in educational and broadcast television studios. His initial territorial coverage is North America.

Read comes to ARRI with over 20 years of experience as a lighting director, designer and manager in both theatrical and broadcast operations. While working for Christian Broadcast Network in Virginia Beach, he designed and managed one of the first complete broadcast studio conversions from conventional lighting to a total LED solution. Read will work closely with Michael Keppler, manager, lighting systems, who will continue to provide design and engineering support

Germany - With great sadness, Martin Audio has announced the passing of its European account manager, Andy Weingärtner, who died of a heart attack over Easter.

Luke Ireland, managing director of Martin Audio, said, "It was a huge shock to all of us. Andy was always an exuberant member of the team, and even before he joined Martin Audio he was a long term supporter. He will be greatly missed."

With more than 28 years' experience in sales and marketing, covering all aspects of pro audio, Weingärtner was well known to the industry, especially in his native Germany. He is survived by his wife Sandra and their four sons.

A private memorial service will take place on Saturday April 11 in his hometown of Worpswede, and long term friend and colleague Andrew Davies will represent Martin Audio.

Paying tribute, Davies said, "Andy was one of the audio industry's good

Italy - Outline has announced the appointment of Luca Giaroli to the position of business development manager.

An accomplished and skilled marketing manager, Luca will focus his energy on expanding the company's global presence on all levels. He will be responsible for building sales, imaging and branding, as well as field training and education initiatives for all of Outline's professional sound reinforcement programs, and will report directly to the company's board of directors.

"My mission here is simple, although challenging - I will be hitting the road to meet with our distributors; engage current and new customers; speak with sound engineers and technicians; organize demos and high profile events to showcase our proprietary technologies; spend time with friends and fans of Outline to gain new perspectives and insights; and assess our competitors - in order to identi

USA - Flightcase and speaker component manufacturer Penn Elcom has announced the appointment of Max Wasinger as vice president of sales for the AV racking division of its business in the US.

Based in California, Max will bring his vast experience in consumer electronics, his considerable skills and charisma, excellent contacts and enormous energy to the Penn Elcom Inc. team, where he will focus on evolving their industry standard 19 inch racking technology into a new and refined product range, tailored to commercial and home installation markets.

Penn Elcom Inc.'s CEO Phil Stratford comments, "We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Max's calibre on-board. We welcome him and look forward to expanding our brand presence in the commercial and home automation / installation sectors under his leadership."

(Jim Evans)

UK - TSL Products has appointed Matt Colman to the role of audio product manager, effective immediately. Matt's role will see him championing TSL Products' range of audio monitoring solutions as well as supporting product development across the entire audio product range.

Matt joins TSL from SKY TV New Zealand where, as a senior audio engineer, he led the OB live sound team as well as working on post-production projects and providing expert guidance on multi-channel issues across various projects. Prior to this he spent six years at Dolby Laboratories in the UK and UAE in various broadcast engineering roles.

Chris Exelby, managing director, TSL Products, said, "Matt has gained a great deal of practical audio engineering experience and technical expertise across a wide range of projects, and knows first-hand what our customers need to make their audio great and their jobs

UK - J&C Joel has strengthened its management team as the business positions itself for future growth. With more than 50% of its sales already coming from international exports, the British company has achieved global reach through an international network of offices and now exports to over 75 countries worldwide, providing products such as front of house theatre curtains, stage backdrops, acoustic drapes, projection screens and an array of stage engineering solutions.

In the last two years J&C Joel has increased its export turnover by 78 per cent. Recent years have seen the company work on a number of high profile global projects, including New York University Campus in Abu Dhabi, the 2014 Sochi Games, the Venetian Hotel & Resort in Macau and the world famous Pacha nightclub, to name a few.

Fiona Blackett, previously the managing director of J&C Joel's Hong Kong Office, has n

Poland - The AES has announced that Genelec founder and chairman Dr. Ilpo Martikainen will be giving the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 138th AES International Convention, being held in Warsaw, Poland, 7-10 May, 2015, at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel.

The AES convention's Heyser lecture was first established in May 1999 by the AES Technical Council and the Board of Governors. The Richard Heyser Scholarship Fund is served by an endowment that each year brings eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields to speak on a relevant topic of choice. The Heyser Memorial Lecture is part of the Special Events programme.

