SFM Now Distributing Panamax

Monday, November 20th, 2017
SFM's Simon Tournay, Brand Manager (left) & Steven Freytag, GM of the CI Division

SFM’s Simon Tournay, Brand Manager (left) & Steven Freytag, GM of the CI Division

Panamax from Core Brands today announced the appointment of Montreal-based SFM to serve as a Canada distribution partner for Panamax custom installation and pro solutions. According to Core Brands Vice President of Sales Jeff Costello, SFM is the ideal partner to bring Panamax power products to more resellers, integrators, and retailers throughout Canada.

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ACT Lighting Acquires RapcoHorizon

Monday, November 20th, 2017

ACT Lighting has completed its acquisition of RHC Holdings Corp. (RapcoHorizon).  This move follows ACT Lighting’s recent acquisition of AC Power Distribution.

Headquartered in Jackson, MI and with core facilities in Massachusetts, Canada, and Mexico, RapcoHorizon manufactures interconnect assemblies, audio, data, and interface products, and specialty industrial wire. Its brand portfolio includes ProCo, RAT, RoadHog, and StageMASTER.

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A.C. Lighting Now Distributing ProLights

Friday, November 17th, 2017

ProlightsFrom LDI, A.C. Lighting Inc.has announced a new partnership with Italian manufacturer ProLights.

The Italian-based ProLights brand has become well-established in Europe and is now looking to launch into the North American market. It focuses on the design and manufacture of lighting technologies and professional video products for events, TV, and architectural applications.

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QSC CEO Named President-Elect of 2018 AVIXA Board of Directors

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
Joe Pham

Joe Pham

QSC CEO Named President-Elect of 2018 AVIXA Board of Directors

QSC President and CEO Joe Pham has been named president-elect of the 2018 Board of Directors for AVIXA (formerly InfoComm International). This will be Pham’s fourth year serving on the board where he served as secretary-treasurer in 2017.

“Part of AVIXA’s rebranding is to reinvigorate the market and focus more on the user experience,” says Pham. “As this industry shifts into a world of convergence, AVIXA is looking to grow the AV industry globally and offer additional support and programs to its members. It really is an exciting time in our market and I’m thrilled to be part of this transformation.”

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New World Rigging Symposium Sessions Announced

Friday, November 10th, 2017

rigging symposiumESTA and USITT have announced the session lineup for the New World Rigging Symposium, taking place March 13-14, 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In these 10 sessions, participants will be given the opportunity to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, and learn what it’s like to work as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. Attendees will also hear from experts in related fields. Full session descriptions can be found at www.esta.org/nwrs_sessions.

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Conference Details Revealed for LFI 2018

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Janet Echelman giving a keynote at LFI 2017 [Photo: LFI/Facebook]

Janet Echelman giving a keynote at LFI 2017 [Photo: LFI/Facebook]

To be held from May 6-10, 2018, in Chicago at McCormick Place, the Lightfair International (LFI) Conference brings together thought leaders from across the globe to deliver the newest knowledge imparting the future of light, technology, design, and connectivity.  The pre-conference Lightfair Institute will be held from May 6-7 wit the trade show and conference on May 8-10.

The five-day 2018 conference program will feature 72 courses with 121 speakers presenting the latest information and concepts to attendees representing a broad spectrum of industries.  Under a curriculum developed by lighting, technology, and design experts seated on a select Advisory Committee, the LFI conference offers enlightening topics, speakers, and industry intelligence as a featured component of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference.

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Chauvet Names John Castelino VP of Global Marketing

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

John-Castelino-2John Castelino has been appointed vice president of global marketing at Chauvet.  In his new position, Castelino will be responsible for Chauvet’s entire brand portfolio which includes: Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ, Iluminarc, Trusst, and ChamSys.

Castelino joins Chauvet after a distinguished career at Stanley Black & Decker, where he served as VP of product management and marketing.  During his time at Stanley Black & Decker, Castelino led some of the company’s largest brand portfolios such as Dewalt and Mac Tools.

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Roland Pro AV Canada Names New National Sales Manager

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Roland Pro AV Canada's Russell Williams

Roland Pro AV Canada’s Russell Williams

Roland Canada has announced the hiring of Russell Williams as its a new national sales manager for the professional AV division. He will based out of Toronto.

As a product sales specialist, Williams has spent 20 years in various countries working within the pro AV, photo, and print industries. In addition, he is trained as a commercial photographer with education in video production and editing.

Williams says he is excited to move back to his roots in manufacturer sales, applying his experience to help and support Roland’s professional AV division. Of his recent appointment, Williams says, “I am really excited to join Roland as the new national sales manager for pro AV. I have some big shoes to fill.”

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John Devries Joins CETEC Group as National Pro AV Rep

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
John Devries

John Devries

Wayne Korhonen, President of CETEC Group Inc., has announce the addition of John Devries to the CETEC Group. Devries will assume the position as CETEC Group’s national pro AV representative.

Devries comes to CETEC from Roland Pro AV Canada, where he spent 10 years as national sales manager. The company says Devries’ skills in professional audio/video sales and sales operations bring formidable experience to the CETEC Group. “John brings formidable pro-audio/video experience as CETEC continues to experience rapid growth,” adds Korhonen.

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Event Tech Education to Take Center Stage at The 2018 NAMM Show

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

namm-lightingAs part of it mission to bring together the music products, pro sound, and event technology industries, The 2018 NAMM Show will offer a wealth of opportunities for professionals involved in event technology to enhance their careers and make meaningful connections. The schedule of professional education will be held each day of The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in the NAMM Education Campus, located inside the Anaheim Hilton Hotel.

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