USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has appointed Audrey Ensor as marketing and communications manager.
“EAW is currently reintroducing itself to the pro audio world and sharing our brand story is a key component to this initiative; Audrey’s guidance will be indispensable for reaching this goal,” says T.J. Smith, president of EAW. “We are excited to work alongside her as she helps us take advantage of new opportunities to tell our story, both within the organization as well as to our key partners, dealers and customers.”
Since graduating from Framingham State University with a degree in Communication Arts, Ensor has immersed herself in the world of digital media. She spent three years with local television station, Medfield TV, holding roles as production coordinator, chief editor and executive director.

Germany - Roxx has experienced stable growth since its founding in 2019. In order to keep up with the pace of the company's development, Roxx is now adding two key positions to its internal sales team.
Carmen Tauterer, an experienced sales representative, has been strengthening the internal sales team nationally since September. Carmen brings along almost 20 years of experience in internal and external sales as well as profound expertise in the field of professional LED lighting.
Sascha "Schmidty" Schmidt is the second new member of the ROXX team joining in September. Sascha also brings 25 years of sales and management experience to the team. As a newcomer to the lighting industry and a passionate concert-goer, he is very much looking forward to his new sphere of activity in what he himself calls "a very pleasant industry with lots of great and exciting people".

UK - TV, broadcast and event lighting rental specialists, Version 2 Lights has announced a management realignment to support its continued growth.
Day-to-day operational responsibilities will be assumed by technical manager Sam Crook, warehouse manager Darren Gale, general manager Emma Gale and rental manager Joe Marter. This will form the Version 2 senior management team, who will take on ownership of daily operations at V2 HQ.
Crook and Marter have been well-known industry figures, and long-term trusted collaborators for nearly two decades both at Version 2 and the previous blueprints Aurora Lighting and London Light. The company also reports that Emma Gale has recently accepted the responsibilities of company secretary.
Founder, Nick Edwards will return to a key account role, project managing and supporting LDs, producers and production managers who will dra

UK - JL-Group, technical production partner to the television, film, live events and exhibition industries, has appointed Eddie Dias in a newly created role as head of department (film & drama) to support the growth of its commercial offering to DOP’s, television, film & drama production companies, studios and beyond.
Well-known in the world of film and television drama for over 30 years, Eddie has helped shape the sector’s visual landscape with his innovative and pioneering spirit.
Dias’ influence has left an indelible mark on some of the most beloved dramas and films, including titles such as Casino Royale and The Bodyguard. His career has seen him work as in senior roles for the likes of VFG, AFM, Panalux, Cinelease, Lightnlight and Prolight Direct.
In his new role, Dias will be instrumental in supporting JL-Group in nurturing new

UK - The Nick Bache ABTT Cymru - Technician of the Year Award recognises the achievement of an individual who consistently delivers technical excellence.
Nick, who died earlier this year, had been technical and production manager at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre for 15 years.
This award is open to ABTT members and non-members alike working predominantly in Wales. The recipient will have usually pursued full employment in a backstage or production management role and they will have predominantly worked on the presentation of live performances in places of entertainment or on theatrical experiences in non-conventional spaces.
This award will be presented annually. The first award will be presented on 20 October at Aberystwyth Arts centre.

UK - Howard Eaton was the proud recipient of the 2023 Gottelier Award. Nominated and voted for by his industry peers, Howard collected the award from PLASA MD, Peter Heath and chair, Adam Blaxhill at a special ceremony at this year’s PLASA Show.
Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, the award recognises individuals or teams of people who have made long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Howard, of Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd (HELL), is a serial problem solver well-known for his bespoke solutions which have brought magic to countless theatrical productions around the world. From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s flying car, to the crashing chandelier in the Phantom of the Opera; from the flying Olympic rings at London 2012, to advances in wireless dimming

