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marion-wsPPDS appoints Marion Chaignon in EMEA role
Friday, 20 November 2020

The Netherlands - PPDS has announced the appointment of marketing specialist, Marion Chaignon, as its new marketing campaign manager, EMEA.
Part of PPDS’ continued recruitment and team strengthening across the European business, Marion brings a wealth of marketing experience to this important role, having executed major campaigns for some of the world’s most recognised technology brands, including Samsung Electronics, Asus, Nikon, HP, Lenovo and Logitech during her flourishing 12-year career.
Bilingual in French and English, and university-educated in business and business marketing, Marion joins PPDS from Red Pimiento, where she spent almost six years under various EMEA roles, including account director, project director and team manager.
Her roles have providing extensive marketing experience in promoting a wide range of specific industries, including retail, hospitality, corporate and healthcare - all key focus areas for the Philips pro TV and digital signage ranges - and Marion will soon be visiting the firm’s dedicated European training facility in Gent to get a deeper understanding of all current and future products in the portfolio.
Working out of PPDS’ global head office in Amsterdam, Marion reports to marketing director, Ron Cottaar, who hailed her experience as a “perfect addition” to help execute the manufacturer’s continued and ambitious growth plans and brand strategy, moving into 2020 and beyond.
“We’re delighted to welcome Marion to the team,” he comments. “She joins during an extremely busy peri

joe-adamsin-memoriamElation Professional mourns Joe Adams
Thursday, 19 November 2020

USA - Elation Professional and the ADJ Group of Companies have announced the sudden passing of friend and colleague Joe Adams on Saturday, 14 November.
One of Joe’s most deeply held beliefs was that he was better because of the people he served. Joe’s family shares: “It doesn’t matter if you are the owner, stagehand, or the repair technician in the back, each of you had a lasting impact on Joe. You were never his dealers, his clients, or his work. You were friends and family; never a chore, obligation, or dollar sign.”
Adams, 53, worked as a regional sales rep for Elation Professional from 2017. He began in the lighting industry in 1998 with his own company as an American DJ dealer and came to the Elation family from manufacturers rep firm PSLP. Most recently, he operated his own firm Epic Pro Sales. In total, he represented the ADJ Group of Companies’ products for over 20 years.
“On behalf of Elation Professional and everyone at the ADJ Group of Companies, we express our sincerest condolences to the Adams family as we keep his wife Kim and their three children in our thoughts and prayers,” said Eric Loader, Elation director of sales & marketing.
“Like so many others, we are heartbroken. Joe was a positive, genuinely kind-hearted person and a much-loved member of the Elation and ADJ family. Joe had a passion for life and work that was infectious and inspiring and he always found something to smile about. He was a true beacon of light in life and in our industry and he will be sorely missed. We are thankful for the time w

 
 
amanda-speight-and-david-clews-of-cfe-lighting-ltdStrong trading spurs CFE Lighting appointments
Wednesday, 18 November 2020

UK - Lancashire-based LED lighting manufacturer CFE Lighting has made two senior appointments to its team, as it looks to build on a strong trading performance over the last 12 months.
The company, which specialises in bespoke LED luminaires and lighting solutions for the commercial, industrial, and public sectors, has appointed Amanda Speight to the newly created role of national business development manager. David Clews has joined the business in the split role of general manager and North West area sales manager, with both recruits based at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Barrowford.
Both Amanda and David are industry veterans, with more than 60 years’ experience between them operating within the lighting sector.
In her new role, Amanda manages a four-strong sales team and is responsible for generating and securing new business, managing key accounts, and driving product development and innovation. She brings 35 years’ experience to the role, having started out running the family business, Speights Lighting, before taking on senior industry roles at retailer Harrison Lighting and manufacturer Powerlite Fitzgerald.
David has operated within the lighting industry for 31 years at a number of manufacturers. In his new role, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business and for developing and expanding the company’s product portfolio and securing new business in the North West, working closely with Amanda.
The appointments have been made as the business looks to build on double-digit growth over the last

