Peter Maddison has joined Performance Light & Sound as sales representative. Maddison has extensive industry experience, and has previously worked for companies such as Adam Hall. John Ridley, managing director of Performance Light & Sound, told PLASA Publishing that is looking forward to working with Peter and will take full advantage of his extensive industry knowledge.
Martin Professional UK's sales director David Faulkes is leaving the company to form his own distribution company, Miltec, which will concentrate on the distribution of audio and lighting products within the UK and Ireland. Faulkes told PLASA Publishing: "Over the past six years I have built up a strong relationship with many of the industry's key accounts. Having attended a number of International exhibitions, I believe there are a number of important product lines that have very little or no presence within the UK and Ireland."Miltec can be contacted at: Unit 1, Leddingford Farm, Darman Lane, Laddingford, Maidstone, Kent ME18 6BL.
Michael Kaiser, executive director of the Royal Opera House, has resigned. Kaiser, who has been in the job less than two years, plans to leave by June 2001 and return to America. He is the latest in a long line of executive directors to leave the Royal Opera House and his decision comes at a time when the House seems at last to be putting behind it the funding controversies and technical problems that dogged its reopening.
Lighting effects manufacturer Ryger Electronics has announced a management re-shuffle. Matthew Cano, who has been test engineer for four years, takes over the role of production manager from Andrew Eastwood who after nine years in the role, moves up to the position of general manager.
Bryan Raven, Mike Crossman, Richard Wilson and Dave Isherwood have been appointed to the Board of Directors of White Light (Electrics) Ltd. Bryan Raven and Dave Isherwood have also joined the Board of Directors of The Moving Light Company, the White Light Group's specialist automated lighting division. All four of the new Directors have been with White Light for more than a decade, with Bryan Raven currently occupying the position of general manager, Mike Crossman that of hire manager, Richard Wilson, operations manager and Dave Isherwood, manager of The Moving Light Company. They have been directly involved with White Light's on-going success, growth and expansion into new market areas over the last 10 years.
After six months in the US, Mads Hald is back at Seelite in Denmark. He will work both as a service technician and as the company's regular technician in the two big Copenhagen concert houses - Pumpehuset and Vega. Ole Helms Knudsen has also joined SeeLite as warehouse manager in Copenhagen and Jan Støiberg now takes over responsibility for all maintenance repairs and related tasks.
SNP Group, supplier of big screen technology and digital signage, has appointed Lee Masters as head of sales. He has gained broad experience managing sales teams into consumer-driven markets, most recently at Haymarket Exhibitions. He will now have initial responsibility at board level for the exhibition and events rental department at SNP, as well as strategic sales planning for the visual systems division.
A number of new faces have appeared at White Light's Fulham base in recent weeks. In the sales department, the latest recruit is Eleanor Strathie, who until recently was working at Northern Light in Edinburgh. From the other end of the country has come Mark Smith, formerly Stage Electrics in Exeter; both will fill the gap left by Mark Beasley, who has left White Light to become chief electrician at the Royal College of Music. White Light's hire team also has a new addition, Emma White. White Light North also has a new member of staff in Richard Kilburn, who recently joined the team.
Automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems today announced the departure of Grif Palmer, vice-president of sales, who has decided to pursue interests outside the lighting industry. High End Systems CEO Frank Gordon commented: "Grif's contributions to the company during the past five years have been immeasurable and we will miss him." Palmer will continue working at the corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas, until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition.
LMC Audio Systems has appointed Graham Allen to the newly-created position of head of sales and marketing (London). Graham has 10 years' industry experience and has worked for several major players including Behringer, Shuttlesound and more recently with Sysco. A further addition to LMC is Iain Gregory, a physics graduate from Birmingham University who has joined the London sales team.
TFL's sales team got a boost recently when Laura Robertson joined the company to fulfil the new role of sales assistant to Gary White. Robertson, who comes to TFL from Nomadic Displays, will spend the next six months familiarising herself with the TFL product range.
High End Systems' veteran sales representative Sean Hoey has been promoted to the position of sales manager for the US and Canada. Hoey has been employed with the automated lighting manufacturer at its Austin, Texas headquarters since 1991.
The latest recruit to Orbital is Andy Robinson, who has joined the company as head of production engineering. Robinson has many years experience of sound systems in live events and has spent the last three years touring with Michael Flatley and Lord of the Dance, in both sound and management roles. Production engineering is the vital interface between a designer and a working sound system and his appointment reflects Orbital's increased commitment in this area.
