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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for December 2019

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Neutrik USA, Renkus-Heinz, QSC, d&b audiotechnik, Clear-Com, NTP Technology and dbTechnologies.

Stacy Kaskon, Neutrik

Neutrik USA has promoted Stacy Kaskon director of business development, where she will be responsible for developing new markets, identifying new growth industries, and coordinating customer and training events. Kaskon will continue managing the inside team of account managers, as well as researching and further defining existing vertical markets and segments within the U.S. and global markets. During her time at Neutrik, Kaskon has served as an inside sales manager, business development manager and, most recently, national sales manager.

Jim Mobley, Renkus-Heinz

Renkus-Heinz has promoted Jim Mobley to the position of vice president, operations. Mobley got his professional start as an installer for Matty Sound Systems in San Bernardino, CA, in 1983, eventually becoming lead installer and designer. He founded his own design and consulting firm in 1996, before becoming Renkus-Heinz’ first application engineer in 1999. As application engineer, senior application engineer, and most recently technical sales manager, Mobley led Renkus-Heinz’ pre- and post-sale technical and design support; taught EASE, EASERA and SysTune classes; and created the Iconyx Dealer Certification program.

Anna Csontos, QSC

QSC has promoted Anna Csontos and Markus Winkler. Csontos, who joined the company in 2011, has been promoted to executive vice president, chief market officer and chief of staff, adding to her current executive sales leadership responsibility for QSC’s business and product portfolio in the Americas. Markus Winkler, who joined QSC in 2017, has been promoted to senior vice president, EMEA & APAC, expanding his executive sales leadership responsibilities to include QSC’s business and product portfolio for all of EMEA and APAC.

Markus Winkler, QSC

Elsewhere at QSC, Barry Ferrell is transitioning into a more product strategy-focused role as vice president, cinema product development and strategy. Ferrell began his career at the company in 1990 as an applications engineer. In 2009, he assumed the leadership role of the cinema group, and was promoted in 2012 and again in 2014.

Michael Eiseman, d&b audiotechnik

d&b audiotechnik has expanded its North American sales staff with the addition of Michael Eiseman, who has joined the company as regional manager for the Midwest territory, reporting to Eric Mayer, vice president of sales, North America. Eiseman has more than 25 years of experience in professional audio sales. Most recently he worked as a district manager for Yamaha Corp. of America, Professional Audio division. Prior to that, Eiseman worked as the audio project manager and rental department manager for TC Furlong Inc. in Chicago. Additionally, he has extensive experience in systems, design and audio recording.

William Elliott, Clear-Com

Clear-Com has appointed two new regional sales managers: William Elliott takes over responsibility for the Southeast region and Caribbean, while Vic Lombardi will handle the newly established North Central region, covering Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Elliott has been promoted from his previous role as Clear-Com’s military, aerospace and government sales manager. Prior to joining Clear-Com in 2016, he spent seven years at Motorola in increasingly senior systems/sales engineering roles.

Vic Lombardi, Clear-Com

Lombardi joins Clear-Com from Spoiled by Technology, where he spent six years as a product specialist and sales consultant representing pro audio and video lines; he also previously worked as an assistant engineer at a recording studio and for 10 years as retail store manager at Guitar Center in Chicago.

Kurt Howell, NTP Technology

NTP Technology has hired industry veteran Kurt Howell, who joins the company as sales director for North America and will work in close cooperation with NTP’s current distribution. Howell, based in Florida, began his career as a musician before moving into pro audio sales as a Digidesign product specialist, then progressing into sales consultancy with Vintage King Pro Audio in Nashville. He joins NTP Technology from Focusrite Pro, where he was national sales manager for the U.S. and Canada.

Jeffrey Bork and Jesse Honig, Manley Labs

Manley Laboratories is expanding its engineering department with the addition of Jeffrey Bork as senior electromechanical design engineer and Jesse Honig as engineering project manager. Bork previously spent 20 years at Automated Processes Inc., including 13 years as API’s director of engineering, before working two years as an audio hardware design engineer at Avalon Design. Prior to those positions, he served as chief of technical maintenance at Sunset Sound Recorders. Honig’s background includes work at Slate Digital/Slate Media Technologies, The Village and Largo, plus experience in recording and technical systems design.

Giovanni Barbieri, dbTechnologies

Italian pro audio manufacturer dBTechnologies announced that Giovanni Barbieri has taken on the role of general manager of the Bologna-based company, which is part of RCF Group. Barbieri joined dBTechnologies in 2009 as an export sales manager; two years later he became business development manager, and in 2012 he was promoted to sales and marketing director. During his time with dBTechnologies, the company has more than tripled its revenues, and now reaches more than 160 countries.

Andy Lopez, Ashly Audio

Ashly Audio has appointed Andy Lopez as export sales manager. The addition is a strategic hire to support the company’s long-term plan to grow the business in the international market. Lopez, who has worked in the AV industry for more than two decades, has spent the past 17 years of his career focused primarily on international business development. Lopez previously worked as director of international sales at MSE Audio. In that role, he worked directly with international dealers and representatives to support the sales goals of the company.