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Kramer Appoints Max Kopsho as Director of Group Sales »

Kramer Electronics USA, Inc. has appointed Max Kopsho to the position of Director of Group Sales & Consultant Relations. In this role, Max will be responsible for providing product, technology, and application support to AV group sales channels and consultants throughout the United States.

Kent Cawthorne, Kramer’s Vice President of Sales states, “Kramer USA is excited to have Max Kopsho in the role of Director of Group Sales & Consultant Relations. He brings years of experience, a wealth of industry knowledge, and technical abilities that allow him to expertly work with AV consultants.”

Max Kopsho, CTS-D, CTS-I, MCSE, DSCE, has worked in the AV industry for over 14 years in various management and technical roles; including product management, sales and sales management, channel marketing, and field technical services and training. Most recently he was the General Manager – GA Region at Xerox Audio Visual Solutions, before returning to Kramer.

Kopsho said, “It is great to be back with Kramer in this new role. Kramer has grown in so many great ways over the last year and I believe this role will give me the opportunity to grow and contribute in new and challenging ways that will serve the best interests of our channel partners, consultants and Kramer. I look forward to working very hard to serve our systems integration customers and the Pro AV consultant community.”

Dave Bright, President of Kramer USA, stated, “Max is a tremendous asset to Kramer and we are thrilled to have him back and anticipate an immediate positive impact on our group sales members and AV consultants.”

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AmberFin Appoints Chad Rounsavall »

AmberFin, a leading developer of file-based media ingest, transcoding and quality control solutions for content owners, broadcasters, sports organizations and post-production houses has appointed Chad Rounsavall as Director of key Accounts for North America. In his new role, Rounsavall will be responsible for developing and managing relationships with key accounts including major networks, studios and broadcasters, further expanding AmberFin’s position and presence in North America.

Rounsavall brings over 20 years’ experience in the broadcast industry, having most recently worked for Avid Technology where he was an account manager for key accounts. Prior to Avid, Rounsavall held a number of positions for broadcast television stations, including, director, editor, technical director, and production manager.

“We are pleased to have Chad join our fast growing North American team,” said Jeremy Deaner, AmberFin’s CEO. “Chad’s combination of industry knowledge, technical expertise and industry-wide connections will make him a great asset to our organization.”

Visit http://www.amberfin.com

Revolabs Names Curtiss Singleton as New Director of Sales »

Revolabs Inc., a leading provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, has announced the appointment of Curtiss Singleton as the company’s new director of sales for the Americas. In his new role, Singleton is responsible for distribution, reseller, and end-user sales for the Revolabs’ professional product line in the region.

For over 15 years, Singleton has worked closely with Pro A/V resellers, distributors, and independent manufacturers, with a focus on building channel partnerships and strategic alliances. He comes to Revolabs from Mimio, where he assisted in building the reseller direction and sales focus for the company’s interactive technologies group. Previously, as vice president of sales for ClearOne, he was instrumental in the company’s North American revenue surge, and also served as director of sales for Polycom’s installed audio group.

“It’s a very exciting time to be joining Revolabs,” said Singleton. “The company is experiencing rapid and significant growth, in terms of both its customer base and innovative new products. I look forward to leading the sales team in the Americas as we continue to build on this momentum.”

“We are very excited to welcome Curtiss to the Revolabs team,” said Marc Cremer, COO of Revolabs. “He has a proven track record of success in developing and implementing sales strategies, growth planning, and market development in senior roles with well-known companies. We are confident that his skills and experience will play a significant role in Revolabs’ growth in the Americas.” 

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Volicon Names Jennifer Knutel Senior Director of Marketing »

Volicon has announced the appointment of Jennifer Knutel as the company’s senior director of marketing. Knutel brings 16 years of professional marketing experience to this position, in which she will be responsible for planning, implementing, and directing all marketing and communications activities.

“Jennifer joins Volicon with a strong record as a marketing professional for technology-driven firms and a reputation as a resourceful leader,” said Russell Wise vice president of worldwide sales at Volicon. “With her background in tech sales and marketing, as well as her knowledge and experience in bringing innovative solutions to market successfully, she will be a valuable addition to the company.”