Selecon has demonstrated its commitment to the UK and European markets, with three appointments in the sales and marketing division of its UK operation. Following 11 years with Hawthorn Theatrical, Nick Gale has joined the company as sales manager for Selecon UK, where he will be responsible for dealer liaison, training and managing the client base. Selecon UK marketing consultant, Michael Goldberg, has seen his role broadened to sales and marketing director for Europe. Overseeing the general policy for Europe, the move also allows Michael to continue to act as a freelance consultant to other companies within the industry. A third member of staff, Lorna Parsons joins the Selecon team from Theatre Vision. Working for Zero88, (which provides Selecon UK logistics out of Wales), she will serve the Selecon customer base from the Wales office.
PLASA Publishing has learnt that John Jeffcoat died of a heart attack on Sunday June 4th. Jeffcoat was one of the industry's more colourful characters and had a long career in this industry. In the seventies he founded Meteor Illusion with Tony Gottelier, and then later established another distribution company - Son et Lumiere - before joining Optikinetics in the mid eighties as director of export sales. He stayed with the company five years before moving out of the industry to run his own hotel business. He later returned to the industry working first with the Multiform Technology Group and then subsequently setting up his own company - Yes - which distributed tiny smoke machines.
Celestion's Professional Systems division continues to expand, with the addition of two new sales people. Mark Pearcy is taking over responsibility for system sales in the South of England. Previously working with his BSc in Software Engineering at a large manufacturer of IT hardware, Pearcy joined Celestion because of his personal interests: he has a home recording studio and is a semi-pro club DJ. His brief is to develop closer business links with the current network of retailers and installers, and to expand that network within the installation sector. Also new to the company, David Jackson is now handling export sales to Europe, South Africa and Israel. Jackson originally trained as an accountant, but a keen interest in the entertainment business led him on to the sales team of Martin Professional, where he specialised in the club market and later, the live music sector.
As part of Stagetec's expansion programme, the company has recently appointed Mick Cocker as Compulite product manager for the UK market and Peter Humber as sales executive. Cocker has over 18 years experience in all areas of the entertainment industry, most notably with Celco, Avolites and most recently with ADB. He will be developing new and existing markets for the full Compulite range of products and enhancing the existing UK dealer network. Humber has been involved with the music industry throughout his life both in the domestic audio market and more recently as general manager of a professional sound and lighting company based on the Isle of Wight.
TMB Associates has appointed Stephanie Algarin to the newly-created position of marketing administrator. Stephanie will be working with TMB's marketing director, David Downey, to further promote TMB's products and services. For the past six years, Stephanie has been manager of Decasource Inc, a studio lighting rental, manufacturing and software company based in Hollywood. She was responsible for all operational and marketing aspects of the company.
Ivan Myles has been appointed general manager of UK Trading at Strand Lighting. He will report to Horst Eickmann, general manager of European Trading. Myles has been with Strand for many years and his knowledge and experience will allow the company to concentrate on sales in the UK, whilst co-ordinating European service and training operations.
Marantz Professional has made two important new appointments at its European Head Office at Longford, Middlesex. Russell Wiles joins the company as UK sales representative from TEAC UK, where he was southern sales manager for the Tascam products, while David Atkinson joins the company in the position of sales support from the world of pro audio editorial, as the former product editor at MI Pro magazine.
Barry Rackover has joined PRG as vice president of Lighting, Michigan, and will oversee all operations in business development, sales management, production and customer service. He brings with him over 20 years of production and sales experience, having worked with an impressive number of clients and supervised production for automobile shows and dealer announcements around the world. Prior to that, he worked extensively on live shows with such notables as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Madonna, Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.
TC Electronic has appointed Stephan Israël as new international marketing manager. Israël has been involved with the UK audio business for the last 10 years, and has had responsibility for UK sales and marketing since January 1999. He will take up his new role at the TC Headquarter in Denmark from August 1st 2000. Present international marketing manager, Kenneth Ersgard, has decided to seek new challenges outside the audio business after three and a half successful years at TC and will leave his current position on June 15th.
Audio Design Services' sales director, Bill Mackie, has left the company to join forces with Italian PA equipment manufacturer, Paso SpA. The move follows Paso's recent decision to enter the UK market direct, and Mackie will take on the role of general manager. Paso was previously distributed in the UK by Audio Design Services.
Tony Beresford is to leave Stageline UK at the end of May to take up a position with a marketing and advertising company in its shows and exhibitions department as a project manager. Jon Slater of Pit Stop Barriers will take over Beresford's role.