People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry

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Lin Buck, Adamson Systems Engineering

Lin Buck

Adamson Systems Engineering has named Lin Buck as its director of sales for the United States. Buck will collaborate closely with Adamson’s partner network and rep firms to continue driving sales and grow the brand’s profile in the U.S. A 30-year veteran of the industry, Buck most recently served as senior manager of live entertainment sales for Harman Professional, and previously worked for Bosch Security Systems’ communications division and Kansas City, MO-based manufacturer’s rep firm Tremain Marketing Group.

Chris Pagella, Gene Houck and Todd Brushwyler, Audix

Chris Pagella, Gene Houck and Todd Brushwyler

Audix has made a number of promotions, upping Chris Pagella to director of operations, Gene Houck to director of sales, and Todd Brushwyler to national sales manager. Pagella will oversee the engineering department, as well as the management of manufacturing and supply chain; he joined Audix in 2014 as control and purchasing manager. Houck will be responsible for the development and support of the sales and marketing efforts in North America, while focusing on long-term growth and increased revenue opportunities for Audix globally. Brushwyler, who joined Audix in 2013, will oversee both retail and install markets, reporting directly to Houck.

Chris Calzone, GIK Acoustics

Chris Calzone

GIK Acoustics has named Chris Calzone as its new marketing manager and designer. In the new role, Calzone will be responsible for graphic design, website development, product announcements, public relations, and promotional campaigns and outreach for GIK Acoustics U.S. and GIK Acoustics Europe. Calzone’s experience includes time with graphic design agencies and, as the founder/designer of his own company, building brands, handling graphic design for print and web, and leading marketing campaigns for national clientele.

John Krivit, Pro Audio Design

John Krivit

Pro Audio Design has appointed John Krivit to lead its new education division. Krivit is a past president of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and served from 2010 to 2015 as the chair of the AES Education Committee. A connector of students, educators, artists and professionals, he has taught at Emerson College, Bay State College and the New England Institute of Art, and has given lectures around the world.

Andrew Pernetti and James Putland, Powersoft

Andrew Pernetti and James Putland

Powersoft has appointed Andrew Pernetti as eastern sales manager and James Putland as office manager. Pernetti comes to Powersoft from Audio-Technica, where he served as sales manager, professional markets, for seven years. Pernetti will be responsible for Eastern Canada and the United States, interfacing with Powersoft’s customers, including dealers, integrators, distributors and end users.

Putland joins Powersoft from Pine Bush School District, where he served as technical services manager. Prior to his position at Pine Bush School District, Putland held several technical support roles, including support lead at Apple, where he served for five years.

Graham Murray, Astro Spatial Audio

Graham Murray

Astro Spatial Audio has appointed industry veteran Graham Murray to the position of global business development manager; he is charged with raising Astro Spatial Audio’s profile on a worldwide level. Most recently, Murray held the position of sales director, EMEA, for Studer, while in the past he served in leadership positions for numerous brands, including Calrec, Fairlight and AMS Neve.

Pepe Reveles, Focusrite

Pepe Reveles

Focusrite has named Pepe Reveles to the position of vice president, sales and marketing, for Latin America. Reveles has nearly 25 years of industry experience, having most recently been part of the team at Avid, where he was in charge of the audio division for Latin America. Reveles will be responsible for extending the brand’s reach to the customer base in Latin America. He will work to expand Focusrite Novation’s Latin American presence in all market verticals, from home and project studio interfaces, up to professionals in commercial studios and the appropriate RedNet interfaces.

James Horton, Auralex Acoustics

James Horton

Auralex Acoustics has hired James Horton as its new western regional manager. Horton received a B.A. from Ball State University in Music Engineer Technology with an emphasis in physics. During college, he was active in recording and playing double bass in several regional symphony orchestras. After graduating, he took a decade-long hiatus from music to work in the commercial HVAC-R world. He continues to be an in-demand bassist.

Vanessa Zitzmann, AlltecPro

Vanessa Zitzmann

AlltecPro has appointed Vanessa Zitzmann to its team as national sales manager; she will be responsible for managing a national sales force of independent manufacturers’ reps. For the last five years, Zitzmann has been the marketing and sales director for 21st Century Distributing, working closely with manufacturers to organize training and business development initiatives for dealers and staff.