 
esta-logoESTA announces 2020 board of directors
Thursday, 12 November 2020

USA - Elections for the ESTA board of directors concluded at midnight on Saturday, 31 October. An outstanding number of ballots were submitted this year, the organisation reports.
There were four positions up for election to the board. Tracey Cosgrove will fill the office of vice president; Elmer Veith of Reliable Design Services will serve as secretary; Evan Williams of Riverview Systems Group is the new production services director, and Mark Wofford of PC&E was elected to serve as rental company director. All will begin their three-year term of office on 1 January 2021.
ESTA and its members wish to thank outgoing board members Orestes Mihaly (PRG) and John Cini (High Output) for their dedicated service.

 
 
mikeRemembering Mike Jefferies
Wednesday, 4 November 2020

UK - Former BBC lighting director and STLD chair (1993 - 1995) Mike Jefferies passed away last month aged 86. Jefferies’ work in broadcast lighting spanned the 1970s and 1990s on shows such as EastEnders, Doctor Who, Citizen Smith, Ever Decreasing Circles, Rings on Their Fingers, Top of the Pops, and many others.
Tom Warden of IPS, a friend and former neighbour of Jefferies, said of the late LD: “Mike was a real gentleman, and always fascinating to talk to, full of stories of the productions he had worked on over the years and the places he’d been. I’m sure there will be lots of people who’ll remember some of the many productions he was involved in with the BBC, and it would have been great to have worked alongside him.
He continues: “Mike had a very happy retirement travelling round the world with his wife Monnie, and never lost his fascination with lighting. He was supportive as I started to get more involved in the live events side of lighting, although over time I gradually realised he was less interested in the technology and mechanics of lighting, but the shapes and form created with light and shadows, even in everyday scenes, and his real appreciation for the artistic qualities of light - and of course, a good glass of wine over which to discuss everything. He will be greatly missed as a friend, neighbour, husband, father, traveller and so much more.”

 
keith10K Used Gear’s Keith Dale passes
Wednesday, 4 November 2020

UK - 10K Used Gear has announced the passing of co-founder Keith Dale who lost his battle with cancer on 29 October. He was 61.
Dale began his career as a lighting designer in the early 1980s working for bands such as Haircut 100, Culture Club and mostly for Joe Jackson with whom he kept in touch with until the end. Keith then joined forces with Tim Bridle, Andy Reed, and Matt Deakin to form Celco, a leading force in lighting control in the 1980s.
“I guess it must have been late 1980 or early ‘81 when Keith first came to our shop in Surbiton to show us his new lighting console,” said John Lethbridge whose company Cerebrum Lighting was Celco’s distributor back in the day. “I cannot remember if it was the prototype Gamma 300D or an earlier desk with a pin matrix, but I do know that the first time we showed the Gamma 300D was at Showlight ‘81 at The Barbican, London.
“Keith was a guy always ahead of the curve when it came to technology. He was the first LD I saw use colour semaphore units on a rock show with Joe Jackson. He was also the first person to introduce me to email, as that was how we kept in touch when he was on a world tour.
“In the early days, we made the mistake of focussing too much on the rental houses. It was Keith who was the person to recognise that we should be targeting the top lighting designers, rather than the rental houses. Our big break came when we went to visit ex-Yes lighting designer, Michael Tait at his Tait Towers rehearsal studios in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Michael was a former console designer himsel

