What is your new position, and what does it entail?
Jonathan “JP” Parker: In my new role as director of global sales and marketing, I will focus on global expansion of the Danley brand and business development into new market segments for our company, including product offerings in touring sound, studio recording, home theater, luxury cinema and safety warning systems divisions.
How has your background prepared you for your new role?
I have been very fortunate to have held a variety of positions over the last 30-plus years in domestic and international sales and marketing management, product management, front line sales, general management and procurement. Working for both small and large corporations (Aviom, ASPI, Harman, Bose, Martin Audio and others) has helped sharpen my understanding of how all the important pieces of a business must fit together to work effectively.
What new marketing initiatives are we likely to see from the company?
There will be an emphasis on bolstering our brand awareness to the markets we serve, especially at the user level.
Short-term, our goal is to provide the best support possible for our customers, providing education, design support, and getting them the best solution for their projects. We have doubled our support staff to accomplish this. Long-term, my goal is to expand production overseas so we can provide faster turnaround and reduce some of the absorptive costs of shipping by air and sea to our international distribution.
What is the greatest challenge you face?
One of our biggest challenges is to get resellers and customers to open their minds to our technology and take the leap forward to a different and very viable approach! We are all human and become comfortable using the same things over and over that we know will work, even when there might be a better solution.
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Group One Ltd., the Long Island, NY-based U.S. distributor for Avolites, Calrec, DiGiCo, KLANG, Solid State Logic and several other professional audio and lighting manufacturers, has promoted Trisha Matulewicz to the newly created position of chief financial officer. Matulewicz’s previous role was financial controller, a position she had held since joining the company nearly two years ago. Before coming to Group One, she served as the vice president of finance at NYC-based Medical Knowledge Group, a professional services organization specializing in medical communications, healthcare consulting and data analytics. Prior to that, Matulewicz spent time in public accounting, where she managed audits of hedge funds, broker dealers and 401(k) plans. Matulewicz holds an MBA from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, as well as an undergraduate degree in accounting and marketing from Pace University in New York City.
Meyer Sound has promoted two managers to key high-level management positions: Amy Luley has been named director of U.S. sales operations and Mary Molnar has been appointed technical services manager, Americas. Both will report to senior vice president of sales and marketing John McMahon.
In her new position, Luley assumes direct responsibility for managing Meyer Sound’s team of 15 sales managers and sales engineers throughout the United States. Account management, dealer contracts and dealer relationships will be under her direction. Since joining Meyer Sound in 2014, Luley has served as Salesforce.com administrator, sales operations manager, and sales and business development project manager.
Meanwhile, Molnar assumes overall responsibility of Meyer Sound’s newly integrated design services and technical support teams throughout the Western Hemisphere. Molnar joined Meyer Sound in 2018 as strategic projects manager. For the 25 years prior to that, she held key management and sales positions at San Francisco rental partner McCune AVL, overseeing company logistics and managing major projects.
DHD Audio, a manufacturer of professional mixers and audio devices, has promoted Anne Philipp to general manager. She reports to managing directors Joerg M. Deubner and Sven Hoffmann. Graduating in 2006 with a business administration degree from the University of Leipzig, Philipp joined DHD in January 2007 as an executive assistant responsible for materials procurement and accounting. She later also took on production planning duties. She left the company to work on public tender preparation for a municipal organization in 2010 but returned to DHD in 2016, resuming her former roles within the company and adding supervision of DHD’s human resources department.
MSE Audio, parent company of SoundTube Entertainment, Soundsphere, dARTS, Phase Technology, Induction Dynamics, SolidDrive and Rockustics, has appointed Lin Buck to director of U.S. sales and global business development. Buck brings more than 20 years of sales experience to MSE Audio in the professional audio video markets. Previously, Buck worked as an independent manufacturer’s rep and then worked directly with Bosch (Electro-Voice), Harman Professional and Adamson Systems. Buck began his professional music career at age 13, which led to his career in pro audio. Based in Kansas City, MO, Lin has a home recording studio and enjoys writing, playing and producing music, spending time with his three children, cooking and building things.
Clear-Com has brought on Peter Fong as director of sales for the Asia-Pacific region. Fong will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies and ensuring his team is supported and meets their sales goals. He brings global technical sales experience to the role, with more than 20 years in sales/marketing and business development for technology companies. In his last position, he worked for Net Insight as head of sales, APAC. Prior to that, he worked at Globecast Group as sales director (APAC) and at Netia as head of sales (APAC). In these roles, he became familiar with the nuances of the market and what is required for sales in the area.
Beyerdynamic has expanded its North American team by hiring David Fisk as sales manager for consumer products and Chris Norris as sales manager for communications products. Norris is an experienced audio professional. In addition to having worked in Korg USA’s educational division, he most recently was the key account manager for a major DJ and music technology product manufacturer. He is based in Long Island, NY.
