UK / USA - d3 Technologies has appointed Matthew Cotter as Technical Sales Specialist based on the US West Coast. Cotter has been a lighting director and media programmer for the past 15 years, primarily working in television and on theme park spectaculars. He shared an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series" with his colleagues for Dancing with the Stars in 2014.

Cotter joins a growing US team representing d3 nationwide. "Matthew is a very strong addition to the team, and we're excited to welcome him," says Hans Beijer, Vice President of Sales for d3 Americas. "Matt came highly recommended by mutual friends in the industry and I fully understand why. He's bright, quick, committed and very much hands-on. His start with our team has been both impressive and very pleasant. I'm looking forward to a strong

UK - Aurora, the television and entertainment lighting rental has announced the appointment of Ben Taylor as project manager at their West London operation.

Ben's complete understanding of equipment and production is the result of many years working within the lighting industry in both 'hands-on' and customer support roles.

Having graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama, Ben gained invaluable experience early in his career working as a freelance lighting tech on a wide variety of production types, from panto to film. Following three years with Trafalgar Lighting, Ben went on to join leading equipment supplier AC Entertainment Technologies ltd, progressing to a senior technical sales position where he was able to further expanded his product knowledge and hone his customer support skills.

As project manager at Aurora, Ben will be liaising with lighting design

UK - PRG XL Video, the UK division of Production Resource Group, is expanding its team specialising in corporate events.

The company has announced the addition of Nick Knowles, who joins as a senior account manager, based at the company's Hemel Hempstead location.

Knowles has worked with PRG XL Video on numerous occasions on a freelance basis, having specialised as a Technical Producer and lead Video Technician on a range of high profile projects including conferences, meetings and brand activations.

Prior to his time as a freelancer, Nick worked at Spirit Design as a lighting designer. His expertise in both lighting and video make him the ideal addition to the newly combined team.

Knowles comments, "After a long productive relationship with XL Video they approached me and asked if I wanted to come on board as part of the team. For me the time was right, and I cou

USA - As Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) continues to grow globally PRG has continued to extend its senior leadership team. As previously announced, Scott Hansen, who had previously served as both chief financial officer and chief of asset strategy will focus on the asset side of PRG's business. Today, PRG is announcing the appointment of Ryan Schroeter as its chief financial officer.

As CFO, Schroeter will oversee all of the company's financial affairs and work closely with Scott Hansen and the other members of PRG's senior leadership team directing the company's strategic growth and assisting in the Company's capital market transactions.

Prior to joining PRG, Schroeter was vice president corporate finance at Intrepid Aviation, a commercial aircraft leasing company, where he was instrumental in the company's growth and debt origination activities. Previously he held th

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians has bestowed its top honour, the ABTT Fellowship, on three outstanding industry individuals, whom the ABTT's Council of Management wish to recognise as having rendered signal service to the technical aspects of the art of the theatre.

David Blyth has been involved in theatre management, in both the commercial and subsidised sectors, for over 35 years.

Between 1983-87 he gained experience with two major West End theatre owners - Maybox Group and Stoll Moss Theatres - before joining Croydon's Fairfield Halls management team as head of operations for the next five years.

He joined The Ambassadors Theatre in Woking as general manager in 1992 and became head of operations for all ATG theatres in 1997.

In 2000, he joined the board of ATG as operations and building development director and in March 2011 he became an e

UK - James Kempf has joined Brilliant Stages as head of systems design. Kempf joins the UK staging company, now based at Production Park Wakefield after three years as the Director of Design for Tait Rigging Group creating world tours for clients including U2, Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Cirque du Soleil.

Prior to Tait, Kempf spent fifteen years as the Director of Design and Senior Engineer for PRG Scenic Technologies, developing hundreds of corporate and Broadway projects including Lion King, Wicked, Spiderman, and Book of Mormon. Kempf spent six years as an IATSE stagehand and studio mechanic working in feature films including Silence of the Lambs and Shawshank Redemption. Kempf has been awarded 20 US patents, built two Olympics, and also ran away with the circus. He holds degrees in Scenic Design and Entertainment Engineering from Carnegie Mellon a

EMEA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Jamie Ward as international sales manager, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

Ward has extensive sales and business management experience in the pro audio industry. His previous roles have included regional sales manager with Allen & Heath, sales director UK with Stanton Group and senior sales manager, HPRO EMEA Central, with Harman International.

