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

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at d&b audiotechnik, Almo Corp., LEA Professional, Shure, QSC, Neutrik USA and Atlona.

Michael Kurcab

d&b audiotechnik has appointed Michael Kurcab as a business development manager in the United States and promoted Matt Collins to regional sales manager for the Northwest. Kurcab comes to d&b after having owned and operated Equilibrium Audio since 1999. He has worked as a sound engineer, regional director in design consulting, and global marketing manager, and has led global teams as a business development manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in audio engineering and acoustics from Columbia College Chicago and is based in Las Vegas.

Matt Collins

Collins, based in Seattle, initially joined d&b in 2017, providing education and application support for the Northwest. He has worked closely with the sales team over the past two years.

Gary Bannett

Almo Corp. has named Gary Bannett as its chief financial officer. Bannett will succeed Matt Elkes, who is retiring after having served as CFO at Almo Corp. for 25 years. Bannett joined Almo in January 2019 as senior vice president of finance. Previously, he led finance and accounting operations as CFO at Prometheus Global Media. Bannett has served in senior financial management positions for several other companies and is now based out of Almo’s Philadelphia, PA, corporate headquarters.

Brian Pickowitz

LEA Professional has promoted charter team member Brian Pickowitz from senior director of sales and marketing to vice president of marketing. Pickowitz received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University and joined Crown International in 2004. In 2015, he was selected to lead Harman Professional groupwide sales for tour sound in North America and Latin America. He was promoted to director of global business development, touring and performing arts for Harman Professional in 2018 and joined LEA Professional’s executive team in late 2018.

Tom Kundmann

Shure has promoted three associates to vice president positions. In the product development division, Dave Cerra has been named vice president of conferencing and Tom Kundmann has been named vice president of professional wireless products. In the global marketing and sales division, Erik Vaveris has been named vice president of global marketing.

Cerra joined Shure as an audio engineer in 1995. In the years since, he invented Shure’s patented Audio Reference Companding (ARC) and led development of PSM 900, PSM 1000, Microflex Wireless, and Microflex Advance.

Dave Cerra

Kundmann joined Shure in 2009 and has worked in the development of RF, digital and DSP subsystems from architectures to final product testing, leading numerous digital wireless initiatives at Shure, including the development of PGX-D, ULX-D, GLX-D, QLX-D and Axient Digital.

Erik Vaveris

Vaveris joined Shure in 2001 and has held several positions in GMS, including product specialist, research analyst, portfolio manager for entertainment products, and wireless category manager. In 2014, he was named director of strategic planning, and he was appointed associate vice president of global marketing in 2016.

Jonathan “JP” Pusey

Neutrik USA has appointed Jonathan “JP” Pusey to the newly created position of national sales manager—music industry. In his new position, he will be tasked with managing customer activities to develop and maintain relationships within the music industry while driving new business opportunities in support of the financial growth goals of Neutrik. He started with Neutrik USA in June and will be stationed in Long Beach, CA. Most recently, he spent 13 years at Hosa Technology, working his way up to director of sales.

TJ Adams

QSC has promoted TJ Adams to vice president, systems product strategy and development. In the new role, Adams will continue to oversee strategy development and execution of product development for its systems portfolio, including the Q-SYS ecosystem. Adams joined QSC six years ago. He aims to push the Q-SYS vision through further software/cloud-based innovation while expanding its platform through complementary technology and IT industry partnerships.

Amy Hacker

Atlona has appointed Amy Hacker as regional sales manager for the Great Lakes region. Reporting to CEO Ilya Khayn, Hacker will focus on driving commercial AV business in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Hacker joins Atlona from its parent company, Panduit; in her most recent position as commercial strategy and enablement manager, she worked closely with the Atlona team to lead sales integration efforts, strategy planning, and business development goals between the two brands.