Germany - In the course of the successful repositioning of the company, the Adam Hall Group is developing its global business development division.
From 1 July, Bodo Falkenried’s team will be augmented by Alessio Foti, who has several years’ experience as brand manager for leading companies in the pro-audio sector, where his principal responsibilities included business development, product management and sales in Asia, the USA and Europe.
Falkenried, head of global business development, comments: “As a fast-growing, innovative company with an international orientation, Alessio will provide urgent support in meeting the demanding requirements for strategic and operative business development. His excellent knowledge and experience in international markets and the development of brands and their specific legal aspects will play an important role in consolidating our further expansion.”
“The Adam Hall Group, with its history of more than 40 years, its wide range of products, services and its increasing significance in the international market for modern event and building technology, offers me the perfect arena in which to successfully implement my experiences and skills, in an environment in which I have been working for many years”, added the 40-year old Italian, who will be based at the headquarters of the Adam Hall Group in Hessen at Neu-Anspach, near Frankfurt.
Markus Jahnel, managing partner of the Adam Hall Group, adds: “We are growing steadily and are becoming increasingly international. The development of new business ar
UK - Source Distribution has announced the recruitment of Michael Clapham as area sales manager for the Midlands. Michael brings to Source over 25 years’ experience in the music industry that includes successful tenures as a senior regional manager at Yamaha Music Europe (UK), and as a sales manager for Marshall Amplification.
In a newly-created position, Michael will assume responsibility for supporting and growing Source’s key accounts in the Midlands region, building on his excellent long-term working relationships with dealers in the area. Michael combines decades of management and retail experience with a lifelong passion for music and music technology. An accomplished guitarist and singer, Michael also co-owned and managed a busy commercial recording studio in Birmingham for many years, and maintains a broad and ever-expanding vinyl collection.
Darren Power, Source director of sales and marketing commented: “We are incredibly pleased to have Michael joining us at Source, and are confident in the senior level skill set Michael brings with him. Importantly, we are giving a clear indication to the marketplace of our continued investment in resources and support to our dealer network.”
The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Events, the producers of the Integrated Systems Europe trade exhibition, has announced that Stefanie Corinth, senior VP marketing and business development NEC Display Solutions Europe and Piet Candeel, Senior VP EMEA, Barco, have joined the ISE Board of Directors as of 1 July 2017.
They will replace outgoing ISE board members Wolfgang Lenz from Comm-Tech and Ollie French from Future Automation.
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events commented: “I’d like to welcome our new members and at the same time thank the outgoing ones. It’s vital that the ISE board regularly welcomes new members from our extensive exhibitor base so that we are exposed to fresh ideas and experiences.
“Stefanie and Piet will bring valuable market intelligence and insight on the sectors in which they operate. Additionally, they will offer first-hand feedback on how ISE as a trade show works as a vehicle for their products, services and customers.”
USA - AVID Labs has announced the appointments of Ryan Hall and Robert Kartman as mechanical engineers. In their roles, Hall and Kartman apply their expertise in the engineering process to design and develop new products.
Hall worked as principal engineer for Harris Corp, Space and Intelligence Systems in his last position, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. “I enjoy the process of coming up with new concepts and workarounds,” stated Hall, “and the people I work with at AVID.”
Before joining AVID Labs, Kartman worked as senior staff engineer for Harris Corp, Space and Intelligence Systems, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University. Kartman shared that he enjoys the fast-paced variety of working with AVID Lab customers and associates, and added, “It’s a great engineering sandbox.”
“It’s great to have Hall and Kartman on board. They both come with a ton of experience in product development and management. Since their background is putting stuff into orbit, they can certainly handle the projects we throw at them,” expressed Joel Nichols, president of AVID Labs.
UK - RealSound & Vision Ltd, the Oxfordshire-based sound, stage lighting and AV system integrators who have achieved UK-wide success and recognition within the education sector, has announced the appointment of David Wilkins as their sales manager.
Wilkins is well known in the lighting industry with previous roles at Northern Light, Selecon and Strand. He now adds this experience to broaden the multidisciplinary skill set at RSV.
On joining, Wilkins commented that: “It will be an exciting opportunity to drive the Company forward”.
David Nibbs, managing director, added: “I am very pleased to have David on board as part of our team and I’m sure that he will be successful in significantly raising the RSV profile and our levels of successful business in Education and elsewhere.”