UK - Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems (PAS) has announced the appointment of Dion Turner to the role of sales support/administrator. Dion brings a strong background in music and events to his role at PAS, having studied audio engineering and music technology.
As well as experience as a front of house engineer working for a variety of bands in Yorkshire, Dion has also worked on a number of festivals as a steward, so is no stranger to the world of events. Joining PAS from a background in CCTV installation, Dion also possesses a level of valuable technical understanding.
Business development director at PAS, Peter Butler, comments: “Although Dion’s role is defined as sales admin, at PAS we encourage our team members to help out across the business wherever they are called upon. Dion’s audio and technical background, wider experience, and willingness to pitch-in suit

UK - LSi is sad to report the passing of Dave Bartlett, an industry stalwart whose career encompassed electrics, lighting design and production management. Bartlett passed away earlier this summer at the age of 68 following a short illness.
Here he is remembered by his friend and industry colleague, Nigel Walker: “Dave died on the 26th June following a relatively short illness. His funeral was attended by about 40 industry friends and colleagues as well as a remote audience by webcast. Dave’s family are grateful for the many messages of love and condolence they have received.
“Dave’s career began at the Royal Exchange in Manchester in the mid-70s and he progressed to work in theatre – repertory, opera, musicals, light entertainment and some rock and roll, and ultimately corporate where his talents were ideally suited to production management.
“What fo

Europe - Markéta Fantová has joined the team at Robe lighting s.r.o. as international education programme coordinator and designer, where her role will be co-ordinating Robe’s existing NRG programme on an international level.
ROBE lighting s.r.o.’s commercial director, Josef Valchar Jr (JJ) says: “We are delighted to have Fantová onboard. We have known each other for some time, she has the right knowledge and extensive connections in the arts and education worlds, great communication and diplomatic skills, and we are all looking forward to working alongside her as she develops this important and exciting aspect of Robe’s future vision.”
Fantová has over 10 years of university undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching experience.
She has worked as a cross-cultural project developer, a diversity advocate and an international curator, activ

UK - GLP UK has appointed the experienced Paul Fielder as its new key account manager.
Coming from a theatre lighting background, he was previously technical sales consultant at Stage Electrics after leaving the Royal Opera House, where he was lighting systems assistant manager. He also worked in a series of London theatres for the Really Useful Group, gaining much experience in various technical lighting roles.
The move to GLP will enable Paul to broaden his scope. “Part of my remit is to expand my reach from London, which was my primary interest at Stage Electrics, to nationwide - and also to take me further from technical theatre into the concert touring rental market,” he says.
Paul is already familiar with both GLP’s rapidly expanding product range and the personnel at GLP UK. “I have known Simon, Kerry and Greg for some time as a customer, so althou

UK - Sound Technology, UK distributor of Martin Professional, Robert Juliat and Macula Systems has announced the appointment of Sadie Naylor as key account manager in an expansion of the company’s Professional Lighting Division.
Sadie joins from Encore, where she began her career in 2008, gaining knowledge working in various departments before spending the last eight years in product sales and becoming product sales manager.
Sadie will be responsible for the management of key customer accounts within Sound Technology’s Lighting Division.
“I am super excited to be part of the team and getting the great lighting brands Sound Technology work with out there in front of more customers.” said Sadie.
Steve Fay, Sound Technology managing director comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Sadie to our brilliant lighting team. As we continue to grow our pres

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the hiring of Amy Kerestessy as the director of human resources. She will be responsible for implementing policy and procedures, onboarding new hires, managing employee engagement, assisting with record keeping as well as other duties.
Kerestessy initially began her career in nursing, working her way up to a Level 1 trauma nurse. She later transitioned to managing medical practices, pursued an education in business and business management and became certified through SHRM and Labour Law.
“I finally found what makes me happy,” shared Kerestessy. “I truly can help people in their lives, by assisting them with getting jobs, with issues at work, and even personal things that people entrust me with; that is life changing that I can help someone so deeply that it affects their whole life in a positive way! That is why I am in the HR f