Knutel’s experience in marketing communications, business development, and sales support includes positions with both large high-tech and early-stage product companies. She most recently served as marketing manager at Application Security Inc. and earlier led marketing and communications at AirSprite Technologies, and Adaptive Instruments. Knutel also held a position in business development at Lernout & Hauspie.

“Volicon solves complex logging and monitoring challenges in the broadcast and cable industry with products that are well-designed, easy-to-use, and provide a definitive ROI,” said Knutel. “The combination of great products and an experienced, energetic team has made Volicon a success. I am excited about working with the talented professionals at Volicon and about leading the company’s marketing efforts.”

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Neutrik Appoints Pete Milbery »

Neutrik AG appointed Pete Milbery as new Managing Director of Neutrik USA Inc. 
Pete Milbery had been responsible as western regional sales manager of NEUTRIK USA Inc. Before joining Neutrik in 2005, Milbery worked at Newark in sales and sales management for 15 years.
“We chose Pete because of his experience and outstanding sales and leadership skills,” says Werner Bachmann, CEO of Neutrik.  “Pete has a very good feeling for customer needs and has the talent to cope perfectly with complex situations.”
“Neutrik is an innovative organisation with fantastic brand recognition and we are continually creating new products and new standards for the pro audio industry.  Thanks to our focus on innovation and our relationships with our customers we are involved from the start of their design process. Going forward it is our endeavour to increase our existing high service levels in the U.S. even more,” says Milbery. 

Prompter People Expands Team »

Prompter People, Inc. has announced two new hires, Alan Ren and Cian de Buitléir, as part of their expansion plans.
Alan, a Wharton MBA graduate, has been brought in to fill the role of CFO. Alan previously was CFO and VP of Operations at Revver, an online video company, as well as a Senior Director of Finance at Sony.
Cian has joined as Director of Marketing. Cian was previously with ammado, an Irish internet startup. He also has managed marketing at Wohler Technologies as well as consulted for a number of other manufacturers in the broadcast industry. “With these new appointments, Prompter People will be solidifying a very strong growth trend, and enabling further expansion of our sales globally,” says Mark Ditmanson, President of Prompter People.
Prompter People, Inc. is the leading supplier of teleprompters in the US with over 8000 units installed. Their customers include all of the major networks,
 Fortune 500 corporations, top universities, K-12 schools, religious organisations, video production companies and independent producers. Prompter People has recently been moving into the Lighting fields for the broadcast, production and audiovisual fields. Prompter People will be exhibiting at NAB. Visit www.prompterpeople.com/

Dielectric Appoints Akin Akinniyi »

Dielectric Communications, a division of SPX and a leader in broadcast antenna systems, announced the hire of Dr. Akin Akinniyi to the role of senior director of research and development (R&D) for the company’s wireless communications division. With more than 18 years in the wireless telecommunications industry, Akinniyi’s expertise will help develop the company’s new product lines for wireless transmission.
Akinniyi joins Dielectric from Novus Broadband Inc., a company focusing on WiMAX network opportunities throughout Africa. He started his career at Motorola, designing base station transceivers, and also has led R&D teams at NEC and Philips Semiconductors through the development of mobile handsets and chipsets. Akinniyi holds a master’s in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and earned both a master’s in mathematics and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Dielectric offers a full line of MobileMedia antenna solutions specifically tailored to fit the unique requirements in the UHF and L bands. The company’s wireless transmission product line includes slotted coaxial antennas, as well as panel designs for horizontal, vertical, elliptical, and circular polarisation. Visit www.dielectric.com

Kim Murphy Appointed as Dalet GM »

Dalet Digital Media Systems announced the appointment of Kim Murphy Thomas as General Manager, Dalet Digital Media Systems, West Coast, USA. Ms. Thomas is a veteran of the broadcast technology sector with a trackrecord in sales and business development, including key positions at Apple,Quantel, and Thomson Grass Valley. Ms. Thomas will be responsible for the development of the Dalet business throughout the Western US as well as strategic accounts management. Her appointment reflects Dalet’s growing presence in the region’s entertainment and broadcast community.
“Kim’s strong business ties and successful track record in broadcast and post production communities certainly heighten our visibility within the entertainment community. Kim will be an effective leader for our LA team,” says Benjamin Desbois, General Manager, Dalet Digital Media Systems USA.
Prior to joining Dalet, Ms. Thomas held key roles at several software and technology companies specialising in broadcast and post production. Most recently she managed national key accounts in Media and Entertainment at Apple. Previously, she was Western Regional Sales Manager for Exavio; Vice President of Sales, Western Region US for Quantel; and Western Regional Director for Thomson Multimedia/Philips Broadcast. She also worked in sales and customer service roles at Dynatech Video Group and Shoreline Video Systems.
Dalet is a worldwide leader in software that empowers broadcasters and content professionals to produce and manage audio and video content in a digital, multi-platform world. Dalet media asset management (MAM) solutions streamline production costs and increase revenue opportunities by simplifying the distribution of rich-media assets across both interactive and traditional platforms.