 
 
macjohnson-headshotMac Johnson joins Point Source Audio
Tuesday, 3 November 2020

USA - Point Source Audio has named Mac Johnson as its market development manager. Previously, Johnson toured as a production sound engineer on a variety of Broadway productions, as well as working as a sound designer for theatrical productions, music festivals and corporate events.
With 30 years of experience in the professional audio industry, Johnson understands where the sound starts and how to capture it. As well as being a mixer and designer, he is also a performer and knows how microphones are an extension of an artist’s instrument. Prior to joining Point Source Audio, Johnson was the managing partner of an event production company in Charleston, SC and became an integral part of Meyer Sound’s team in 2007, where he spent 13 years working in various roles across multiple departments, markets segments and all sales regions.
Having championed Point Source Audio’s new AVIXA CTS training Johnson will be working closely with all of the company’s clients to support them in education and development of new markets for Point Source Audio.
“Having had extensive experience as a production manager, sound designer and FOH engineer, it is a privilege to have Mac join the team,” comments Point Source Audio’s president, James Lamb. “He is proving himself to be a great asset by providing our customers with targeted training courses, including our recently developed MIKE’s Academy, and I’m positive he will continue to develop lasting relationships with our clients and deliver effective marketing strategies in this important role.”

 
spizzolite-1536x1024DAS Audio of America appoints VP of sales
Tuesday, 3 November 2020

USA - DAS Audio of America has announced the appointment of Scott Pizzo to the position of vice-president of sales - professional audio, North America. Pizzo started with DAS Audio in September and is stationed in Peabody, MA.
Pizzo brings considerable experience to his position at DAS Audio. Most recently, he was with Harman Professional Solutions, where he served as national sales manager, production audio. Prior to this, Pizzo was a regional sales manager for L-Acoustics US of Westlake Village, California. He has also worked at EAW and Renkus-Heinz.
“Throughout my career in pro audio, I have been keenly aware of DAS Audio and its reputation as a manufacturer of innovative solutions for performers, installers, and audio technicians, says Pizzo. “The company has a solid reputation for its well-designed, sonically superior, and reliable loudspeaker systems that enhance music reproduction and speech intelligibility.”
Jaime Villegas, general manager at DAS Audio of Americaadds, adds: “Scott brings a rich set of skills and experience to our company and I have every confidence in his ability to make a significant contribution to our efforts. All of us at DAS Audio welcome him aboard.”

 
 
3lr3LR widens portfolio, strengthens team
Tuesday, 3 November 2020

UK - ETC representative organisation 3LR Lighting has added broadcast, film and TV lighting and control to its portfolio as the exclusive ‘rep agency’ for ETC in the UK and Ireland.
Jeremy Roberts, regional sales manager for the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa comments, “It is great to have 3LR supporting the broadcast sector for ETC and especially well-timed as we have recently released our innovative new studio line of fixtures – fos/4. The new Fresnel and Panel lights are designed specifically for the broadcast market with their unique eight-colour LED mix and intense brightness.”
The addition of broadcast lighting and control complements 3LR’s work in the growth of ETC’s architectural product lines. 3LR acts as an additional resource to ETC’s dealer network, bringing its expertise in the field to progress the company’s studio and architectural products in the market.
As part of this extension into a wider market, 3LR Lighting has announced the appointments of experienced industry figures Barry Grubb and Sean O’Callaghan.
Barry Grubb joins 3LR as business development manager for broadcast, television and film lighting. In a 25 year career, Barry has worked with some of the biggest names in the imaging industry both in the UK and overseas, and has forged lasting relationships with stakeholders at all levels. He has contributed to a host of large productions and delivered a wide range of theatre and broadcast solutions with leading brands.
Sean O’Callaghan takes up the post of business development manager for architectur

 
jon-rhodesTIG appoints UC European sales director
Thursday, 29 October 2020

UK - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has appointed Jon Rhodes as its new European sales director of unified communications.
Leading TIG's team of UC sales professionals and focussing on the Enterprise product range from Crestron, Jon will be responsible for growing the UC division. The appointment comes as TIG increases its focus on being able to provide a consistent unified user interface and user experience across multiple devices and media types.
On his appointment, TIG CEO Robin van Meeuwen comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Jon to lead our growing team of unified communications specialists. Having worked in the UC and video communications industry for over 20 years, his knowledge of the sector is second-to-none and he demonstrates a range of important skills such as business development, impressive solution selling and fantastic leadership.
“It is amazing to see the rapid growth in remote working that we have experienced recently, and Jon's appointment reflects TIG's commitment to providing any-size business with the right UC and AV expertise when embarking on their digital transformation journey."
Jon adds: “We are living in difficult times and it is rewarding to see UC technology helping businesses of all sizes remain efficient, even in the face of such adversity.”