UK - Polar has announced the expansion of its team with the appointment of Duncan Peberdy to the post of business development manager, integrated solutions.
Duncan has wide-ranging experience of both the IT and AV worlds acquired through a variety of roles with resellers, distributors and manufacturers. His recent roles include senior lead for digital learning at Jisc and territory manager for Europe at T1V. He is the author of a number of books on the subject of digital technology.
During his time with T1V, Duncan forged a close relationship with Polar, the exclusive UK distributor for ThinkHub and T1V Story, so his introduction to the company’s Integrated Solutions division will bring great benefits according to head of integrated solutions, Will Turney:
“We’re very pleased to welcome Duncan to the team. His experience, expertise and personality will stre

UK - Backup has announced well-known industry figure, Koy Neminathan, as a new trustee of the organisation and head of its Ambassador Programme.
Koy, who is business development director at Elation Professional and PLASA manufacturer’s representative, is no stranger to the demands and pressures of the live entertainment industry. Following the events of the COVID-19 pandemic, he saw the very real challenges the industry faced, and vowed to put the needs of others before himself.
“I felt like helping others was what had to be done, it was such an important thing for me,” says Koy. “You’ve got to help those who can’t always help themselves and, particularly during the pandemic, I felt it was imperative to do what I could to support our industry at a time where people were struggling in so many ways and mental health became a massive issue - people were suffer

Germany - Holoplot has announced the expansion of its US presence with the appointment of James Bobel as sales manager for North America.
With decades of sales and technical experience and a proven track record of building relationships in the commercial AV integration market, Bobel will be responsible for fostering relationships with US customers across all business sectors and identifying new markets.
“I’ve worked in the professional audio industry over the past two decades for integrators, and manufacturers. I have a genuine appreciation and passion for technology, and the opportunity to join Holoplot was impossible to pass up,” says Bobel.
“What gets me up in the morning is working with designers, engineers who are trying to do something that hasn’t been done before,” Bobel concludes. “The audio industry craves innovation but requires extensive

Europe - QSC Pro Audio division has announced the hire of Jeff Gorton and Colin Smith as directors of sales in EMEA and the UK, respectively. These new positions will enable QSC to strengthen its market share and enhance its brand presence across the region.
Gorton joins QSC after two decades of experience in commercial pro audio/AV space. “The current and future of QSC products are inspiring and are certain to set benchmarks for the industry,” says Gorton. “It’s exciting times and I’m delighted to be part of the company’s future and play a role in its success.”
Smith, whose professional experience includes managerial roles in both retail and AV industries states, “I am excited and honoured to be appointed as the UK sales director for the pro audio division,” says Smith. “Our portfolio of products will enable us to be one of the best-selling audio b

UK - Flashlight Ltd has announced that Ged Murphy has been promoted to the board of directors as operations director. Ged joined the company 17 years ago as a technical sales advisor and the company has watched him continue to flourish and evolve to the current day.
“I am privileged and proud to have been appointed to the board of directors as director of operations at Flashlight. I will continue to serve the company, streamlining procedures and continuing to refine processes in order to maximise our impact within the industry”, comments Murphy.
“We are excited to welcome Ged to the board at Flashlight. His commitment to the company has been unwavering over the past 17 years and we look forward to continuing to watch Ged develop within his new role. We are confident customers and suppliers alike will share our enthusiasm for this appointment”, comments David Ma

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the promotion of John Cameron Carter to integration solution sales. Carter first joined the integration team seven years ago and has since grown as a technician, project manager and sales member.
Bandit’s integration team acts as a liaison between architects, project engineers, equipment manufacturers, and clients and oversees client’s projects from conception through installation, researching and recommending design elements that fit the desired look and budget of each project.
“During my time at Bandit, I have been afforded many opportunities, such as turning on projects as an ETC Field Service Tech, installing large scale lighting rigs and managing architectural and themed entertainment projects in some of the largest US markets including New York, Boston, Las Vegas and Houston,” said Carter.
“John Cameron has been

