d&b audiotechnik has named industry veteran Larry Italia to two positions: territory manager for the Americas, and president and CEO of d&b audiotechnik Corp. United States. Based in d&b’s U.S. office in Asheville, NC, he will oversee all d&b business in North, Central and South America. Most recently, Italia was vice president of the Integration Division of Sound Image (Escondido, CA), where he was responsible for new business development, and management of the day-to-day business and staff. Before that, Italia had a noted career at Yamaha Corp. of America, working his way up to vice president and general manager of Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business in Canada and the United States.
Calrec Audio has named Karl Chapman as its international sales manager, concentrating primarily on EMEA territories. Chapman is familiar with the television and radio broadcast industries, having spent many years with Neve, Mitsubishi Pro-Audio and Amek before joining Harman Professional Solutions in 1995. He initially worked for Soundcraft as European sales manager, eventually becoming EMEA senior sales manager for Studer.
Ashly Audio has appointed Noel Larson to serve as its vice president of marketing and business development. Building on two decades in the industry, he will develop and execute Ashly’s marketing vision and will work with engineers and strategic partners on new product development. Larson will report to Ashly CEO Jim Mack. Most recently, he served as Harman Professional’s global director of retail solutions—signal processing, mics and connected PA. At various points, Larson had oversight of the dbx, Lexicon, BSS, DigiTech, AKG and Soundcraft brands during his seven years there.
Shawn London has been named touring sound sales manager for VUE Audiotechnik, where he’ll aim to broaden VUE’s sound company partner network while also expanding relationships with FOH and system engineers. Previously he was live sound and touring business development manager for Allen & Heath, as well as house audio engineer at the El Ray, Fonda Roxy and Fox Theaters in Los Angeles. With decades of engineering and production experience in both studio and live environments, he has worked on numerous festivals and tackled FOH and monitor duties for Eagles of Death Metal, Neon Trees, Crystal Method and Jane’s Addiction.
The Business Solutions Group of Guitar Center has brought on Mike Trimble and Marcin Nowak as design engineers, marking another step in the group’s investment and expansion into providing AV/studio design. Trimble gained experience in design of large-scale audio and visual systems while working for various AV integrators, including Sound Image and Pro Media, as well as JBL. He is professionally trained in a wide range of AV technologies and will work with the GC Pro sales teams to offer clients solutions. Nowak has a background in studio environments and configurations, having been involved with high-end design, implementation and support for various studio environments with Guitar Center and other organizations. His areas of expertise include custom-built workstation solutions, console support and installations.
Riedel Communications has chosen Kevin Broce to spearhead business development for the company’s U.S. West Coast operation. He joins Riedel from Meyer Sound, where he served as business development coordinator in charge of uncovering and coordinating sales opportunities across the U.S. and Canada. He also held audio department management roles for Third Eye Sound Company and SoCal Productions, where he managed audio, wireless and communications equipment. Prior to that, he served as audio department manager for Centerstaging, where he supervised and scheduled day-to-day operation of 10 live music rehearsal studios.
Mickey Curbishley has been named president of Solotech’s U.S. rental division. Reporting to Martin Tremblay, president and CEO of Solotech, Curbishley will be responsible for Solotech’s rental division for touring, special events and corporate market segments in the United States; this role will include overseeing operations in Las Vegas, Nashville, DeKalb and the company’s upcoming Los Angeles office. Curbishley’s career has included various leadership roles for PRG’s concert touring division over the course of 18 years; he eventually took on the role of president and CEO of PRG Music Group. Most recently, he was senior vice president, touring, at live event scenic equipment provider TAIT Towers.
The NSCA Education Foundation has named Kelly Perkins as its first-ever program director, with a goal of developing, directing, implementing and managing strategic initiatives and programs that align with the charitable organization’s mission. Perkins has served on the NSCA Education Foundation Board of Directors since July 2015; she entered the industry in 2008 when she joined Vaddio in a marketing and communications role, eventually becoming the company’s marketing and communications manager. In 2014 she joined integrator AVI Systems, leading the marketing and communications team and overseeing the company’s strategic integrated marketing approach.
Prism Sound has appointed two new U.S. sales representatives: Eric Klein and Scott D. Ray. Klein, founder of Soul Tech Marketing, will handle Prism Sound sales across the East Coast and Canada. Based in New Jersey and a U.S./Canadian dual-national, Klein founded Soul Tech Marketing in 2001 to provide sales and management representation for audio and MI technology products in the Northeast and Canada. Scott D. Ray, who will handle Prism Sound sales on the West Coast, is the founder of S D Ray Associates, a Los Angeles-based rep firm.
Lawo has named Browning McCollum, David Desrochers and Stanley Pan to its North American team of customer support specialists. McCollum joins Lawo as a broadcast technology specialist after a tenure with Viacom Nashville, where he held the position of remote engineer in charge. McCollum, a 2016 Emmy Award winner for his work on the Fox broadcast of Grease: Live, installed the first two Lawo mc96 mixing consoles. Meanwhile, newly appointed project manager Desrochers, CBNT, CBTE, was most recently chief engineer and vice president of engineering for the New England Sports Network (Watertown, MA), where he designed, built and managed large-scale, mission-critical digital audio/video systems. Pan will fill the position of junior network architect; he previously specialized in evolving IP technologies, including SMPTE 2110 interoperability testing, during his time as a network solutions engineer with Evertz.
API has named Dave Hintze as the latest addition to its sales team. Hintze has worked in sales for 15 years and has been part of the music industry in songwriting, performance and live production capacities for nearly 20 years. “I’m excited for the opportunity to bring my skills and experience to an iconic name like API,” says Hintze.
Jay Wyatt has been named to QSC’s cinema team as a sales engineer, where he will be responsible for pre-sales technical support, product training and cinema system design consulting. He comes to QSC from GDC Technology, where he was a sound engineer involved in the rollout of immersive sound products and provided cinema sound support. Prior to that, he began his career at Ultra-Stereo Labs as an assistant engineer, where he became versed in many of USL’s test and measurement products, media blocks and cinema processors.
d&b audiotechnik has named Miguel Hadelich as business developer advanced systems, d&b audiotechnik Corp. United States. Based in Los Angeles, Hadelich will be the central coordination point for the d&b Soundscape and the d&b DS100 Signal Engine in North, Central and South America as he works with customers and introduces Soundscape to consultants, specifiers, architects, artists and audiences. Previously Hadelich held positions at Lake Technology, Dolby Laboratories, TC Group and Music Group. Most recently he served as a consultant at Berlin-based 3D audio technology company Holoplot. Hadelich holds an MBA from the Institute of Management in Berlin and is fluent in English, German, Spanish and Hungarian.