South Africa - The industry has been paying its respects to Richard Blamire, the owner of Cape Staging who died tragically in a motorbike accident on 8 November.
Richard, who lived in Bergvliet, Cape Town, was well-known in the South African events industry having previously worked at Gearhouse, Sound Harmonics and was a close collaborator with Dream Sets. For Sean Hoey of Dream Sets, Richard was one of his best friends. They shared a keen interest in all things mechanical and a love for their craft and family (and Border Collies). With an eye for detail and a creative flair, Richard was able to produce beautiful pieces for events, sometimes even furniture that you would only dream of having in your home.
He was greatly loved by his two sons and his wife, Lynne Poulsen Blamire, a pianist, singer, music composer, songwriter, programmer and arranger.
DWR Distributions’ SOS Charity fund will be providing support to Lynne over the next three months.
USA - Barbizon Lighting has appointed Tom Madden as president and CEO.
Madden has a proven track record of success at Barbizon Lighting’s Mid-Atlantic operation as the general manager of Barbizon’s Capitol location. His previous experience includes leadership on an international level in roles ranging from stage and production manager to senior general manager & executive vice president.
“Tom recognises and deeply values the Barbizon culture, something which initially drew him to the company and which he feels strongly about honouring and fostering,” read a statement from the Board of Directors. Madden’s appointment comes after Barbizon Lighting Company’s previous president and CEO, Jonathan Resnick, unexpectedly passed away. “It’s among the many reasons Jonathan thought the world of Tom and we are sure he would agree with our carefully considered choice.”
"I’m honoured, and I’m thankful to the Board for the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization of creative, dedicated, and talented professionals,” remarked Tom Madden. “We provide innovative lighting and technology solutions, every day, with a world-class team of employees. This role is a tremendous opportunity that any leader would welcome.”
Barbizon Lighting’s customers range from theatres to film & television studios; from houses of worship to architectural projects; and from museum & themed environments to complicated rigging systems.
Madden further added, “Jonathan Resnick’s legacy i
Canada - Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the appointment of audio industry veteran Marc Bertrand to the role of managing director for Adamson Americas. In his new role, Bertrand will lead sales growth and network expansion in both the touring and installation markets in North and South America.
“The Adamson brand has delivered exceptionally strong growth in all aspects over recent years. Adamson has always been synonymous with premium quality sound and is already a leading brand in countries like France and the Netherlands. My mandate, in concert with the complete Americas team, is to build on this performance and create the same benchmark sales and brand presence throughout the Americas," comments Bertrand. "I’m also very excited to be able to draw on the support of this dynamic and entrepreneurial management team at headquarters as well as the experience of our European and Asian teams.”
Bertrand is a well-respected veteran of the North American pro audio industry. After over a decade with Tannoy North America, eventually serving as managing director for five years, Bertrand became the CEO of TC Group Americas, overseeing a catalogue of brands including Tannoy, TC Electronic, Lab.gruppen, Lake, and others. In this role, he created and led a successful distribution network targeting the North American installation market and nearly doubled total sales during his stint.
Prior to accepting his new position with Adamson, Bertrand had already advised the company in a consultancy role and contributed to the company’s year-over-year gro
France - Airstar has announced the appointment of Thierry Beynet as the new CEO of Airstar European Network. This strategic hire is a major step in Airstar’s plan to strengthen its presence in the European market, as part of the overall business strategy instigated by the company in 2016, says the company.
Airstar European Network (AEN), a commercial subsidiary of Airstar, represents 30% of the company’s turnover in lighting balloon solutions. Thierry Beynet recently took on the role, managing and extending the nine subsidiaries which form the European network. Indeed, AEN is responsible for marketing the entire range of Airstar lighting balloons in this region.
Beynet’s relationship with Airstar goes back many years. He worked his way up through the company, starting in 1998 as a technician, before taking on a commercial role. He then worked as AEN’s accountant, became manager of the Rhône-Alpes agency and now CEO of the European network.
Based in Airstar’s world headquarters near Grenoble (France), Thierry Beynet is convinced that his place is in the field, assisting his colleagues to promote the many lighting balloon solutions from Airstar: “My mission is first and foremost to be present within the network, to work closely with the subsidiary directors and sales force.”
France - Chauvet has announced that Martin Fournier has joined the company as its European sales director. Fournier is an experienced lighting industry figure in Europe, having spent the last 22 years serving the professional lighting market in Europe. He comes to Chauvet from Harman International, where he most recently served as that company’s sales director for France and Benelux Professional Solutions. Fournier began his career in 1995 with Martin Professional.
