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Riedel Communications North America Promotes Jake Halverson to Operations Manager

June 28th, 2017

Riedel-Halverson-HeadshotIn a move that it says will improve customer service and streamline internal processes, Riedel Communications has promoted Jake Halverson to operations manager within the company’s North America team.

In his new role, Halverson will manage the technical support and services department and liaise with clients and the factory to ensure that Riedel’s quality and customer service are maintained in the marketplace. He will also oversee logistics and sales administration, facilitating communication between departments.

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EAW Announces the Expansion of its Customer Support Organization

June 27th, 2017
EAW Applications Specialist Brian DeFabio

EAW Applications Specialist Brian DeFabio

Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the expansion of its customer support organization to, it says, provide end-users with a more efficient customer experience. The announcement was made by Adam Shulman, director of marketing and applications engineering at EAW.

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Rico Lucia Promoted to Director of TOA Canada Corporation

June 23rd, 2017
(L-R) Rico Lucia (Dir. Canada); Mr. Takeuchi (Pres. TOA Corp., Japan); Ralph Singer (Dir. South Africa); and Jason Tsang (Dir. Hong Kong).

(L-R) Rico Lucia (Dir. Canada); Mr. Takeuchi (Pres. TOA Corp., Japan); Ralph Singer (Dir. South Africa); and Jason Tsang (Dir. Hong Kong).

TOA Canada Corporation, manufacturer of commercial audio and intercom products, has announced the appointment of Rico Lucia to director for TOA Canada Corporation.

In April 2017, Canada became one of only three TOA subsidiaries across the world to have a director appointed, joining South Africa and Hong Kong. The corporation has only appointed directors one other time in its history, in Europe. This alignment is part of TOA Corporation’s strategic business plan allowing subsidiaries have more autonomy within their region.

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EM Acoustics Names Contact Distribution as its Canadian Distributor

June 22nd, 2017
L-R: Bill Coons, director Contact Distribution; Ed Kinsella, technical director of EM Acoustics, & Jim Shearing, president EM Acoustics North America

L-R: Bill Coons, director Contact Distribution; Ed Kinsella, technical director of EM Acoustics, & Jim Shearing, president EM Acoustics North America

Following the inauguration last year of EM Acoustics North America, the British loudspeaker manufacturer has announced the appointment of Contact Distribution as its Canadian distributor.

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CETEC Group Adds Ed Lockyer as Sales Rep

June 22nd, 2017
Ed Lockyer

Ed Lockyer

Wayne Korhonen, President of CETEC Group Inc. has announced the addition of Ed Lockyer to the CETEC Group sales team.

A long and established career has seen Lockyer in positions of concert production, media rental/sales, the MI industry, and corporate managerial responsibilities. He also brings B2B skills and experience to the CETEC Group. Lockyer will operate as a CETEC Group’s sales representative for Vivitek visual display and presentation products.

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Broadcast Audio Expo, Audio 4 VR & More Added to AES 143 Programming in NYC

June 22nd, 2017

01 AES137Audio Engineering Society’s  143rd International Convention will be taking place from Oct. 18-21, 2017, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

In addition to the popular Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo, along with New York’s own Broadway Sound Expo, new events added to the complement of exhibition floor activities include the Broadcast Audio Expo sessions, covering audio applications for radio & TV studios, outside broadcasts and streaming broadcast over portable devices. As one of the pioneers in the interoperability of networking protocols, AES will host a special insight panel that will look into the current and future of AoIP and transport systems. The Broadcast Audio Expo is being held in partnership with sponsors Yamaha, Neumann/Sennheiser, and Calrec.

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CITT Rendez-vous 2017 Full Conference Program Released

June 22nd, 2017

RendezVousRendez-vous 2017, CITT’s annual trade show and conference, will be heading to the Imperial Theatre and Saint John Theatre Company in Saint John, NB from Aug. 9-12.

This year’s event will feature a similar schedule to that which was introduced last year. The trade show will have visiting hours over a two-day span on Thursday and Friday. The new Product Show ‘n Tell Breakfast will kick off the Thursday morning and there will be a Corporate Luncheon on the Thursday. Thursday night will feature the always-popular Swag Bingo. The Friday will feature the Ladies of the Backstage Happy Hour and Saturday will be the Caucus Plenary Breakfast and CITT/ICTS Awards Banquet in the evening. The annual general meeting will return to an AGM Luncheon on Saturday.

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Steve’s Music Montreal Being Forced to Move

June 22nd, 2017

steve's musicSteve’s Music’s flagship Montreal location, one of the best known musical instrument stores in Canada, is being forced to move from its St. Antoine Street location. Later this summer it will be moving to a new address on St. Catherine Street East.

“We’re moving because we’re forced to, not because we want to,” store manager Sheldon Sazant told the Montreal Gazette newspaper.

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Markus Winkler Named Sr. VP of QSC Systems

June 21st, 2017

Markus Winkler Press Release ImageQSC has named Markus Winkler as its new senior vice president of QSC Systems. Based in Sinsheim, Germany, Winkler will lead QSC’s expanding global Systems business and oversee efforts to expand QSC’s operational presence in EMEA.

Winkler joins QSC following his long and successful role as managing director of Shure EMEA, and brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience in the audiovisual industry. During his tenure with Shure, Winkler led the expansion and growth of Shure’s thriving business and organization in EMEA.

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PLASA Rigging Conference to Feature New Format & Focus

June 20th, 2017

Rigging-Conference-PressReleaseThe eighth Rigging Conference, being held again during PLASA 2017 at Olympia, London, on Monday, Sept. 18th, sees a change in its format and the focus of its content as it moves away from more traditional presentations allowing more time for discussion with delegates and panels of experts.

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