imgAnaheim, CA (January 31, 2013)—SPARS teamed up 20 industry leaders with over 100 students, graduates and recording professionals as part of its mentoring series ‘Ask SPARS,’ held during the 2013 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. The organization also offered a series of seminars as part of the NAMM H.O.T. Zone.

The ‘Ask SPARS’ speed mentoring sessions paired a seasoned industry leader with a small group of students, allowing the students to ask professionals questions and receive industry and career advice. Groups rotated every 20 minutes to allow students to speak with mentors representing the areas of Studio Production, Sound for Picture, Studio Management and Pro Audio Manufacturers/ Dealers.

The following list of industry leaders volunteered their time to make themselves available for the NAMM mentoring sessions:

Dave Hampton, MATK Corporation, Author/Producer/Engineer
Tom Menrath, Vintage King Audio, Strategic Development?
Tim Vear, Shure, Systems Support
Jason Upright, Managing Director, Firehouse Recording Studios
Bob Bronow, Re-recording mixer and sound designer, television and documentary film
Kirsten Smith, Director, Feature Sound, Universal Studios Sound
Dave Rideau, Three-time Grammy nominated mixer and engineer, records and film
Niko Bolas, Producer/Engineer, records and fil
Neil Dorfsman, Award winning Producer/Engineer
Barry Rudolph, Award winning Producer/Engineer/Educator
Francis Buckley, Award winning Producer/Engineer
Michael Lloyd, Award winning Producer, A&R exec, Film Music Supervisor
Wes Maebe, British Recording Engineer, Reviewer, APRS board director
Candace Stewart, Studio Manager, EastWest Recording Studios
Kirk Imamura, President, Avatar Studios and SPARS
Bridget Gardiner, Los Angeles Campus Director, SAE Institute
Jeff Greenberg, CEO, Village Recording Studios
Tina Morris, Studio Manager, Village Recording Studios
Joel Stoner, President/CEO, Alter Media, Studio Software
Lisa Chamblee Hampton, Producer/Engineer, Studio Manager, Oasis Mastering