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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for January 2020

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Symetrix, Lectrosonics, Focusrite, Renkus-Heinz, d&b audiotechnik, Manley Laboratories and Ashly Audio.

Tylene “Ty” Robinson

Symetrix has promoted Tylene “Ty” Robinson to international sales and operations manager. She began her career in web design and digital marketing, graduating from the University of Advancing Technology with a B.A. in digital media (summa cum laude). After working at a Seattle software company, Robinson joined Symetrix, focusing on managing order and fulfillment processes. In her new role, Robinson will direct strategic accounts and an international salesforce, as well as driving global sales enablement programs and managing critical sales KPIs.


From left, Blair Johnson and Nicholas Mariano

Lectrosonics has appointed two U.S. regional representatives: Blair Johnson in the Northeast and Nicholas Mariano in the Southeast. Johnson will serve customers and develop new business in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Mariano will do the same in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Johnson’s background in filmmaking and film/video production management includes live-streamed performances from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as editing, sound mixing and producing in a variety of environments, from artistic to corporate and commercial. Mariano has worked in Lectrosonics’ technical customer service department since September 2017. His background in audio mixing, support and repair includes time at the legendary Village Recorder in Los Angeles and a stint as special effects consultant for the TV series Breaking Bad.

From left: Anthony Wilkins, Dave Rieley, Pete Tilley and Michael York


Focusrite has added to its Focusrite Pro sales team with the appointment of Dave Rieley as U.S. and Canada sales manager, Peter Tilley as western U.S. sales manager, Michael York as central EMEA sales manager, and Anthony Wilkins as EMEA sales manager.

Rieley, who will manage business throughout the United States and Canada, is relocating to the Nashville area to better align with Focusrite’s eastern U.S. and Canadian channel partners. Rieley joined Focusrite Pro a year ago as the western region sales manager and was a former sales manager at Vintage King Nashville and a recording engineer.

Tilley previously spent several years in sales at Guitar Center, handling sales and sales training. Based in Los Angeles, he has been promoted to his new role from senior tech in Focusrite’s technical support department. York recently joined Focusrite from Avid in the UK and will handle the Central Europe territory, including Germany, France and Benelux. Wilkins worked previously at Aspen Media, which distributes audio and control products for broadcast, live, post-production and recording companies, and prior to that was international sales manager for Trinnov Audio, Junger Audio and RTW.

Clockwise: Ramon Guerrero, Daniel Lee, Konrad Berreth, Tony Freed

Renkus-Heinz has added several new employees. Ramon Guerrero, who joined Renkus-Heinz in September 1985, is now a production planner at the company, following stints working in production, engineering and sales. Guerrero will ensure flow of production at the Orange County-based manufacturing facility. Daniel Lee, a new mechanical engineer, has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of the Pacific and a background in designing low-voltage life safety equipment systems. Tony Freed has joined the customer service team, having previously worked in sales and service roles, as well as for the U.S. Army’s aviation division. Konrad Berreth has also joined the customer service team; he previously worked in customer service and tech support at the Mesa Safe Company.

Alain Richer

d&b audiotechnik has appointed Alain Richer as managing director in France. He succeeds Didier “Lulu” Lubin, who retired in September, having founded d&b France in 2000. In his new role, Richer will be responsible for all aspects of business and market development of d&b in France, as well as the day-to-day operations throughout the country. He will report to Phill Coe, territory manager, EMEA. An experienced sales and marketing executive with a background in industrial and consumer markets, Richer comes to d&b from Sennheiser, where he held the role of European marketing director.


Jeffrey Bork and Jesse Honig

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.

Andy Lopez

Ashly Audio has appointed Andy Lopez as its 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 focused primarily on international business development. Previously, Lopez 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.