“Martin is a very valuable addition to our team, and we are excited to welcome him,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “He shares our passion for excellence and has spent 100 percent of his career focused on lighting.”
Michael Brooksbank, Chauvet’s managing director of Europe, adds, “Martin brings a diverse range of skills and experiences to the table. He has excelled in many facets of the lighting business, including: sales, distribution channel management and brand development. Most importantly, he is committed to providing excellent customer service.”
UK - London and Dubai based event technical design and production specialist Maestra has welcomed four new team members in London, in time for the busy autumn and winter season.
Justin Hammond, managing director of Maestra London, commented: “We are delighted to welcome everyone on board, and have been really impressed with the calibre of people interested in making a commitment to working with Maestra at this very exciting time in our development.”
Lizzie Bishop joins as senior project manager, Alice Dapling comes on board as a senior production designer; Sirajuddin Mohammed is focussed on the financials and accounts, while Jenny Bumanglag strengthens the operations division.
Lizzie Bishop graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Geography, then started off her career in events as an Events Co-ordinator for Wise Productions, specialising in delivering technical production in unique London venues such as palaces, art galleries, museums and skyscrapers.
Alice Dapling studied Interior Architecture at Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) and worked in an architectural practice before moving to London in 2012, where she worked at Event Concept for over five years before joining Maestra.
A recent graduate, Jenny Bumanglag’s university projects included producing live talk shows, creating set models and hosting fundraisers for awareness campaigns.
Sirajuddin Mohammed came to the UK in 2012 to study for his Masters in International Finance at the University of Westminster and graduated in 2013. Before then,
Finland Media server specialist Picturall has appointed Markku Myllymäki as senior software developer. Myllymäki has over two decades’ experience in software development in a variety of roles for multinational corporations including Nokia Networks and Elektrobit.
Samuli Valo, Picturall CEO and head of R&D, comments: “Markku has solid experience in just about every area we required including project management and product management as well as his considerable technical software development skills. We are all looking forward to working with him on our next generation of media server and playback products.”
Myllymäki adds: “As a computer graphics enthusiast, I am very interested in several of the technologies currently used in Picturall products. It gives me great insight into a very exciting business sector that I’m not very familiar with, so I’m really looking forward to learning new things. It’s great to be part of a small team where you know that everyone’s contribution is really important, and everyone has their role to play in the growth of the company.”
UK - SGM has appointed Anthony Van-Sertima as the new business development manager at its UK branch. Anthony was first introduced to SGM in 2005 and has loved the products ever since.
“In the UK, the network of lighting people is close and friendly. Having extensive knowledge in lighting and production, I’ll be on hand to provide the link between lighting designers and the brand; a friendly, familiar face,” said Anthony about his new role at SGM.
Anthony foresees a huge growth phase for SGM, and is thrilled to be part of that journey.
“It’s not like other manufactures are falling short, but SGM is a few years ahead of competitors, having developed purely LED based technology a few years before the other major manufacturers,” said Anthony. “Also, in terms of the IP-rating, it is an exciting time for SGM as the demand for outside light installations is increasing, particularly here in the UK, but also globally,” said Anthony.
Ian Kirby, director at SGM UK, brought Anthony aboard exactly because of Anthony’s background and extensive knowledge. He is likewise extremely positive about Anthony’s influence on SGM’s expansion into the theatre market. “Anthony brings a wealth of experience in lighting design and production. He is perfectly placed to help SGM develop its marketplace in production and theatre,” said Ian.
France - L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of industry expert Tony Szabo as head of application, touring. Tony will work directly with Florent Bernard, director of applications, touring to deploy the application strategy for the touring market and manage the touring applications team.
Tony will be a familiar face to many in the industry, his career spans 25 years - from monitor technician to FOH engineer, show controller, crew chief and senior FOH systems engineer, Tony has worked with the world’s top artists and festivals. Most recently, he served as senior systems engineer at L-Acoustics UK partner Adlib Audio Solutions, designing systems for tours and festivals as well as mentoring the systems engineer team and leading technology acquisition decisions.
“Tony’s extensive experience in key posts in the industry brings a unique and fresh perspective to lead our market development strategy. His combination of technical expertise, industry knowledge, and business acumen will be a great asset for L-Acoustics,” affirmed Florent Bernard. “Counting Tony in this newly created position will allow us to continue to affirm and expand our leadership in the touring market, while supporting our partners to do the same.”
UK - Steve Warren is working in partnership with Chroma Q distributors A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) to develop sales of Chroma-Q's lighting fixtures range.