 
 
neil-williamsAll change at Baldwin Boxall accounts
Wednesday, 28 October 2020

UK - Baldwin Boxall’s finance director Neil Williams will retire his post at the end of October, leaving the accounts department in the hands of Richard Frost, the company’s new financial controller.
Speaking of his time at Baldwin Boxall, Williams says: “I’ve had 13 wonderful years with Baldwin Boxall and served the last eight of those as a director. I am proud to have been a part of the company’s success which could never have been achieved without the hard work, loyalty and dedication of our workforce. Without them none of our success would have been possible. Baldwin Boxall has always been a family orientated company and it has been a pleasure to work in that environment; thank you to everyone at Baldwin Boxall for 13 wonderful years.”
He adds: “Joining Baldwin Boxall was the best day’s work I ever did. I leave knowing that I have left the company in a strong position and, in the very safe and capable hands of Richard Frost who will continue the financial function. We are very lucky to have recruited this young man.”
Frost joins the team from a local fastener distributor where he worked as financial controller for a number of years. “Despite incredibly tough conditions recently due to the impact of COVID-19, the business continues to exceed expectations,” he says. “I am delighted to have joined the team and am excited to play my part in leading the business to the other side of this pandemic and help achieve our goals.”
Nick Baldwin, sales & marketing director comments: “We will miss Neil greatly and wish hi

 
ctuk-team-changes-pr-imageManagement changes at Creative Technology UK
Wednesday, 28 October 2020

UK - Creative Technology (CT) has introduced some changes to its UK senior management structure that have been in development for a few years.
Nick Askew is stepping into the role of head of corporate events and will have overall responsibility for CT UK’s corporate projects.
Matt Eve is the new commercial director, focusing on the development and alignment of sales and marketing across CT.
Dan Burgess has moved into the creative services division as head of creative services and Will Case is taking on the role of director of innovation, continuing to develop strategies and techniques that bring our client’s ideas closer to our services and technology.
“We are pleased to see on-site event work picking up in selected markets as well as virtual and remote production that we moved into heavily over the spring and summer continuing to progress,” says Mark Elliott, managing director CT UK. “Some really hard and challenging work has been done here over the past months where our ability to innovate and offer new solutions has been accelerated to accommodate a quickly evolving and ever-changing landscape.”

 
 
jack-dowd-7thsense-design7thSense promotes Dowd to Delta role
Tuesday, 27 October 2020

UK - 7thSense has promoted Jack Dowd to the position of product manager of the Delta Media Server range.
After joining the company in 2013 as systems engineer within the production department, Jack was promoted to technical sales and systems engineer as a key member of the 7thSense sales team in 2019 - providing technical support to customers, as well as the commissioning of systems on-site.
“Jack’s promotion is incredibly well-deserved, and a reflection of his vast understanding of, and contribution to, our Delta Media Server line of products,” notes Richard Brown, 7thSense CTO. “Jack has been instrumental in the development of new product features over the years, ensuring that our customers always receive the highest standard of service and support. We look forward to the next chapter with him as a new member of our expanding product management team.”
Dowd comments: “This is a hugely exciting time for the company as we prepare for a new chapter of expansion and product development. Delta Media Server has a global reputation as a leading technology of its kind, and I look forward to being on the front line as we introduce new features, product variations, hardware specifications and much more to our customers.”

 
RZI Lighting appoints operations manager
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

USA - New Orleans-based RZI Lighting has announced Kimberly Wytcherly as its new operations manager.
Wytcherly previously worked as a team leader in operations for a thriving production company in Louisiana. She brings with her years of production experience that helps RZI Lighting to provide to the needs of its customers. “We are happy to have her on our staff and we look forward to the contributions she will bring to RZI Lighting.”
Sayas RZI, “RZI Lighting was founded in 1999. Since its inception, we have strived to provide the best service and equipment to our customers. We have clients nationwide which are mainly production companies, churches, theatrical and sports venues, construction, and electrical companies. We focus on lighting sales, rentals, fixture repairs, labour crews, and venue installations.”