UK - PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG), has announced two new additions to its music team. Robert Watson and Michael George have both joined as account managers and bring a diverse range of talent and experience to PRG.
Michael George has joined the company from Blink TV where he specialised in filming and streaming of live events – a service PRG XL has already begun to offer with the live streaming of Stormzy’s recent sold-out Brixton Academy shows.
Stefaan Michels, director of music, PRG XL Video, comments: “It’s a pleasure to have Michael join the team. He’s great to work with. It is exciting to expand into the live streaming market and with Michael’s expertise and high standard of delivery, it’s sure to be a resounding success.”
Robert Watson brings more than a decade of experience in live production, working as project manager and crew chief on several high-profile music festivals, designing lighting for theatre and concerts, and most recently working as a project manager at Panalux Broadcast & Event.
Yvonne Donnelly Smith, director of music, PRG XL Video, adds: “I’m delighted to welcome Rob to the team. His in-depth technical knowledge and on-site experience of delivering shows is a great benefit to us.”
UK - Natural History Museum has strengthened its venue hire team with two new appointments, ahead of the Museum’s relaunch of its main event space Hintze Hall on 14 July.
Joining the team is Gavin Bevan who has recently been welcomed to the Museum as operations manager, bringing over a decade of hospitality and events experience including six years delivering conferences, private banqueting and match day hospitality at the Kia Oval. His responsibilities will be to ensure a smooth collaboration between clients, accredited suppliers and the museum, resulting in world-class event delivery.
Susie Williamson, will join Bevan as the second operations manager, bringing with her five years of events experience within the heritage industry, having worked with the National Trust and the Royal Geographical Society. Susie’s experience ranges from organising family-friendly events to holding high-profile, logistically complex events for the likes of BBC Newsnight, Vogue and AGA in listed buildings.
UK - Polar has announced the appointment of Dave Griffiths as business development manager for its MI/Consumer Division. With Polar's authorised dealership structure now firmly established, it has refreshed its sales operation by giving him responsibility for managing accounts across The Midlands, The North of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Dave is an experienced industry professional, who began his career as a studio engineer at multimedia specialists, The Music Factory, before progressing through the ranks first as a producer and then a production manager. Following this highly productive period, during which he became familiar with every aspect of music production and professional audio, Dave sought new challenges, working first for Yamaha's pro music division before joining Korg.
Tim Riley, director of brand development at Polar welcomes Dave Griffiths: "We've recently undertaken some significant changes in the operation of our MI/Consumer division and the timing of Dave's appointment couldn't have been better. He came highly recommended by several influential clients and it was immediately clear when we spoke, that his experience and broad skill-set dovetailed perfectly with our brands and plans.”
UK/USA - Leisure and entertainment technology consultant and designer, Eric Lehman, has joined media serving solutions company, 7thSense Design, as business development manager. With more than 30 years’ experience in the design and development of some of the world’s leading public attractions, Eric will be based in Orlando, Florida, working with customers in the immediate region and across North America.
Specialising in the technical design and specification of world-class audio visual installations, particularly those with high pixel density, large-format projection requirements, Eric’s career has seen him work with, and contribute to the commercial success of, respected companies including Electrosonic, Solid Control Inc., and Mad Systems, in addition to his own consultancy business Lehman A/V Consultants. His installation portfolio includes many high-profile attractions for major theme parks in the United States and Asia.
Ken Showler, experience director at 7thSense comments: “We’re incredibly excited to announce Eric as the new addition to the team. We’ve worked together on a number of projects in recent years and have long recognised the value of his close relationships with key industry players and of his extensive experience. He brings with him a solid understanding of engineering, product development and customer needs which will allow us to grow service and maintenance solutions for our leisure and entertainment client base in North America.”
UK - Friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to loudspeaker designer and entrepreneur Stephen Court, one of the pro audio industry’s more colourful characters, who has died following a fall at his West Country home. A dedicated sound man, in a long career – he claimed to be “a few years younger than Mick Jagger” - he worked for the BBC and ITV and some of the biggest names in rock. And he had anecdotes to relate about them all – and the merits or otherwise of their sound systems.
In recent years, he was based at Tavistock Wharf in Devon which he and his wife Angela bought in 2006 and developed into the leading live music venue in the area. The sound system at The Wharf is, not surprisingly, designed and built by Court Acoustics, which was the vehicle for his various system designs for both studios and live applications. Just prior to his passing, he had been promoting his latest loudspeakers with presentations at leading studios including Real World – a West Country neighbour – and British Grove in London.