This partnership follows the recent appointment of Steve’s company, Lighting Distribution Consulting, to assist the development of Chroma-Q’s international sales and distribution channels outside of North America.
The latest generation of Chroma-Q LED products have won multiple awards and garnered much praise from users for their high performance. These include the new Color Force II colour-mixing LED cyc and wash light, the Inspire colour-mixing LED house light, and the Space Force variable white LED soft light.
UK - JHS has announced the appointment of Chris Walton to the position of pro audio sales specialist for the UK and Ireland.
Chris, who will be familiar to JHS customers from his tenure in the company’s sales office, will be the internal “go to guy” for all things pro audio at JHS.
Chris has a long history in pro audio which covers all aspects of touring, live sound and studio engineering, system configuration, installation and said of the appointment: “I look forward to the challenge of the new role supporting and expanding on relations with new and existing customers.”
JHS managing director Dennis Drumm commemts: “Chris’ experience of JHS and its pro audio brands and his extensive knowledge, direct personal experience and ongoing engagement in touring and live sound brings a terrific asset to bear to support our pro audio activities.”
Asia - Chauvet has announced that Hanslee Lim will be spearheading its sales division in Asia. Lim comes to Chauvet after directing Asian market sales for Robe and SGM.
“We are extremely happy to have someone with Hanslee’s impressive track record and commitment to excellence on our team,” said Stéphane Gressier, international sales director of Chauvet. “Hanslee has an extraordinary depth of knowledge about lighting in general and more specifically about lighting in the Asian market. Most importantly though, he has a well-deserved reputation for understanding the needs of customers and putting them first. This makes him very compatible with the Chauvet way of doing business.”
In his new role, Lim will be responsible for directing sales throughout the Asian market for all Chauvet brands including ChauvetProfessional, Chauvet DJ, Iluminarc architectural lighting and Trusst trussing. He will report directly to Gressier.
“About five years ago, a very prominent lighting veteran told me to watch Chauvet as it was on the move, and today, here I am with the company. For me, this is an exciting opportunity,” said Lim. “Chauvet’s stature has been growing rapidly in Asia and across the globe. Customers know the company as an innovator with a strong commitment to delivering value. I look forward to building on this reputation and growing a powerful sales network throughout Asia for all Chauvet brands.”
UK - Cardiff-based event service provider 11th Hour has appointed Gareth Clark, an electrician with 20 years’ experience.
Gareth has worked across the commercial electrical sector on landmark projects such as the O2 Arena, the Reuters Building and a number of other London locations, perhaps most notably as a supervisor for Honeywell during the construction of the new Wembley Stadium, where he had responsibility for turnstiles and escalators as well as installing PAVA and fire alarm provision.
Closer to 11th Hour's Cardiff base, Gareth is very familiar with regular 11th Hour territories, including The Principality Stadium and Celtic Manor. Although very comfortable handling large scale projects, Gareth has a broad-based background and recently completed a foundation degree in Live Event Technology at the University of South Wales.
USA - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that David Scheirman has taken office as their new president.
Scheirman has over 40 years of experience and expertise in professional audio and has been a long-time active member of the AES, having served three terms on the Board of Governors and taken up numerous roles and chair positions at AES conventions and within the AES committee system.
“David has played a leading role in the past year as chair of the president’s strategic planning team,” said Alex Case, as he ends his own one-year presidential term. “David was instrumental in our development of new events and collaborations. With his broad and deep industry experience, he is uniquely prepared to lead these AES initiatives in the coming year.” Case will continue to serve on the AES Executive Committee as Past President, while also chairing the Membership and Nominations Committees.
Scheirman, an AES member since 1975, has been directly involved with PA rental companies, an installed system integrator, an electro-acoustical measurement laboratory, a computer-control system developer, a networking technology R&D firm and leading loudspeaker system manufacturers, with previous recent experience notably including his work with HarmanProfessional and JBL. Currently, he holds the position of director, global concert & rental business at Bose Professional.
“I’m honoured to have been elected President of the AES by our membership,” said Scheirman, “and the timing takes place as our Society moves forward with so
UK - Allen & Heath has announced the appointment of R&D director, Rob Clark to the role of managing director, following the decision by longstanding company figurehead, Glenn Rogers, to pass on the reins to the next generation.
Rob Clark joined Allen & Heath as a digital R&D engineer in 1993 and has played a key role in the development of the company’s digital mixers, becoming R&D Director in 2008.
Glenn Rogers remains a director of the Audiotonix group, focusing on identifying market opportunities and helping to specify new products.