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Wohler Appoints Jeff McNall »

Wohler Technologies Inc. appointed Jeff McNall as manager of national sales and market development. In his new position, McNall will liaise with the company’s engineering and sales teams and work along with its customers to develop specific solutions to their needs, not just in the broadcast realm, but also in markets looking to take greater advantage of smart media technologies.
“Jeff has worked with many of the industry’s leading companies, helping to identify and address both their technical and practical needs,” says Kim Templeman-Holmes, VP of global sales and marketing at Wohler. “As we expand our sales and product development efforts, Jeff’s skill in guiding delivery of the right solutions to the right clients — from concept through to product — will be key to our continued growth. We are confident that his experience in sales, marketing, technical operations, and product development will further our tradition of providing solid audio and video monitoring solutions.”
Prior to joining Wohler, McNall spent 25 years in the broadcast television industry. His responsibilities included marketing activities for remote monitoring solutions with Sony Electronics, operations at major market television stations, engineering in live sports production, and technical operations coordination for the Olympics. His most recent work was with Dolby, where he successfully launched Dolby 3D into more than 500 movie theatres around the world. McNall graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television.
“The company builds solid products with great technology, and I look forward to bringing their value not only to users in the broadcast realm, but also in other sectors as we extend awareness and adoption in corporate, worship, government, entertainment, and other facilities,” says McNall.
Wohler also made two new R&D appointments: Andrew Hutton joined the company as FPGA hardware designer and will work primarily on hardware and firmware design. Heading up the TSG (Technical Services Group) department Mark Handa will serve as the liaison between Wohler’s engineering/manufacturing departments and customer service.   
Wohler Technologies and PANORAMAdtv offer products that simplify analogue and digital source monitoring in facilities of all sizes and complexity. Wohler Technologies was founded in 1987 and is a global player in providing in-rack audio monitoring solutions. With the 1997 launch of Wohler’s video products division, PANORAMAdtv, the company expanded its offering to include a range of advanced video monitoring solutions as well. Visit www.wohler.com
 

Fast Forward Appoints Harry Glass »

Fast Forward Video (FFV) named Harry Glass as the company’s new vice president of sales. Glass brings 27 years of industry experience to his new role, in which he will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with independent manufacturers’ representatives, distributors, dealers, resellers, and OEMs. This new appointment supports Fast Forward Video’s commitment to building a world class network to support the high demands of the broadcast industry and continue the company’s rapid growth.
Glass comes to FFV from OmniVue, an independent manufacturers’ representative for broadcast, professional video, and multimedia equipment. In his 27 years with the company, he has built a strong and knowledgeable representative firm that supports many manufacturers’ product lines giving resellers and end-users a wide range of solutions. These solutions have been a key source to OmniVue’s success.
“Harry’s experience will enable us to identify, attract, and motivate the highest calibre of sales channel partners,” says Hal J. Reisiger, president and CEO of Fast Forward Video.
“It is an exciting time to be joining the company, which is on a fast growth track in an industry in the midst of a digital transition toward HD products,” says Glass.
Glass holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration, and is a member of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers and InfoComm. He will be based in the company’s New York facility and report to Hal J. Reisiger.
Fast Forward Video designs, manufactures, and markets digital video recorders, board-level solutions, and time code generator/readers for professional broadcast, presentation, industrial, and military applications worldwide. Founded in 1985, the company was the first to incorporate digital computer technology, including random-access disk storage and data-compression capabilities, into professional video products. Today the company provides video technology solutions to a wide range of markets. Visit www.ffv.com