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CITT To Celebrate 25th Anniversary At Rendez-vous 2015

May 29th, 2015

02 Rendezvous (1)There will be cause for celebration when CITT’s annual Rendez-vous conference and trade show heads to Vancouver from August 20-22, 2015, as this year marks the association’s 25th anniversary.

In 1989, a group of like-minded individuals from the USITT sections in Alberta and Ontario gathered to form what would, on Aug. 1, 1990, become the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology. Spurred by an era of increased regulations in Canada around such things as safety standards and the use prop guns, as well as increased recognition of the different theatrical cultures between the U.S. and Canada, Canadian theatre professionals agreed they would be better served by having their own national organization.

“And so it began, 25 years of growth and service to our members,” current CITT President Michael Harris tells Professional Sound. “We are excited to celebrate 25 years of milestones and the achievements of our members. At this year’s Rendez-vous in Vancouver, we begin the next chapter, the next 25 years of milestones and achievements. Join us as we celebrate our humble beginnings, our members, and the promise of an exciting future for CITT/ICTS.”

Rendez-vous 2015 will be hosting a larger trade show with longer visiting hours over a two-day span at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Pre-conference workshops will be replaced with hands-on training and backstage tours. The Education Forum and Roadhouse Roundtable discussions will be moved to Saturday, while the Annual General Meeting will become an AGM Breakfast on Saturday. As usual, the New Product Breakfast will kick off the Friday morning. The social events will remain the same, with the Junk Challenge on Thursday, Swag Bingo on Friday, and the Awards Banquet on Saturday.

Registration is now open and a conference schedule is available on the CITT website. For more information, contact CITT: 888-271-3383, info@citt.org, www.citt.org.

Renkus-Heinz Names David Schuster as Production Manager

May 29th, 2015

dave-schuster-2Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of David Schuster to the position of production manager.

 

A veteran in manufacturing and operations, Schuster has held high-level positions within a wide range of companies including General Dynamics, Pacific Scientific, Kaiser Electro-Precision, and JWC Environmental. 

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Montreal To Host 59th AES Conference On Sound Reinforcement in July

May 27th, 2015

01 MTLThe Audio Engineering Society (AES) will hold its 59th International Conference, focusing on Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology at McGill University in Montreal from July 15-17, 2015. This is the first AES International Conference to focus on sound reinforcement in over 25 years.

A select group of leading technologists, scientists, developers, and users in the sound reinforcement industry will gather to discuss the latest innovations in sound amplification and control systems for live performance, share their insight on current and advanced techniques and technologies, and present their visions for the future of the industry.

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EAW Names Frank Loyko as VP of North American Sales

May 19th, 2015

EAW_FrankLoykoEastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the return of Frank Loyko as vice president of North American sales.

Loyko began his career at EAW and eventually moved to be vice president of worldwide sales for LOUD Technologies. He also held similar roles at TC Group Americas and Digidesign/Avid Technologies.

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CAD Audio Promotes Glenn Roop to VP of Business Development

May 19th, 2015
Glenn Roop

Glenn Roop

CAD Audio has promoted Glenn Roop to the position of Vice President of Business Development. In this capacity, Roop will be responsible for new product development and marketing, artist relations and establishing new markets for CAD.

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Solotech Names Normand Legault as CEO

May 13th, 2015

NormandLegaultSolotech’s board of directors has announced on behalf of all the company’s shareholders that Normand Legault will now be adding the responsibilities of chief executive officer (CEO) to his role of Chairman.

Solotech it is now switching into what it calls “amplified growth” mode with the aim of “increasing its momentum by becoming an industry consolidator in North America.”

Legault’s experience leading businesses, combined with the financial power of shareholders Claridge, Desjardins Entreprise-Capital Régional et Coopératif, Investissement Québec, and François Ménard, will permit Solotech to pursue its expansion via acquisitions while continuing to grow organically, according to the company.

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Mojave Audio Appoints New Director of Sales

May 11th, 2015

Mojave Kevin ParkerMojave Audio has announced the appointment of Kevin Parker to the position Director of Sales. His background that encompasses sales management, marketing, strategic market development, artist relations, and retail aspects of professional audio and MI.. Parker is stationed at Mojave Audio’s corporate headquarters in Burbank, CA and commenced work in his new position April 1st.

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InfoComm to Showcase Worship Market & More

April 30th, 2015

15 InfoCommRegistration is now open for InfoComm 2015, which will welcome 980 AV exhibitors and more than 37,000 attendees from 110-plus countries to Orlando, FL from June 13-19 at the Orange County Convention Center.

New for InfoComm 2015 is a partnership between InfoComm International and Church Technical Leaders, an international group comprised of paid and volunteer church technical artists. The Church Technical Leaders Conference will help church technical artists take their skills to the next level and engage in advanced educational sessions. There will be sessions offered in audio, lighting, video, and leadership development.

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Music Group Acquires TC Group

April 30th, 2015

Uli BehringerMusic Group has announced its acquisition of TC Group, one of the largest group of companies in the professional audio industry. Headquartered in Denmark, and with offices around the world, TC Group owns and manages brands such as Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, Lake, TC Electronics, TC Helicon, and TC Applied Technologies.

According to the company, the addition of Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, and Lake allows Music Group to round out its professional install and touring sound offerings alongside Midas, Klark Teknik, and Turbosound, while TC Electronics and TC Helicon complement Music Group’s Bugera guitar tube amplifier brand and Behringer prosumer division. The TC Applied Technologies company is invested in semiconductor designs, networking, and interface technology.

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Kling & Freitag Americas Created for North American Distribution

April 21st, 2015
L-R: Vaino Gennaro, Jürgen Freitag, & Susanne Seidel

L-R: Vaino Gennaro, Jürgen Freitag, & Susanne Seidel

Kling & Freitag Americas Inc., a new distribution company based in Montreal, is to take on exclusive distribution rights for German loudspeaker brand, Kling & Freitag, throughout Canada, the U.S., and Mexico with effect from April 1, 2015.

The company was founded by Vaino Gennaro, formerly of Sennheiser Canada where he was in charge of Kling & Freitag distribution, and Susanne Seidel who has held top management roles within a number of technology-driven corporations, including Sennheiser and DPA. Gennaro will occupy the role of general manager with Seidel providing support in marketing and operations.

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