Alan Parsons worked with Stephen on a number of initiatives including the Sound Check CD sound analysis programme. “Sound Check was very much his idea,” says Parsons who is godfather to Stephen’s son James. “There was definitely a need for this product and he believed the live sound people needed it. He was always into low frequency energy – big bottom end as he termed it. That’s why he insisted on Yello’s The Race being included on the Sound Check CD.
“He was also the sound designer for the stage production o
USA - In a move to expand their International sales division, Altman Lighting has announced the appointment of Jaime Friedstadt as their new international sales director. With a wealth of knowledge in both the architectural and entertainment lighting industries, Friedstadt will now manage the Altman Lighting sales channels in the Caribbean, Latin American, European, Middle Eastern and African markets.
“With the expansion of our product offerings and our growth in a worldwide market, we are very fortunate to have Jaime join us to reinforce our efforts and expand our market presence accordingly,” stated Julie Smith, Altman Lighting general manager.
Friedstadt has over 20 years of experience providing quality sales support and generating client relationships for a number of entertainment and architectural lighting manufacturers. Prior to joining Altman Lighting, Friedstadt worked with Chauvet Lighting, Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting and Hubbell Lighting.
“The global lighting markets are expanding exponentially with the introduction of many ground-breaking and energy-efficient lighting technologies,” said Friedstadt. “When reviewing both the current and upcoming solutions provided by Altman Lighting, I am confident we will be able to expand our multinational client relationships and further strengthen our position as a market leader.”
UK - JHS has announced that HK Audio sales will now be handled exclusively by its Pro-Audio ASMs.
Previously both the JHS MI and Pro Audio ASMs were advising and selling HK Audio to the dealer network; now all HK Audio business will be conducted via the Pro-Audio team, Neville Raine & Matt Flavell.
JHS executive director of sales and marketing Alan Smith says: “The change has been made to provide all JHS HK Audio customers with a dedicated, highly technically trained and experienced ASM able to make recommendations on stocking and practical application advice, right through to technical site consultancy and large scale installation and concert system specification.
“The MI ASMs have always done a great job with HK Audio but have a huge number of brands to cover, and we believe the change will increase levels of customer service even further.”
Austria - Fabian Stumpfl joins his brother Tobias Stumpfl in his new position as CEO at the Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl.
Prior to his new role in the family owned company, Fabian Stumpfl was responsible for HR and strategic planning.
AV Stumpfl CEO Tobias Stumpfl explains their work relationship: “We work really well as a team, not only when it comes to company business, but also when flying gliders, which is a passion we both share. During some of our glider trips we spend more than 12 hours together. Whether in the sky or in the office, in order to reach our goals we have to constantly take decisions and adjust our strategy to new developments. That kind of joint decision making only works when you can completely trust one another.”
Towards the end of 2016, AV Stumpfl founder Reinhold Stumpfl handed over the management of the family owned company to his eldest son Tobias. The Austrian company is an internationally successful AV technology manufacturer, with an export quota of more than 90%.
Fabian Stumpfl comments: “Together with our team, we will continue to push the boundaries of what is technologically possible. Growing our international distributor network is another high priority for us.”
USA - Ashly Audio has hired industry veteran Bob Tamburri as product manager. In his new role, Tamburri will oversee and direct the full life cycle of Ashly products, from conception to launch, from launch through market position, support, and maturation. He will bring nearly 40 years of pro audio experience to bear, helping Ashly maintain the vitality of its core business and leveraging strengths to expand into adjacent markets. Tamburri will report directly to Ashly CEO Jim Mack.
“Between his positions at Sony and TOA, Bob has 15 years of direct product management experience,” said Mack. “But the totality of his experience is much broader than that. Really, Bob has had a hand in almost every angle you can imagine in the pro audio industry, and we’re thrilled to bring his perspective and depth of knowledge to Ashly.”
In addition to product management positions at Sony and TOA, Tamburri served as a sales representative for Sennheiser, the national education & merchandising manager at Onkyo, and an A/V designer and integrator at Manny’s Music.
UK - Internationally renowned production manager Ola Melzig - head of production for Eurovision 2017 - is set to host the glamorous tenth anniversary edition of the Knight of Illumination Awards. The prestigious ceremony will be held on 17 September at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.
