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2017 NAMM Show Hosts Record Number of Exhibitors

January 27th, 2017
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

North America’s largest musical products event, the NAMM Show, once again took over the Anaheim Convention Center from Jan. 19-22, 2017, and this year it continued its expansion into the pro audio market.  Overall, 7,000 brands were represented by the record 1,779 exhibiting companies. There was also a two per cent growth in new exhibiting brands over last year. Overall show registration increased, primarily the result of member company badge allocations, by five per cent to 106,928 from 2016.

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K-array Announces DDH Audio as Exclusive Distributor for Canada

January 27th, 2017
DDH Audio Owner Daniel Huard

DDH Audio Owner Daniel Huard

K-array has named DDH Audio as its exclusive distributor for Canada.

DDH Audio Owner Daniel Huard acted as a K-array sales representative for K-array America, but after growing the Italian brand’s popularity with its customers in Canada, K-array says it realized the value of having an exclusive distributor for Canada itself.

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PureLink Names Erikson Commercial as its Exclusive Canadian Distributor

January 25th, 2017

PureLink, a provider of HD and UHD/4K video connectivity solutions, has signed an distribution agreement with Erikson Commercial, will now be selling PureLink’s catalog of audio and video matrix routing, signal distribution, extension, and conversion systems.

“Erikson Commercial is very excited to partner with PureLink,” says Erikson VP, Christian Bouchard. “They are an innovative and established company that was first to market with several now standard technologies that shaped the nature of our industry,” he added. “We feel privileged to be introducing to the Canadian marketplace the many solutions PureLink offers, they are indeed a rare commodity, a high quality manufacturer that can offer both affordable and competitive solutions. Consultants and dealers alike will come to realize the high levels of integrity and professionalism that PureLink brings to the table. And all that both on-time and within budget; that’s the edge that makes the difference,” concludes Mr. Bouchard.

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Jeff Rocha Appointed Head of Market Development for North America for L-Acoustics

January 24th, 2017

LA_Jeff_RochaL-Acoustics has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jeff Rocha as Head of Market Development for North America. Reporting directly to L-Acoustics CEO Laurent Vaissié, Rocha’s task will be to analyze and develop market strategies for L-Acoustics products in the North American market, collaborating across the applications, marketing, and sales functions for implementation.

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Jam Industries Names Jim Mack as CEO of Ashly Audio

January 19th, 2017

Jim_Mack_Ashly_CEOVeteran audio industry executive Jim Mack has joined the Ashly Audio team in Webster, NY as CEO. He is tasked with helping expand the business in existing markets and create paths into new markets that leverage Ashly’s amplifiers, signal processors, and user interfaces. Mack will report directly to Marty Szpiro, president & CEO of Jam Industries, Ashly’s Canada-based parent company.

“On top of being a great person to work with, Jim has a depth and breadth of experience that makes him a real asset to Ashly, especially at this moment in Ashly’s history,” says Szpiro. “He has proven people and recruiting skills, and a tactician’s instinct for the right moves at the right times. Ashly is an essential and strategic asset in Jam Industries’ portfolio, and we’re thrilled to have Jim on the Ashly team.”

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Peter Woods Joins AVL Media Group as Ontario Sales Rep

January 18th, 2017

Peter WoodsAndrew Hope, managing director of AVL Media Group, has announced that Peter Woods has joined the AVL team as its sales representative in Ontario.

Woods begun his career as a touring live sound engineer, he was an integral part of the Jason Sound team through the 1990s, and since then has held positions with AMX, Crestron, and Lightware. He has enjoyed success in many roles including sales, product support, and product development, as well as AV and network consulting for both manufacturers and integrators.

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Whites’ Announces Expanded February Freeze Tech Showcase for Next Month

January 16th, 2017

Feb Freeze 1William F. White International Inc. (Whites) has announced the return of its yearly technology showcase, The February Freeze.  This pre-NAB exhibit known for bringing together some of the brightest minds in the business with the latest innovations and technologies, will return to Toronto’s largest production support complex, the William F. White Centre, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, from 12-8p.m.

“For this year’s Freeze, along with rolling out the industry’s most cutting-edge innovations, we’re extremely excited to shine the spotlight on two major new initiatives at Whites: Our recently-launched Whites Camera department and newly-relocated Whites LES,” says Whites Chairman/CEO, Paul Bronfman.  “These tremendous new facilities, which are located right here at William F. White Centre, are sure to blow all of our guests away as we continue to enhance our company with integrated complimentary services that are designed to add further value and convenience for our clients.”

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Alfred Monterrubio Joins Riedel Communications’ North America Technical Services Staff

January 12th, 2017

Riedel_Alfred-MonterrubioIn a move that the company says will strengthen and complete its North America technical services department, Riedel Communications has hired Alfred Monterrubio as a Service and Support Engineer. Monterrubio joins Riedel with nearly a decade of experience in quality control and management for broadcast technology solutions.

“We’re pleased to welcome Alfred to the team, and we know we’ll be relying heavily on his expertise in video software and quality systems as we continue to boost customer satisfaction in the North America region,” says Joyce Bente, president and CEO at Riedel North America. “Alfred will provide invaluable support for our customers and help us raise the bar for technical excellence throughout the North American marketplace.”

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TOA Canada Corporation Announces Sales Territory Realignment

January 11th, 2017
Peter MacLean

Peter MacLean

TOA Canada Corporation, manufacturer of commercial audio and intercom products, has announced a realignment of sales territories, effective Jan. 3, 2017.

Warren Strem’s sales territory will now include the Northern Territories, including the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut. He will also be responsible for British Columbia and Alberta. Strem joined the TOA team in early 2016 as regional sales manager for B.C. and Alberta. He has been working closely with Barry Taylor learning the region, says the company.

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TOA Canada Corporation Appoints Mitsuhiro Omura as President & CEO

January 11th, 2017
Mitsuhiro Omura

Mitsuhiro Omura

TOA Canada Corporation, manufacturer of commercial audio and intercom products, has appointed Mitsuhiro Omura as its president and CEO, effective Jan. 3, 2017.

Omura comes to North America from TOA Corporation’s head office in Kobe, Japan. He brings with him 19 years’ experience. He will be leaving his post as section manager of the International Sales Section where he handled sales teams for South America, India, and South Korea.

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