 
 
atlonadavidshamirExpanded role for David Shamir at Atlona
Friday, 16 October 2020

USA - Atlona has promoted David Shamir to VP of product management. Reporting to Atlona co-founder and CEO Ilya Khayn, Shamir will continue to lead the company’s product strategy while expanding his responsibilities to oversee engineering and product development.
“Our industry was already very dynamic and constantly changing, but the pandemic has accelerated many existing trends while making AV more critical in environments such as small and home offices,” said Shamir. “With Covid-19, things are changing by the minute, making it challenging to accurately predict how the AV market will evolve. We will stay as nimble as possible to address our customers’ changing needs, while offering flexible solutions that help them adapt to world conditions and whatever their ‘new normal’ becomes.”
Shamir notes that the agility of Atlona’s solutions is strengthened by its leadership in the convergence of AV and IT, a hallmark that he intends to continue. “One of our core philosophies is ‘AV built for IT,’” he explained. “As remote learning, work-at-home, and hybrid working models become more prevalent, IT infrastructure is even more important for keeping everyone connected. We are crafting our products and roadmap with IT managers’ challenges in mind, while helping dealers and systems integrators efficiently meet customer needs.”
“David’s insight, experience and process implementation have been major factors in Atlona’s growth and innovation over the past five years,” said CEO Khayn. “We look forward to his expanded leaders

 
omarprashadSolotech appoints sales director, Ontario
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Canada - Solotech has announced the appointment of Omar Prashad as sales director, Ontario.
Prashad will be responsible of the leadership of the sales teams (Toronto and Ottawa offices), with the objective of establishing Solotech’s business position and growing revenue and market share in the province. He will oversee the development of key existing accounts in the live performance and entertainment sectors, while ensuring a strong diversification strategy to penetrate high-promising market segments such as corporate and education.
With over 15 years of experience in the systems integration business, namely at Westbury National, Advanced Presentation Solutions and DuoCom Canada, Omar Prashad has a strong background in managing and motivating sales teams, financial management and strategic planning initiatives.
“Omar’s proven vision and sales development curriculum make him an exceptional asset for our company. We are all looking forward to benefiting from his in-depth knowledge of the business and his vast expertise in systems integration. We are confident that he will help bring a new dynamic to our business and generate growth across Ontario”, said Philip Giffard, president, sales and systems integration division

 
 
prolightsFerraz joins Prolights as marketing manager
Monday, 12 October 2020

Italy - Prolights has appointed David Ferraz to the position of marketing manager. David began his career at White Light in the UK after graduating in Live Events Technology from the University of South Wales. He later spent five years at Wireless Solution Sweden as their international business development manager, leading up distribution and marketing for the Swedish manufacturer.
In his new role, David will oversee new marketing strategies and business intelligence, and support the sales development team to open new opportunities for the rapidly expanding company. His technical background will allow him to tailor the marketing strategies to reach and communicate with the users more effectively.
“I have worked in different areas of the entertainment lighting market - my career started in technical support and then worked in business development, and I now have the opportunity to solidify the company's international presence and how it communicates with users” said Ferraz, reflecting on his new role.
Fabio Sorabella, Prolights' MD, commented: "I look forward to have David's expertise in digital marketing up and running, as we grow into different sectors of the industry. Our young and dynamic team welcomes David, who will fit perfectly with us."

 
brad-nelmsBrad Nelms joins Solotech Las Vegas office
Tuesday, 6 October 2020

USA - Rod Sintow, vice-president, Solotech sales and systems integration division, has announced the appointment of Brad Nelms as sales director of Solotech's Las Vegas office.
Nelms will be responsible for the leadership of the Las Vegas sales team, with the objective of establishing Solotech’s business position and growing revenue and market share in the region. He will oversee the development of key existing accounts in the live performance and entertainment sectors, while ensuring a strong diversification strategy to penetrate other high-promising market segments.
With over 15 years’ experience in sales management and operations, namely at ACT Lighting, VER and 4Wall Entertainment, Brad Nelms has considerable customer service skills and a strong background in personnel management, training and organisational development.
“Brad’s certifications and qualifications make him an excellent asset for our company. We are all looking forward to benefiting from his knowledge of the business and strong background in the entertainment technology industry”, said Sintow.

