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Full Compass President Mark Nash Retires

Mark Nash, president of pro audio retailer Full Compass, is retiring after 35 years with the company.

Full Compass President Mark Nash
Full Compass president Mark Nash

Madison, WI (July 7, 2020)—Mark Nash, president of pro audio retailer Full Compass, is retiring after 35 years with the company.

Hired by owners Jonathan and Susan Lipp, Nash originally joined the company in 1985 as a national sales representative. Susan Lipp recalled, “Mark was our son Jeff’s teaching assistant while he [Jeff] was at the University of Wisconsin studying Theater. Jeff said Mark was the best teacher he ever had, so we hired him. Mark earned every promotion as he earned our trust and love.”

Nash worked his way up through the ranks in a variety of positions. As operations manager, he helped develop customized systems that provided Full Compass with flexibility as the company grew. Revamping systems such as inventory control, purchasing and shipping, he found ways to enhance the company’s speed in order to better serve customers. Later, Nash founded the FDW wholesale division of Full Compass in 1991 which still provides services to resellers that turn to Full Compass for professional audio, video, and lighting needs.

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Looking forward, Nash will continue to support grassroots organizations focused on positive political and social change, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Nash stated, “Many things have changed in the industry over the last thirty-five years. In 1984, it was at a different time with advances in digital recording and signal processing along with the technology of multitrack recording becoming affordable for individuals. These changes presented an opportunity for a company like ours to market products to a large segment of new customers. Today is an unconventional time as well. The needs of our customers to create, communicate, and collaborate are still expanding and will continue to do so. Our efforts are based on a passion and love for what we do. There will always be room for a company that is fervent and personal about its business. Full Compass excels at this and will continue to do so.”

As Full Compass transitions forward, its current Executive team has a combined 80 years of experience at Full Compass and at least 150 years in the industry. Many of Nash’s duties will transition to Dave Chaimson, Full Compass’ new COO, who started in January, 2020. “I am very comfortable leaving these in Dave’s hands,” said Nash. “It is apparent to me Dave and I share many of the same values when it comes to taking care of customers and, more importantly, taking care of our employees. He has the advantage of entering into this with many years of outside expertise, coupled with deep industry experience, that will serve the company well.”

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