Members of the Peavey Commercial Audio team and colleagues at the AV Awards. Pictured (l-r, standing): Stuart Hillis, Julian Young, Brian Cleary, Rachel Hastings, Shayne Thomas, James Kennedy, Mark Coombes, (l-r, seated) Roland Hemming, Hartley Peavey and Kevin Ivey.
London, UK (October 21, 2015)—Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics, was recently honored as the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual AV Awards ceremony in London, England.
Recognized for his pioneering efforts and 50 years of successful innovation and manufacturing, Peavey appeared in person to accept the award before a crowd of 950 cheering AV industry professionals in the Great Hall of the Grosvenor House Hotel.
"I was pleasantly surprised to learn that AV Magazine would be giving me the honor of a 'Lifetime Achievement Award,'" said Peavey. "It's hard to realize that I have been in this industry for over 50 years now. We have always tried to bring new and fresh approaches to the areas of technology in which we operate.
“Back in the mid-1970s, we revolutionized the manufacture of guitars with our introduction of CNC Machinery for the first time. Later in the early 1990s, we introduced the first Digital Audio networking and control system in the form of MediaMatrix, which revolutionized the way professional sound is distributed and controlled.
“Over the years, we have managed to earn more than 180 patents around the world, and I'm happy to report that our R&D efforts are continuing to lead the way with various new avenues of technology such as our industry-leading guitar amplifier modeling software ReValver. As human beings, about the best we can reasonably hope for is to 'make a difference'—hopefully for the better."
AV Magazine editor Clive Couldwell commented, "We only thought it right that AV Magazine should bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award on a man who we feel has used traditional values and enviable business acumen to make an indelible mark on the AV industry… Not only has Peavey the company ramped up commercial success in the face of today's market pressures under Hartley's leadership, it has done so with honesty, earning much respect along the way from those whose opinions matter.”