 
 
markbrunnerschmittPAMA pays tribute to Mark Brunner
Monday, 5 October 2020

USA - The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) is mourning the loss of long-time Shure executive Mark Brunner. A former president of PAMA from 2011/13, Brunner was also a key member of PAMA’s marketing and retreat planning committees, where he lent an important and consistent voice to the strategic planning and implementation of various PAMA activities.
Brunner joined Shure in 1989 and during his tenure held several key positions, including Director of Advertising and managing director of the Musical Instrument and Touring Sound business unit. Most recently, Brunner was the vice president of global corporate & government relations, where he worked on numerous industry issues including the FCC rules for wireless device operation/frequency spectrum allocation and lobbied to protect the pro AV market sector.
Additionally, he was a prominent member of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Manufacturers Council, where he frequently shared his views on legislative wireless white space and broadband issues as well as other related industry topics.
On behalf of PAMA, Greg Beebe, chair of the board of directors, states: “With the passing of Mark Brunner, we have surely lost one of the leading and most impassioned and valued voices of our industry. Mark always had a remarkably positive attitude. He was a mentor, a sounding board, an advocate of best practices, a good friend and generous supporter to all who knew him. He was the voice of reason and truly made a difference. Our loss is shared by the entire music community, as

 
quartetSenior promotions announced at Meyer Sound
Monday, 5 October 2020

USA - Meyer Sound has announced the promotion of four key staff, assigning each a broader scope of responsibilities to ‘streamline internal communications, increase operational efficiencies and accelerate the timelines from product planning to R&D through product development and global marketing’.
Tim Boot has been appointed director of global marketing, a new position that entails overall responsibility for product management, marketing, communications and education on a worldwide basis. Boot joined Meyer Sound in 2015 and has served in high-level sales, marketing and technology development roles, most recently as global brand manager.
John McMahon has been promoted to senior vice president. In his expanded role, McMahon assumes a full range of company-wide executive responsibilities while working closely with Meyer Sound’s executive team and company founders, president and CEO John Meyer and executive vice president Helen Meyer.
Marc Chutczer has moved up to the post of vice president of R&D, assuming coordinated leadership of all Meyer Sound R&D teams working on all technology platforms, including loudspeakers as well as digital systems. His prior position was vice president of digital programme management.
Mike Ulrich has been appointed Meyer Sound’s new vice president of operations, taking charge of all aspects of manufacturing, purchasing, quality control and test engineering. With Meyer Sound since 2014, Ulrich has broad experience in both engineering and new product development.
“At Meyer Sound we anticipate

 
 
michaelmuellerIn memoriam: Lawo’s Michael Mueller
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

USA - Lawo North America has announced the passing of VP of sales Michael Mueller.
“We mourn the premature passing of our colleague, team member, and friend, Michael Mueller (66); a truly unique colleague, with whom we at Lawo had the pleasure to work together for more than a decade,” says the company in a statement. “He passed away after a brief, yet severe illness on Saturday, 26 September, 2020 amid his loved ones.
“Michael Mueller brought a wealth of experience to his positions as US sales and marketing manager, and later as vice-president of sales, with Lawo North America. After his initial sales position with Audio Techniques of Stamford, CT in the mid to late 1980‘s, Mueller went on to assume positions with Scharff Weisberg Associates, Siemens Audio Inc. /AMS-Neve, Inc., Solid State Logic, and Fairlight USA. Prior to joining Lawo North America, he was vice-president, sales and marketing for MediaGear, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA.
“In his capacity with Lawo North America, Mueller was responsible for the further development of the Lawo brand identity throughout the United States and was also charged with increasing sales of the company’s numerous products.
“Michael joined the company in 2008 when the Lawo brand was hardly known in North America. Michael’s incredible passion, hard work, dedication, positive attitude and pure likeability, are among the reasons that the company today enjoys such widespread success and reputation in this part of the world.
“Known for his witty sense of humor and kind-hearted personality

