Baton Rouge, LA (February 2, 2010)–Mark Stone has joined PreSonus as its national sales director. A longtime industry veteran, Stone has worked for more than 25 years in the record industry, in manufacturing, and as a touring and recording musician.
As a young man, Stone worked his way up from a job in a record store to running a group of stores in the New York metropolitan area, to directing store planning, non-retail purchasing and visual merchandising for the entire chain of stores. After almost two decades in the record business, he spent a year playing guitar full-time for Walker Smith’s Chicago Nights Blues Band, appearing on the band’s Ahead to the Past CD.
Like many people in the music industry, Stone concluded that as much as he loved performing, he needed a day job. He joined Gator Cases as national sales manager and became a driving force in developing the brand into a market leader during his 7 1/2-year tenure, eventually becoming the vice president and general manager of the company.
Stone’s reputation is well known at PreSonus. “I’ve always been impressed with Mark and the relationships that he has with dealers and reps,” comments PreSonus vice president of sales Rick Naqvi. “He is widely known as one of the hardest working men in show business, a team player, and an all-around awesome guy. We are happy to have him on board as part of the PreSonus sales team.”
“It is a tremendous honor to join such a respected organization,” responds Stone. “I have known Rick Naqvi for a number of years and have worked on several projects with him. His passion for the brand and product knowledge is contagious. PreSonus is known for providing high-quality, innovative tools for musicians at a great price, and I look forward to working very closely with our dealers as we rapidly grow the brand in the market place.”
Stone made his public debut for PreSonus at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.