Meanwhile, Fisk started his audio career as a 2001 graduate of DePaul University with a bachelor of science degree in sound recording technology. He has since attained a background in professional audio retail, post-production sound, field recording, game development, sales and manufacturing. He is based in Nashville, TN.
Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio has named Joe Cota as its customer education specialist; Justin Hall has been named key account manager; and Mitchell Ho has become account manager, Western U.S. Cota is a professional singer and musician by trade, while Hall is a seasoned account manager who has served customers, managed projects and dealt with international distributors for much of his career. Ho’s new position as account manager is his first job outside of minor league baseball, although he has been around professional audio his entire life.
Lectrosonics has appointed Jimmy Yap as its technical representative for the Asia-Pacific Region. Based in Cambodia, Yap will represent Lectrosonics by supporting dealers, end users and future customers throughout the region, which includes China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Bangladesh. Yap has a background in technical engineering, distribution and sales, having held executive positions at his own company as well as at a variety of industry manufacturers. Since 2012, he has been the owner of AV Designs & Consulting Engineers, and has held product specialist and technical consultant positions in the region at manufacturers including QSC and Coda Audio.
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Continuing its North American expansion, d&b audiotechnik has made a number of recent staff appointments. Christopher West has been named regional manager for the Mid-Atlantic; Cameron Wilkison has been brought on as regional manager, Western Canada; and Matthew Rilling has taken on the role of regional support specialist. West, based in Greensboro, NC, brings with him 17 years of experience working at SE Systems, which provided him with a background in sales, education, design and deployment of audio systems. Wilkison, based in Burnaby, BC, was previously at Radial Engineering and its subsidiary Primacoustic, where he worked as a product specialist. He also has experience in the sale and rental of musical instruments and equipment, and has worked as the director of entertainment for Toy Zebra Productions. Rilling, based in Austin, TX, joins d&b from Big House Sound, where he worked as an applications engineer; he has extensive experience as a sound engineer.
Neutrik USA has appointed Brant Mathiason to the position of regional sales manager–Midwest. In this position, Mathiason will manage and develop customer relationships and activities through the introduction of Neutrik’s new and existing product offerings, with a primary focus on supporting new design opportunities. Based out of Brookings, SD, he previously spent 29 years with Daktronics, holding positions in control systems design and installation, and video products applications engineering, as well as titles including product demonstration department manager and, most recently, product manager.
Avid has appointed Kathy-Anne McManus to the newly created role of chief customer experience officer, aiming to ensure Avid delivers satisfaction and value for customers in every interaction with the company. McManus re-engineered Avid’s solutioning, services and customer care operations since joining last year as senior vice president, global customer solutions and services, reportedly boosting the company’s ability to provide support of its global customer base and subscriber base during the ramp up of Avid’s cloud and SaaS solutions. In her expanded role, McManus will lead ideation, design and implementation of new programs, processes and systems.
Audio Engineering Society
Glenn Lorbecki has agreed to serve as the Audio Engineering Society’s treasurer. Lorbecki has served the AES on its Financial Planning Committee for several years, where he implemented numerous refinements in the organization’s financial workflow and reporting. He assumes the role of treasurer with an intimate knowledge of the society’s finances. Lorbecki is replacing Richard Wollrich, who has resigned as AES treasurer. Lorbecki will serve as treasurer through the 2020 election and a one-year term of office as treasurer-elect. An AES member since 1988, Lorbecki’s background in fiscal management stems from his 20-plus years of business experience as president of the recording/video post-production company Glenn Sound.
Riedel Communications has appointed Dave Caulwell to the newly created position of North American channel manager, a promotion from his previous role as business development manager for the Eastern United States. Caulwell has more than 20 years of experience in event technology and production, with a heavy background in video production. Prior to joining Riedel in 2016, he held both technical and managerial roles, planning and supporting live events for many high-end corporate clients. He also was responsible for strategic direction and securing new business for several live event companies, including Alchemedia.
Danley Sound Labs
Danley Sound Labs has restructured its sales and marketing division. Longtime Danley staff member Jeff Pulliam has been named general manager, while Jonathan “JP” Parker has been promoted to director of global sales and marketing. Parker will oversee the division, including newly promoted national sales manager Skip Welch, who will manage the domestic sales team. This team will include Cooper Hedden, promoted to Southeast regional sales manager, Jay Andrews (formerly with Lienau AV), promoted to Northeast regional sales manager, and Kim Comeaux (formerly with Anderson Marketing), promoted to Western regional sales manager. Additionally, Harold Sexton has been recruited as a sports market & house of worship specialist, while Scott Howard has joined as a recording specialist.