Dr. Martikainen founded Genelec Oy in 1978, where he worked as managing director until 2005, and as chairman since 2006. Genelec has earned global acclaim as a pioneer in active monitoring technology and continues to concentrate its efforts and reso

France - Nexo has announced the appointment of Alain Boone who joins the international sales team in the role of European sales director. Alain has had a long-standing relationship with Nexo as he has spent the last 18 years as the live sound account manager at Audio XL, distributor of Nexo products in Belgium. Extremely well-connected with the live sound and broadcasting communities in his native Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Alain was responsible for sales of a wide-ranging portfolio of high-tech audio and network technologies, including the Harman brands of JBL, Soundcraft and BSS, as well as the Nexo and Auvitran brands.

With more than 25 years' experience as a live sound engineer, covering festivals and tours with Front 242, Primal Scream, Ziggy Marley, and The Wailers with Jimmy Cliff, Alain is a natural choice to spearhead Nexo sales in Europe. Working closely

USA - Bandit Lites international sales and installation team is expanding with the hiring of Rudi Aldridge and Brandon Gauthier.

Rudi Aldridge joins Bandit as a sales and design associate with more than 20years of experience in venue operations and management, including the Tennessee Performing Arts Centre as an event master electrician and technical director at a multi-venue facility at Vanderbilt University.

In his new position, Rudi will be working with Bandit clients through the entire process, from concept, to design, installation and training.

In addition to Aldridge, Bandit's sales team also is growing with Brandon Gauthier as an installation and service specialist. Due to his previous experience as the lighting and sound director of the Orlando Repertory Theatre, lighting supervisor for the Wallis Annenberg Centre for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and as a pro

UK - RH Consulting is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Founded in 2005 by independent consultant, Roland Hemming, he was soon joined by Lauren Rogers. Together they created a business advising manufacturers and distributors as well as working on landmark projects including Ascot Racecourse, St Pancras Station, Wembley Stadium, the London 2012 Olympics, Amsterdam Arena, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Richard Northwood, formerly of COMS, completes the team..

RHC advises many leading audio manufacturers on issues as diverse as product development, audio for disability and voice alarm. It is this final area where they are the 'go to' guys for information on EN54 and compliance in general. They frequently assist with complex compliance issues and sit on a number of committees including the EN54 committee.

The company has recently released an app to help specifiers find the righ

China - Clear-Com has appointed Ann Williams as its new director of sales Asia Pacific, effective immediately. Williams will use her considerable sales and leadership experience to build on the current success in the region and drive new business. In addition to the Southeast Asia region, Williams will have supervisory responsibility for the China and India markets as well as Japan, Korean, Australia, and New Zealand.

"Asia-Pacific remains a strategically important region with considerable growth opportunities for Clear-Com. Thanks to the support and dedication of our in-region team and our distribution networks, Clear-Com continues to be the leader in intercom solutions," said Bob Boster, president of Clear-Com. "The breadth of Ann's experience and her extensive knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region will be invaluable in deepening our market penetration and growin

UK - Martin Audio has boosted its UK sales force by recruiting Richard Van Nairn as a new account manager, working alongside Al Brown.

With a lifelong love of music, recording and production he is well placed to drive sales after spending four and a half years honing his skills at Martin Audio dealer, LMC Audio. During his time there Richard looked after the needs of customers in the south of the country, catering for their pro audio needs.

Of his move to Martin Audio, the new account manager states, "The company has been leading the way in professional touring sound since the inception of the market itself. Each step in Martin Audio's history has resulted in a monumental leap in the way loudspeaker design is perceived - from the iconic 115 bass cab and Philishaves, to the ground breaking F2 in the 80's, to the milestone that was W8L, W8LC and W8LM in the 90's and most re

UK - Professional audio designer Ian Colville joins Flare Audio as its head of pro technical this May, expanding the company's presence in the pro-audio market and introducing its technology to the concert-going public.

Colville joins Flare following eight-and-a-half years with audio rental company Capital Sound, where as technical manager and systems designer he worked on a wide range of high profile projects including Take That's Progress stadium tour, The British Summertime Concerts in Hyde Park, London, and The Killers at Wembley Stadium.