"I am excited to be joining Community at such an important time in the company's growth and development internationally," said Ward. "With such a strong product offering specifically focused across the commercial and engineered installed sound verticals, there is a huge amount of potential to offer customers the right solutions and support they need."

Ward continued, "With a lot of manufacturing still on site in the US, everyone

UK - Peerless-AV has announced the appointment of Tom Fenton as business development manager, EMEA. Working alongside the UK and export sales teams, Tom will be responsible for growing new business opportunities across all regions.

Tom joins Peerless-AV from one of the major global LFD brands where he held various business development and product management positions within the LFD division; most recently focusing on interactive and professional display products.

"Peerless-AV has worked hard to position itself as a market leader and now is an ideal time to join as the company is experiencing strong growth and the biggest ever ISE is around the corner," said Tom Fenton. "I look forward to working with my new team to develop both the UK and export sides of the business even further in 2016."

Based at Peerless-AV's European Headquarters in Watford, UK, To

USA - LED video display manufacturer PixelFLEX has appointed Alexander Williams as its new director of project management.

"I am very excited to announce Alexander in the newly created position of director of project management," said Monty Rains, PixelFLEX president and COO. "In this role, Alex will lead a team of talented technical and production management professionals who will provide client support for events, installations and direct sales of our PixelFLEX line of products and services."

As a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Alex has travelled the world working with a number of corporations and touring artists. Prior to joining PixelFLEX, he made his start in the entertainment industry as a video engineer, and has also worked as a video director, sales engineer, and in project management for other corporations.

(Jim Evans)

USA - It is with great sadness that Syncrolite, LLC announces that Jimmy Page Henderson passed away on 5 January, 2016. Since 1969 Jimmy has been a fixture in rock 'n roll touring and concert promotion. His roots went deep into the heart of our industry starting with concert promotions, night club management and then joining founder Jack Calmes at Showco in 1972 as their first and only salesman. Jimmy saw it all and came to know everyone as he helped grow Showco from a simple two system sound company to a complete production company doing over 2000 live performances per year worldwide.

After leaving Showco in 1978 and working another round of concert promotion and venue management, Jimmy again teamed with Calmes to help build Syncrolite in 1991. Working at Syncrolite for the next 24 years Jimmy and Jack grew Syncrolite into the world leader in large format lighting for concerts

UK - Chroma-Q has announced the appointment of Jessica Allan, in a new international business development role.

With immediate effect, Jessica is responsible for overseeing development of the Chroma-Q brand in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) international sales territories. This position is a result of Chroma-Q's continued strong ongoing growth in the global entertainment and commercial lighting markets.

Based in the UK, Jessica will work closely with Chroma-Q's brand manager, John Fuller, to promote their fast-growing portfolio of lighting solutions designed for entertainment, film & TV, architectural and other key market segments.

Jessica established her career at Martin Professional, progressing during her 14 years from their UK subsidiary to the company's Danish headquarters. She then moved into an events and production-focussed busines

Italy - Powersoft has appointed Marc Kocks as its new Business Development Manager for the Fixed Install market in EMEA region.

Sales & Marketing Director, Luca Giorgi comments: "Marc was looking for a new opportunity to apply his vast experience in install projects, by working for a company with an international exposure. At the same time, we were planning to create a stronger team capable of communicating Powersoft's unique selling points more efficiently with the major players in the Fixed Install market, It was a fortunate that we managed to click the two needs together,"

With a strong background in pro audio - and the Fixed Install market in particular - Marc is well qualified to take on his international role. Having been involved in selling Powersoft amplifiers while running Powersoft's Dutch distributor, he is not only familiar with the products and the tea

USA - VUE Audiotechnik has added Greg Kirkland to its Technical Sales team. Kirkland brings with him more than 30 years' of experience in sound system design and engineering and will expand VUE's technical support for larger design firms and projects.