UK - Global, independent multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, Cundall, has broadened its presence in Birmingham with the appointment of Natalia Duffy as the first lighting associate in the region.
A chartered engineer with extensive experience in the industry, Natalia joins the Birmingham team, demonstrating Cundall’s ambition to grow its lighting team’s geographical base.
Specialising in lighting design, Natalia has contributed to the successful delivery of projects in a range of sectors including commercial, residential, education, transport and sports and leisure. She was also the lead designer for the public realm lighting strategy of Paradise, a new commercial and cultural hub that pays homage to Birmingham’s history and allows freedom of movement for pedestrians though the city.
Commenting on her new role, Natalia said: “I am excited to join

USA - Nanolumens has announced that Rob Lamb has joined the company as chief financial officer (CFO), effective now. Rob will be part of Nanolumens executive leadership team, reporting to chief executive officer, Ney Corsino.
Rob comes to Nanolumens from Hodinkee, a New York based e-commerce and media company that specializes in the luxury watch industry, where he also served as CFO.
Prior to his role with Hodinkee, Rob spent nearly 20 years with Turner Broadcasting where he served in a variety of finance roles across the organisation.
"I am thrilled to welcome Rob to Nanolumens where his contributions will undoubtedly make an impact as our company continues to grow. Rob’s strong background as a strategic financial leader makes him the right choice to help us move forward in achieving our growth objectives and continue to position Nanolumens for the future,

UK - Terry Tew, an established member and sponsor of the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), has been awarded an IPS Fellowship. This accolade recognises Terry's exceptional dedication and significant contributions to the industry throughout his 40-year career.
As a longstanding sponsor and active member of the IPS, Terry has consistently demonstrated his commitment to advancing the field. He has provided vital equipment, talented staff, and willingly shared his expertise through engaging presentations whenever called upon.
The presentation of the IPS Fellowship came as a genuine surprise to Terry, who remarked, "Receiving this award is an incredible honour. I am truly humbled and grateful for the recognition from my peers and colleagues within the IPS community."
Tracy, Terry's sister, who was in attendance on the special evening, quipped, "I can't help but f

UK - Following the retirement of Andy Simmons, Nexo has announced the appointment of Nick Bolton as Sales Manager for the UK.
In a career spanning almost 30 years, Bolton has gathered a wealth of experience in three key sectors of the audio industry: first in sales and installation with TMC, then in rental and live events with SSE, and latterly in asset financing with entertainment technology specialists Medialease.
“Beyond a world-class range of innovative, high-performance products, it’s the company’s solutions-based approach that really excites me about the Nexo role” says Nick. “I look forward to working alongside the sales, engineering support and training teams at Nexo to ensure the continued success of our dealers with the Nexo brand, and that end-user customers get the best possible returns on their investment in Nexo systems.”
“Whether it

UK - One of the pro-audio industry’s most enduring and endearing characters signs off her last press release and says farewell to the workforce at the end of this month. After 26 years at Martin Audio - mostly spent in managing marketing and PR - Maureen ‘Mo’ Hayes is taking retirement. She has been the longest serving member of the Martin Audio staff by a clear stretch.
“Giving up something that’s been part of your life for such a long time is certainly going to feel strange, and I can’t imagine not having it in my life,” she concedes. “But while I will miss the camaraderie, I feel comfortable that I am leaving the company in good hands, with a blend of experienced people and new blood coming in to keep things fresh.
“Dom [Harter] has brought some much-needed stability to the company, as has the Focusrite Group. Martin Audio today is very different f

Sweden - Brompton Technology has appointed Lotta Schiefer as its new global sales lead. With an impressive career spanning over 30 years, during which she has worked with global manufacturers such as Barco, Vari*Lite and Wireless Solutions, Schiefer brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience. She will utilise her expertise to further lead the company’s sales team in their mission to provide top level service to Brompton customers across the globe.
Having started out as a lighting technician, Schiefer soon found herself drawn into the world of pixels. Over time, she transitioned from technical roles to more commercial and organisational positions in sales, business development, and people management.
Most recently, Schiefer held the role of operations manager for broadcast and technical services at the Royal Swedish Opera. There, she established a broadca

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