LEA Professional has named Bradley Drummond director of application engineering and consultant relations. Drummond will work with customers, manage customer feedback, provide application and design support, provide business development, and manage global consultant relationships. Drummond was previously director of product development for Harman Professional, based in its China office. Prior to that, he served as project manager and systems designer for John Lyons Systems, during which time he worked on the design and installation of audio systems in more than 150 global venues.
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ASI Audio has hired industry veteran Evan MacKenzie as vice president, marketing and sales. With a background in branding, marketing and sales management, MacKenzie is expected to drive integrated marketing while building the company’s sales network and brand. Previously, MacKenzie directed marketing and communications efforts for industry stalwarts including DPA Microphones, Gibson Professional Audio, QSC and Americ
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ASI has also brought on Charlene Clements as manager, client development. In her new post, Clements will help build the company’s sales operations across both the music industry and audiological channels. Clements comes to the company with 15 years of experience in sales operations and management at Etymotic Research.
Clear-Com has hired regional sales manager Michael “Mike” Franklin to address growing demand in the South-Central region of the U.S. Franklin will oversee sales activity in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, with a particular focus on supporting Clear-Com’s partner network in the region. The appointment is part of an overall strategy to increase the company’s sales presence in the United States. Franklin joins Clear-Com from Lawo, where he was a senior sales manager for North America. Prior to Lawo, he worked as director of sales for Harman International before transitioning to Studer, where he was a senior sales manager for the United States.
Atlona has promoted Thorsten Goecke to director of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Based in Munich, Germany, Thorsten reports to Ralph J. Lolies, Atlona parent company Panduit’s senior vice president/managing director for EMEA. Thorsten will work closely with his EMEA regional sales managers to boost demand, sales and brand awareness for Atlona’s AV over IP distribution, connectivity and control solutions for commercial and residential applications.
Mackie has named Luis Wasserman sales director, Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Wasserman’s professional background blends six years of product management experience in Honeywell and Broan-NuTone with over 11 years of international sales leadership at Scantron Corp. and AMETEK. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Universidad de Los Andes and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota.
Italian pro audio manufacturer K-array has appointed Sam Spennacchio as a U.S. sales director. He will be responsible for assisting in the growth of K-array business in the United States, concentrating particularly on the event production and live sound verticals. As a pro audio industry veteran, Spennacchio previously held management positions at Mark IV Audio as vice president and SPL-NY as president; he also held sales roles at Fiberplex, Crest Audio, Klark Teknik/Midas and Martin Audio. Spennacchio’s expertise extends beyond sales. He has a degree in music engineering technology from the University of Miami and has worked as a studio and live sound engineer.
Platinum Tools has promoted Jason Chesla to national account manager. Chesla had been the company’s marketing manager since 2016. In this new role, Chesla will be working with Platinum Tools’ key North American accounts, service providers and international accounts. He will continue to assist in the marketing department during this transition. Prior to joining Platinum Tools, Chesla was the sales and marketing manager for T3 Innovation.
LEA Professional has appointed industry veteran Joey Palkowitch to the role of North America sales manager. Based at the company’s South Bend, IN, headquarters, Palkowitch will manage North American sales, working closely with the company’s U.S. representative team and Canadian distribution partner. Palkowitch will also lead product training sessions and serve as a liaison for technical service and support. Previously, he served in various sales and support roles of increasing responsibility for Harman Professional, most recently as a regional sales manager.
Reflex Marketing, which reps brands in the pro audio, musical instrument and contracting verticals throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has named Alena Althouse its marketing and communications manager. In the newly created role, Althouse will support vendors, resellers and the Reflex field sales team, leveraging an expanded tech stack and her marketing skill set. Althouse has a master’s degree in communication and experience in ecommerce, having most recently supported the NHL Shop for Fanatics.
Pioneer DJ has announced the addition of industry veteran Drew Bach to its product planning team. Bach, a working DJ, has product management and business development experience gained at Gibson’s Stanton DJ and KRK brands, Apple, Guillemot and other brands. He reports to Lars Schlichting, director of product planning, artist relations at Pioneer DJ Americas.
Waves Audio has appointed Greg Kopchinski as live and install product manager for Waves’ live and commercial AV products. Kopchinski holds a bachelor of science degree in electronic engineering (computer architecture concentration). He began his career in professional audio as an FOH and monitor engineer for several regional sound companies and churches in California. Prior to joining Waves, Greg served in product management and marketing roles at Bivio Networks and as a principal product manager at Avid Technology, where he was instrumental in defining the market and product requirements for the Venue S6L system. His previous experience includes product marketing manager positions at Motorola/Force Computers, Captus Networks, SBS Technologies and Ziatech Corp.
Waves has also brought on Aquiles Vera as Spanish Latin America sales manager. Vera began his career 25 years ago in television as a film sound designer and in audio post-production. For the last 15 years, he held the position of Latin America sales audio manager for Avid Technology, overseeing the distribution channel and the customer post-sales relationship.