Fishman Names Townsend To Head Global Retail Sales

Fishman announced that Brad Townsend has been appointed as vice president of Global Retail Sales. A longtime industry veteran, Townsend will be in charge of Fishman’s domestic and international retail sales.

Townsend has been in the music products industry since graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in music. He’s worked for several companies, most notably Fender Musical Instruments where he held domestic and international sales and marketing positions for almost twenty years. Most recently, Brad served as senior vice president of Sales & Marketing for AXL Musical Instruments.

TEC Tracks Amplifies Pro Audio’s Presence at Summer NAMM

TEC Tracks, educational sessions designed to empower the growing audio, production and recording markets, will debut at Summer NAMM in Nashville on July 9-11, 2015. Stationed next to the NAMM Idea Center right on the show floor, TEC Tracks features three full days of free master classes, live interviews and panel discussions on the biggest topics for recording and live sound professionals, including optimizing studios, recording live shows and studio stories from Nashville pro audio legends.

"The new TEC Tracks offerings add even more value to Summer NAMM's robust educational programming," said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. "We've heard from many of our members, both retailers and manufacturers, that this is one of the fastest growing segments of the market. NAMM members who attend these sessions will be better equipped to seize these opportunities." 

CAD Audio Promotes Roop to VP, Business Development

CAD Audio has promoted Glenn Roop to the position of vice president, Business Development. In this capacity, Roop will be responsible for new product development and marketing, artist relations and establishing new markets for CAD.

Roop’s longstanding commitment to the music industry started in the 1980s as the owner/manager of a successful DJ entertainment company while also designing and manufacturing loudspeakers. He worked for Audio-Technica in the early ‘90s, significantly contributing to the growth of the company and eventually becoming a sales director overseeing a team of territory managers and reps throughout the U.S. and Canada. Roop joined CAD in 2010 as director of Business Development.

AM&S Names Perales as the Southern California Sales Rep for Allen & Heath

American Music & Sound (AM&S) recently announced the new hire of Gilbert Perales as the Southern California sales representative for Allen & Heath.

Perales will provide technical sales support and training for Southern California dealers, installers, and end users for Allen & Heath products.

“We are pleased to have him on board, his experience in product management as well as working as an outside sales rep makes him a perfect fit for the position. We look forward to the energy and enthusiasm he will be bringing,” said Michael Palmer, vice president of Sales for Allen & Heath USA.

Roland Seeks SW District Sales Manager

Roland Corporation U.S. has an exciting opportunity for a District Sales Manager for the SW territory, representing Roland and BOSS products within the MI channel.

As the first point of contact to assigned dealers in the Southwest US territory (NM, AZ, OK, UT, TX region), the District Sales Manager provides valuable resources in support of Roland's products, strategy, and objectives to the dealers. The District Sales Manager (DSM) is responsible for accurate analysis of market-by-market territorial sales potential, establishing distribution for all product groups, developing the Roland Dealer's business, monitoring sales results, and meeting company established individual sales budgets and objectives. The DSM will train retail salespeople, assist with product merchandising and retail sales promotions, and help retailers develop and implement Roland Sales Programs as requested and approved by Roland Musical Instrument's (MI) management.

Trade Regrets: Gary Burgett

On May 13th, MMR received the following news from PianoDisc:

With much regret, PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin reports the passing of company co-founder and president, Gary Burgett. Mr. Burgett passed away at his home in Sacramento, California of natural causes; he was 65. A high-profile figure in the piano industry, Mr. Burgett was known for his affable style, strong work ethic, enthusiasm and his sincere respect for all industry partners that he worked with and was well-loved by the staff of PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin. He will be greatly missed and his memory and legacy lives on in those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. Gary's brother Kirk Burgett, co-owner and president of both PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin will continue to oversee executive management and daily operations of both companies with no other changes in management structure. 

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Bourns Guitar Potentiometer

Bourns, Inc. expanded its professional audio market product portfolio with a new guitar potentiometer that features a latching-push switch.  The new potentiometer, Model PDB185-GTR, provides an innovative approach to facilitate operating active electronics for the control of tonal quality, pickup switching, and activating sound-effect circuits. The Bourns® Model PDB185-GTR is designed using a mechanical latching switch action similar to that of a spring-loaded ball point pen. The guitarist can simply push the knob to activate the switch and push again to deactivate.

ESP LTD BB-1004QM and BB-1005FL

ESP’s LTD Signature Series has expanded with two special new bass offerings. Widely acclaimed jazz fusion bassist and new ESP endorsee Bunny Brunel has helped design the 4-string BB-1004QM and the 5-string fretless BB-1005FL. Both basses make use of Aguilar MM (neck) and J (bridge) passive pickups with active EQ, and feature high-end design features such as a quilted maple top and ebony fingerboard, along with components like Hipshot bridge and tuners. The BB-1004QM is being offered in See Thru Black Sunburst finish, while the BB-1005FL is available in a translucent Burnt Orange finish that highlights the highly figured wood grain.

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