Throughout his career, Melzig has coordinated innumerable high-profile shows around the globe, including the Commonwealth Games, the Nobel Prize Banquet, and now no fewer than 12 Eurovision productions - all of which are a long way from his first role in the industry, working as a stagehand in 1989. At the 2017 TPI Awards, Melzig was announced 'Production Manager of the Year' as voted for by the public and his peers.
"The Knight of Illumination Awards has become a 'must attend' event in our industry," says Melzig. "Not only does it offer an entertaining evening among notable lighting designers, it's also a flat out great party!"
The Knight of Illumination Awards is the largest UK-based awards ceremony designed to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal talents of international lighting and digital content designers for their spectacular work across the United Kingdom. Melzig adds: "The only thing that could possibly make it better, is if I could win a sword!"
Nominations can be made for the Television and Concert Touring & Events categories at the Knight of Illumination website.
The Headline Sponsors for KOI 2017 are Claypaky and OSRAM. KOI 2017 is also generously sponsored by Spotlight Sponsors ADB, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Ligh
UK - Arena Group has appointed John Farrell to the senior management team as the new Group COO.
Reporting to Group CEO, Greg Lawless, John , who brings a tremendous business track record to the Group, most recently worked for Morrison Utility Services managing the acquisition and integration of a number of acquisitions projects throughout the UK.
Previously, John also worked as business director with both Amey plc and Enterprise plc, where he worked as a group asset director. His development of large scale integrated contracts saw him leading over 2,500 people delivering complex infrastructure services to blue chip clients.
Lawless says: “We are delighted to have secured the appointment of John as his breadth of business experience will further bolster a strong senior management team and enhance the Group’s international expansion capabilities in line with our ambitious growth and acquisition plans.”
USA - Christie has announced that industry veteran Brian Claypool has returned to the organisation to propel the company’s continued dominance in the cinema-technology field as VP, product management global cnema. He will report to Jennifer Smith, Christie’s executive vice president, global market solutions and engineering, and be based in Cypress, California.
The appointment of Claypool, effective immediately, sees his return to Christie to help direct the creation of advanced products and services that further support Christie’s legacy as the leading provider of advanced cinema exhibition technologies and solutions since 1929.
“Brian’s cinema pedigree is impeccable, since beginning in the industry as a projectionist in the 1980s and successive roles with Lucasfilm’s THX division, Avica Technology, Christie and Barco, Brian has an extensive history being immersed in the technology and business of cinema exhibition,” said Jennifer Smith.
Brian returns to Christie and southern California after serving seven years abroad, primarily focused on the development of advanced audio technologies for cinema.
France - APG has announced the appointment of Rodolphe Portet to the newly-created role of sales engineer for the southern region of France.
With a solid experience in electroacoustic R&D and technical support for the pro audio industry, Portet perfectly matches APG’s new sales organisation, as the company is now fostering a direct approach with integrators and rental stagers in the French territory.
Grégory Dapsanse, APG’s marketing and business development director commented: “Rodolphe is the ideal profile and a perfect fit for our sales force: He brings deep knowledge in sound technologies and technics, which will prove critical to the development of the APG brand in France. He is also affable, trustworthy and honest, some key values that we advocate in our sales approach.”
Rodolphe will be responsible for promoting the APG brand in the south and Rhône-Alpes regions of France, which are typically known for their strong seasonality in event staging and deeply centred on major cities for integration.
UK - Polar has announced the appointment of Will Turney to the post of business development manager. With seven years’ experience in the AV industry, Will joins the company from Harman-owned AMX, a manufacturer of control and switching equipment, where he was a channel account manager concentrating on the higher education sector.
A marketing and management graduate of Newcastle University, Will's role at Polar will be to bring his dynamism and expertise to grow sales and revenues in the Integrated Solutions division.
Polar director, Stuart Leader, who heads up the Integrated Solutions division, comments: "Will has a comprehensive understanding of AV technologies and their application, as well as a thorough knowledge of the UK marketplace. He was a standout performer in his previous role, recognised with numerous sales awards and we're really pleased to have recruited a team member with the skills and personality that will help us continue to grow and move forward."
UK - PLASA Managing Director Peter Heath has announced that Claire Beeson has been promoted to Editor of Light & Sound International (LSi). Claire has been with LSi and PLASA for the past 10 years, serving as LSi’s Deputy Editor before becoming Acting Editor earlier this year.
