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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for December 2018

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Martin Audio, Powersoft, Wisycom USA, Solotech, Symetrix, Riedel, PMC, Barix, Dirac Research, Professional Wireless Systems and IABM.

Bradley Watson

Martin Audio has promoted Bradley Watson to the new position of international sales director. One of the company’s longest-serving executives, Watson helped build domestic sales during the first decade of the millennium before leaving in 2010. Re-joining the company in September 2016, he became sales manager EMEA. In the new role, he will work to influence and develop business alongside territory managers throughout the UK, EMEA, APAC and LATAM.

Gary Pace

Powersoft has announced the appointment of Gary Pace as sales manager, OEM, North America. Pace will be responsible for connecting Powersoft technologies to North American-based audio engineering teams. Pace has more than 20 years of experience working in the industry, interfacing with equipment manufacturers, engineers, system integrators and retailers. His resume includes roles as sales manager at Beyerdynamic; systems integrator at Advanced Lighting and Sound; national sales manager for Bosch Security Systems’ Dynacord brand; and global sales & marketing manager at Littlite.

Patrick “Paddy” Steading

Wisycom USA has named Patrick “Paddy” Steading as the company’s newest sales liaison. In his role, Steading will help expand the company’s presence throughout the Americas. Steading’s previous experience includes sales positions at DPA Microphones, Sennheiser and Sweetwater, as well as positions with EDTS LLC, EDTS Cyber, HWP Co. and Millar Electronics. He has long worked in the house of worship, corporate, government, education and broadcast markets.

Marie-Josée Primeau

Marie-Josée Primeau has been named business development director of Solotech. In this role, Mrs. Primeau works closely with the management of the Sales and Integration Division to identify and develop new business opportunities. She holds an International Business and Marketing degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Business and Marketing degree from the California State University Long Beach, Los Angeles. She has held multiple roles in sales teams over the last 25 years at Canon Canada and Telus.

Chuck Larson

Symetrix has promoted Chuck Larson to product manager, reporting directly to Symetrix owner and COO Julie Ogden. Larson joined Symetrix in 2014 and most recently served as a technical sales engineer. He will continue to assist with technical support while a new person is hired and trained to take over his former responsibilities. Larson’s wide-ranging career includes time spent engineering for the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field; building the first wireless data infrastructure in Eastern Washington; and touring the world at age seven as a founding member of the Columbia Boys Choir.

Endi A. Maricevic

Riedel Communications has appointed Endi A. Maricevic as service manager for North America. Based in Riedel’s Burbank, California, office, Maricevic is providing dedicated customer support as well as managing Riedel’s service operations. Maricevic joins Riedel from Fox Networks, where he served first as senior broadcast engineer and then was later promoted to associate manager of engineering and operations. Prior to that, he was West Coast service manager for Evertz Microsystems, and he also previously served as director of North American customer service and project manager for Harris Corporation/Leitch

Luke Smith

PMC has brought on Luke Smith, who joins the company as sales manager New York, charged with representing PMC’s Pro Audio product range. Smith’s background includes work as a musician, producer and engineer; he began his career as an assistant engineer at Clinton Recording Studios before moving through various senior sales, marketing and technical positions at Euphonix, Avid and Waves Audio. He also has his own company, S.A.S Audio, which offers recording, mixing and production services to New York-based bands.

Reto Brader

Barix has promoted Reto Brader to CEO from his former role as as vice president of Sales and Marketing. Before joining Barix, Brader held business and technical roles at Hewlett Packard, Pixelmetrix, Utah Scientific and Alcatel. He has a degree in Electronical Engineering and an MBA.

Peter Cedmer

Dirac Research has appointed Peter Cedmer as head of Product Management, XR Audio. Cedmer will be responsible for managing the company’s current XR product portfolio and developing future product roadmaps. Cedmer spent 11 years at Jays Headphones, where he worked his way up from project manager to chief product officer and, most recently, chief technology officer. Before that, he served as technical manager at ANOVO. Cedmer earned his Bachelor of Engineering & Electronics from Karlstad University.

David Belawski

Professional Wireless Systems has appointed David Belawski to the newly created role of technical project manager, where he will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of client projects, including managing communications between clients and PWS team members. Previously, he spent 11 years working for the University of Central Florida Athletics department, first as assistant director of video production, and for the last six years as the director of production services.

Kathy Bienz

IABM has named Kathy Bienz as its new director, North America, taking over from Caryn Cohen. An Electrical Engineering Technology graduate, Bienz has more than 20 years’ experience in the broadcast and media industry with companies such as Grass Valley, ChyronHego, Leitch Technology, Harris, Imagine Communications and Snell Advanced Media (SAM). She has worked in various roles, including product management and marketing, channels management, field marketing management and marketing communications, and was most recently director of Marketing, Americas at SAM.