James Young, managing director of Sonic Distribution and director of international sales & marketing for sE Electronics (plus co-owner of both companies), initially trained in biological sciences, with a degree in Zoology and a Masters in Gerontology.
Joe Bull, managing director at JoeCo, was at university in London studying electronic engineering when he landed a summer vacation job at Spaceward, a small 16-track recording studio in Cambridge, U.K.
While Uli Behringer, chairman/ CEO MUSIC Group, was studying to be a sound engineer, he relates that apart from a couple of old Telefunken mixing desks and reel-to-reel recorders, there were only two microphones for approx 200 students.
Mahmoud Chatah, director of sales and marketing for RTW, has been working in high-tech business and in sales and marketing on an international scale, as a managing director or as a consultant, for more than 25 years.
Alan Hyatt, president of PMI Audio Group, whose brands include Trident Audio Developments, Tonelux, Toft Audio Designs, Joemeek, Valley People, Studio Projects and CLM Dynamics, says he got into the pro audio business pretty much by accident.