Peter comments: “I am delighted to announce that Claire Beeson is now the Editor of LSI. Claire has been with the company for nearly 10 years and has made a massive contribution to the magazine and its success. LSi is a prized product within our company and I know it’s in good hands. We look forward to witnessing her personal journey and growth along with the continued success of the magazine.”
As well as working on LSi, Claire is a judge for the Concert Touring & Events category of the prestigious Knight of Illumination Awards, and is a member of the organising committee for the popular Showlight Quadrennial conference.
Claire comments: “I’m excited to be taking on this new challenge and look forward to shaping the future of LSi. Having worked on the publication alongside Lee Baldock for many years, I want to assure readers that there is a strong backbone of continuity in place, and that the magazine everyone knows and loves is in the hands of someone who cares a great deal about maintaining its integrity, quality and popularity within the industry. I look forward to seeing many of you at this week’s PLASA Focus Leeds event and at the PLASA AGM on 22 June.”
Germany - Fohhn Audio AG has announced a change to its supervisory board as Heinz Schwarz steps down after 16 years at the helm. He is to be succeeded by Richard Nestel.
Schwarz‘s involvement with Fohhn Audio dates back to the company’s foundation in 1993: Since that time, he has held various positions and played an influential role, for example in the area of controlling and through the introduction of an innovative manufacturing strategy.
After Fohhn’s conversion to a public limited company in 2001, Schwarz became chairman of the supervisory board alongside Winfried Baumbach and Prof. Dr. Jörg Knoblauch. He has since acted in an advisory capacity on all major strategic decisions, including the development of a successful digital strategy and the fundamental system concept that applies to all Fohhn products.
At a small in-house ceremony held in the Fohhn SoundLab, board members Jochen Schwarz and Uli Haug thanked Heinz Schwarz for his many years of support and welcomed Schwarz’s successor, Richard Nestel, who is no stranger to the company having served as its tax advisor for many years.
The evening also included a performance by string duo Jochen and Katharina Kefer, whose music highlighted the effects of the SoundLab’s newly installed, electronic VIVACE system from Müller BBM Acoustic Solutions. As well as demonstrating the potential of this electronic room acoustic system, the performance additionally provided opportunity for Fohhn to present its new Focus Venue line array system designed for large-scale concert sound applicatio
UK - UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, has announced the appointment of a new chair of the Concert Touring & Events category - Jess Allan.
Well-known in the industry, Jess has worked in professional show lighting and event production for almost 20 years, gaining extensive experience of both technology and design while working in various roles for companies including Martin Professional and TAIT. In addition, Jess has been a member of the organising committee for Showlight, the prestigious quadrennial lighting conference, for the past eight years.
Most recently, Jess has launched Productionomics, a company providing specialist consultancy services to the event production industry, including data research, product launch, strategy planning and project work. In addition, she is currently working on key data research/recording specifically in the field of concert touring.
Jess will chair the panel of judges assessing the Concert Touring & Events category, and KOI is delighted that Jonny Milmer of creative design agency Imagination, lighting designer and video content creator Miguel Ribeiro, Kelly Murray, editor of TPi magazine and Claire Beeson, editor of LSi magazine, return to their roles as judges in this category for 2017.
Jess comments: "I'm very excited to be involved with the Knight of Illumination Awards. I've watched it grow to become a key event in the show lighting calendar. It's special because it fo
UK - The Prolight Concepts Group, distributors of LEDJ, Equinox, Global Truss, eLumen8 and Clever Acoustics, has appointed Arenna Matthewson as regional sales manager for London and the South East.
Arenna joins the team at a time of expansion for the group and is already a familiar face, having previously worked for Avolites and TMB.
“Arenna is looking forward to meeting our existing customers, and welcoming new clients,” says group managing director, Andrew Jeffrey.
USA - EAW has added Marilyn Fernandes to the engineering project management team. The announcement was made by Geoff McKinnon, engineering manager for EAW.
Fernandes, who has a BS in Chemical Engineering from [the] University of Massachusetts, Amherst, brings more than 15 years of experience in both manufacturing and engineering environments where she established a strong track record in managing complex projects to success. In her new role, Fernandes will be responsible for the successful execution of products including planning, budgeting, oversight and documentation.
“Marilyn is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of manufacturing engineering,” explains McKinnon. “Our team will benefit from her expertise and analytical skills. We are delighted to have her join EAW.” Prior to joining EAW, Fernandes was project manager for Dorel Juvenile.