AES Outgoing President Frank Wells
New York, NY (October 18, 2013)—The presidency of the AES offers a singular vantage point to observe how a diverse group of individuals work together to champion the Society's mission, says Frank Wells, whose term as president will end shortly after the conclusion of the 135th AES Convention.
"The Audio Engineering Society is a unique organization. We are part of an industry that is also a community. We have a small, dedicated, hard-working (overworked) staff, so conducting much of the business of the society falls heavily on volunteers—the Board Of Governors, local section committees, conference development, even in standards development," Wells said.
The efforts of the 135th Convention Committee, chaired by Jim Anderson, and sub-committee's will be on display in four days packed with events and activities and technical sessions and workshops.
"There is clear evidence of initiatives to reach out to ever more of the professional audio community," Wells said. "The Project Studio Expo, begun last fall, has returned. The PSE is joined by the Systems Sound Symposium, along with strong program tracks on game sound, live sound, digital audio networking, broadcast audio, sound for picture and more."
The program content illustrates the diverse nature of the Society's membership. "Our members are all involved in professional audio, but within that commonality, there is a lot of diversity. We're nearing two years of staff leadership under Executive Director, Bob Moses, and he's worked to evaluate every aspect of the Society's activities—how members are being served, how their needs differ from stakeholder group to stakeholder group and where we can improve."
One particular push this year was to organize and choose a site for the AES European conventions as early as possible, with an eventual goal of announcing the location two years in advance. Right now, the AES has announced that Berlin will serve as the location for 2014, and plans for 2015 and 2016 are underway.
Even with lingering troubles in the international economy and changes within pro audio, Wells remains optimistic on the future of AES.
"We entered 2013 with a sense of optimism and hope, and AES continues to adapt to a changing world with that enthusiasm intact. I look forward to the leadership of Sean Olive as he takes charge for the coming year. Challenges remain, but progress is being made and the Society is moving forward."