Kirkland has been responsible for designing, installing and programming audio systems in world-class performance venues as well as engineering live shows throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has mixed tours for Liza Minnelli, Andy Williams, Burt Bacharach, Julie Andrews, Rosemary Clooney and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, among others.

As a founding partner of Thomas Gregor Associates, Kirkland designed and programmed audio systems and oversaw production of the company's larger and more complex projects for clients including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Boeing, Universal Studios and Cedars Sinai,

USA - Automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems has announced a new global sales team for 2016. With a potent mixture of experienced industry personnel and newer talent, the company is in their best position to date to support the company's wide range of lighting and control products on a global level.

Leading the 2016 High End Systems sales team is general manager Chris Ferrante, joined by HES veterans Jeff Pelzl (APAC/Oceania regional sales manager), Sean Hoey (Eastern US regional sales manager), Bobby Hale (director of fixed installations) and sales administration manager Betsy Childers.

Rounding out the new sales force are Paul Hancock (Central US regional sales manager), Noel Garcia (Latin America regional sales manager), Ruediger Haeming (Western US regional sales manager) and Scott Kinnebrew (Eastern US technical sales manager) and Shayla Johnson (inside sales)

UAE - Unusual Rigging and Engineering LLC, has appointed Denis Bramhall as its new managing partner. Denis, who has been with Unusual Rigging for 15 years, will be taking over from Alan Thomson, who is retiring after nearly eight years in the region. The appointment will become effective early in the second quarter of 2016.

Denis joined Unusual in 2000 from Tomcat, as operations manager, taking on the role of general manager in 2014. Based at the company's Northamptonshire headquarters in the UK, he has overseen the company's expansion, including the opening of a new 1200sqm facility in Autumn 2015.

Denis said, "The decision to take the job in Dubai was not an easy one; the work Unusual Rigging does in the UK is inspiring and it's been my pleasure to work for a company that is held in such high regard across the industry. From production managers to museum curators, eve

UK -Allen & Heath has recently expanded the product management team based in its UK HQ with the appointment of Scott Mason as pro digital sector specialist, and Ian Thomas as install sector specialist.

Scott has over 30 years of experience in sound engineering, system design, technical training and pro audio sales. Prior to relocating to the UK, Scott held several posts in APAC, including business development and support at Nexo and Yamaha, and dealer and consultant for Martin Audio and XTA Electronics. Scott's previous achievements include the technical direction of the Olympic Games in China. Scott will supervise and promote A&H's pro digital offerings, with a focus on the GLD and dLive product ranges.

Ian has a solid background in AV installation system engineering and project management, and for the past 8 years has been working for UK-based international system integrat

UK - Straightpoint has appointed Dave Mullard as business development manager. Mullard, a force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cell professional completed his move from a fellow lifting equipment manufacturer this week, joining the Hampshire, UK-based Straightpoint on 18 January. He is keen to further advance a blossoming career in the below-the-hook sector, while spearheading his new company's continued growth in Europe, Africa and Russia.

Mullard comments: "I have enjoyed the challenges presented by the lifting industry in relation to weighing technologies and have spent the last three years in particular developing a thorough understanding of the marketplace. Straightpoint continued to emerge as the market leader and I am grateful for the opportunity to align my goals with such an innovative, dynamic business."

Straightpoint director Da

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the retirement of Kenton Forsythe, EVP of strategic engineering. Forsythe, one of the original founders of EAW, has spent his career advancing loudspeaker technology and design. In 2011 he received a Parnelli Award for audio innovation as further testament to his contributions to the professional audio industry.

"I have had the profound honour of working closely with Kenton for over 21 years," states EAW president Jeff Rocha. "It is remarkable that Kenton had already revolutionized the industry and established himself as an icon before my EAW career began all those years ago. The fundamental principles that drove Kenton to create EAW remain the core values that drive our company to this very day."