Rob Clark commented, “It’s an honour to take on this new challenge. Glenn has been a trusted friend and mentor for more than 20 years, and I know we can rely on his wise counsel in the future. It’s a fantastic time to move into this role; the product range has never been stronger, we’re blessed with an amazingly talented team, and we have the collective expertise of the Audiotonix group to draw upon. Together we will continue to grow the business with the passion and innovation that Glenn has always personified.”
Glenn Rogers said, “Rob has a wealth of experience and the best team in the business behind him, so I know that Allen & Heath will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership. I am excited to take up new challenges for the Audiotonix group and look forward to exploring the new ideas and technologies that will shape the next generation of mixers.”
UK - GDS has announced the appointment of Harry Pain to the post of sales and marketing assistant. Harry is a recent graduate, holding a BA (Hons) in Event and Hospitality Management, who joins the company after three years’ experience in administration, office support, research and content creation for Penny Brohn UK, a major cancer support organisation.
Managing Director Matt Lloyd comments: "Harry possesses exactly the drive and energy that is required within the GDS team. These are very exciting times for us, we are growing and our products, new and established, are having a global impact that is driving demand at an ever-increasing rate.”
Harry Pain adds, "I'm very excited to be joining GDS. There is an incredible buzz around the place and it was pretty quickly apparent that everyone on the team is passionate about their work.”
UAE - Sennheiser has appointed Fadi Costantine as technical sales manager in the Middle East. He will primarily focus on supporting customers and growing Sennheiser’s footprint in the business communication, system integration and audio recording segments. Prior to joining Sennheiser, Fadi held the position of audio division manager at Venuetech, Sennheiser’s long-standing distributor in the region.
Ryan Burr, head of technical sales & application engineering at Sennheiser Middle East, said: “Fadi is the ideal candidate to help us drive further growth as he brings with him wide-ranging knowledge of our customer base and pertinent skills that will be invaluable to our team."
Commenting on his new position, Fadi said: “Joining Sennheiser presents me with the opportunity to drive innovation and the uptake of best practices in the Middle East industry. Over the duration of my career in the UAE and Lebanon, I have established professional relationships with key industry figures which I will now leverage to help Sennheiser penetrate into new customer accounts.”
UK - The Scottish Ballet has appointed Matthew Strachan as its new technical director. He takes over from George Thomson, who has left for the English National Ballet.
Strachan said: "Having worked with Scottish Ballet for almost 20 years including extensive freelance work, I was delighted to be appointed technical director. I’ve had the fortune to work with a fantastic team during this time and I’m looking forward to this exciting new position."
Christopher Hampson, chief executive/artistic director of the Scottish Ballet, added: "Matthew was the obvious choice as our technical director as he is a highly talented individual and has delivered exceptional work for us over the years. I wish him every success in his new position." Strachan first joined the Scottish Ballet in 1998 as deputy electrician and has worked on numerous award-winning productions including Ashley Page’s Cinderella, A Streetcar Named Desire and Christopher Hampson’s Hansel and Gretel. The first production Strachan will work on in his new post will be Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker, which opens at The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on 9 December.
Europe - In anticipation of Brexit, ADJ has re-assigned two of its key personnel to continue the company’s growth in the UK and mainland Europe. Kris Dawber will take on the role of UK and Ireland sales manager while Sebastian Mobers will move into the position of EU sales manager.
ADJ Europe recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and the company’s European arm is a significant part of its global business with showrooms at Kerkrade in the Netherlands and Greater Manchester in the UK.
Having worked for ADJ in Europe for almost 15 years, Sebastian Mobers is an integral and highly valued member of the team. Having most recently served as the company’s European purchasing manager, before previously gained valuable experience in the sales department, he will take on the role of EU sales manager. This role will involve supporting and overseeing ADJ’s regional sales team throughout Europe.
Meanwhile, Kris Dawber, who has been with the company for 11 years and previously held the position of European sales manager, will re-focus his efforts on the UK and Ireland. Having played a pivotal role in establishing ADJ in the UK, he is best placed to ensure that the company retains its strong market position and continues to give excellent support it its customers, both new and established, following the UK’s departure from the EU.
Commenting of the redeployment, president of the ADJ Group of Companies Toby Velazquez said, “The UK is an important market for ADJ and we want to make sure that it is well supported during these uncertain times surro
USA - Tomcat USA has appointed Carmen Savarese as a sales & marketing director.
Carmen has served as global business developer and chief operating officer during her 11 years in the entertainment industry and will use this experience to grow and expand the Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering truss brands in the Americas and internationally.
