Newly elected SPARS president Kirk ImamuraNew York, NY (April 28, 2011)--Newly elected SPARS president Kirk Imamura has announced the results of the new Board of Directors elections for 2011.
There was a very active field of 16 candidates running for nine open seats representing three different membership categories. Imamura had this to say regarding the results: "I am honored and excited to serve as the new President of SPARS. SPARS and our industry are each going through a challenging transition. We see this as an opportunity to think differently and make some positive changes. We are fortunate to have a fresh and energetic board made up of members who are all passionate about preserving our craft and nurturing the next generation of talent. To that end, I would like to reach out to all those in our industry to engage in open dialogue and frank discussions about the future."
Those newly elected to the Board include Jessica Dally, live sound and post editor and mixer, Los Angeles, CA; Dave Hampton, engineer, educator and author, Los Angeles, CA; Mark Rubel, Pogo Studio, Chicago, IL; Rick Senechal, Microsoft Studio, Redmond, WA; and Candace Stewart, EastWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Re-elected to the Board were Trevor Fletcher, Hit Factory-Criteria Recording, Miami, FL; Scott Phillips, Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN;Kevin Becka, Conservatory of Recording Arts/Mix magazine, Tempe, AZ; and Sherri Tantleff, Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL.
Those members continuing on the Board are Kirk Imamura, Avatar Studios, New York, NY, who will be serving as the new president; Zoe Thrall, Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas, NV; and Tony van Veen, Discmakers/CD Baby, Pennsauken, NJ. Eric Johnson, Blazing Music + Sound, Raleigh, NC, moves to the position of Immediate past president.
Imamura also stated, "I also wish to thank all those who were nominated and who were willing to participate in the election process. I also want to thank our immediate past president, Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music and Scoring at Skywalker Sound, who served as chair of the nominating committee, as well as fellow members of the committee, Maureen Droney, senior executive director, P & E Wing of the Recording Academy, immediate past president, Eric Johnson, and Gary Ladinsky, president of Design FX, for their hard work in selecting such a fine group of nominees."
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