Forsythe first entered the pro audio industry in 1975 with the introduction of the Forsythe Audio SR215 dua

UK - Blinding Light, the corporate and event lighting specialists, continues to expand with the arrival of account director Loz Wilcox, further strengthening the provision of account and project management support to their customers.

Loz joins Blinding Light from PRG, where he served as head of the UK corporate Eevents and exhibition market. With over twenty years' involvement in the lighting industry, Loz brings a wealth of experience to the Blinding Light team.

"I am really looking forward to working with the team at Blinding Light," comments Loz. "We share a common goal, total commitment to excellence, and it's something I see throughout the company, from senior management right through to the guys on the prep benches. It's that culture of meticulous attention to detail, which gives them the enviable reputation for the highest standards that they deserve.&q

USA - Shure Incorporated announced yesterday with great sadness the passing of their chairman, Rose L. Shure. Mrs. Shure passed away peacefully at her home.

A company statement said, "For more than 60 years, Mrs. Shure has served as an inspiration to all Shure Associates, past and present. She was a role model for Shure's Core Values and basic principles, created by her husband and company founder, Sidney N. Shure, that have guided the company.

"The welfare of Shure and its associates was her highest priority. Business integrity, respect, and fair treatment for all were her motivators. She provided a work environment that inspired creativity, fostered pride in making products of the highest quality, and encouraged all Shure associates to reach their personal potential."

Sandy LaMantia, Shure's Chief Executive Officer stated, "We have had the privilege

UK - TSG Policing has recruited former Avon & Somerset and Metropolitan Police Superintendent, Kevin Instance, as a task commander.

Kevin Instance was a Gold and Silver firearms and public or-der commander. He oversaw policing at the likes of international cricket matches, Glastonbury Festival and Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, as well as leading the UK police delegation for England football matches overseas.

In his role with TSG, Instance is tasked with assessing risk and making sure the right resources from the company are properly deployed at events.

David Boswell, managing director at TSG Policing, says, "Kevin's wealth of experience as a senior police officer, looking at event safety, assessing safety officers and stewards and raising standards, is an absolute fit with TSG. I'm delighted to have him on the team."

(Jim Evans)

UK - Backstage Academy has seen several new appointments over the past few months, gearing them up for the next phase in their expansion, application for university titleship, and to meet the needs of greater student numbers.

Managing director Paul Barton has been working in the events industry since he was 15 in a wide variety of sectors ranging from events structures to production, site management and sponsorship across Europe, the UAE and Southern Africa. Paul's last industry post was with GL Events as site manager for London's 2012 Olympic Rowing and Canoeing events at Eton Dorney. Paul's career in education started in 2008 at the University of Exeter where he launched the first Events Management module in any Russell Group university, building it from 35 students to 350.

Associate dean, Paul Walters has 15 years' experience in Higher Education with a focus on the event

USA - J. R. Clancy has added two people to its technical and project management staff.

Felix Garcia has joined JRC as a controls engineer. In this position, he designs and draws electrical circuits for control systems, and tests and troubleshoots the circuits, processors and communications networks of installed equipment. Garcia tests equipment including motors and starters before they are shipped to the customer, and he trains end users in the operation of JRC's control systems.

Originally from Cuba, Garcia earned his degree in electrical engineering in Cuba, and worked for an oil and gas manufacturer in Mexico before moving to upstate New York.

Joe Sheppard returns to his native Auburn, New York, to take the position of standard systems project manager at JRC. Most recently, he served as technical supervisor at the Centre of the Arts at George Mason University, where he

UK - Central Theatre Supplies has announced the appointment of Jo Beaumont-Ward to their management team. Jo formally of Lancelyn Theatre Supplies (now National Stage Technology) and Stage Electrics, had taken a health break from work but is delighted to be back working within the industry.

"Jo has 25 years' industry experience and we welcome both her technical and management skills," said David Harwood of CTS. "We are looking to drive the company forward and face the challenges ahead and her dedication to supporting the education and amateur sector fits well with our company's position in the market."

In addition to her office based managerial role, Jo will continue to design projects and be actively involved with the installation aspect of the business. Jo said, "It is a very competitive market at the moment and we need to change with the times, I

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