 
dave-croxton-webKV2 announces the passing of David Croxton
Friday, 18 September 2020

UK - KV2 Audio has announced the sudden passing of their sales director David Croxton.
The company says in a statement:
"It is with the deepest and most sincere regret that we have to announce the shocking and unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague David Croxton as the result of a fatal accident. He was 59.
"David joined the family of KV2 Audio in 2011, to fulfil a new Sales Director role within Asia Pacific, but initially as a curious non-believer of the technologies and theories of our founder and developer, George Krampera Snr.
"As was typical of David, he soon discovered through deep thought, questioning and actual operating of systems that he could not only understand and accept what was being proposed, but provide essential and additional complements with his quiet considered approach, linked to a deep well of knowledge and advice, usually delivered with his inimitable dry wit. Once on board he rapidly became the fiercest proponent of the company’s outlook and presentation.
"His determination, energy and endeavours were certainly a part of the company’s success throughout the world.
"Having worked in the audio industry throughout his career, David’s knowledge of touring systems and studio production recording coupled with his experience of having run a successful distribution business in his Australian homeland, provided unparalleled access to unique insights and knowledge to those involved with him throughout his work - insights and knowledge that will now be greatly missed.
"His passing has left b

 
 
paul-taylortnUnusual’s Paul Taylor passes away
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

UK - Unusual Rigging has shared the sad news that electrical and design engineer Paul Taylor - known affectionately as PT - lost his battle with cancer on 17th August 2020. He was 64.
A statement from Robin Elias on the company’s blog reads: “PT started his ‘Unusual years’ in March 1988. He joined the company because he felt that as he was now a family man, he should have a quiet 9-5 job! It did not quite turn out like that. He soon became one of the foundation stones of the company. PT was a pioneer in the field of automation and quickly established his position as our Electrics & Automation Guru.”
Elias continues: “He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Theatre and Automation and was happy to pass on his knowledge and expertise. In an atmosphere of impossible deadlines and challenging problems, none of us can remember PT ever raising his voice. He retained a serene disposition and a dry sense of humour.”
“During the 2012 Olympics, PT spent his time raising the flags for the swimming event medallists. People would ask him the daftest questions. One day he gave into his dry wit and advised someone who had asked what the big red button was for (the emergency stop), that it was to empty the pool if any of the swimmers were in distress. Satisfied that they now had insider knowledge they wandered off happily.”
“One project PT was particularly proud of involved programming and operating the automation desk for New York aerial choreographer Elizabeth Streb, for the cultural events leading up to the 2012 Olympics. He managed, a

 
danleyskipwelchDanley’s Welch adds marketing role
Monday, 7 September 2020

USA - Danley Sound Labs has announced that Skip Welch, currently director of sales, will take on additional responsibilities as head of marketing. Welch’s new combined title will be director of sales & marketing.
“Skip spent his first seven years at Danley in the roles of Eastern regional manager and national sales manager,” said Jeff Pulliam, general manager at Danley Sound Labs. “He knows the audio industry inside and out and understands the growing niche that Danley holds within it. That, together with his native marketing sense and artistic abilities, make Skip the perfect person for the new role of director of sales & marketing.”
Welch added, “Although the pro audio industry, like so many industries, is facing difficult times, Danley is looking to the future with new projects and innovative technologies. Our team is energised and excited! I look forward to assisting the team and to spreading the word that Danley’s solutions are a big win-win for integrators, clients, and anyone who loves great audio.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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