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InfoComm 2016 Officially the Largest on Record

June 13th, 2016

InfoComm 2016According to organizers, a record 1,000 exhibitors, including 211 new exhibitors, filled the Las Vegas Convention Center on June 8-10 for InfoComm 2016, occupying 527,105 net square feet of exhibit and special events space — also a show record. Attendees registered for more than 12,000 seats at InfoComm University sessions throughout the week, more than double the number engaged in training and education in 2015. Approximately one-third more unique attendees took InfoComm University training at InfoComm than in the past. The spike in training interest was driven in part by the 2,620 seminar and workshop packages sold. InfoComm 2016 was the first time attendees could pay one price and take any of more than 100 courses during exhibition days.

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Shure adds Jamie Griffin as VP of Operations

June 8th, 2016

Jamie_GriffinShure Incorporated has announced that Jamie Griffin joined the company as its Vice President of Operations.

Griffin comes to Shure from Lenovo, where he was director of operations, in its Global Supply Chain organization. Before joining Lenovo, he worked at Pentamaster, a material handling and automation solutions provider, launching and managing three sales and service operations in Europe and the U.S. Previously, he spent 10 years at Dell Computer, holding senior positions in operations and engineering. He designed and launched all of Dell’s manufacturing facilities in China, Malaysia, and Brazil.

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Zoom North America Appoints Intellimix as Canadian Sales Partner

June 7th, 2016
Intellimix’s Kurtis Castello (left) & Andrew Sudlow

Intellimix’s Kurtis Castello (left) & Andrew Sudlow

Japan-based Zoom Corporation has appointed its affiliate Zoom North America as its distributor in Canada, starting with the ARQ Aero RhythmTrak and H4n Pro Handy Recorder products. Accordingly, Zoom North America has appointed Intellimix Corp. as its partner for fulfillment and service in the Canadian marketplace.

Omnimedia, which has represented Zoom in Canada for many years, will continue to operate as the sole distributor of Zoom legacy product (product introduced prior to the 2016 NAMM Show) until July 31, 2016. Intellimix has told Professional Sound that as of June 1st it will be selling the new products off the assembly line and as of August 2016, it will take over fulfillment of orders for all of Zoom products for Canada.

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Frank Loyko Joins VUE to Oversee Global Distribution

June 6th, 2016
Frank Loyko

Frank Loyko

VUE Audiotechnik has announced the addition of Frank Loyko to the position of Vice President Global Sales where he will oversee all of the company’s global sales and distribution activities and initiatives. Based in Seattle, Loyko brings 36 years of executive experience building sales networks at professional audio companies including EAW, RCF, Avid Technology, and the TC Group.

“Having worked with Frank a number of times in the past, I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Frank again,” says VUE CEO Ken Berger. “There is no one I know with more knowledge and the ability to build a world class sales organization. Additionally, Frank will be working closely with the management team, up to board level, to ensure that we build the best customer focused team in the industry.”

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Lectrosonics Announces the Passing of Former President & Chairman John Arasim

June 3rd, 2016

LectrosonicsJohnArasimLectrosonics has  announced the passing of John Arasim, former president of the company and chairman of the board.  Arasim passed on Monday, May 30, 2016 with his family at his side.

The company writes:

John Arasim’s two passions were his family and his work.

It was under John’s guidance that Lectrosonics became a standard of motion picture, television, news and reality programming. His impact on ENG, television and motion picture production encompassed 3 decades. During his tenure, the lexicon for production audio was expanded to include terms such as “camera mount receiver, “plug-on transmitter”, “bag system”, “camera hop” and “quad box”. Always innovative, his first diversity receivers featured hand-made 6 pole helical resonators machined from pipe couplings.

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AES Toronto Going to McMaster University’s LIVELab on Tuesday

May 27th, 2016

live-lab-1The Toronto section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) will be heading to McMaster University’s LIVELab on Tuesday, May 31st, for an interesting peak at the researchers’ unique work looking into the effects of music and sound on the brain, as well as the audio technology in the facility.  The event does require pre-registration, which is free, and can be found at the bottom of the page here: www.torontoaes.org/music-mind-livelab/

When: Tuesday May 31, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: LIVELab
Psychology Building (#34)
2nd Floor LIVELab
McMaster University
1280 Main Street W.
Hamilton, Ontario

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Westbury National Partners With Adamson

May 26th, 2016

WestburyToronto’s Westbury National Show Systems, which also has offices in Kingston and Ottawa, has joined the Adamson network, having recently purchased a sizable E-Series rig, consisting of E15 and E12 line array modules as well as E119 and E219 subwoofers.

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Renkus-Heinz Announces Reorganization

May 25th, 2016
Ladd Temple has been promoted to North American Sales Manager covering the USA, Canada and Mexico

Ladd Temple has been promoted to North American Sales Manager covering the USA, Canada & Mexico

Renkus-Heinz has announced a restructuring of key management positions. Effective June 1, 2016, and under the continuing leadership of company founder and CEO Harro Heinz, Sr. Vice President Ralph Heinz will assume the position of Chief Technical Officer, with Monika Heinz Smetona being appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Western Regional Sales Manager Ladd Temple has been promoted to North American Sales Manager covering the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Supporting his efforts Sr. Applications Engineer Jim Mobley has been appointed Technical Sales Manager, working with Temple on the U.S. business while also directly managing sales to South America.

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Meyer Sound Expands International Sales Team

May 12th, 2016
Andy Willcox

Andy Willcox

Meyer Sound has announced the hiring of Andy Willcox as Sales Manager, Residential Systems and Daniel Rivera as Sales Specialist, House of Worship Market.

Andy Willcox will connect Meyer Sound products and technologies to a growing market for private cinemas and premium distributed systems in residences for high-net-worth clients. Willcox comes to Meyer Sound with three decades of experience in the residential AV market, both as an owner of a Midwestern systems integration firm and as VP of sales and business development at CINEAK, a supplier of furnishings for private cinemas. He served on the board of directors and executive board of CEDIA, serving as president of the organization from 2005 to 2006.

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Yorkville Now Distributing New Aston Microphones Range

May 11th, 2016
Yorkville’s Jeff Cowling

Yorkville’s Jeff Cowling

Yorkville Sound has added British studio microphone builder Aston Microphones to its catalog of distributed lines.

Newly founded in the U.K., the first four products in the Aston catalog are the Origin and Spirit studio microphones, the Rycote compact shockmount, and the Halo reflection filter. All Aston products are designed and built in the U.K. and will be shipping this summer.

“Aston Mics have hit the recording scene with a bang, and we at Yorkville Sound are thrilled to represent these products in Canada,” Jeff Cowling, VP of sales and marketing at Yorkville Sound, tells Professional Sound. “The unique look of the Origin and Spirit microphones immediately turns heads, but it’s the sound that really impresses users. The game-changing design of the Halo reflection filter is sure to be an engineer’s dream for studios of all sizes.”

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