"Sound has been my passion for the last 40 years," says Colville. "I've always looked for the best solutions, the best technology and the best experience. Flare loudspeakers are unique because of the innovative technology the company has, and is continuing to develop. I believe they offer the most accurate reproduction of s

Latin America - L-Acoustics has announced a strengthened commitment to the Latin American market, appointing Tim McCall as sales manager for the region. With five years of experience as sales manager for Europe, Africa and Oceania at L-Acoustics, and 25 years of experience in the Pro Audio Industry to his credit, McCall will be tasked with developing the brand in this territory.

Jochen Frohn, director of business development at L-Acoustics comments, "I am delighted that Tim is taking responsibility to support our current clients, while also reaching out to potential new partners in Latin America. Tim has a vast experience in our industry, and has successfully developed similar markets for L-Acoustics over the last five years. His uncompromising passion for technology leadership, for the brand and clients makes him the perfect fit to further develop business in this exciting

UK / Belgium - As AED Master Distribution, with its HQ in Belgium, continues to expand to new territories with brands such as High End Systems and QSC Pro Audio, the company has recently added a couple of new profiles to its team.

The first new team member is Paul Young, who has been appointed as Brand Manager Rigging. Paul brings over 20 years' of the Live Entertainment sector and a wealth of experience gained in rigging and stage lighting to the position.

AED Distribution currently distributes some of the industry's leading rigging brands including the Prolyte trussing & staging range and Columbus McKinnon hoists, and wishes to add Young's experience to this rapidly growing area of their business. His role will primarily be to manage the brands and the link between manufacturer and the expanding AED sales team to ensure end users benefit from a truly focussed relationship wi

UK - The Midwich Group has increased its professional audio resource with the appointment of Simon Druce, who joins the Group as Audio External Sales Specialist.

Simon brings with him 15 years' worth of experience, having worked previously for audio brands Sennheiser and Audio-Technica, and distributors C:UK and Polar.

Simon joins a strong team of specialists headed up by Sales Manager Scott Pollard, and will be responsible for the audio portfolio at Midwich. The field-based role means that Simon will be able to assist dealers with all elements of a project, no matter where they are based, from helping make the right decision in terms of audio to demonstrating the products.

Simon stated that: "It's great to be joining a successful company that is continually developing its strategy and approach to business. Audio is a significant part of any project, and I'm really plea

UK - Rope Assemblies has announced that Linda Martin has been promoted to operations director.

Linda started with Rope Assemblies in October 2006 and during her time as operations manager has taken the company through ISO9001:2008 and recently also achieved the EN795 standard for anchor strops.

"Linda is an invaluable member of the team and has been instrumental in achieving the Quality Standards for the company and the development of new exciting products. We all wish her all the very best in her new role," says the company.

(Jim Evans)

USA - Mike Griffith and Mark Veldey have announced the establishment of their new company: Entertainment Advisors, LLC.

Entertainment Advisors will be providing a variety of services to companies in the entertainment equipment community, including, but not limited to theatrical/entertainment equipment dealers, production companies, manufacturers reps, manufacturers and individuals.

Entertainment Advisors' services will include mergers and acquisitions advisory services and business and financial consulting. In addition they will offer strategic sales and business development advisory services.

Mark commented, "I believe Mike and I possess a unique blend of industry experience and expertise. We also love this industry and want to continue to serve it. It is our objective to work with our clients effectively and efficiently in helping them achieve their short and long ter

UK - Peerless-AV has announced the expansion of its customer support team with new sales administration and business development hires to enhance trade and logistics processes, and ultimately customer experience.

Reuben Dayan has been appointed sales administrator for UK and Europe's German speaking countries (DACH region). David Pelletier has been appointed business development representative for France and Spain. Both are based in Peerless-AV's European Headquarters, supporting the local sales team in their respective regions.

Gordon Dutch, managing director, Peerless-AV, commented, "We welcome Reuben and David to our expanding team. Their appointments emphasise our ongoing commitment to always-there customer service with team members that are experienced, multi-lingual professionals, dedicated to identifying and resolving diverse and often complex client needs."

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