Whitinsville, MA (January 25, 2016)—An integral part of the technology, success and corporate fabric of Eastern Acoustic Works since its beginning, company co-founder and EVP of strategic engineering, Kenton Forsythe, has announced his retirement.
Forsythe first entered the pro audio industry in 1975 with the introduction of the Forsythe Audio SR215 dual 15-inch bass horn, which could fit through a 30-inch door. From there, he developed two-way compact loudspeaker systems and a vented subwoofer that featured an interchangeable tube venting system that allowed the enclosure to be reconfigured for different drivers.
His SR109 loudspeaker and BH212 subwoofer were the first products introduced under the EAW name in 1978. By the late 1980s, Forsythe’s KF850 had become one of the most popular touring loudspeakers in the world. He followed this up in the 1990s with the development of multiple loudspeaker solutions for the stadium market.
“I have had the profound honor of working closely with Kenton for over 21 years,” said EAW president Jeff Rocha. “It is remarkable that Kenton had already revolutionized the industry and established himself as an icon before my EAW career began all those years ago. The fundamental principles that drove Kenton to create EAW remain the core values that drive our company to this very day.”
Forsythe himself commented, “My career with EAW has been extremely rewarding. I’ve made so many friends along the way. I’ve also been provided with opportunities to develop new and better techniques for professional loudspeakers which, given my excitement for sound, was very rewarding. I am proudly passing the torch to Jeff Rocha. I am very confident that EAW is in good hands and that the projects in the works will be well received by the industry. For now, the time has come to slow down my involvement and take the time to enjoy life and family.”
EAW has setup an online guestbook page for industry professionals that want to send a note or provide commentary for Forsythe. Login and post your comments at http://eaw.com/about/a-legend-retires/.
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