She will add “a new, dynamic element to the already well established and successful Tomcat and JTE teams”, says the company.
USA - John Castelino has been appointed vice-president of global marketing at Chauvet. In his new position, Castelino will be responsible for Chauvet’s entire brand portfolio which includes Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ, Iluminarc, Trusst and ChamSys.
Castelino joins Chauvet after a distinguished career at Stanley Black & Decker, where he served as vice-president of product management and marketing. During his time at Stanley Black & Decker, Castelino led some of the company’s largest brand portfolios such as DEWALT and Mac Tools.
“John’s experience, leadership and passion for brand building make him a valuable addition to our management team,” said Berenice Chauvet, shareholder and senior advisor to Chauvet. “We have built Chauvet into a leading and trusted name in the entertainment and architectural lighting industries. The insights and expertise that John brings to the table will help us take our company to the next level.”
Castelino will report directly to Chauvet CEO Albert Chauvet, who commented: “There is a great fit between John and our entire management team,” said Chauvet. “We share a common vision for this company’s future. John has the judgement, skill set and ideas that can help us turn our shared vision into a reality.”
For his part, Castelino comments, “I am thrilled to join Chauvet and work with a visionary CEO in a fast paced, dynamic industry. Chauvet’s commitment to being a leader, our customer-centric approach, and our commitment to new product development are great combination.”
USA - High End Systems has announced the addition of three new employees. Terry Heisler is joining as West Coast regional sales manager and Clint Wingrove has signed on as south eastern regional sales manager. In HES Engineering, Ian Clarke has become a R&D product development manager.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Terry Heisler was on the touring circuit for many years before starting a lighting design company in Canada. After moving to Chicago in 2007, Terry has combined design, management and sales with such companies as Lightswitch, ILC and VER. He comments, “I started my design and programming career using High End fixtures and Hog desks. The product line is now stronger than ever, and I’m very excited to be working with such great people at HES/ETC.”
Clint Wingrove worked as sales manager for Oasis Stage Werks and lighting consultant for Utah Jazz before joining PSLP Inc. in 2010 as South Central States representative. Clint says: “I believe High End Systems’ lighting and control products are unparalleled in the industry, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this team. I look forward to supporting our existing dealer base and introducing new customers to our product lines.”
Ian Clarke brings over 30 years of industry experience, including touring, electronic design and development, product development and project management. For many years he worked with Light & Sound Design, PRG and his own firm Clark Projects Ltd. Ian says: “I am excited to be joining High End Systems for this new chapter, and look forward t
UK - JHS has announced the appointment of Jack Irish to the position of pro audio area sales manager for southern UK and Ireland.
Joining JHS after a short sojourn outside of the industry, following on from his six years as an ASM with Lamba PLC, Jack says of the appointment: “I am incredibly excited and proud to be working with JHS. Being part of the team here will be a pleasure, because they have so many respected brands that encompass an array of innovative and high-quality products that can cater for almost everyone. I am very passionate about the industry and am looking forward to meeting with both old and new customers.”
JHS managing sirector Dennis Drumm adds: “We’re looking forward to Jack joining the company very much. With a well-deserved reputation for excellence and a well-grounded knowledge of the industry and customer base, Jack will really hit the ground running.”
After an initial induction phase, which will include a trip to HK Audio in Germany where he will get a chance to see the manufacturing and distribution facilities and spend some time at head office familiarising himself with the JHS organisation.
USA - ADJ Products has announced two new appointments to its growing network of sales associates within the United States. The first appointment is that of Aldridge Marketing, a manufacturer’s representative firm located in Austin, Texas. Since 1992, Randall Aldridge and the Aldridge Marketing team have represented AV and MI manufacturers in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Effective 1 November 1, 2017, Aldridge Marketing will represent ADJ Products (ADJ Lighting, American Audio, Accu-Cable and Accu-Case) throughout their territory.
“We are very excited to welcome Randall and his team at Aldridge Marketing to the ADJ family,” said Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager of ADJ USA. “Aldridge Marketing’s expertise is exactly what we were looking for to represent ADJ’s growing range of professional lighting and video products for installation, rental and production.” Randall added, “It’s great to be working with the company that pioneered the affordable entertainment lighting category.”
ADJ Products has also announced the appointment of Tom Freret as regional sales manager representing all ADJ brands for the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions encompassing Washmington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Tom’s duties will entail working directly with ADJ dealers in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Plus, he will work with ADJ’s rep firm, Audio Source, in the Pacific Northwest.
Tom has over 33 years of experience in the entertainment lighting and audio industry in re